I thought I would write a little about the mind, both conscious and subconscious. Along with the use of hypnosis as an aid to changing the mind. The conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg, the subconscious is what’s hidden beneath the water. The following information is from back in the day’s when I was studying to become a hypnotherapist with the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction.
Your thoughts can affect any of the body’s automatic functions. Worry can cause digestion problems, diarrhoea, ulcers. Anger stimulates the adrenal glands, affecting many bodily functions. Anxiety and fear affect blood supply, pulse rate, blood pressure etc.
Thoughts with a strong emotional content almost invariably reach the subconscious mind, for it is the feeling mind. Once fixed in the subconscious, the same thoughts continue to produce the same automatic responses over and over again. It is necessary to reach the subconscious mind to change these negative body or behavioural responses by changing the subconscious strategy. Hypnosis is the best vehicle in which to communicate with this part of the mind.
What the mind expects tends to happen.
The mind, and the autonomic nervous system respond only to mental images. These images can be self-induced, or come from outside experiences. The implanted image then becomes the prototype and the subconscious uses every means to fulfill that response. Negative images present to the subconscious the idea, the subconscious produces that negative reaction within the person’s lifestyle. So, people with a positive mental attitude expect success, and get it. A strong belief that one will be successful will be seemingly followed by all the lucky breaks. Physical health is very dependent upon our deeply felt mental expectation of how we will fare, medically. The will to live is strong. The decision to expect illness is every bit as strong.
An idea fixed in the sub-conscious remains forever, or until replaced.
The longer the idea is held, the harder it is to change it. A thought produces a response. Good or bad, that response becomes a habit. So, to change our actions we first have to change our thoughts. Changing thoughts becomes easier with the use of hypnosis and hypnotic audios.
The subconscious of which today’s hypnotherapists speak is the repository of forgotten memories, the source of the psyche’s energy. The health-maintaining servomechanism, and the programmable bio-computer by which man can understand the mind, heal and direct it to its highest accomplishments.
The subconscious is not inventive – it works with automatic and unquestioning accuracy upon the plans and concepts which are fed into it. It is completely unselfconscious; it does not know what it is, or even that it exists – it just knows how to do its work. It only knows how to do what it does; it never knows or cares why. It does not search for truth, it accepts all input data as though.
It cannot predict anything because it does not know anything outside its own experience. The subconscious mind does many things that your conscious mind, and indeed the sum of all the conscious minds in the world, cannot do. It is infinitely complex and beyond the full comprehension of the conscious mind. All we can do is learn to utilise its great powers intelligently.
The conscious mind includes the ego, rational thought, self- image and goal direction or perception. (1)
I hope that you have gained some insight into the mind. I will write more on this topic in the future. If you would like to book a hypnotherapy session to change how you are thinking, feeling or behaving then please feel free to contact me. Alternatively you can give hypnotic audios a go, I have a variety of audios available from The HypnoSpace.
(1) ICHP Lesson manual 3