What hypnosis really is, and how you can use it in your daily life22 Aug 2017
Can people really be hypnotised into eating an onion and thinking it’s an apple?
Is it real?
I hear these questions all the time around hypnosis, it’s a great conversation starter when I tell people that I hypnotise people in my day job. And before you ask again, yes you can eat an onion and think it’s an apple, and yes, hypnotherapy is very much a real thing.
The truth is you already use hypnosis, whether you believe in it or not. It’s a part of daily life, but maybe it's not something you’re aware of yet. But all those thoughts that are going on in your head, you know those stories you are telling yourself? Whether they are positive or negative, they are a form of hypnosis. So be mindful of what you are hypnotising yourself into.
Stay with me and learn how to program yourself for success.
What is hypnosis?
Have you ever driven a car or ridden the train on a familiar route, gone off into a little dream without realising and then all of a sudden you realise you’ve been completely away with the fairies? Maybe you missed your station or your exit for your junction, you wonder where you have been and more importantly, who was driving the car?
Well, the unconscious part of you did the driving whilst your conscious was off in a world of its own, most probably planning something or reliving an event. The resourceful part of you is your unconscious mind and that took over the doing, the actual driving. The unconscious mind stores all your learnings, your beliefs and your values. In other words it is your operating system, and thank goodness it’s there. It’s the part of you that we communicate with when you are under hypnosis. The art of making this happen quickly is to distract the conscious part of your mind - the goal setting, cognitive side of you.
Why use hypnosis?
To understand why you would want to use hypnosis as a tool, you must first understand why it’s important that we communicate with our unconscious as well as our conscious. A useful analogy is to think of the two minds as a ship.
The unconscious part in the ship is the crew, the engines, the fuel and the vessel in it’s entirety. It is so very powerful and capable.
In contrast, the conscious part of the ship is the captain who makes the rules, rules the roost or at least think he or she does, and is very much driven by ego.
The interesting thing is that the unconscious mind always wins the battle. Errors can be made by the captain but it’s very hard to stop something that is inevitable when it comes to the actual motor, in this case the unconscious mind. So this makes it evident why hypnosis is such a vital tool - it helps us communicate with and direct our unconscious mind and gets passed our ego which may be standing in our own way.
According to Dr. Bruce Lipton in his book the Biology of Belief, 95% of our daily behaviour is driven by our unconscious mind. Now the really scary thing is that many people don’t know that part of themselves and this means they are missing a real treat and a relationship that can change their lives.
How to get started with hypnosis
Your unconscious mind is eavesdropping on your thoughts and feelings all the time. So what you say to yourself is a form of self hypnosis, it follows the lines of what you meditate on is what you get, so choose wisely.
The lesson is, we are all using hypnosis, whether we know it or not. So make sure that you’re hypnotising yourself with the good thoughts, not those negative nasties.
You can get started with hypnosis in an intentional way, we're gifting you a hypnosis audio which you can download here.
Now we get to the good stuff - listen to this once a day for a week and BOOM, notice the difference.