Hypnotherapy or hypnosis is a fantastic tool to help change and overcome negative thoughts or reactions in life. While placed in a mild form of trance, an individual can receive desired suggestions from a skilled hypnotherapist to assist in weight loss, release pain or anxiety, help with depression, and even stop unwanted habits. One of the more profound changes that can be introduced through hypnosis is behavior modification or behavior changes. Behavioral change is a benefit of hypnosis supported and researched by the Mayo Clinic.
Since our lives and outcomes of situations are about our behavior, changing unwanted behavior and responses can completely change the quality of an individual’s life. Even relationships can be improved by behavioral modification through hypnotherapy.
Unlike what some might expect, hypnosis is not falling asleep but more of a heightened state of awareness. Even so, some individuals might fall asleep due to the relaxation state achieved through a hypnotic induction. WebMD explains two ways hypnosis can be used in a therapeutic or a counseling situation; for analysis during therapy or suggestion.
During hypnotic analysis, a client is placed into a mild trance where responses to the leading questioning can help bring out reasons for distress or hidden heart wounds. Since we all tend to lead and live according to many of our heart wounds, bringing them to the surface to heal them can help tremendously in the process of discovery and recovery.
Hypnotic suggestion is just as it sounds to be. Hypnosis can be used to place an individual into a deeper trance state, and the therapist feeds suggestions to reprogram or reformat the subconscious mind. Changing the subconscious is an effective way to change lifelong poor habits and gain new, more productive habits! Some of the wonderful ways to make changes are to have the subconscious mind accept suggestions for more productivity, abundance, self-worth, self-confidence, or even get that old tendency toward eating the wrong things out of mind and out of sight!
One prevalent and sometimes controversial reason for hypnosis is for past life regression. Our past life can be considered what happened in the past during this lifetime. Those who adhere to reincarnation hypnotic regression can regress clients into former lives with amazing clarity. During a regression, an individual’s reasoning or conscious mind is bypassed while the hypnotherapist guides into the subconscious mind that has a recall of all that has been experienced before. Through this process, the higher self, or what some call the superconscious mind, is connected with, and discoveries can be made, recorded, and analyzed to help bring more insights into the present life lived.
Although past life regression is controversial to some people, it can help those who embrace the concept or are willing to be open-minded about it (pun intended)! Even seeking back into one’s forgotten childhood experiences can be overwhelmingly helpful as situations and experiences are brought forth to help bring healing and hope for new things on the horizon.
Interesting reading regarding past life regression can be found in the book Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, And The Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by author Brian L Weiss M.D. The preface of Dr. Weiss’ book begins like this:
“ I know that there is a reason for everything. Perhaps at the moment that an event occurs, we have neither the insight or the foresight to comprehend the reason, but with time and patience, it will come to light” (Weiss 1988).
Regression, analysis, and hypnotic suggestions can all work together to help bring ease, enlightenment, and new focus into life. Even more, some of the old un-useful habits can be released and reprogrammed for better ones. Several sessions are usually needed as mindfulness, subconscious thoughts, and past life thoughts are recorded, analyzed, and reprogrammed. The final results can be absolutely life-changing! Hypnosis is one of the most relaxing and revolutionary tools to use in complicated cases or even to stop the old habits that hold us back from being our authentic and true selves.
Although hypnosis is not for everyone, such as those with dissociative or severe mental illnesses, the practice can help many achieve the freedom and lives they desire. Healing is what we are here for. Once we heal, we are enticed to help others heal too. In fact, our recovery can bring substantial healing to others without trying. We affect everyone around us every day of our lives.
Dr. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.
Life Advancement and Empowerment Coach, Relationships, Hypnotherapy
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