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FEATURE - March 2016
How to Unlock Your Full Potential with Hypnosis
By Carol Henderson
It’s March. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you made the changes you wanted to make back on January 1, or did you start out with determination, only to revert back to the same old habits you had before?
If you didn’t keep your resolutions, it is probably because you were using willpower to make yourself change. Willpower is a product of the conscious mind, but habits are a function of the subconscious mind. In a conflict between your conscious and your subconscious, your subconscious mind will always win. Hypnosis is the best way to communicate with your subconscious. A hypnotist can talk to this part of you, and ask it why it is urging you to smoke when you don’t want to, or eat foods you know are bad for you. The hypnotist can ask your subconscious mind why you dread exercising, or why you are so afraid of ducks, or why you won’t let yourself sleep at night. In hypnosis, your conscious mind is relaxed while your subconscious mind stays alert, and can shed some light on why these habits are important to you. The hypnotist can then guide you to find other, healthier ways to meet your needs without this detrimental habit. When the subconscious is on your side, it is easy to make changes, and become the way you want to be.
During hypnosis, I have had clients tell me, and also reveal to themselves, unusual reasons why they feel they need to keep these unhealthy habits. In hypnosis, they might reveal that they need to keep smoking because the only time they slow down or take a break is when they smoke a cigarette. The subconscious knows that they work too hard and need those breaks, so it urges the person to smoke by giving them intense cravings and desires to smoke. The client just notices that they really do want to smoke. They are not aware of this activity under the surface. The client can then promise to themselves, in hypnosis, that they will still take breaks after they quit smoking. With this assurance, the strong cravings they were experiencing can be eliminated.
Another client realized that the strong cravings for smoking that she was experiencing were because she and her mother used to go outside together and smoke while everyone else stayed inside. She and her mother really got close at these times. Her mother had since died, and her subconscious mind urged her to continue to smoke to keep the memory of her mother strong by giving her this strong desire to smoke. In hypnosis, she realized that she could keep the memory of her mother strong without smoking, that smoking didn’t cause the bond, that the time they spent together was the real reason they became close.
One client revealed that she had to keep chewing tobacco because it made her unique among her friends. We brainstormed other ways she was unique among her friends, and with this knowledge during hypnosis, the habit was easily eliminated.
If your subconscious mind feels you are safer by carrying 50 extra pounds around, you will never be able to stay slim. You might be able to lose the weight, but little by little you will gain it back. Your subconscious mind knows how many calories or fat grams are in most foods, and it can cause you to crave the things that will pack on the weight to keep you safe. Through hypnosis, you can realize that you can release the weight and still feel safe. Then the cravings go away, which makes slimming down so much easier.
The purpose of an addiction is an attempt to self-medicate emotional pain. Sometimes the reason the client is having trouble making the changes they want to make is because of something that happened earlier in life. Maybe it was a long time ago, but it is still very painful to think about. In hypnosis we can heal that event so that it no longer feels painful, and then there is no reason to self-medicate.
Hypnosis is beneficial in other ways, too. It can remove blocks to learning, or to excelling in sports, music, or the arts. Then the natural abilities a person has can start to shine. He or she may have blockages to sleeping, or blockages to feeling confident. In hypnosis we can discover where this blockage came from, what it is doing for them, and how to remove it. The answers are inside each of us.
The future is yours to write, don’t let your subconscious keep you from living your dreams.
Carol Henderson is a certified hypnotherapist and certified EFT practitioner. She sees clients in her Overland Park, Kansas office. Call her at 913-908-6907 or email Carol@newdayhypno.com. Website: www.newdayhypno.com.