I wanted to write an article linking hypnosis and your unconscious mind.
This is that short article, so obviously I succeeded.
But I need to say this now:
None of this is definitive. It’s my finest effort to describe it to a broad audience. Even so, a lot of hypnotherapists will disagree with me on every point. Some will absolutely argue the opposite.
What’s even worse – they’re most likely right.
Picture somebody explaining the ocean. They state some things like it’s huge and damp. Then they concentrate on a small part, speaking about how it’s blue-green and has plankton.
Nobody could effectively explain the whole ocean like this, even if they comprehended it all, which no one does.
Some parts aren’t blue-green, do not have plankton and probably aren’t even wet.
Can you even draw a clear line in between what ‘is’ ocean and what ‘isn’t’? The surface of the water looks like a clear candidate, so to speak, however what about the air above it? The ocean manages it, changes it, forms its weather condition – is it part of it too, or not?
If there’s a deep sea cavern filled with an air bubble, is that in the ocean although it’s dry?
Does it even matter? Can’t you still cruise across it, even if your meanings, labels and borders are all incorrect?
This is what it’s like speaking about hypnosis and your unconscious.
We discuss something called the conscious mind. This is everything you’re aware of and can control, sort of.
That assumes consciousness isn’t an illusion … or does it?
And let’s not argue what is mindful thinking and what’s your unconscious – the lines are amongst the blurriest on earth.
Throughout your typical day, you’re mindful to a certain degree. Sure, in some cases you zone out and do things without believing. And in some cases you go to sleep.
But, at least a few of the time, you are to some degree ‘mindful’ of what’s going on.
Notice how I’m over 300 words into this article and I have not stated anything about hypnosis yet. I can’t even tell if I need to slow down or avoid over some stuff.
This is a remarkably murky topic.
However going back to looking at your conscious mind:
Hypnosis is a process that, to some degree, bypasses your awareness in an uncommon way.
It does not make you unconscious – a minimum of, it does not have to.
You can (and generally will) stay completely mindful throughout.
The therapist will engage parts of your unconscious you generally overlook.
We might give it instructions, ask it concerns, utilize its symbols and speak its language.
And how much of that is a metaphor? How much is literal?
A few of you will discover that explanation too vague to refute, although some will insist it’s incorrect. And much of you are just confused.
That’s all right. One of the secrets to mastering hypnosis is to quit your desire for cosy descriptions.
Everything that takes place in your mind makes good sense … but the majority of it won’t make good sense to you.
That’s not a discuss your intelligence. The smarter you are, the more sophisticated, interconnected and fast your thinking is. Simply put, the smarter you are, the more difficult it is to comprehend your thinking.
Often you just have to trust in the process.
Trust your unconscious mind.
Trust your hereditary tradition. Your forefathers endured enough time to replicate – something that demanded instincts, intuition and inner genius. You bring that in your blood. You’re smart enough to survive the worst the savannah throws at you, including other people.
It’s not like your ancestors endured through reasoning alone.
So trust in whatever bursting inside you. At least a few of it is the key to your even greater mind.