How Deep Should You Go?

Three Stages of Hypnosis

Traditionally, hypnosis has been viewed as having three distinct and separate stages. The question often arises which stage is the best. The general consensus of opinion is the deeper the stage the better. However, we find in the practical application that all stages of hypnosis can be useful and effective in establishing and reinforcing good habits. In addition, these stages often overlap with one stage leading to another. It is possible to move from light to medium to deep hypnosis or to move between the stages. While clearly there is no one level of hypnosis appropriate for every different type of session, still it is interesting to have a general understanding of the three stages.

Light Hypnosis

Typically, a person in light hypnosis may feel drowsy, but may not believe that he or she is in fact in a state of hypnosis. This person has complete awareness of the surroundings, the words being used and nuances of lighting, sound, smell, and sensation. Often this person may feel very relaxed and comfortable and will comply with simple suggestions, but not those of a more complicated type. The hypnotist may observe the physical manifestations of a drooping head, deep, regular breathing; the client will retain the ability to be distracted by outside influences. Even during a light trance your hypnosis session can be very effective.

Medium Hypnosis

During medium hypnosis, the subject does not resist compliance and will quickly and willingly comply with suggestions. He or she has the ability to hear, understand and to relive suggestions. Sensory propositions are readily accepted and experienced. Those sensory proposals can quite easily be removed by suggestion. Light amnesia may be introduced at this stage. The subject can experience significant pain relief. The physical manifestations of profound relaxation and regular breathing are a bit more pronounced. Almost anything which can be accomplished in hypnosis can be achieved during the medium stage.

Deep Hypnosis

In this stage, the relaxation is so deep and profound and the subject may be hesitant or unable to respond quickly to suggestions as they did in the medium stage. This is a very useful stage for the induction of anesthesia for major surgery. The physical manifestation of this stage is profound relaxation to the point of immobilisation. The ability to be distracted by outside influences is extinguished.

The Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has the ability to guide you to the appropriate stage of hypnosis. The stage of hypnosis will vary depending on your goals and your individualised therapy. Hypnosis like most other things become easier with practice. It is common for people upon their ensuing inductions to enter deeper stages of hypnosis.

Two Minds

The Two Minds of Mankind

We tend to think in terms of our brain, but within our brain, reside two separate minds that cooperate and sometimes compete with each other. The interplay and communication between Conscious and Subconscious Mind is a fascinating study. Increasing our knowledge of the way in which our brain functions has the potential to bring enlightenment and more efficient and effective functioning of our brain enabling us to accomplish our goals more quickly and with less stress.

Two Distinct Ways to Process Information

The first thing that our brain does is gather input from the senses. What we hear, see, taste, smell, and feel are gathered from the proper body part and transferred to the mind. This is where we interpret all that sensory input. The purpose of all these mental manipulations is to determine what is actually happening. The second wave of cerebral activity is to determine what we do in response to what is happening. Electrical, chemical and mechanical impulses are exchanged for the purpose of directing specific parts of the body to take prescribed actions. It is important to note that these two distinct processes occur in both the subconscious and conscious levels of the brain. Thus, a great deal of communication and coordination between these two minds occurs.

Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the area in which awareness occurs. It is where analysis, comparisons, and evaluations are made. Here in the conscious mind is where all voluntary muscular movement is managed. It is where we choose to delete or focus on specific information that we retrieve from our senses. The conscious mind makes the conscious decisions. Given all the amazing functions and responsibilities of the conscious mind, it is astonishing to note only 10 percent of our mental activity takes place in the conscious mind.

Subconscious Mind

We tend to think that our conscious mind is the boss telling the unconscious mind what to do, but when we sleep, the subconscious mind takes over. The subconscious mind holds all the memories of everything that has happened to you in your lifetime. It is in control of all your involuntary actions. It controls your breathing, digestion, the circulation of your blood throughout your body. Every involuntary action from the blinking of the eye to feeling cold, hungry or thirsty is initiated into the subconscious mind. In addition, the subconscious mind is a problem solver that never sleeps. This is why we often discover the answers to our problems in the morning after we have had a good night sleep.

Although the two minds have distinct and vital roles, neither can function without the other. When you come to Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast for weight loss, you are brought there by your conscious mind. However, when you leave with the desire to eat healthy, nonfattening foods in just the correct amounts while enjoying exercising more than ever before, those suggestions are stored in and emanate from the subconscious mind.

