It's not what you think it is, it's what you think it is
So what is hypnosis and how do you use it as in therapy? Well the arguments still ensue even in the medical and therapeutic circles about what it actually is and what it actually does. What we do know is that it works. In these modern times, science is now catching up and confirming what we have known for hundreds of years. MRI scans are now showing how hypnosis affects our brain chemistry and physiology.
Hypnosis has been around for a few thousand years and in ancient Indian temples, there are mentions of families taking their loved ones to the temple to be spoken and whispered to. Think about this, what is daydreaming? Ever been on a journey and 'zoned out'? Those are trance states, and we go in and out of them hundreds of times a day.
With hypnosis, we are accessing those daydreaming states so we can talk directly to the unconscious mind - the bit that drives our behaviour. If we can change our behaviour, we can install new programs to make those behaviours serve us better. Confidence, self-worth, habit breaking, phobia curing; all these are controlled through our unconscious mind.
Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could just talk to the part that's directly in control and tell it to change? Well, guess what? This is exactly what we are doing through hypnosis.
So what can you use hypnosis and hypnotherapy for?