The Subconscious Mind.
As a hypnotherapist I am fascinated by the power of the subconscious deeper mind. So what is the subconscious mind? This question has enthralled people for centuries.
The psychologist Pierre Janet (1859-1947), argued that underneath the layers of critical-thought functions of the conscious mind lay a powerful awareness that he called the subconscious mind.
The subconscious is the store house of everything that has every happened in your life. All your memories and dreams, your beliefs, your skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen. It lock’s away the bad stuff so we can cope with life. Its main objective I feel is to protect us. All of our distress patterns and behaviours have their root in the subconscious. Through the use of hypnosis we can easily access this deeper part of ourselves. We can harness this power to help us change and release negativity from our past.
Just as your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener, planting seeds, your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow.
Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys.
The subconscious mind has what is called a homeostatic impulse. It keeps your body temperature at 37 degrees centigrade, just as it keeps you breathing regularly and keeps your heart beating at a certain rate. Through your autonomic nervous system, it maintains a balance among the hundreds of chemicals in your billions of cells so that your entire physical body functions in complete equilibrium most of the time.
Your subconscious mind also practices homeostasis in your mental sphere, by keeping you thinking and acting in a manner consistent with what you have done and said in the past.
All your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorised all your comfort zones and it works to keep you in them. Your subconscious mind will act upon any request or instruction you give it. Any thought that is repeated over and over again will take an imprint within the subconscious. The subconscious cannot distinguish between what is real and what is imagined.
This is why the power of hypnosis using visualisations, affirmations and repeated images can have such a powerful effect in our life. By doing these exercises we are creating images within ourselves which the subconscious then acts upon. I believe that if there is an aspect of your life that feels out of your control then it has its roots in the subconscious. Only deep communication with ourselves can bring about change.
When science finally backs up what every hypnotherapist know then I believe Hypnotherapy will be the at the forefront of mental health disciplines.