I tried hypnosis before and it didn't work. Why Not? There could be several possible reasons for hypnosis to have not worked. It’s possible you were not hypnotised. It’s possible you weren't in deep enough hypnosis. You may be treating the symptom before treating the cause. Also, secondary gain issues may have prevented you from achieving your goal in hypnosis.
It’s possible you weren't Hypnotised.
It’s possible that you didn't go into hypnosis. There could be many reasons for this. Some people don’t know what to expect while going into hypnosis and are overly cautious. As a result, they don’t follow the hypnotherapist’s instructions and don't go into hypnosis. Some people do the opposite and try too hard which can also get in the way.
The solution to this is to know exactly what to expect before going into hypnosis. All good clinical hypnotherapists will conduct a thorough preliminary consultation with all new clients. This is a very important session that will explain what hypnosis is, how it works and what to expect before you attempt hypnosis. If you neglect this session you will have to learn what hypnosis is and how to do it through trial and error which is time consuming and expensive. Always check that your hypnotherapist conducts a thorough preliminary consultation with you. I consider the preliminary consultation to be the most important session and it should most definitely not be a ten minute meeting to acquaint yourself with the person you’ll be working with.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein.
Necessity is the mother of invention and for humanity, the need is growing rapidly.
It’s obvious to me that we’re in trouble on this planet. The persistent rumours of trouble we heard whispered for decades have become mainstream news. Our problems have become a lot harder to ignore. Why as a species do we insist on ignoring these urgent issues? Are we too afraid of the enormity of it all? We can’t just pack up and move to another planet. Earth is our only oasis in what appears to be quite a barren solar system.
As our problems grow exponentially it seems as though it’s our generation that gets to deal with it. Our fear and ignorance of the problem aren’t helping. The longer we’re in denial, the bigger and deeper the hole we dig for ourselves. At this stage of our journey the hole we’ve dug so far is starting to look like a mass grave. This is the time. This is the place. We are the people. We need to face reality and fix this planet.
An emergency is defined as a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
Globally, the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Fuel costs are rising and we’re using insane methods to generate electricity. Fukushima is a reality that isn't going to just go away. Our scientific ability is far more advanced than our ethical ability which means that while we do have the technical ability to wipe ourselves out completely we may not have the moral fibre required to prevent this. Our medical systems are failing around the world and teetering on the brink of collapse in many areas. Advertisers have learned how to make us perpetually hungry for everything. All we know how to do is consume. We've forgotten what real food is and the stuff that we do eat is designed to make us hungrier. Everyone has noticed the global weather patterns have changed not to mention earthquake and volcano activity. This is just a short list of some of the changes we’re experiencing. In most cases the change is exponential and the rate of change seems to be accelerating unabated.
I think the biggest change though is with the exchange of information. The world is more connected than it’s ever been since the internet. I suspect the internet is going to play an important role in our future if we don’t bury ourselves first. This emergency scenario is very real and if we are to survive as a species we need to take immediate action at an individual level.
Why are we not taking immediate Action?
What’s happening to us is unprecedented in our lives and maybe we just can’t believe its happening. We’re in denial. We have cognitive dissonance to protect ourselves from the shock of it all. We have not yet accepted and admitted to ourselves that we have a global problem that needs our urgent attention. Many people are awaking to our reality and this trend is also growing exponentially. I think we may be nearing a tipping point of awareness. Things will continue to decline on this planet until we reach a critical mass of individuals that are actively looking after their environment as if their lives depended on it.
Because we’re in denial we’re not accepting responsibility for our current reality. We’ve abdicated our responsibility to our leaders.
Our leaders are part of the problem. They’ve fooled themselves into thinking that they’re benefitting from the current status quo and they’re digging harder and faster than everyone else. Maybe they’re just more scared than the rest of as they have so much more to lose? But we’re all in the same hole and they’re just as stuck as we are. They desperately need our help. We need to do the right thing and help them. Until we each admit that there really is a problem and that we’re the responsible people, we’re not going to change anything. The hole will just keep getting bigger until its big enough for all of us including our leaders.
When will we take Action?
