Hypnosis the Mind and the Body
Hypnosis is quite well known for helping you to stop smoking or lose weight, and many other issues such as anxiety, fears and phobias. Hypnotherapy can though be used for so much more once you begin to understand how the mind works and affects the body.
Hypnosis and the Mind
Before we can look at how hypnosis affects the mind we first have to understand in a bit more detail how the mind works. This is a huge subject and science is still trying to work out how the mind works. So here is my model of the mind and how hypnosis can help with so many issues.
Where is your Mind?
I know where my brain is, it’s inside my skull, but where is my mind? I have seen operations on TV where surgeons cut open a patients skull and proceed to remove blood clots and tumours. That though is flesh and blood, it is the brain, and to me that is not the mind. The mind is not tangible, to date no one, as far as I am aware, has been able to point out and map where the mind is in the body.
There have been recent discoveries of neurones similar to those in the brain found in the stomach, so it may be that the mind is all over our body. This may account for the “gut feelings” we get from time to time when we just know that something is not right.
The two parts of the Mind
In hypnotherapy we tend to talk of the conscious and the subconscious minds. Maybe this where the phrase “I’m in two minds about this” came from? I believe that there is just one mind and it has different parts that carry out different functions.
The Conscious Mind
The Conscious Mind is the analytical part of our minds, responsible for making conscious decisions about what is helpful and useful to us. It is quite limited and according to scientists can only handle between 5 and 9 bits of information at any one time. A bit of information could be a word or a number, hence why we tend to break down 10 digit telephone numbers into two parts, a dialling code and the number itself. It then becomes 2 bits of information and much easier to remember.
The Subconscious Mind
The Subconscious Mind is vastly more powerful and can handle in excess of 2 million bits of information at any one time. It is responsible for storing everything we see, say, feel, hear, taste, smell, etc. A vast repository of whatever has happened to us in our lives, all stored away ready for use when required. It is the creative part of our mind, and creative people like artists and writers are often referred to as using the right side of their brains.
The Mind, Hypnosis and everyday life.
The job of the conscious mind is to protect the subconscious mind. To prevent our subconscious mind from saying and doing whatever it wants, and to prevent un-useful information from entering. Sometimes though this system works in a way that is not beneficial to us.
A good example is a fear of spiders.
A recent client had picked up a fear of spiders from one of their parents, that parent would literally freak out whenever they saw even a small spider, my client as child learnt that this was the way to react whenever they saw a spider – a learned response. Their mind was just protecting them from what it considered was a dangerous situation. One session of hypnosis was all it took to sort it out.
Hypnosis was the answer
It was quite a simple session to enlighten the subconscious mind that most spiders (in this country) are not dangerous and are in fact more scared of us than we are of them. They run because they want to escape from the giant that wants to squash them!
Hypnosis in Petersfield
I offer a free no obligation session to see if hypnosis is the right way to help you resolve any issues that may be concerning you. To book a session simply call me on 07810 877158 or email via the contact form on my website at http://hypnotherapypetersfield.co.uk