Can you imagine the mind as an iceberg, only the tip shows (this is all we actually know and remember ) Beneath the surface is the unconscious mind ( this part is hidden, but contains all the important memories and knowledge we have EVER seen).
As a hypnotherapist I am often asked about how hypnosis works. Let me tell you why I think it is one of the most effective tools for change.
To make this clear, we first need to consider the concept of
One Brain - Two Minds
Although we all have one brain, we possess two minds or two phases of mind power - CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS.
It is important to understand the function of the CONSCIOUS MIND and the SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, because each one has different functions, abilities and capacities.
The Limited Conscious Mind
When we talk about the CONSCIOUS mind, we're talking about your everyday normal state of awareness.
The problem is that the CONSCIOUS mind is very limited. However, it has some very important functions. It is very good at planning things. It's good at taking a mental trip into the future and breaking things down into steps in between to make sure that we can get there. Without a CONSCIOUS mind, you wouldn't be able to plan effectively and, without planning, you'd be living in a world where not too many things would get done.
The beauty of the CONSCIOUS mind is that it allows us to have self-awareness. If you had no CONSCIOUS mind, you wouldn't be able to appreciate beautiful scenery. You couldn't fall in love - and know you're doing it. You couldn't appreciate or stand back after having done a task and look at it and be proud of what you've accomplished.
So your CONSCIOUS mind is very important. It allows you to appreciate the good things in life and it allows you to decide, "What is it that I want more of?"
It's also the place where you reason. Reason and logic rests in the CONSCIOUS mind and it's a very valuable skill to have.
The Unlimited Subconscious Mind
The SUBCONSCIOUS mind is where we record and respond to habits. Your SUBCONSCIOUS mind is where the wisdom, insight, intuition, memories, learning, happy experiences as well as unpleasant
experiences are stored.
Most importantly, it is our connection with Higher Intelligence.
A nice analogy between the CONSCIOUS and the SUBCONSCIOUS mind is to imagine a captain, his ship and his crew. The captain is the CONSCIOUS mind. The captain is there to set the direction and tell everyone else what to do.
The captain's primary role is to direct or steer the ship. It would be ridiculous for him to go down into the boiler room and push more coal into the steamer, run around scrubbing the decks, trying to paint the ship, make the meals and attending to everything else. That's what the crew is for.
The captain represents your CONSCIOUS mind. The crew and the ship represent your
So the difference between the CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS is one gives directions and
the other follows orders.
From the moment we get up -- to the moment we go to bed -- we operate mostly from the
The Critical Divide
Between your CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS mind there is a division called the "Critical Factor". The Critical Factor takes what the CONSCIOUS mind is thinking and then seeks approval from the SUBCONSCIOUS mind to pass the information along. Sometimes it allows it to be delivered and sometimes it does not.
Many say we develop this Critical Factor at about age six. Prenatal and neonatal brains operate predominantly in Delta and Theta EEG frequencies through the first six years of our lives. This
level of brain activity is also referred to as the hypnotic state.
While in this hypnotic state, children do not have to be actively coached into specific beliefs. They develop a core belief system simply by observing and interacting with parents, siblings, peers, teachers, religion and television.
Up to about age six we are learning things very quickly. If you observe children you can see how quickly they are able to pick up new information. This is because the Critical Factor is not developed.
As we age it becomes more important to exercise caution to know the difference between right and wrong, hence the Critical Factor becomes more discerning and developed.
How The Critical Factor Works
After the Critical Factor has been developed, it creates a new set of problems. Let's say you are a smoker and you say, "I want to stop smoking". That is your Conscious Mind speaking. The Critical Factor will turn to the SUBCONSCIOUS and ask if that thought can enter.
The SUBCONSCIOUS is in charge of our habits such as smoking.
Now as intelligent as it would be to stop smoking, the SUBCONSCIOUS always takes the path
of least resistance and resists change, so because of those characteristics, the SUBCONSCIOUS will decline the opportunity for that thought to enter.
