Hypnotherapy & the Subconscious Mind
why this form of therapy deserves more recognition
If you’ve ever asked yourself “why am I like this,” and you haven’t found an answer, you’ve come to the right place. If you have a pretty good grasp on yourself but you still struggle to actually change the course of your life, you have come to the right place as well. Your holy grail lies in exploring and “reprogramming” your subconscious mind. This sounds complicated, but it is actually pretty simple, once you understand what it all means.
Subconscious means “below awareness.” It’s the part of the mind that we are NOT conscious of, yet it is responsible for so much of our daily behavior and choices. To break it down simply, the subconscious mind is a mental library for all our memories, habits, deep-seated emotions and everything we’ve learned up until now. It is a filtering system, making sure that our conscious minds are not overwhelmed by all the information we take in every day. It is also filled to the brim with creative insights. Many of us have already felt the power of the subconscious mind in those “in the zone” moments while dancing, drawing, painting, playing music, reading and other immersive activities.
All that being said, the most relevant thing you need to know about this mysteriously powerful part of our minds is that it is full of “programming” that controls all those hard to break habits, and undesirable behaviors that make you question “why am I like this??” To be fair, the subconscious mind also holds all of your healthy habits, positive behaviors, and valuable learning experiences. These things have also been programmed through all your life experiences. So why does any of this matter? It matters because the subconscious mind is exceptionally susceptible to SUGGESTION. We have the power to unlearn old programming, and learn new ways of thinking, and thus being.
One of the ways this can be achieved is through hypnotherapy. To some, this may sound like new age nonsense, but modern psychologists have been validating it and incorporating aspects of it into their practice. During the summer of 2018, I received hypnotherapy sessions once a week to work on a few issues that weren’t resolved through years of other types of therapy.
During my first session, I rested in a comfortable chair in my therapist’s office, closed my eyes and let her guide me into a relaxed state that would allow my conscious mind to take a back seat for a few minutes. It’s important to note that I was not asleep, I was awake and fully aware of where I was and what was being said to me. It’s really just a feeling of being so relaxed that the choice to open your eyes and get up doesn’t seem that appealing.
I was guided through a visualization and my therapist read a “script” of personalized affirmations. This script was repeated 3 or 4 more times and I was gently talked out of this relaxed state. My “homework” was to repeat the affirmations on my own every day until our next appointment. I did so diligently, and I even wrote them down dozens of times in a notebook, and made a vision board dedicated to the changes I wanted to make.
Each session involved a unique visualization, some of them were very specific to the kind of circumstances, people or events I wanted to manifest into my reality, and some of them were just about finding inner peace or clarity. Did these sessions transform my life? No, but they gave me the tools I needed to gradually do so with confidence.