Intro to Hypnosis: In this segment, the facilitator introduces hypnosis, removes misconceptions, and invites participants to take several suggestibility tests. You will experience your first group hypnosis exercise.
Although hypnosis has become more mainstream these days, it continues to have a bit of an image problem. For many people, hypnosis is, at best, humiliation for entertainment, or at worst, a dark art of mind-control and manipulation.
Although the truth is much more common – hypnosis is simply a way of working with naturally occurring states of mind – these misconceptions persist, so it’s useful to have a look at some of them and demolish a few myths along the way.
The application of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is based solely on the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind. It is important to understand the function of each of these so you can understand how hypnosis works.
Your conscious mind, which accounts for 10% of our mind, is your present awareness. For instance, in reading this, you are aware of the words on the page. What you may not be aware of is the sound of traffic or birds outside, the hum of your computer or even the color of the chair you are seated in. The conscious mind can only hold the information you are currently focusing on. It is only able to retain approximately 7 bits of information at a time. The conscious mind analyzes and solves problems. It evaluates whatever concern, situation or issue that has its attention at any given moment. It is the part of your mind that makes decisions and exercises willpower. The conscious mind is the place of temporary memory, the memory we use everyday to function.
The subconscious mind, on the other hand, accounts for the other 90% of your mind. It can be compared to a computer or a memory bank. It takes in everything we hear, see, feel and experience and stores it in your memory banks. It has been estimated that the subconscious mind receives two billion bits of information per second. The subconscious mind controls all of your bodily functions; breathing, heart beating, eyes blinking, the immune system, organs, muscles, bones and tissues. The subconscious mind is where you store your emotions, habits, core beliefs and your permanent memory. Just like a computer, your subconscious mind operates only on it’s programming, which has been created based on your life experiences. Through hypnosis we are able to reprogram your subconscious mind to bring about the positive changes you desire.