Whatever your goals are, hypnosis can help you achieve them more easily and more quickly. Many people don’t realize the awesome power that their subconscious mind has over their lives. The causes of so many “bad habits” are rooted in memories or perceptions that may be forgotten by the conscious mind but retained in the subconscious. Hypnosis helps to access the subconscious mind and affect the desired changes more easily and more quickly.
Unfortunately, many people refuse to consider hypnotherapy because of their fears and misconceptions. They may believe the hypnotherapist will control them, they will tell their hidden secrets, or be made to do ridiculous things. These misconceptions might be the result of watching old vampire movies or cartoons on TV. These fears and misconceptions are completely unfounded. The individual is always in control, and in fact, is more aware of what is happening while in the hypnotic state.
Although hypnosis is not a panacea, there are many areas where it has proven to be tremendously helpful; these include memory enhancement, improving concentration, relieving insomnia, eliminating nail biting, reducing stuttering, sales and sports achievement. However the most common reasons for visiting a hypnotherapist are losing weight, quitting smoking, and managing stress.
Many overweight people who fail with diet programs turn to hypnosis or hypnotherapy as a safe and reliable alternative. For them, dieting never eliminated the subconscious need for excess food. It is just a form of torture they went through, until they eventually gave in to their subconscious desires. So they continuously went up and down the scale, never letting go of the desire for excess food.
The reasons for their desire were anchored in the memory of some past emotional event that caused them to overeat for security, self-preservation or protection. The memory of the event remained sealed in their subconscious, even if he was consciously forgotten.
Hypnotherapy locates the event which triggered this behaviour, and changes the individual’s perception of that event; thus eliminating it is a problem source. Once this is accomplished, the individual can eliminate the desire for excess food and the weight comes off and stays off.
The same technique is effective for quitting smoking. When an individual relives the horrible experience of taking that first puff, and remembers the events that caused them to continue smoking, the habit is eliminated.
Phobias such as the fears of water, flying, driving and claustrophobia are easily treated with the same technique, and can frequently be overcome in a few sessions.
“What the mind causes, the mind can cure. Wellness begins in the mind!” Every problem has a cause and when you eliminate the cause from the computer we call the subconscious mind, the problem disappears.
When choosing a hypnotherapist, it is important to be sure that he or she is qualified. Pierre Benoit, CHt, RCCH, is a member of the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists of Canada (ARCH) and of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and can be reached at (514)472-3535.