The SUBCONSCIOUS operates on the "principle of least effort". It likes things the way they are and likes routine. In fact, it hates change
Because it hates change and likes to keep things the way they are, it may even try to justify the decision to keep smoking with excuses such as "I need to smoke to reduce stress" or, "it keeps me from being anxious or grouchy". So it may reject the 'stop-smoking' message.
Obviously, once you replace those hidden SUBCONSCIOUS blocks and beliefs, nothing will stand in the way of becoming a non-smoker or changing any other habit or changing any other aspect of your life. The roadblocks will be gone.
Another name used for the Critical Factor is the Gatekeeper. The Gatekeeper, as the name implies, is a gatekeeper between what happens in the outside world and what you allow inside.
The function of the Gatekeeper is very simple. It's basically to keep things the same. Its primary intention is to make your life easier by rejecting information that doesn't match the
Subconscious Blueprint you already have inside. In this way, you don't have to keep making new decisions.
So the Gatekeeper is designed to keep information out -- which is tremendously useful
when someone tries to persuade you to do something stupid like telling you that
you can "Jump off a building and you'll fly!"
But, it's also very harmful when it keeps you stuck with a belief or habit that you don't want anymore.
The Gatekeeper has some very powerful tools at its disposal, which include emotions like fear, doubt, worry and anger. These are psychological defence mechanisms that automatically reject
The Truth About Willpower
Here is something else that is very important to understand. Most people try to change their habits and beliefs through the use of willpower. I WILL stop smoking. I WILL lose weight. I WILL be
confident. I WILL become wealthy, etc.
The problem with willpower --
believe it or not - is willpower does not exist!
The truth is
that you do not have willpower or lack of willpower. What is really happening when you use what most people call "willpower" is your Conscious attention is overriding your Subconscious attention.
In other words, you can always consciously override what the SUBCONSCIOUS mind has been
programmed to do. For example, if you're a smoker and you consciously decide not to smoke, you probably will not smoke - for awhile. However, the moment you get distracted, the cigarette ends up in your hand because your SUBCONSCIOUS attention says you smoke, so you smoke.
The same is true if you're on a diet. When your "willpower" breaks, when your conscious attention gets distracted, what happens?
You find yourself with cake in hand. Why? Because that's your SUBCONSCIOUS
mind taking over and you keep doing the same thing you did before, which is to eat the cake.
Let's say you tend to procrastinate. So you decide to use "willpower" to stop yourself from procrastinating. That works okay for a while until your conscious attention gets distracted.
What happens then? You go right back to procrastinating.
When you consciously try to change (using what some people call "willpower") you're okay and your commitment works.
But as soon as you get distracted, your SUBCONSCIOUS Blueprint (the way you were before you tried to change) takes over.
Using The Wrong Part of Your Mind To Make Changes
First of all, it's important to understand that you are having difficulties making changes, you are not weak willed nor does it mean you cannot change. You inability to make the necessary changes is purely because you are using the wrong part of your mind to try and make the change. You're putting your attention in the wrong place.
You have to change the SUBCONSCIOUS Blueprint or automatic programming, otherwise you will keep getting the same results no matter how hard you try to change.
There are many ways to do this. One of the fastest ways is through hypnosis. What hypnosis does is
bypass the Critical Factor or the Gatekeeper which allows you to rewrite the Blueprint in your SUBCONSCIOUS so that it ends up giving you everything you want out of life without any effort or struggle.
Understanding How The Subconscious Mind Makes Changes
One of the things that is important to understand when it comes to manifesting our intentions is
the Subconscious normally does not change immediately or take immediate action.
The key thing to understand is that you must allow the SUBCONSCIOUS to have time to do its work. It took time for the Blueprint that you have inside yourself to be set, and it will take a little
time to allow that blueprint to be changed.
Changing Our Subconscious Blueprint Through Hypnosis
A competent hypnotherapist will be able to help you change your Blueprint much quicker,
by using Hypnosis and allowing the SUBCONSCIOUS to do its thing and bring us whatever we desire.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for change. . . .
Steve Chesterman Clinical Hypnotherapist