Q. I can't seem to figure out why I'm experiencing lots of negative feelings lately. Can hypnosis help me find the source?
A. In hypnosis the work is focused on the subconscious mind. When we try to think things through or use reasoning, we are using the conscious mind.
Our negative feelings come from within the subconscious mind, not the critical or conscious mind. We do our thinking and try to figure things out with our critical mind, but that is not where the source or roots of the issue reside. Here is a more detailed explanation of how this works:
Inside our brains, we have a conscious and a subconscious mind. The conscious mind, or what is often referred to as the critical mind, is the part of the brain 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. When you do things like work on the computer or pay bills, you are working with the conscious or critical mind.
The subconscious mind stores our habits, beliefs, behavioral patterns, anxieties and fears. It is the part of our mind that makes us feel and experience emotions. When we experience things like anxiety, sadness, fear or anger; when we demonstrate compulsive behavior like perfectionism; or when we have an insatiable craving for food or sweets, we are responding to the information or programming of the subconscious mind. All of our life issues are stored in the subconscious mind, and in order to make genuine and lasting changes, those changes and the healing must take place at the subconscious level.
So, to get to the root of those negative feelings, it makes sense to use hypnosis to access the subconscious information.