I’m feeling sleepy today, but not so mind-jumbled. : ) And I have a suggestion for something to write about from David, so that’s what this post will be about:
I, for one, would like to read about your hypnotherapy lessons: what you’ve learned; how you think you’ll use it; and/or any insights you may have gained into the nature of mind and body, etc.
Well, the first thing I really learned about hypnosis is that it’s a naturally occuring state of mind. We go into trances all the time: when we daydream, get emotionally involved in the events of a book or show, “zone out,” etc. Hypnosis is just using that state of mind for some purpose, and hypnotherapy is the hypnosis specialty that focuses on using it for therapy–that is, to improve the life of the client. In hypnosis, the conscious mind is aware but relaxed, allowing the subconscious mind to be directly accessed and educated.
According to theories, the mind has three “levels,” the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. These are parallel to, but not the same as, Freud’s id, ego, and superego. The conscious mind is the part we are most familiar with, which encompasses logic and reasoning, and holds the memories of which we are aware. More hidden, the subconscious mind influences the judgments, decisions, and assumptions we make, as well as how we experience events. It holds clearer memories of the parts of our lives we do not consciously remember well or at all, as well as memories from all of our experiences in physical bodies (i.e. past lives as well). The superconscious mind holds our soul memories, more knowledge than we wish to remember here on Earth (for the knowledge may detract from the experience), but nonetheless many useful things which it would help us to remember (such as why we chose to enter this life experience).
These “levels” are a basic model to describe the mind, however in reality the mind is not so cleanly delineated. Subconscious memories can surface in the conscious mind, for example, and the subconscious mind can access some soul information (such as what people from past lives are present in the current lifetime, and who they are now). I believe the idea of the mind is itself a model, and that in reality the “mind” is really not a part of us separate from body and soul but the phenomenon we see arise from the collaboration of body and soul. Calling it a name separate from those two is not wrong, because it isn’t just the body or just the soul at work, but it may be useful to recognize that in reality there isn’t a line between mind and body or mind and soul: the mind is the phantom entity that seems to appear from the interaction of the soul and the body (primarily the brain, on the body side).
Hypnosis is a state in which, as I said earlier, the conscious mind is relaxed and the subconscious is more accessible. Its power is in the ability it provides to bring about desired changes in one’s self, as well as to uncover information that would be otherwise inaccessible. The changes in self that it can facilitate are many and diverse: the breaking of detrimental habits, of course, but also helping with physical pain (through anaesthetic and finding root causes), especially stress-induced pain (it is a deep state of relaxation); weight control; mental illnesses; bringing about desired outcomes; developing skills and abilities; realizing one’s full potential. In all cases, the one to change must desire the change, or it will be temporary. The desire for change need not be overpowering, but it must exist.
The first use I will have for hypnosis is to bring about changes in myself that I desire. Perhaps some more discipline–the ability to focus on only one thing at a time until I complete it. Better parenting skills. More self-confidence (a bit more wouldn’t hurt). Better developed psychic abilities.
Then, I will become certified for Live Between Lives Regression, and that should be really cool. : )