Hypnosis and the Subconscious Mind
Trying something new can be a little scary – for me too! I’m hoping I can calm your nerves a little by explaining how hypnosis works, and how hypnosis can help you. Hypnosis is just one of the tools that I use to help my clients reach their goals with reduced stress and typically in a much quicker timeframe.
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation (and everyone can relax!). In this state of relaxation, we will be accessing and speaking to your subconscious mind and you are more open to questions and suggestions. You can only be hypnotized if you choose to – you can’t be forced to participate. You are still in control of yourself, so you will not make any decisions without knowing it, you will not be persuaded into anything you don’t want to do, and you will not end up making clucking or barking noises every time someone tells you to post-hypnosis (this is just in the movies!).
Our conscious mind controls our mental processing; it’s very rational. It tells us our desires and aspirations.
Our subconscious mind governs our actions automatically (it’s not something you consciously think about and decide), such as how we react to an event, our behavior patterns, and our thoughts and feelings, including pain, anxiety, and conflict. How our subconscious mind responds and reacts is based on our life experiences, like falling off of a swing and getting hurt or choking on an apple, and it can help keep us safe. However, sometimes the subconscious mind can lead us to make irrational decisions when it misjudges what is actually threatening our safety.
During hypnosis, the goal is to access and speak to the subconscious mind to make positive changes in how we think about and react to specific situations that will then be accepted by the conscious mind. It can help adjust our behavior by aligning the conscious and subconscious mind with each other.
For example, let’s say you’re at dinner and the host is serving apple pie. Your conscious mind may say, “Yum! The apple pie smells so delicious. We should have a piece of apple pie.” But then, your subconscious mind remembers a time that you choked on a bite of apple when you were little, resulting in a brief loss of air and gagging. Even though the apples are in a different form (cooked vs. raw), your subconscious mind tells you, “No, we can’t eat that. We could choke on it”. Once your subconscious mind has made this decision, then you will not eat the apple pie, no matter how much you want to. Our subconscious mind does not listen to our conscious reasoning.
Who is a candidate for hypnosis?
I will work with you to determine if you (or your child) are a good candidate for hypnosis. The best candidates are people who are highly motivated to make a change in their life, right now. It only works for someone with a deep intrinsic desire for change. It will not work, for example, for someone whose spouse or parent wants them to change. Together, we will create a customized program to help you achieve your most fulfilling life possible!
If you have questions, please reach out to Kelly at Infinity Hypnosis. Kelly is an SLP who specializes in using hypnosis to support feeding difficulties, weight management, and anxiety. Kelly can answer your questions over a free phone consultation where she can further discuss how hypnosis works and how hypnosis could help you or your loved one’s specific needs. Contact Kelly and Infinity Hypnosis at [email protected] or check out her website at https://infinityhypnosis.com/ to book a free consultation.
If you’d like to learn more about hypnosis and how hypnosis can help you, please join us at our FREE information session hosted by Kelly on Friday, August 26th, 2022 at 12pm EST. Tickets to the event can be found through Eventbrite or by clicking here.