Avoiding Hypnotic Traps

Purposeful, self-directed hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to promote positive change in an individual’s life. It can be effectively used for weight loss, stress relief, overcoming phobias, insomnia, eliminating negative thinking, and changing bad habits to good ones.

Unfortunately, in everyday life, there exist many hypnotic traps. These snares are so cleverly interwoven into the fabric of our normal life activities that the average person is unaware of their potential to ensnare and create undesirable results. The consequences of falling into this traps can lead to obesity, health problems, and financial ruin. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of the hidden traps that are set for you each day. If you know where these deceptive devices are placed, you can easily avoid them.

Television

Hypnosis is created through relaxation, concentration, and suggestion. The image of a person staring at a swinging watch or a burning candle while a hypnotist gives suggestions of relaxation in a dulcet voice is a very common one. The light from the television, the music and the suggestions given in a melodic voice almost perfectly emulate the hypnotist. However, there is one big difference. The hypnotist has designed your therapy session to enable you to break bad habits and establish new ones, while the designers of television commercials have one goal – making money for the client. Often the television suggestions encourage to overeat and eat fattening foods, to drink too much, and to spend excessively. Drifting off while watching television puts your critical filter into abeyance, which in turn causes you to become hyper suggestable. The Greg Thompson at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you to develop the habit of watching television purposively and critically evaluate the commercials.

Driving

The simple act of driving your car can be a hypnotic experience. If you have ever driven at night on a long road trip, you may have experienced road hypnosis. The lights from yours and oncoming cars can fatigue your eyes and create a relaxation and if the radio is playing, you may become too susceptible to the radio stations messages or even the lyrics of the songs to which you are listening. Not only can this experience create suggestibility to developing and maintaining bad habits, more importantly, it is dangerous to the point of being life-threatening.

I have barely touched base on the types of environmental hypnosis to which you are exposed each day. Boring lectures, reading billboards, the sound of rain, the crashing of waves, the howling of the wind are all potentially hypnotic events. Once you have experienced a hypnotherapy session at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, you will be aware of the feeling of being hypnotised and will be much better at avoiding hypnotic traps. In addition, you will realise that you can influence your own behaviour by deciding in a purposeful way which suggestions you want to embed deeply and strongly into your subconscious mind.

Enjoy Life!

Enjoy Life More Through Hypnosis

Life can be hectic and filled with problems and responsibilities. At times, we may feel as if we have more burdens than we can bear. Each of us has important roles that we must play: son/daughter, husband/wife, brother/sister, employee/employer and parent to name a few. It may seem as if we have little time for pleasure, always rushing here and there to put out the next brush fire. It is no wonder that so many of us have forgotten how to enjoy life. Perhaps we even feel guilty for our moments of gratification. We have coined the phrase, “guilty pleasure”. First, it is important for us to realise that finding more joy enhances all areas of our life. Our work, our relationships and our ability to cope effectively with problems improve when we add more satisfaction to our lives. As children, most of us knew how to play and laugh and take pleasure in the small things that are available to us each day. This article is written for those that feel a need to increase the happiness of our daily lives.

Barriers and Bridges to Enjoyment

The Roman orator Cicero said, “A happy life begins with the tranquility of the mind”. The major barrier to our enjoyment is our feelings of stress and worry. Stress can be a positive thing which motivates us to accomplish worthwhile tasks and goals, but it can also be debilitating at times. Hypnosis can serve as a bridge that allows us to travel safely and easily from stress to tranquility. The ability to recognise undesirable stress and to suspend it for a time is an invaluable skill. Fortunately, it is one that can be learned. Hypnosis, like any other skill, improves with practice. Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you to create this bridge in your imagination and give you skills to travel the road from anxiety to peacefulness.

Beyond Stress Relief

If all that hypnosis achieved was stress relief, it would be no different than meditation. Fortunately, hypnosis can go beyond stress relief and reconnect you to all the things that you once found to be pleasurable. All pleasure is perceived in your imagination which is the domain of the subconscious mind. Experiencing pleasure like any other skill is enhanced by practice and it can be effectively practiced in the mind.

