Have you ever?
We are all 'suggestable' to some degree or other. Some people question whether they can be hypnotized at all and it is certainly true that some people find it easier than others, but have you ever;
been so absorbed in a task you didn't hear someone calling you?
Or ever driven past somewhere and not been consciously aware of it until after reaching your destination?
Or cried during a film? - whilst another part of your mind 'knew' that Lassie wasn't really lost or even existed.
If you have experienced any of these types of phenomenon, you have already experienced degrees of hypnosis.
Utilizing Hypnotherapeutic techniques can help with anything in which the mind has influence, so its uses and applications are far greater than is usually thought.
Hypnosis is a tool that helps form a bridge between our conscious and our subconscious minds. Most of us stay - and practice to stay - in the conscious. This is limiting, as it is our subconscious mind that holds our resources, learnings, beliefs, attitudes and experiences.
Émile Coué stated that when the imagination comes up against your will power, your imagination will always win!
Reflect for a moment on the extreme lengths Court officials go to, in order to avoid jurors becoming influenced by a Newspaper report or even by a phrase or comment — and this is when we are fully conscious and have all our critical faculties in place!
The subconscious mind influences our decisions and how we interpret and respond to events. Recent neurological research suggests that our 'free will' is illusory - that our subconscious minds start to respond to a stimulus fractionally before allowing our conscious mind to 'choose'. When both hemispheres marry up, it allows us the illusion that 'I' am in control!
Once a thought is repeated, it strengthens a pattern; The stronger the pattern - when we add in repetition, internal dialogue and imagination - the quicker it becomes a belief; Once a belief, it exerts a powerful influence over our judgements, behaviours, experiences and our physiology, often unconsciously. It is in effect always attempting to be self-fulfilling.
It doesn't judge - it just responds
The subconscious mind is never right or wrong. It merely acts on what it 'knows' or has learned. It doesn't 'reason'. It will quite happily grind out falsehoods as it will truth. Hypnotherapy helps 'bypass' those protective mechanisms designed to protect our beliefs.
Sometimes these powerful learnings are not for our own good. For example, someone may have been told, as a child, that they were clumsy and accident prone. Once that suggestion becomes a belief — perhaps through repetition — that belief then exerts a powerful influence on all their future performances.
So I don't think it's exaggerating to claim that the learning of hypnotherapeutic skills are probably the most important skills to learn. They increase our ability to use our imagination, our intuition, and our creativity to change beliefs and see different perspectives for our benefit.
Peace of mind
With practice we can develop this state into one of concentration and focus, and at that point we have a wonderful potential for mental and physical control and to achieve what many philosophers claim to be the epitome of success, peace of mind.