What is Hypnosis?
Aristotle once said: "A vivid imagination compels the body to obey." Researchers have recently discovered how amazing the mind-body connection is through bio- and neurofeedback therapies. Studies have also confirmed the effectiveness of hypnosis as a successful tool for reducing and even eliminating pain. Guy H. Montgomery, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field, conducted extensive research on hypnosis and pain management at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program. (http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/01/hypnosis.aspx).
During hypnosis, the conscious mind recedes into the background and the subconscious mind is available. The subconscious mind is where all of our life experiences and beliefs reside, and this is the part of the mind where lasting change can occur. Only about 10% of the information we carry in our minds is conscious; the rest is subconscious. Within the subconscious mind is the answer to many of the problems we struggle with. Knowledge and understanding of the self are powerful experiences and sometimes just knowing why we have a particular problem is enough for it to resolve itself. At other times, certain specific tools or techniques are needed before a problem can be resolved, such as visualization, childhood regression, past life regression, "following the thread," etc.
We all go in and out of trances every day without realizing it. For example, when you arrive at a destination but weren't thinking about the drive, or when you're watching a movie and forget about everything else around you, or even when you're smoking a cigarette. A hypnotic trance is simply a state of complete relaxation and narrowed focus of attention. In Hypnotherapy, the Hypnotherapist helps you enter a hypnotic trance purposefully, in order to access the subconscious mind.
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy focuses on connection to the deeper self. The problems we experience in our lives, are viewed as signposts guiding us to a more authentic experience of ourselves that can transform our lives not only on the surface level, such as our careers and relationships, but it can also connect us with the deeper parts of ourselves that give us meaning. Ironically, the more we run from experiencing our feelings, the further the divide between our authentic selves and our egoic worldly selves. It's our connection to our deeper selves that will make lasting changes in our experiences and our lives.
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