Our memories are a treasure trove of enjoyment. Remember a time when you laughed uncontrollably, or when you were with someone you loved and truly felt secure, when you did a kind deed for someone, or when you received an unexpected kindness from another person. Your hypnotherapist can guide you to once again enjoy these memories in your subconscious mind. He can give you a post-hypnotic suggestion to re-experience these joyful moments anytime you wish and to learn to recognise and experience satisfaction in the many future moments that will be available to you.

Improve Your Memory

Memory Improvement Through Hypnosis

American President Teddy Roosevelt was famous for remembering the name of every man, woman, and child he had ever met. Countless stories from Mr. Roosevelt’s gardener, chauffeur, cook etc. recount that he not only knew them by name but also knew the names of their husband or wife and children. Roosevelt himself stated on many different occasions that it was the strength of his phenomenal memory more than anything else that catapulted him to the position of the president of the United States. But how do we account for his remarkable ability to remember names and details, and more importantly how can we achieve the same type of results that Roosevelt achieved?

The Secret of the False Belief

Famous American humorist Will Rodgers said,” It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so”. Most of us have been told that there is only so much storage space in the brain, so we shouldn’t fill it up with unnecessary details and facts. To use the vernacular of Will Rodgers, this belief simply “ain’t so”. The truth is the human brain is so large and well-designed that we have the ability to remember everything that happens to us in an entire lifetime. Hypnotists have proved this time and again by regressing clients back to an earlier time and allowing them to remember details that were long since thought to be forgotten. The irony is that this very belief that we cannot remember everything keeps us from doing it.

The Deletion Retention Conundrum

Another seemingly contradictory fact about the human mind is that we are deletion creatures. There are so many sights, sounds, smells and sensations available to our senses that we must delete 99 % of the information in order to concentrate on the things that are most interesting to us. For example, if you attend a large party and engage in an interesting discussion or debate with a guest there, most likely you will remember the discussion well but will have deleted almost everything else about the party from your conscious awareness. However, other aspects of the party have been stored in your memory, just beyond your conscious awareness. Thus, what you choose to remember is merely a function of focused attention. If you, like Roosevelt, learn to focus your attention on a person’s name, even for a second, years later when you meet again, you will be able to access that information.

The professionals at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you understand that, at a very deep unconscious level, your capacity for memory is virtually limitless. In addition, you will be given a posthypnotic suggestion to learn to focus your attention on what you wish to learn. Much like a fast draw gun artist, you will be able to instantly focus on your target, squeeze off the shot and quickly move to the next target.

Pain Management

Stop Suffering Through the Use of Hypnosis

Imagine, if you will, a medicine that has the ability to relieve arthritis, joint pain, migraines, and neck aches, backaches and virtually any agony that is thought to be felt locally. In 1970, J. R. Hildegard’s groundbreaking research revealed that pain is actually experienced not locally, but within the brain. His studies with amputees reported that they were experiencing pain in the foot even though the foot had been amputated. Neurological science describes in great detail how pain is transferred to the brain. There is little doubt among the scientific and medical community that the brain is the place where we experience pain. Why is this important? Because we have the capability to affect the brain’s interpretation of pain messages through the use of hypnosis and the ability to affect the body’s response.

Pain vs. Suffering

The sensation of pain is a very useful and important survival mechanism. It alerts us to problems that need to be dealt with in an expedient fashion. For example, the bleeding from a gaping cut must be stopped as soon as possible, otherwise, we are in danger of losing too much blood and bleeding to death. However, once the throbbing pain of arthritis has alerted us to the condition, the continual pain messaging to the brain does little good. In fact, the opposite is true. We know that it creates needless suffering, raises our blood pressure, inhibits our ability to think rationally and lowers our immune system. Clearly, we need to retain the ability to feel pain while simultaneously reducing the amount of suffering that we experience.

The Best Medicine

Why do virtually all clinical studies include a control group? The answer is, to control for the placebo effect. Twenty percent of the general population will show signs of improvement if they believe they have been given a powerful medication to make them well which is the same percentage of the general population reported to be somnambulistic, i.e. very easily hypnotised. Placebo cost nothing, it has no side effects and it works. A placebo is a form of hypnosis and it has been called the best medicine. The eighty percent of the population that doesn’t respond positively to placebo could be helped by a more direct application of the logical principles of hypnosis.

