Hypnotherapy fascinates me. Since curing my insomnia, I have sampled the work of other hypnotherapists. At least the ones who offer samples of their work. Many do not, whether for honorable reasons or otherwise.
Right off the bat, let’s start with full disclosure. I had insomnia, and I cured it.
For two straight months this year, I could not sleep through the night. Every night around 3:30 or 4:30 am I would awaken for no reason at all. I would flounder in bed for anywhere from a half hour, an hour, sometimes longer, until I fell asleep, then to awaken at 7:30 to start my day. That little patch of sleep from 7:30am backward was in no way restful, if it materialized at all. Essentially, it was like sleeping for about 4.5 hours a night every day for 2 months, which is something others can do easily, but not me. It represented about half of the sleep I need on any given night.
More weeks of insomnia. It was now becoming very, very bad. The waking up was coming earlier now, sometimes at 3:00am. I would get up and go to the bathroom. Go back to bed and lay there. Try to fall asleep. Go in the other room. Go downstairs and lay on the couch. Watch movies. When I found myself watching movies at 4am on a weekday, I knew things were getting out of hand. I no longer had any control over my life. I was a complete disaster on the inside, and people could see it. My co-workers would tell me, every day, how tired I looked. I looked horribly tired. And I felt it. My stress level was piling up, and I was starting to develop a short fuse with people. Then, no fuse at all. I would just snap. I would freak out at home and just yell at the top of my lungs. It was completely insane. I was unraveling.
After getting conventional medication from my local doctor, I felt relieved for couple of days but again same problem recurred.
One morning at around 3 or 4 am I will never forget. I was laying there, just thinking to myself that if I only knew how to program my brain – if I could tell it how to respond when I woke up in the middle of the night – maybe that could be the solution to my problem. Every time I woke up I could sense my brain searching for some way to put my body back to sleep. I felt like it just didn’t know how. But I felt like there had to be a way to teach it. Like you teach yourself how to do anything. This made so much sense to me. Self-hypnosis popped into my head. Just like that. I had no other bullets to shoot at this point and that seemed like a damn good one to try. I may have been tired as hell, but I was inspired. And that was something I hadn’t been in months. I researched a lot discussed with several experts and cured my insomnia to an extent that every morning I wakeup to make my own breakfast. Those lazy mornings and stressed days were off. Now I help people for free guiding them about hypnotherapy and it’s benefits.
Consistent research and methodology refinement has allowed hypnotherapy to progress as an advanced form of therapy to the point where clinical hypnotherapy is now regularly considered as a treatment option for depression. Working in tandem with a group of powerful psychotherapy techniques, hypnotherapy can be a highly successful form of treatment for individuals with depression.
How does hypnotherapy helps
1. It helps you enter the subconscious
First, we drop down from the conscious mind, which is only 10% of the mind into the subconscious mind. Now we are addressing the whole person, 100% of the mind rather than just treating the symptoms.
2. It helps you identify the “unfinished business”
People often have what Dr. Fritz Perls called “unfinished business” with whatever has been lost, be it a loved one, a job, or a home. These unresolved feelings, such as resentments, regrets, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear are stored in the body and must be released as soon after the triggering event as possible. Otherwise they become deeply buried beneath the numbness created by the anti-depressant drugs, the addictive behavior, and the concurrent repression that occurs when trauma and grief go untreated. Clinical hypnotherapy works for depression because it removes the underlying basis of depression and completes the unfinished business that otherwise continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors.
3. It helps you “finish” the “unfinished business” and release the stored emotions/experiences
With hypnotherapy, we can go down to the deepest level of these traumatic experiences, memories and stored emotions to release them from the mind and body. When this hypnotherapy process is completed, the client reports that their depression has lifted, that they have stopped the compulsive thoughts or behavior, and that they are ready to resume living their lives again.
4. It helps you replace the trauma with positivity
With each healing session of clinical hypnotherapy, we can replace the fearful repetitive thoughts that often haunt people following a traumatic experience. Positive affirmations now work because the underlying emotional release has been accomplished.
5. It helps you use the power of hypnotic suggestion to create long-term improvement
Hypnotherapy provides an effective way to access the individual’s ability to affect the physical body. Once self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors have been resolved, the individual can begin to use hypnotic suggestibility to improve the body’s functioning. Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in correcting patterns of restless sleep, low energy or libido, headaches or chronic pain. And one can use hypnotherapy to increase motivation to exercise and eat properly.
Hynotherapy is associated with mind functions and controlling it. Let us check some of the rules of the mind.
Eight rules of the mind
Rule Number One
Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction
Your thoughts affect all of the functions of your body. WORRY thoughts trigger changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. ANGER thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and the increased adrenaline in the blood stream causes many body changes. ANXIETY and FEAR attached to thoughts affect your pulse rate.
Ideas that have a strong emotional content affect us strongly. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same reaction over and over again. In order to change the subconscious acceptance of an idea, the subconscious mind must be reached and convinced of the necessity for change. This is difficult to do for oneself as the emotional attachment to an idea causes great resistance to change.
