II. How Does Hypnosis Work ?
The subconscious mind receives and retains, neither accepting nor rejecting. This includes all the messages we receive from our backgrounds, whether genetic, social, religious or experiential, plus all the conflicts (little or big) that enter our lives daily. When for whatever reason the conscious mind (which deals with everyday living, logic, reason, etc.) becomes overloaded, the subconscious prepares us for what is considered appropriate action (usually fight or flight). However, the subconscious mind does not analyze, as does the conscious mind, but accepts all messages in the literal sense.
In essence, hypnosis is a means of communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Most human problems, habits, stresses, anxieties, attitudes or apparent deficiencies are created due to interpretations by the subconscious mind. However, when these erroneous interpretations are understood by the conscious mind, specific problems can be reduced or resolved.
The subconscious is also the seat of all memory. Traumatic events can be buried or suppressed in the subconscious. A major benefit of hypnotherapy is its ability to uncover and bring into the light of understanding the buried information or experience which may be the cause of a troublesome disorder
How Therapy works-Rapid Relief by Getting to the Root of the Problem!
The Problem Is Like A Weed In Your Yard!
Think of a weed in your garden. Pretend for a moment, that your mind is like your lawn out in front of your home. Even some of the best cared for yards, if you look close enough, are going to have a couple of weeds! Weeds are interesting because they are so persistent. Nearly the entire yard is made up of good green grass, shrubs, and flowers (the good things about yourself).
The grass has good roots, but the weed's roots go much deeper. That is why if you try to remove a weed by cutting it off, or pulling it up, it is most likely to just come back. Sometimes there are more weeds (symptoms or problems) than when you started.
Taking this example a little further, you could look at the picture of the weed that you create in your mind’s eye and divide it up into three distinct areas. The roots are equivalent to the subconscious mind. The grass is equivalent to the conscious mind clearly the part that is easy to see. And finally, there is the part that sticks up into the air for yourself and everyone else to see, the weed, the part of ourselves that we don't like. The part we don't like might be a bad habit like biting your fingernails or something more serious like smoking, a phobia, or even some diseases like ulcers.
Some treatments just deal with the behavior or the outward symptom, and that would be like mowing off the weed, it is likely that it will return. In the short term, you might feel better, like going on a diet, losing weight, and then the weight returns, because the real cause of the excess weight was never eliminated! Then you feel frustrated, and may even gain more weight (more weeds!).
Hypnotherapy done properly will remove the problem at the root, by helping you to see or experience the situation, thought or idea that started the problem differently. If the root is removed, then the problem ceases to exist!