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.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." Carl Jung
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&
The subconscious mind has been described as the single greatest goal achievement agency known to humankind. Hypnosis is the gateway to the subconscious mind is increasingly used by the world’s smartest, wealthiest, most successful people including royalty.
We all have a subconscious mind and this mind is vastly more powerful than the conscious mind. What people don't realise is that the subconscious mind is always working perfectly well and is always doing exactly what it’s been programmed to do.
The subconscious mind is an organic computer. It is that part of the mind that has a permanent memory, where nothing can ever be forgotten. The subconscious mind holds the sum total of every experience, idea and thought we have ever had including dreams. We are the sum total of all of our thoughts, ideas, perceptions and impressions based on our experience.
There is one thing about the subconscious mind that most people are not aware of; it cannot judge. It is incapable of judgement or analysis. If for any reason a suggestion gets into the subconscious mind, the subconscious does not scrutinise it. It gets straight to work, using all of its strength and might to bring this new suggestion into reality. Just like any other computer, once the software has been programmed, the computer goes straight ahead does what it's programmed to do. The subconscious works the same way.
It stands to reason then, that if things aren't going well for a particular individual, it's simply a matter of re-programming that individual's subconscious computer with the right ideas and concepts! And this is true, except that the subconscious mind has a special protector to prevent any uncomfortable or harmful suggestions from finding their way into the subconscious. This protective barrier called the “critical faculty” is a bit like an anti-virus programme on a computer. It won't allow anything that it's uncomfortable with to get through to the subconscious mind, and as this part of the mind has already been programmed, it will only let more of the same type of “comfortable” suggestions through!
This critical faculty performs an important function. If it wasn't there, the subconscious would be open to almost all suggestions, good and bad. A problem occurs when the critical faculty allows a bad suggestion into the subconscious because it is comfortable with it at the time that it's suggested, and only later does it realise that that it was a bad choice. Smoking is a good example of this. Many people start smoking because they want to “fit in” with a certain group of people. They want to belong. Teenagers are particularly susceptible as they are at a time in their lives where they are preparing to leave the security of their parent's homes and become independent. You may be unaware of it, but to feel secure is the single most important mental need for humans. Believe it or not, “fitting in” and being part of a group is very important to humans, and this is often a good enough reason for some individuals to feel comfortable about breathing smoke into their lungs! It's only later on in life that the individual realises that it wasn't such a good idea, and that the individual becomes uncomfortable with this idea. By then it's a habit, and one that's addictive!
It would seem logical then, to think that all the individual needs to do is simply re-programme their thinking. This thinking is correct, except that the critical faculty is now uncomfortable with this positive idea and rejects it outright! Some people try to change habits using will power. Will power is a part of the conscious mind, and as soon as the weaker conscious mind becomes a little distracted, the subconscious mind programmed with the negative suggestion takes over, re-establishing the negative programming. The individual starts smoking again, and will continue to do so, until the new positive idea is internalised. This can only happen if the critical faculty is bypassed, and the new idea established in the subconscious.
This is exactly why hypnosis works! Hypnosis is the process of bypassing the critical faculty, and the establishment of acceptable suggestions. Very simply, and effectively, hypnosis overcomes the filtering effect of the critical faculty, and suggestions are allowed to flow into the subconscious mind allowing for a new program in the consciousness.
It's also important to note that even though the critical faculty has been bypassed in hypnosis, the subconscious can never forget anything. For example, the subconscious mind can remember every time you have ever burnt yourself in your entire life. If you are told to touch something that’s hot while you are in hypnosis, the subconscious does not need to think about, or analyse this suggestion. It already knows that it’s a bad idea and the critical faculty is reinstated for that piece of information and as such the suggestion is rejected.
Hypnosis is a one hundred percent consent state. People that don't want to be hypnotised won't be. People in hypnosis won't accept any suggestions they don't want to. People in hypnosis won't offer up any information they don't want to. Hypnosis is safe, easy and effective.
Can our bodies predict future events that matter to us, even if we're unaware of it? Some evidence suggests they can.
Read more here: http://ithp.org/articles/canwepredictthefuture.html
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.