Rule Number Two
What is expected tends to be realized
The brain and the nervous system respond to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint. Once the blueprint is accepted by the subconscious mind, it will use every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. “Worrying” is a form of programming a ‘picture’ of what we don’t want consciously, but the subconscious mind acts to fulfill the pictured programmed situation until it is accomplished. “The things I have feared have come upon me.”
Many persons suffer from chronic anxiety, which is a subconscious mental expectancy that something terrible will happen. Other people seem to have the “magic” touch. Life seems to shower them with blessings for no apparent reason, and so we call them “lucky”. What seems to be luck is in reality, POSITIVE MENTAL EXPECTANCY, a strong belief that they deserve to be successful. “You are what you think.”
Your physical health is largely dependent upon your mental expectancy. Physicians recognize that if a patient expects to be sick, lame, paralyzed, helpless, even to die, the expected condition tends to be realized. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for changing negative thoughts and feelings with a positive expectancy — the expectancy of health, strength and well-being. With subconscious acceptance, these conditions become realized.
Rule Number Three
Imagination is more powerful than reason when dealing with the mind
Walking on a 6″ wide board on the floor is easy for most people. Walking that same board when it is placed 20 feet higher, is difficult, if not impossible, for most people. Why? Imagining oneself falling over-rules the reason which knows gravity is no greater a threat at 20 feet than it is when the board is on the ground. REASON IS EASILY OVERRULED BY IMAGINATION. What the imagination locks on, the emotions and the body will follow. Imagination accompanied by a strong emotion such as anger, hatred, guilt, or fear, usually cannot be changed simply through the use of reason. To change such images (imagination), it is necessary to reach the feeling mind, and this is more easily accomplished through hypnosis.
Rule Number Four
Opposing ideas cannot be held at one and the same time without creating stress
A person can believe in honesty, yet indulge in dishonest behavior. This behavior might be supported by rationalizing thoughts such as: “Everyone does it.” “Little lies don’t count.” “I need it more than they do.” “I deserve a break.” These thoughts directly oppose the more rooted thought (belief) in honesty. ACTING upon a thought that runs directly counter to an opposing belief held at the subconscious level, creates great stress on the nervous system and can profoundly affect the health of the body.
Rule Number Five
An emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if persisted in long enough
Patients suffering from ill health and disease often have repeated episodes of the symptoms of that disease for some time before organic change can be found. A person who is a chronic worrier, or who is often fearful, often will have a “nervous” stomach that eventually develops ulcers. “Tension” headaches, “irritable” bowels, “weak” bladders, “inflexible” joints, “angry” rashes – all can, over time, lead to organic disease. Chronic fear of ill health, repeated suggestion for ill health (“pissed off”, “can’t stand it”, “dim witted”, “no back bone”, “no support”, “gutless”, “weak knees”, etc.) will in time create the condition. Positive thoughts and positive emotions create positive organic change.
Rule Number Six
Once an idea has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains until it is replaced by another idea. Corollary to this rule is: the longer the idea remains, the more opposition there is to replacing it with a new idea
Once an idea has been subconsciously accepted, it becomes a fixed habit of thinking. The more this thinking is acted upon, the more it becomes a fixed habit of acting. People have habits of thinking as well as habits of action, but the thought or idea always comes first. To change behavior, it is necessary to change the thoughts and ideas that create the behavior. Many people “need” their addiction in order to steady their nerves or balance their emotions. This is an idea that has become a fixed habit of thought; ergo the body follows. There is indeed a mental, emotional, physical, chemical craving for the addiction or habit. The longer the behavior has been in place, the more opposition there is – emotionally AND physically – to changing it, but it can be done.
Utilizing hypnosis to access the times and experiences that caused the subconscious to accept the thoughts that led to the fixed behavior, negative emotions, and negative conditions, is a powerful method for healing and change.
Rule Number Seven
Each suggestion acted upon creates less opposition to successive suggestion
A mental trend is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it becomes easier to follow and more difficult to break.
Once a suggestion has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it becomes easier for additional like suggestions to be accepted and acted upon. This is why hypnotists start with simple suggestions that are unlikely to be refused. They begin suggesting pleasant sensations for relaxing the body – warmth, tingling, coolness, lightness, or heaviness. Once these are accepted, following suggestions that are not blocked by a fixed conscious or subconscious idea, become easier to follow.
Rule Number Eight
When dealing with the subconscious mind and its functions, the greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response
Letting go of conscious effort allows the subconscious to act automatically. When the subconscious has a learned behavior, this behavior happens automatically unless it is being repressed by conscious effort or will power. However, once the conscious effort that is repressing the automatic response is relaxed – which inevitably occurs when the conscious focus shifts to other areas of concern – the automatic response, behavior, or condition returns.
Changing the root cause of negative behaviors, negative emotions, and negative conditions is the goal of therapy. Utilizing hypnosis with therapy increases the effectiveness of therapy because the mind can be guided with all of the attending sensations and emotions to the originating cause(s) of the behavior. Changing fixed subconscious thoughts at the moment they were accepted, while addressing the emotional response(s) that led to acceptance, is the quickest and most powerful method for healing and for change.
Trying to be hypnotized defeats hypnosis as “trying” is a conscious focus. Relaxing and allowing the thoughts and emotions to flow, IS hypnosis.