Hypnosis works with the subconscious part of the mind. So to really understand hypnosis, you need to understand how mind works. As most of the people knows that we have two kinds of mind. The one is conscious mind and another is subconscious mind. Two very different mind with different functions. Lets have look at those functions now. Lets start with conscious mind.
This is where we spent most of our time. It has four different functions. The first one is will power. We all familiar with this function. An example of this is you might say , I quit and will not smoking anymore. Your will power determines how long this lasts before the old habit returns. The second function of this is temporary memory. This part of the conscious mind is the working memory that you use everyday. Now the third part of your conscious mind is analytical thought processing. This part looks at the problem, analyzes it and looks for the solution. It makes hundreds of decisions everyday. These decisions seems automatically conscious and deliberate. This is the side where you decided to do something or not.
The fourth part of your conscious mind is rational thinking. This part gives us the reasoning why we do the things we do. You can say I smoke because it relaxes me and calm my nerves, e even though the cigarette is stimulant and impossible to calm your nerves. But if you believe that it is true then it is. The language of the conscious mind is logic. The real you lives in the level below the conscious mind, in the subconscious mind.
Lets have look at that part of your mind.
This is the part where you find habits not only good or bad or ugly habits but also a practical habits that we do without thinking about it. For example answering the phone when it rings or brushing the teeth ,possibly biting nails, twirling hairs. Now the another part is emotions are also in our subconscious mind. Emotions like love and hate etc. Our logical conscious mind has no control over our emotions. It is left to our child like subconscious mind. This causes the problems that we have with emotions.
The third part of the subconscious mind is permanent memory. Everything that is happen to our life is recorded here. Including the associated sights , sounds, smells and feelings. When you stay in hypnotic regression you can relive any memory from your life vividly, even if you not remember it consciously. Another part of subconscious mind is security and protection part. This is the number one job of subconscious mind, our personal security. The language of the subconscious is imagination. The only communication between our conscious and subconscious mind is that you use willpower to suppress emotions and will power to control habits, but unfortunately willpower is temporary and supress to move in redirected in negative manner. Causes stress and can causes illness. In most cases the habit return sooner or later.
Conscious Mind Vs Subconscious mind
remember the language of conscious mind is logic, whereas the language of subconscious is imagination. When logic and imagination conflicts, imagination wins everytime. The subconscious mind is the boss. Because the language of the subconscious is imagination, it cannot tell what is true or real or what is unreal or untrue. The reason behind this is everything is true for imaginative mind. If it is believed to be true then it is.
Normally the conscious mind is in the front and subconscious in the background. In between these two types of mind, there is a filter called the critical faculty. This part is critical of information before we let it enter in our powerful subconscious mind. Your conscious mind would felt to deny it and not allowed it to enter your belief system or your programming. However children from the age of zero upto seven years are in their subconscious almost 100% at the time. This is why a child’s mind is fertile ground. Whatever seed you plant in it is what is going to grow. These children do not have critical faculty developed yet.
so now lets explore hypnosis in simplified terms.
What is hypnosis?
So what actually the hypnosis is? Hypnosis is when the conscious mind move aside and the critical faculty is bypassed, allowing your subconscious mind to become receptive to positive suggestions to change. So these positive seeds are suggestions are planted in your subconscious mind. Now entering hypnosis, it happens to you in daily bases. hypnosis is a natural state you have experienced it thousands of times before.
Have you ever felt sad or cried when watching a movie? Where your logical mind knows it’s only a movies. It knows its not real yet you still feel sad and feel cry. Now why is that? The reason is your conscious mind has disappeared. You were not thinking about works, family or kids. That thinking mind has disappeared. That critical faculty has been bypassed and you are in your subconscious mind. So with hypnosis we do the same thing. We moved aside the conscious mind and Bypassed the critical faculty in or did plant the positive seeds of change into your subconscious mind. where they can grow and causes the incredible changes in our beliefs, thoughts, habits, behaviors and even our health.