The Subconscious Mind
What is the Power of Your Mind?
The subconscious mind is a powerful force. It has its own unique way of perceiving the world. What is really happening around you is less important than what your subconscious mind thinks is happening. In other words, your perception is your reality.
Whatever it perceives to be a problem, it will remedy. It will solve that problem for you – whether you are aware of that problem or not.
For instance, if you have an image of yourself in your mind as overweight or as a poor public speaker or as just plain poor, your subconscious mind will help you to achieve that image. It will help you to stay overweight (keep that image for you) or keep nervous or poor.
Remember, the image in your mind is what the subconscious perceives as the truth. Very little logic operates in the subconscious; emotions and old tapes dictate much of your behaviour. The subconscious mind focuses on those goals and sets out to achieve them.
We have opinions, our subconscious does not. It operates only from information stored in its memory.
After the age of eight years, when that Critical Factor develops, we can be critical about the information we accept; the subconscious accepts whatever we send to it, it is non-judgmental. Willpower cannot override it for any length of time. We can try and try and try again every diet going and our subconscious will bring us right back to that inner image. Fortunately, it cannot differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. That can be a help to us, too.
And that’s the power of Hypnosis. Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is the way to access your subconscious mind and to replace those old tapes with your new choices, the new image of how you see yourself. That may be as a slimmer you, as a great public speaker, as a successful business person or baseball player or golfer, as a non-smoker, as a person with a stronger, healthier body, or as almost anything you choose.
The subconscious is called a servo-mechanism; that is, a machine that automatically steers itself towards a goal. So, you want to change? Then make it Your Servant.
Every day of our lives, we are making decisions about how our world is. We tend to make those decisions without going back to reassess them. Some of our behaviour today may be based on decisions we made when we were children and we continue to reinforce them. They may have served us then but are no longer appropriate or functional.
“Every time my co-worker acts like that, I get mad”
“Finish all you dinner, think of the poor starving children in…”
“If I look at a brownie, I put on 5 pounds.”
“I have a big day tomorrow. I know I won’t sleep.”
“I’ve tried everything to quit. I just can’t do it.”
“My memory is poor.”
“I never do well on exams.”
“No matter how hard I try, I always fail.”
“I am stupid.”
“I’ve always been an average golfer.”
“Rich people must be cheats.”
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
And the list goes on.
We know how powerful advertising is but we don’t often realise how powerful our own thoughts are in directing our lives. Its all the power of suggestion.
That brings us to repetition. Our subconscious mind thrives on repetition. Just as advertisers know that their ads are more effective when we see or hear them repeatedly, so, too, is it important for you to hear those positive suggestions repeatedly for your ultimate success.
Listen to your hypnosis tapes often, read or say your affirmations, and redirect your negative thoughts. Go on, say some nice things about yourself. I can... achieve all the changes I want.....I am...perfect just the way I am.
In hypnotherapy, perhaps the greatest skill comes with developing positive suggestions. You can learn to talk to your subconscious mind in the way it can understand.
Read more about this under Self-Hypnosis.
This powerful part of our mind also directs our autonomic or automatic functions of our bodies. If we can control more of our subconscious mind, then we may be able to affect some of those functions, too. Definitely, with the relaxation of each session, heart rates slow down and blood pressure drops. All of our body functions can achieve a healthy balance.
Hypnosis is NOT a substitute for conventional medical treatment. It is a complimentary therapy, an additional tool you can use. But a very powerful one when you pull in the power of your subconscious mind.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have had the full support of The American Medical Association since 1958. In fact, many doctors, dentists and psychologists use it as an adjunct in their practices. Some clinics even have hypnotherapists on staff.
Learning about and understanding our subconscious mind can help us to utilise more of our own natural resources for healing and enriching our lives. We can become healthier, stronger and more fit in mind, body and spirit.
Learn this skill and put it to work for yourself! For much less than regular sessions with a certified hypnotherapist would charge, you can learn quickly for yourself.
Even if you follow up with in office sessions, learning more about hypnosis first will amplify the success you have with a personal session.
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