What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a mild state of relaxation which allows information to move past the conscious mind and enter the subconscious. The subconscious mind harbors the negative habits, beliefs and memories that prevent us from living life to its fullest.
Through hypnosis, the root of a problem can be identified and the negative programming associated with that issue can be replaced with positive ideas and suggestions, clearing the way for dramatic life changes. It is a safe and effective process with benefits that can last a lifetime.
The Mind/Body Connection
How important is the mind in promoting good health and well-being? People readily accept that the mind can cause psychosomatic illnesses. People also accept that mental stress can cause physical ailments. High blood pressure, headaches, back spasms, skin rashes are just a few examples of physical afflictions that can be the result of mental stress.
So, the question is: if the mind can create ailments or illnesses, can the mind also be used to heal or reverse these ailments that we have created? Or better yet, can we prevent these unhealthy situations from occurring altogether? In other words, if the mind can cause or create health problems, can we also use the mind to heal ourselves and fix whatever is broken? That is the focus of hypnotherapy: to create a healthy relationship between the mental and the physical.
If we can free our minds from unresolved emotional issues, from excessive mental stress, from irrational fears, from other burdens that take away from our mental well-being, then we can heal our physical bodies. In other words, heal the mind and you can heal the body.
I highly endorse and recommend the work of Jim Schwartz. Jim provides a safe, supportive environment in which to release belief systems that are no longer supportive. His work also removes blockages, some of which a person may not even be aware. Jims work is very effective because he works with the subconscious which sculptures our life. The longer I work with Jim, the more areas I am aware of that need attention. I highly recommend Jims services to anyone who is serious about changing their life for the better.
Some Key Facts about Hypnotherapy:
- Hypnotherapy is safe. It is simply a relaxed state where your subconscious mind is accessible and open to making positive changes.
- It is not mind control. People will not do anything against their will.
- Working with the guidance of the hypnotherapist, YOU decide on how to resolve each issue in a way that works for you.
- You are not asleep during hypnotherapy. It is simply a safe, comfortable state of relaxation.
- Anyone can be hypnotized.
- People cannot get stuck in a trance.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Inside our brains, we have a conscious and a subconscious mind. The conscious or critical mind is the part of the mind that is logical and analytical. It does the reasoning for you. It is the part of the mind that keeps you functioning throughout the day and makes most of your daily decisions.
The subconscious mind stores our habits, beliefs, anxieties, behavioral patterns, imbedded memories, emotions and fears. The information in the subconscious mind is deeply ingrained and very difficult to change.
When you decide that you want to make significant changes in your life-such as habits, lifestyle, beliefs, fears, behavioral patterns-those modifications have to be made at the subconscious level. But the conscious mind and critical factor act as a protective wall or barrier around the subconscious mind and, under normal circumstances, keep information from reaching the subconscious. That barrier or obstruction makes it extremely difficult to get the subconscious mind to change or accept new material. This is why hypnotherapy is a valuable resource. Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious mind interference and works directly with the subconscious mind.
In order for most people to make changes-whether it be to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome fears and anxieties, improve sleep habits, boost self-esteem or any number of lifestyle changes-they have to make changes in the programming of the subconscious mind.