Busting Hypnotherapy Myths
When I started my hypnotherapy course, the response from my 8 year old daughter was, “Wow you can turn me into a rabbit now?” I know she is still young but the nature of hypnotherapy can also cause confusion amongst older people. Frequent questions I get asked are: Is it safe? Will I lose control? Will you be able to read my thoughts and secrets? Hopefully after reading this blog, all your doubts and fears will be kept at bay.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of two words Hypno and Therapy. Hypnosis is a natural state you take yourself into, when you are really relaxed and your conscious mind quietens down. Hypnosis may be familiar to you already; it’s the same feeling you get when you are engrossed in an interesting show or book. When you are in a hypnotic state, the therapist uses this time to work with your subconscious mind – the storehouse of all your memories, experiences etc. The job of your subconscious is to keep you safe, and if it means keeping certain memories hidden, it will do so. The subconscious doesn’t distinguish between what’s happy or sad or fun. It broadly understands what is threat and safety, and anything that is indicating a change is threat. Simply because all that you have been doing, was to make sure you survive. So when you consciously want to change a habit, a pattern, fear or behavior, it is perceived as a threat by the subconscious. The amazing thing is that these reactions can change if we get enough time to sneak under our subconscious mind to plant a thought or behavior which is genuinely better for you and desired by you. Needless to say, it shouldn’t have any negative implications for others.
Is it safe?
Well that depends on whether you consider it safe to watch a movie? When you go to the theatre and have focused your awareness onto screen, you willingly allow yourself to go into hypnosis. You laugh and cry with the actors, knowing that it’s just a movie written, directed and played out by trained professionals. And if there is a scary monster on screen, you don’t run out, since your conscious mind is also active, though slightly less involved. Similarly, when you are working with a therapist, even though you willingly allow yourself to go in hypnosis, if there is anything that is a threat to your safety or anything the therapist says which does not agree with you, you immediately snap out of the relaxed state of being and into consciousness.
So that answers our next question about being in control. You are always in control. You are the one at the wheel, driving the car. A therapist can give you directions of where to go, but it is always you who takes yourself into the relaxed state. No one else can do that for you. Will I be able to hypnotise you? Well the answer is the same, I won’t be. You yourself will be able to do so if you choose.
So what happens when you are in this relaxed state?
Can I read your thoughts? Make you say things you don’t want to say? Absolutely not! When you are in this relaxed state, your conscious mind stops interfering. Your subconscious knows exactly the reason why you are suffering from anxiety, or fears or low self-worth. And it also knows, that if we work on this and reframe it, you will reach the desired results. So just like watching a movie, your subconscious allows you to reach out and find that memory or experience and share it with the therapist. There are different ways that we can work on what shows up, to help you achieve the desired results. Once it stands changed in your subconscious, ‘irreversible. Isn’t that absolutely amazing?! Hypnotherapy is by far the most effective form of therapy as it is quick, can work on a number of issues and gets to the root cause.
Aastha is a Hypnotherapist and Life Coach.
It brings her great joy when she can help someone rediscover their best version of themselves. Her other areas of expertise include NLP, Spiritual Response Therapy, Tarot Reading and Reiki.