Hypnosis is a highly relaxed mental state, in which we bypass the critical mind. In other words, the mind is relaxed and ready to learn, the mind becomes much more susceptible to new suggestions allowing us to change how existing habits, dependencies and fears are perceived.
In deeply relaxed hypnosis, we can override these automatic thoughts, and update this thinking with new suggestions. Hypnosis works by allowing us to alter our unconscious thought processes to help us achieve specific goals.
Here’s an example: You want to use hypnosis for weight loss.
Your subconscious mind has many beliefs about losing weight. You might automatically think: Losing weight is impossible, that you don’t want to give up your favourite foods, or that you don’t have time for exercise. These unconscious thoughts – which are shaped by memories, experiences and expectations – ultimately drive our conscious actions, and we don’t even realize this is happening.
In short, our subconscious sets us up to fail and that’s true about many of our bad habits – negative self-talk, smoking, overeating – they’re all deeply rooted in unconscious thought.
Through hypnotherapy though we can begin to alter and update these negative assumptions and that might explain why the research strongly suggests hypnosis works for conditions like chronic pain, substance abuse and weight loss.
By training our minds to think differently about challenges and goals, we can eliminate the negative thoughts that so frequently leads to self-sabotage.
Simply put…..hypnosis empowers you to change your unconscious thoughts and that, in a nutshell, is how hypnotherapy works.