What is Hypnotherapy?
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
What is Hypnotherapy? What are the benefits? Due to the influence of movies and stage hypnosis, there are some misunderstandings around this topic. Some believe that it is dangerous as it can lead to mind control and them being forced to do something not in their will.
As a Hypnotherapist and someone who benefited from it, I would like to clear up some doubts so more people could benefit from this highly effective tool. Stage Hypnosis has little to do with Clinical Hypnotherapy. The latter can bring about profound healing and has many other benefits such as performance improvement, quitting addiction, ego strengthening, gaining clarity and deep relaxation. During the process, the person being hypnotised remain in control and they can’t be forced to do anything against their will. In most cases, they remain partially conscious and can remember what happened during the hypnosis. If you are interested, do look for a Hypnotherapist who is professionally trained and qualified. It just gives you the peace of mind knowing they have gone through the appropriate training to give you the right service :)
The purpose of Hypnosis is to access our subconscious mind. In a way it is very similar to a guided meditation where we are guided to slow down our mind and access our inner world. Research shows that 95% of our thoughts and behaviours come from our subconscious mind. In other words only 5% of our activities come from our conscious mind. This is why a lot of people fail to change their behaviours even though they really want to see the change, at least at their conscious level. To truly effect a change, we have to address the subconscious mind which governs the majority of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Hypnotherapy gives us the tool to achieve that.
Our subconscious mind is very powerful. It records everything that has ever happened to us, including every thought, feeling, experience and the beliefs formed as a result of our experience and our interpretation of that experience. Beliefs are simply thoughts that we keep thinking, and eventually formed as beliefs. What you believe in doesn’t necessarily reflect the truth, but because you believe in it, it becomes true for you. Take for example, if you believe in a hostile world, you’ll keep attracting “facts” that prove you right, be it news in the media, politics at work or unfriendly people you meet on the street. These encounters further cement your beliefs, which attract more of these unpleasant experiences into your life. This vicious circle can keep you trapped, not realising that it is your beliefs that created your reality. On the other hand if you could change your belief to a friendlier worldview, you would start to see evidence that proves you right, be it positive news in a different platform, a supportive mentor at work or a friendly person who hold the door for you in a shopping mall. It takes time and effort to change a belief consciously, but Hypnotherapy can speed up this process as it communicates directly with our subconscious mind, which is where our beliefs are stored.
Most of our beliefs were formed before 7 years old. This is because most kids from the age of 0 – 7 live in a carefree, relaxed state (theta brainwave), which is a state where they can easily believe or absorb anything said or happened around them. Hypnotherapy helps us to access these childhood memories and any self-sabotaging beliefs, and transform them into positive and empowering ones. Some people choose to ignore their childhood trauma, thinking they will forget and heal over time, only to realise their past wounds are still affecting their behaviours and thinking patterns until today. Hypnotherapy gives us a chance to heal our inner child, so we can move forward with more positive mindsets and beliefs. When this happens, we create a better reality for ourselves. We might find ourselves living and experiencing our lives with a new higher perspective, seeing opportunities that we couldn’t see before. This change and transformation can be very empowering and invigorating, especially after years of being trapped in our self-limiting beliefs.
The other benefits of Hypnotherapy is to help us rebuild our inner resources, such as courage, self-esteem, confidence, power, love, strength, etc. Positive affirmations are very popular these days, but they can only work when you truly believe in it, otherwise it is a bit of a hit-and-miss. By healing the source of limiting beliefs and reinforcing it with ego strengthening suggestions, Hypnotherapy can bring about positive change that is profound and long lasting.
Hypnosis is also widely used in the sports industry to enhance athletes’ performance. Similarly, the same techniques can be used to improve performance at work or in school. Some people overcome their fear of public speaking using hypnosis, whilst others use it to treat symptoms like anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and a wide variety of fears and phobias.
I have experienced the benefits of Hypnotherapy first hand and would like to share this powerful tool with more people in need. If you are interested in knowing whether Hypnotherapy can help you, feel free to drop a message here.
Last but not least, I want to wish everyone a Merry Merry Christmas! May your New Year be bright and jolly, filled with amazing encounters and meaningful, precious moments spent with your loved ones.