So, how does Hypnosis work? Hypnosis works by directly dealing with the unconscious mind, rather than with the conscious mind, and thus changing how we perceive reality.
Confused? Actually, this is a very simple concept which you’ll master as you learn hypnosis. Sure, there are lots of theories about how hypnotists so their tricks. Some say that the subjects of a hypnotic performance are actually trained actors.
Not so, because hypnosis has helped countless men and women to give up smoking. A study conducted by the University of Iowa reported that hypnosis was three times more effective than any other form of nicotine replacement as a technique to help people give up smoking.
There is another authentic study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics that shows that hypnosis brought down the severity of headaches in children by 75%. Indeed, after being subjected to hypnosis, the headaches stopped as well.
So clearly, hypnosis really works and the people being hypnotized are not trained actors – they are just regular men, women and children. But then, how does it work?
As said earlier, if you’re to learn hypnosis, you should understand the difference between conscious mind and the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is the part of the mind where we actually live – which is available to us 24/7, which represents us and who we are. There is always a little voice in your head, telling you what’s right and what’s not, what’s to be done and what’s to be avoided – well, that’s the conscious mind.
The unconscious mind – that’s everything else. You don’t think about your blood circulation, heart rate, working of the digestive system and so much more. These things just happen. But what controls them? It’s your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is where the sum total of your innermost thoughts, experiences gathered over decades, lifelong memories reside. You may not consciously think about whatever goes on in the unconscious mind, but it’s always there within you, shaping your reactions to the people around you and to various situations you find yourself in. The unconscious mind dictates how you feel, shapes your habits and controls your deepest feelings and emotions.
Indeed, the conscious mind handles seven bits of sensory information in a second, while the unconscious mind handles 2 million! In fact, it is the unconscious mind that decides which seven bits of sensory information should be made available to the conscious mind.
The difference between conscious and unconscious mind is well understood by a hypnotist. The conscious mind is very logical and analytical. It is also very judgmental. The conscious mind doesn’t blindly accept any suggestion. It thinks and rethinks the options before it and reconsiders the alternative, before coming to a decision. So if somebody tells you to give up alcohol, the conscious mind would probably say, “Mind your own business!”
However, the conscious mind does not form habits, the unconscious mind does. The unconscious mind is more accepting. It takes things just the way they are, without questioning or doubting them.
Hypnosis works by simply bypassing the conscious mind and directly communicating with the unconscious mind, in a way that is easily understood by it – by forming patterns, associations and talking in metaphors.
All of the habits – good and bad we pick up, are things that we do at an unconscious level, through the force of repetition. What the hypnosis does is to reshape the unconscious mind, help it form new connections, new associations, to help you subconsciously think of better ways to do certain things.
For instance, a hypnotist would directly communicate with an alcoholic’s unconscious mind and change the perception his mind has with alcohol, helping the mind rethink its association with alcohol as “not good” rather than “good”.
So, if you’re looking to learn hypnosis, you should find out how to reprogram the unconscious mind just as you would reprogram a computer. That’s what hypnosis is all about.
Hypnosis is an art that is based on pure science, and there is no “magic” or “witchcraft” associated with it. Anyone can learn hypnosis. Look at our resources to continue your learning.