Real Medicine Produced by the Brain

Scientific studies have shown that the brain has the power to produce a chemical known as dynorphin, from the family of chemicals known as endorphins. Dynorphin is estimated to be two hundred times more powerful than morphine. When it is produced through hypnosis, the chemical is made in just the right dosage for your body.

Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has been trained to suspend your critical mind and to convince your unconscious mind to produce this safe but powerful chemical. The result is to stop or greatly reduce the needless suffering which you have been experiencing.

What is Hypnosis

Understanding Hypnosis

Few subjects have been more clouded in myth, mystery, and misunderstanding than hypnosis. Since in essence hypnosis is the science of suggestibility, which is created by engaging the imagination, hypnotists themselves have perpetuated many of the myths. This is done to appeal to our magical thinking. That being said, hypnosis can be understood in a rational and scientific way. There are 4 areas of the brain: (1) The Conscious mind, (2) The Critical Area of the mind, (3) Modern Memory of the mind and (4) The Primitive area of the mind

The Conscious Mind

The input one receives through our senses first enters the conscious mind. Here the information is deciphered, analyzed and interpreted. It is this portion of the brain you are using as you read these words. This environmental input is passed to the Critical portion of the brain.

The Critical Area of the Mind

This is the area of the brain in which thoughts are stored. It is partly subconscious and partly analytical because it has been taught by life’s experience to avoid anything that brings danger. This it does automatically. Thus, you avoid touching fire without conscious thought. This area of the brain merely holds thought until sleep occurs or the conscious mind is suspended as during a hypnotic induction. Once this takes place, the message units are either discarded or let go into the Modern Memory area of the mind.

The Modern Memory Area of the Mind

In this area, some thoughts are analyzed, and they pass into the modern memory, others are vented or discarded through dreams. Those thoughts which flow into the modern memory will, in time, settle into different areas of the Primitive mind.

Primitive Area of the Mind

If too many message units to deal with are received, anxiety will occur and it will be impossible to sleep or escape hyper-suggestibility. The result is the critical area becomes less critical and bad habits may be formed because they are dropped directly into this area without being analyzed. The longer a suggestion resides in the modern memory, the weaker and more distorted it will become.

The more quickly an idea flows through these stages of the mind, the stronger and less distorted it will become. At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast this process will occur with targeted suggestions in minutes, not hours. For this reason, you will swiftly and easily change your bad habits into good ones. Whether your goal is weight loss, anxiety or depression relief, smoking cessation, etc. new habits that empower you may be formed in a speedy, safe and pleasant way. Although the results seem magical, it is achieved through the application of scientific principles of hypnosis.

The World Wants You Fat

Defend Yourself With Hypnosis

There is a war raging to make you fat, keep you that way. Billions of dollars are spent each year on developing cheaply made foods which are unhealthy, fattening and addictive. Special food additives have been introduced to fast food chain menu items. Advertisers spend hundreds of billions of dollars to create within your subconscious a compulsion to consume their products. They use the science of suggestibility to target your unconscious mind. Their crafted words are compellingly clever, the jingles and slogans are memorable and paired with pleasant music and imagery. Their goal is to implant compulsive thoughts deep in the recesses of your unconscious mind. Everyone knows that “Coke is the Real Thing”, and if you are “loving it”, you must be in Mc Donald’s. Want to “taste the rainbow?” Just grab a bag of Skittles. I might sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it is a real battle that is being waged. If you lose, your health, your energy and the quality of your life will be greatly diminished. The good news is: Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can prepare you to win this battle.

Awareness

Many, if not most people, are unaware that their unconscious minds are being targeted and conditioned to eat unwholesome, high-calorie addictive foods. The first step in defending yourself from these attacks is awareness of their intent and methods. During a hypnosis session, your unconscious mind can be programmed with a suggestion such as this, I know which healthy foods will support my weight loss, health and energy levels. Whenever I watch an advertisement that tries to convince me to eat foods that are wrong for me, I will smile. With a sense of amusement, I will say silently to myself, “Nice try, but I have no desire to eat unhealthy foods.” Then you will realise with a feeling of pride that you are winning, one skirmish at a time. You may find it amusing to identify to yourself and other people each and every time that you are aware of the fact that a company is trying to control your sub-conscious mind.

