Hypnosis and the Subconscious

Subconscious is an umbrella term used to describe functions of consciousness that seem to happen beneath the surface level of awareness. It could be thought of metaphorically as a database of all of our experiences, memories, emotions, and learned behaviours.

Due to our strong survival instinct all the experiences that happen to us, good or bad, imprint upon the subconscious mind shaping the way we perceive and react to the world. You may not even have conscious memory to account for the reasons you think, feel and behave the way you do, but the subconscious imprint will still be running in the background protecting you from the bad things and drawing you to the good things.

The subconscious does not distinguish between reality and fantasy, an imagined scenario can create an emotional response that exerts just as powerful an effect on you as a real memory. Take a dream for example, a nightmare could create as much trauma as a lived experience.

Sometimes these subconscious imprints can make us feel dysfunctional because the trauma that created the behaviour and emotions in the first place is no longer there but we are still reacting to the world as though it is there.. This can manifest as fears, destructive thought patterns, bad habits, addictions, self limiting belief systems, and mental and physical health problems derived from stress. It is possible to change the way these memories are imprinted and weaken the neural pathways that cause us to revisit them.

In hypnotherapy, we use a lot of positive visualisation to overwrite negative thought patterns and conditioning you may have adopted along the way. If you can see yourself, or imagine yourself, becoming the person you want to be, you have already eliminated one of your biggest barriers to success.

You subconscious mind is your biggest asset, it is your pathway for creativity, inspiration, and of course your dreams. It also contains all of the information needed to keep you functional happy and healthy as it provides you with the coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations, as well as the reactive, "fight or flight" survival instinct.

Hypnosis can help you to tap into your subconscious mind and change the programming, so that you can achieve your goals and reach your highest potential.

Copyright 2015 Gen Hooker-Snell