Of course some people are taking action and are making a profound difference. But it’s a numbers game and a natural part of our evolution, assuming we survive. If we do nothing, our environment will become unbearable. Once our environment becomes unbearable we either expire or become forced into action. It’s very difficult to be creative when you’re under pressure. It would be a far better idea to be proactive and not reactive, or worse, dead. At an individual level we need to rummage around inside and find the courage to save ourselves. It’s there, just like common sense and initiative are there when we need them. It merely has to be found and used.
We each have to shrug off the fear personally facing this problem. We have to awaken to the current reality of our situation. We are in trouble.
We then have to shrug off our fear of being seen as non-conformist for acknowledging the problem. We have to grow up. We have to become mature enough to openly discuss what was once considered taboo. We must approach this in a grown-up, adult fashion. As adults we have the right to face and discuss these matters.
If we all grow up and do the right thing, something wonderful will emerge from our global emergency. Margaret Mead said “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Can you imagine if seven billion Earth Citizens all united with the single minded purpose of each doing the right thing? There is no stopping the focussed intention of more than seven billion people. We will have evolved into something new and quite spectacular.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." Carl Jung
UPDATED (28 January 2014)
Are you conscious of the shift, or is your world about to be turned upside down? Is your brain a product of your consciousness, or is your consciousness a product of your brain?
On the 6th of August 1945, the world changed forever. An American B-29 Superfortress aircraft called Enola Gay dropped a bomb, called Little Boy, onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. There was nothing little about this bomb. It was two thousand times more powerful than the largest bomb ever used previously. By splitting the atom humanity unleashed nuclear devastation on Hiroshima, and days later on Nagasaki. This event has been described as one of humankind’s biggest acts of destruction and one of our greatest paradigm shifts.
Prior to this event, most of humanity believed it was impossible to split the atom. We were stunned to discover that we had been wrong. It was indeed possible to split the atom. We were even more stunned to discover how much energy was available once an atom was split. Today we find ourselves at a similar, although hopefully more constructive position, relating to the field of consciousness. Our paradigm is about to be shifted and if you aren’t ready for it may feel as though a new bomb has dropped.
At the moment, most of us are of the opinion that our consciousness is a product of our brains. While it does seem as though our consciousness is housed inside our heads, this thinking leads to many problems. By believing we are physical, we are limited by what can be accomplished with physical bodies and physical brains on a physical planet. Fortunately, it seems as if this thinking is being challenged. There’s a new breed of scientists that disagree with the old paradigm. This new generation of scientists know that our consciousness is simply made up of information and as such our brains, and indeed our reality, is the product of our consciousness. To these scientists, consciousness is both the computer and the software for this information.
These scientists have the benefit of hindsight when it comes to shifting paradigms. Based on the past, paradigm shifts can be very threatening to some people and so the messengers announcing new information are sometimes demonised. One can understand the reluctance this new breed of scientists have towards challenging the current status quo too quickly. On the other hand, change can be very profitable to those that are capable of exploiting it.
In 2012 Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in quantum computing. This was a very interesting development for me because quantum computing depends on the idea that the world itself is a kind of computer. Winning a Nobel Prize is a big deal and could pocket you more than £790 000.00. That’s quite a financial incentive, not to mention the fame and prestige that goes along with being awarded a Nobel Prize.
Many scientists dream of becoming a Nobel Laureate as it’s a career builder. I’m sure there are a great many brilliant scientists working hard at demonstrating that consciousness is information. As such, it can only be a matter of time for this new generation of scientists to enlighten us with their research on consciousness. In fact, it’s already happening. Actually, it would seem that this has been hinted at for quite some time.
In 1931 Max Planck said “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness”. In 1944 he said “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such”. If there is no such thing as matter, is it all just information?
In 1950, Albert Einstein wrote: “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security”. He also famously said that reality was an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. If reality is an illusion, could it all just be information?
The latest generation of scientists are becoming more vocal. Tom Campbell of “My Big TOE” fame is a prime example, although his motive clearly isn’t profit. The information atom bomb hasn’t hit the ground yet, but it’s hurtling towards us at the speed of thought. It’s just a matter of time before the power of this concept hits home and changes everything as we know it. The chain reaction on the path to critical mass for this concept is going to be interesting.
As a clinical hypnotherapist I know that the impact of this bomb shell will be far greater and ultimately far more constructive than splitting the atom. I get to see what happens to the physical when you change information in the consciousness on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to when our methods are better understood and more acceptable to a world sick from too much materialism. The information that consciousness is information changes everything radically. Once we know that we are more than physical, we can transcend the limitations we've imagined. It’s difficult to conceive of anything we can’t accomplish once we realize we’re information that perceives ourselves as physical.
