Habits are learned behaviors that become regular or routine. These are continually upheld in the subconscious and become automatic behaviors. We continue to repeat these patterns of behavior and they create a structure that is familiar and comfortable. Hypnosis attunes the mind and body to higher states of learning and processing that enable us to easily learn new information that is useful to us. Our unproductive habits can be seen for what they are and released through hypnosis in favor of new more productive and constructive behavior patterns that bring about the desired results.
Through awareness and understanding of our habits, skills, and abilities we can set both short and long term goals that will help us achieve health and happiness. This mindfulness and self improvement based Hypnosis re-sets the mind, body, and emotions and brings them back into balance. New, positive, constructive patterns of neurological growth, feedback, and responses in the brain and body communication system creates positive change and transformation
Hypnosis uses the motivational system of the Sub-Conscious and Conscious waking mind to come into alignment with itself. This allows for a more whole and complete integration of experiences, events, people, and places and the emotional currents of the Sub Conscious Mind. The power of the Sub Conscious is used to build the foundation for positive growth
Group Therapy is effective and works well however it is not usually or entirely customized to any individual clients holistic health needs. It is often less expensive which is attractive to many, though you get what you pay for and often the general consensus of group hypnosis is that it is heavily generalized and therefore less powerful on and from a personal basis. This plays heavily on the emotional component and is lacking in group hypnosis. Individual therapy is holistic by nature and completely customized to your specific needs and goals.
Hypnosis is a natural state that occurs in us at varying times throughout the day including prior to falling asleep or just before waking. However it is a fluctuation of brain waves that can occur at any time more or less by the environment or social influence. Brainwaves fluctuate through sleeping, waking, and dreaming and are associated with gamma, delta, alpha, and theta brain waves. Certain states are especially conducive to new learning and processing and as well facilitate greater self awareness
One of the reasons hypnosis is so effective is in its strategies of resourcefulness in the Sub-Conscious that help to transform behavior patterns. However it is also important to Consciously know how to implement a practical plan that has a purpose to attain specific small or large goals for health, healing, improvement, or personal growth. The cognitive aspect of therapy is discussing a customized plan that is holistically engineered through the client and therapist interaction. Hypnosis is used to plant the correct motivational program into the Sub-Conscious. This ensures that one has a clear understanding of what the action plan he/she is to take between sessions in order to allow the power of hypnosis to create change without setbacks, interferencies, or further difficulties
The subconscious can be said to be a motivational machine in that it runs our programs and is our essential operating system. It runs whatever programs we have installed. These programs we have installed are called software on computers, however in human being they correlate as learned behavior patterns and related emotions that are stored in the memory of the mind and body. Because learning and memory are intricately linked together, the subconscious holds access to many of our learned emotions, beliefs, feelings, and reactions through our memory and learning.
The subconscious has been operating as a an operating system with (running) programs with a related set of attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs that motivate them to continue and become habits. These habits become learned in the nervous system through the practicing of any habit and then it becomes routine and automatic. It is exactly like learning to ride a bike, learning a new sport, or learning to drive. This area of the subconscious that resides below our regular understanding and reasoning of the conscious mind is not always readily accessible to us in the way we'd like it to be. We may not know why we have certain feelings or have to overcome particular situations or personal developments, obstacles, or blockages to our success or freedom from limiting behavior patterns that don't serve us. The subconscious holds these blocks and limiting belief patterns that keep us stuck in our habits and unable to break or change them.
Hypnosis helps to create new learning and de-condition the old learning states of unproductive or unwanted behaviors. The pathways used to support the old habits die and fade as the habit is no longer enforced mentally and emotionally. New learning is enforced and supported by a new improved belief system supported by logical emotional and mental responses that are sound and balanced in body and mind and a unique expression of the creative self.
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Q: Will I be unconscious?
A: No, you will be in an alternate state of consciousness that is just above the unconscious state. It does sometimes happen that one drifts off into a state of dream like quality or sleep however you will be lightly brought back to the ideal state for learning and receiving new information. You will be in a state of consciousness prior to being asleep however you will hear everything that is said and be able to focus and concentrate with clarity and ease.
It is in fact a lucid and highly focused state, a state of higher learning where mind and body are united, coordinated, and completely undistracted.
Q: What if I didn't notice any changes in thinking or behavior after a hypnosis session?
A: It takes time to create a shift in the subconscious mind to affect attitudes, thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, however one notices the benefit after even just one session. New associations made in hypnosis create new learning components that begin to have a snowball effect. This learning is cumulative and begins to grow and expand and come alive in the subconscious.
Q: What if you can't hypnotize me when I come in for the session?
A: Hypnosis is a completely natural state that is determined by the changes and fluctuations in brain wave activity.
