Mindfulness Monday

Mindfulness Monday: Get Hip to Hypnosis!

Are you someone who thinks hypnosis is just a weird party trick?  Do you believe the sole purpose of hypnosis is to make people look silly or embed odd compulsions in their brains?  If so, I encourage you to investigate further.

When done correctly, hypnosis can be a powerful tool for healing and change.  Its effect on the brain is similar to that of meditation, but with a specific goal.  Like meditation, hypnosis encourages the participant to create new neuropathways in the brain while in a deeply relaxed state.  Once in this relaxed state, specific verbiage is used to clear out old, unhelpful thoughts and implant new ones.  It turns out that our minds are quite adaptable when in a state of ease but not so when caught in the cycle of stress response.

Thinking about trying hypnosis for yourself?  Read on to become familiar with a few key aspects of this worthwhile tool:

-All hypnosis is self hypnosis: Hypnosis only works when the participant truly wants to achieve the intended goal.  Think of it as a nudge in the right direction rather than a forceful push.

-The slate will not be wiped clean: Hypnosis is not a forget-me-now pill (anyone remember that reference from the cult classic Arrested Development?).  You can’t be hypnotized to forget past events, but you can encourage your mind to reframe the situation in a new and more beneficial light.

-Change is subconscious, not conscious: Hypnosis works on the subconscious part of the brain, which is why most people mistakenly think of it as “brain control”.  Rather than enacting change through sheer logic and willpower, hypnosis gives one the power to rewrite our underlying coding.  Who couldn’t use a little software update every now and then?

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