Some people may feel understandably uncomfortable with this whole idea. This won’t prevent this shock wave from travelling around the world very quickly because, fittingly, we now live in the information age. TV, radio and the internet will all serve to get this information out. At some point in the foreseeable future we’ll all know that consciousness is information, just as we now know it’s possible to split an atom. I predict that it’s going to be stunning for humanity to discover just how much creative energy this new discovery holds.
UPDATE (28 January 2014):
It would seem that some of the scientists in the field of consciousness are growing bolder and moving towards an open and informed study of all aspects of consciousness. This is quite a long list of distinguished scientists and boasts some heavy weights. I'm looking forward to hearing more on this subject! Read more here: http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017/full
Can “Mental Hygiene” extend your life span? The average lifespan for men living in the Europe is around seventy two years and around eighty years for women. How could hypnosis help to extend this and improve our quality of life?
Historians think that the average life expectancy for humans in the middle ages was around 35 years. This rose to around 50 years in the 1900’s and 1970 we were expected to live around 69 years.
These improvements to life span were brought about to a large degree by improved hygiene. Medical historians tell us that the reduction in infant and maternity death rates and the decline of infectious diseases resulted from reforms that improved our living conditions. We no longer live our lives surrounded by rubbish and raw sewerage!
Access to clean water, improved sanitation, better nutrition and housing conditions along with improvements in medical care have all helped to extend our time on this planet. How do we continue this trend?
The number one killer in the western world is heart disease, followed by a host of other chronic illnesses. Medicine’s approach to these diseases is to treat the symptoms of these diseases instead of treating the causes of these diseases. Medicine does know what the cause of these diseases is and has for a long time. It’s just that medicine is unable to provide adequate solutions to dealing with the causes. Medicine cannot change harmful information in your mind. For this “mental hygiene” is needed.
Anyone that’s studied medicine will probably tell you that most of the chronic illnesses we suffer today are caused by stress. The big antidote to stress is relaxation and unfortunately in the western world we aren’t taught how to relax. Instead we’re given caffeine! If we were taught to relax and purge the damaging thoughts that lead to chronic illness from our minds, would it extend our lifespan?
Not surprisingly, the answer seems to be yes. The American Journal of Cardiology reported a twenty three (23) percent reduction in death rates and an improvement in life span using Transcendental Meditation. The study found that compared to combined controls, the TM group showed:
As a hypnotherapist I have known of the value of meditation for a long time. I sought out the services of a very experienced meditation teacher and I’ve enjoyed regular meditation for years. It’s a practice that I highly recommend because it gives pleasure and improves the quality of life. It’s a pity that most of my clients roll their eyes when I mention meditation!
Most people are too busy to meditate for twenty minutes, twice a day. It takes time to practice meditation until you receive the benefits too. This is a great pity as I consider meditation a new form of hygiene that is eventually going to revolutionise health care that I call mental hygiene. For this reason most westerners need to find a faster method for releasing all the harmful thoughts they harbour that eventually spill over into the body in the form of chronic illness.
Hypnosis is the obvious choice for most busy, caffeine gulping, career chasing westerners. Hypnosis is fast and easy and unlike meditation, can be directed. It’s eventually going to revolutionise health care and the way we approach chronic illness. I predict that children will learn self hypnosis (self mental hygiene) at school and eventually be able to flush harmful information from their subconscious minds the same way we flush a loo. This might thought of as improved sanitation for the mind. I also predict that this mental hygiene will lead to a further extension of our life spans and quality of life.
Hypnosis is already making inroads into the mainstream treatment of illness as this article in The New York Times illustrates: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/16/health/16patient.html?_r=4&emc=eta1&
I was introduced to the simulated universe concept by reading Tom Campbell's work - My Big Toe - his Big picture Theory of everything. It's an intriguing theory that makes sense and is growing in popularity by the day.
The TED talk below by Juergen Schmidhuber is in the same vein. Good talk if you enjoy consciousness theory and he starts with a great joke!
Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in milliseconds, over and over again.
Read article here: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/11/21/quantum-reality-limitless-potential-everything/
A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.
Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-11-meditation-emotional-brain.html
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.