Whether people believe they can be hypnotized or not is irrelevant as people who experience waking and sleeping can also be hypnotized. Everyone experiences fluctuation in brain waves and can be hypnotized however many people are actually afraid of losing or giving up control and therefore don't want to be hypnotized at some level out of fear of giving up control. This fear is irrational because you don't have to give up any form of control. One just has to trust the process and allow it to happen rather than resist it. If they relax and surrender and trust the therapeutic process then it will work for them.
However certain personality types may have more resistance to certain methods or procedures used in hypnosis or have more difficulty
processing information in certain ways. It is just a matter of finding how one optimally processes and what information is best suited to that individual in how it is presented and how useful it will be.
Everyone enters into varying states of hypnosis.
It is therefore a lucid aware state without limiting factors that is influenced by and is suggestible to your own thoughts, feelings, and desires.
Q: What if I can't be hypnotized in general by anyone?
A: As long as you have an open mind and are a willing participant in your own desire and willingness to grow then hypnosis therapy will work.
Q: Are there any cases where hypnosis doesn't work?
If one is not open minded enough to experience hypnosis they cannot derive the same benefits by being forced into it. As long as an individual desire's growth and self-improvement it will work for them.
Hypnosis will not work if one does not want it or is not open minded enough to allow a hypnotherapist to work with them. It is a pleasant and relaxed state physically that people find refreshing and healing therefore one just has to understand that it is a natural state and there is no harm in it or no intention to control another person. The therapist only addresses the issues you want to work on and healing occurs on many levels. Some people may only wish to quit certain behaviors but may not be willing to heal at a deeper level.
Q: Will I have to give up control?
A: No, you are in control of your experience and should you choose to do so you could tell your mind and body to get up and leave the room. However because you know you are there to get the benefit of therapy and receive valuable information and experience your potential, depth, power, and purpose you will want to experience everything you need to in order to grow, see, and experience results. You simply will allow yourself to be guided into optimal learning states and feel your own real emotions, thoughts, and feeling that you have created and can re-create through powerful access to the depth of the subconscious mind.
Q: Will I remember what is being said?
A: Yes, you will be conscious enough to remember, and you will be in an ideal state for the information to penetrate into the subconscious.
The deeper one goes into hypnosis (although one is focused and aware in hypnosis) the less one may remember long after the hypnosis state similar to some dreams we may have.
Sometimes during past life regressions people give facts about themselves that they later on do not recall giving. Only in deep states of hypnosis is less memory retained. For the purpose of therapy you will remember and continue to remember words, ideas, phrases, and suggestions as they begin to correlate with your new learning experiences in everyday life. This creates a synchronicity and feeling of confiidence as the conscious mind and the subconscious become aligned in their purpose, goals, and behavior.
Therefore it is ideal to remain in a state of consciousness that is aware and not unconscious as you would not remember what took place and
therefore it would not be as valuable to your conscious mind when you try to remember and recall what information will best serve you.
Q: How does it work?
A: Ideas, thoughts, phrases, and suggestions easily go into the subconscious which makes up 80%-85% of the overall complete consciousness
Because it is the client's wish to receive beneficial information that is helpful, the normal conscious waking mind does not resist or reject it.
However, there is always a certain amount of resistance that comes up if the ideas given are completely foreign or not understood.
This is why it is important to have a cognitive understanding through discussion of what the client (you) would like to achieve both short and long term and what practical steps need to be taken.
Questions about number of sessions required
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: This depends on how much improvement and progress you would like to make and/or how intense the habit is you may wish to overcome
Q: How many sessions will it take to quit smoking, lose weight (drinking, doing drugs, gambling, etc)?
A: This depends on how severe the habit is, many people will only need one 2 hour session and that is enough for them to be motivated to quit for good.
Even though 1 session may be adequate people always benefit from re-enforcement as it increases confidence and motivation begins to pound and ground the essential elements of change into the new foundation for growth and improved behavior, health, happiness, wealth, and well-being.
If done in 3-6 sessions one doesn't experience withdrawal and one learns to increase self control, confidence, and positive outlook
They are not the same session repeated but rather the sessions are cumulative and build on each other progressively allowing for more and change to occur and be integrated and assimilated into the subconscious programming which runs your thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
The groundwork is laid in the first session and then it is generally best to allow a few days to process the information thoroughly before the next session which enforces and adds more to it.
These sessions also will work on helping you cut back and gain control over the habit and use strategies to exercise self control without complete denial and withdrawal. Then one's desire to quit for good increases as well as new more effective behavior patterns and strategies are created that overcome the old conditioning and replace it to ensure that you do not return to the old habit when facing stress in the future. Without the positive behavioral substitute for the unhealthy habit many people may quit only to return to the habit later on. That is why 3-6 sessions is ideal because it creates the foundation for long lasting permanent change. It is most often recommended that one purchase a block of 3 sessions to begin with and this is given at a reduced rate for those who are committed to change and growth. A second block of 3 sessions will often be recommended for those who wish to reach longer term goals or overcome many years of addiction, loss, pain, anxiety, self-esteem issues, illness or issues requiring deeper healing.