Although hypnosis – in some form or another – has existed since the dawn of time, it is only within the last few decades that its healing power has begun to truly be recognized in mainstream culture. Today, it is used to help with everything from sweets cravings and weight loss, to past life regression and smoking cessation, and beyond.
The mind is much more powerful than most people even realize. Watching the incredible transformation in clients’ lives just from helping them see situations differently is the most satisfying feeling. Changing one’s mind can literally change one’s life; we see it happen every day in our line of work. Hypnosis helps clients stop ongoing nightmares and insomnia, relieves stress, and helps to create better, healthier habits.
Forming new habits is much like trudging a path through a snowdrift. At first, it is a bit difficult, perhaps a bit unfamiliar, and maybe even somewhat uncomfortable. But over time, walking back and forth along that same path becomes easier and easier, until the snow is packed down, pushed out of the way, and you don’t have to even think about it anymore. The neural pathways in the brain work in much the same way. When left to one’s own accord, starting something new—or out of one’s sense of ordinary—takes work, perseverance, and time to make it stick; often, people lose motivation and give up after just a few days. Hypnosis is very effective in helping people to succeed in these types of situations because it changes those neural pathways instantaneously rather than over time. That’s why, for instance, even life-long smokers walk out of our office as nonsmokers after just a single session. And have for more than 20 years!
Hypnosis accesses one’s subconscious mind, which is the greatest goal achieving agent on the planet. Many people don’t realize that negative self-talk is a form of hypnosis. Constantly berating oneself for being “too fat” or “too dumb” (or whatever your case may be) creates neural pathways in the brain that allow one’s mind to accept those falsehoods as truth, and they materialize as such in the body. That’s the basis of Henry Ford’s well known adage: “whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right!” and why it is so important to be positive and to speak (and think!) compassionately, especially pertaining to oneself. Negativity serves no purpose other than as a means of self-imposed defeat. Does every thought a person has have to be positive? Of course not. However, retraining your brain to be predominantly positive makes all the difference.