Insights Hypnotherapy

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What Is Hypnotherapy?

The power exists within you to live your dreams and heal your mind and body.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapy utilizing the wisdom of your subconscious mind to heal and transform physical as well as emotional issues. Your subconscious mind controls your beliefs, your patterns, your emotions, your immune system and your body. It is also the home of your higher mind, and connects you with a wellspring of inner resources.

Through hypnosis you gain access to this incredibly powerful part of your mind to make positive changes as well as tap into the tremendous gifts your mind has to offer. Accessing your subconscious mind allows you to discover the underlying emotional and psychological causes of a problem, and understand them in a new way so you can release their control over your life.

Hypnotherapy allows you to heal limiting beliefs and transform negative patterns into positive ones. It is a proven tool for reawakening the creative forces within you to allow you to finally live your dreams.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis works by learning the rhythms and patterns between your conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. The application of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is based solely on the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind. It is important to understand the function of each of these so you can understand how hypnosis works.

Your conscious mind is your present awareness. For instance, in reading this, you are aware of the words on the page. What you may not be aware of is the sound of birds outside, the hum of your computer, or even the color of the chair you are sitting in. The conscious mind can only hold the information you are currently focusing on. It is only able to retain, at most, 7 pieces of information at a time. The conscious mind analyzes and solves problems. It evaluates whatever concern, situation or issue that has its attention at any given moment. It is the part of your mind that makes decisions and exercises willpower. The conscious mind is the place of temporary memory, the memory we use everyday to function.

The subconscious mind, on the other hand, accounts for the rest of your mind. It can be compared to a computer or a memory bank. It takes in everything we hear, see, feel, and experience and stores it in your memory banks. It has been estimated that the subconscious mind receives two billion pieces of information per second. The subconscious mind controls all of your bodily functions; breathing, circulation, eyes blinking, the immune system, organs, muscles, bones, and tissues.

The subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions, habits, core beliefs, and your permanent memory. Just like a computer, your subconscious mind operates only on it's programming, which has been created by life experiences. Through hypnosis we are able to reprogram your subconscious mind to bring about the positive changes you desire.

There is a part of your conscious mind called the "critical factor." It is the gatekeeper between the conscious and subconscious mind. It has the power to accept or reject new programming. Its job is to protect you. Because change, even positive change, is viewed as a threat to the nervous system, most new programming gets rejected. This is why you may wake up in the morning and say, "today I am going to exercise and eat only healthy foods," and by noon you are searching for chocolate and have created brilliant excuses as to why you can't exercise. The only way to make real change is to get the new programming into your subconscious mind.

During hypnosis your critical factor becomes a passive observer for awhile and the new information goes directly into your subconscious mind allowing you to make lasting, powerful and positive changes.

Hypnotherapy is a two-way process, a professional partnership, between the therapist and the client. Trust and respect are essential to allow that "critical factor' to become that passive observer.

During a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist takes all the time necessary to completely answer the client’s questions about hypnotherapy, explaining the entire process. After determining whether or not hypnotherapy is the most effective way to address the client’s needs, and before proceeding, a strategy and specific suggestions are agreed upon. Only after complete agreement is the hypnotic state induced and the suggestions offered to the subconscious. 

Imagination and Hypnosis

Imagination is used to induce hypnosis but imagination during hypnosis is quite different as has been shown in Neuroscience investigations of brain activity use PET scans. Scientists found the brain activity during a suggested experience in hypnosis to be very similar to the conscioius experience of the actual experience whereas the brain activity during conscious imagination of the experience was quite different.

A Brief History of Hypnosis - a work in progress

With a knowledge of hypnosis it can be seen that hypnosis has been with us since the beginning. Since there have been humans there has been hypnosis. The earliest examples of hypnosis can be found in ancient tribal ceremonies of our early ancestors. Hypnosis was used in both healing ceremonies and preparations for tribal war. In these early times the hypnotherapist was called a shaman.

The earliest recorded documentation of hypnosis was found in an Egyptian tomb written on papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C. The Egyptians used hypnosis for both medical and religious purposes. This lineage of hypnosis was passed on to the Greeks, who performed healing rituals in underground healing chambers.

Many religions today still include hypnosis in their ceremonies such as the sacred Dervishes in Kurdistan in the land of Zarathustra.

In the 18th Century, an Austrian named Frank Anton Mezmer was credited with the discovery of hypnosis. Mezmer would hold large healing ceremonies at his estate. As his patients arrived he had soft music playing and candles creating a very relaxing atmosphere. He would make his appearance walking through the crowds with a powerful magnet around his neck and assuring his clients would find health in his tremendous powers. Because of his extreme popularity he was ridiculed by the physicians of the time and an investigation was conducted by a group which included Benjamin Franklin. They concluded Mezmer did not have any special blessings or powers. They believed people were healed because of their imaginations. A sick person believed they were healed, and so they were healed. Mezmer along with hypnosis was disregarded.

It wasn’t until 1840 when James Braid, a physician, brought hypnosis to the medical community. Braid studied the work of Mezmer and determined his clients where experiencing a trance-like state. He named this state nuerohypnotism and later shortened it to hypnosis, “hypno” being the Greek word for sleep. Later he realized clients under hypnosis where in fact not asleep at all but very much awake and alert, he tried to change the name, but hypnosis stuck. The research of James Braid made hypnosis accessible to the medical community of the time and many other physicians did their own research and began to incorporate hypnosis into their practice.

Dr. James Esdaile was one such physician, he performed over 2500 surgeries in Calcutta, India using hypnosis for anesthesia. His findings where presented in Europe where he was rejected and ordered to cease using hypnosis. He returned to India and practiced hypnosis successfully for years.

Hypnosis found it’s way back into the medical community in World War I and II where it was used to treat soldiers with neurosis as well as replace anesthesia when supplies were low.

In 1933, an American named Clark Hull studied hypnosis and found it to be a state of mind where the person is very open to suggestion.

In 1950, both the British and American Medical Associations declared hypnosis to be a useful therapeutic tool.

In 1957, Sigmund Freud became impressed with hypnosis and began to use it in his practice to treat neurotic disorders. Later he became frustrated he could not put every one of his patients into a trance state and tossed hypnosis aside. Once again, hypnosis receded from the medical model and was embraced solely for entertainment in the form of state hypnosis. 

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Contact Insights Hypnotherapy

By Appointment Only:

James F. Conner, Ph.D., C.H.T.
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist

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