Controlling Our Own Thoughts

In the words of William Ernest Henley:

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

You can increase your awareness that you control your own intellect. You are always at liberty to accept or reject any thought that might be presented to you. You may practice affirmations like this to thicken your critical filter to the point that any negative suggestions to your unconscious mind will be immediately and automatically rejected.

Yes, there is a war raging for your money, health, and well-being. True your enemies are numerous, intelligent, educated and well financed. However, the fact remains that ultimately you have the power to decide to accept or reject their incessant targeted attacks. You can’t consciously defeat them, but through the use of hypnosis, you can create for yourself an unassailable defense.

Overcome Fear With Hypnosis

How to Overcome a Fear Using Hypnosis

Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” This article is about conquering fear by utilising the scientific principles of hypnosis. Fear is one of mankind’s most basic survival strategies. Our hunter-gatherer forefathers learned that there were many events that could create pain, suffering or even death. Often a quick response to a given stimulus was the difference between life and death. There needed to be an automatic and instantaneous reaction to threatening situations. Those people that learned to fear certain things or events lived long enough to pass their genes on to us. Overcoming fear requires us to determine if it is useful or irrational. It is also beneficial to understand the nature of fear.

Emotional vs. Physical Fear

Fear is felt at the emotional level. Feelings of worry, anxiety, panic, and depression are emotional responses. Your physiology responds as well. Physical changes occur as our bodies prepare us to run, fight or play dead. Breathing may become short in order to pump oxygen to the muscles, the blood may rush from your face so if you are cut, you will not bleed. Adrenalin will quickly flow to your muscles supercharging them with energy and vigor. These responses are mutually reinforcing. The stronger the emotional response, the more powerful the physiological one. The greater the physiological reaction, the more severe the emotional one. These responses are forcefully implanted into your primitive or subconscious mind.

Fear and the Law of Association

If as a child you were bitten by a dog, you may understandably be frightened by dogs, the growl, bark or even the fur of the creature. Perhaps shortly after this event, you visited a zoo at which time, a lion growled at you. You may develop a fear of any animal with fur, in fact, you could become afraid of fur itself or even fur like synthetic fabrics. Obviously, fearing a lion or a growling dog are rational fears. However, a synthetic rug is not. You probably understand this on an intellectual level, but that fear has been driven deeply and powerfully into your unconscious mind.

At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, I will guide you through a relaxing induction which will enable you to get in touch with your unconscious mind. He can help you create pleasant imagery, such as you playing with loving and gentle puppies. Gradually the puppy can grow in your mind’s eye until it is a full grown, sweet and affectionate animal. Later you can follow those images by actually petting a kind dog. Furry animals no longer create emotional distress. You will have triumphed over your fear through the use of hypnosis.

Everyone Is Suggestible

Understanding Suggestibility

Albert Einstein famously said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” It could be said that understanding the way that we alter our thinking is the only way for humans to create a new and better world. Any type of change occurs because humans are suggestible creatures. Hypnosis is the science of suggestibility. The better one understands this science, the more readily he or she will have the power to create positive behavioral change. Suggestions may be received in a great variety of ways and in overlapping combinations.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Suggestions

Suggestions may come to us in the form of the spoken word, and that message may be delivered either directly as in “Your eyes will close”, or indirectly as when we say, “In a moment you may begin to feel your eyes closing, as your eyelids become heavier and heavier”. Suggestions may also be sent through non-verbal means such as yawning, rolling your eyes, smiling, etc.

Inferred Suggestions

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you”, is an inferred verbal suggestion, while rising quickly and clenching your fist is an inferred non-verbal suggestion. These spoken and non-spoken promptings may be used together to provide clarity and to strengthen the inferred suggestion.

Prestige Suggestion

An example of a verbal prestige suggestion is when a doctor says, “Take two of these a day, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids”. It is a direct, verbal, prestige suggestion. It means more because it comes from a doctor. The flashing lights of a police car are a non-verbal, inferred, prestige suggestion.

Emotional Appeals

“I love you”, is a direct, verbal, emotional response. Crying is a non-verbal, inferred, emotional suggestion. If you combine these two suggestions, you will have used 6 different types of suggestions.

Social Dictates

Wearing a jacket and a tie in certain restaurants is a social dictate. It doesn’t have to be stated, shown, spoken directly, inferred, emotional or coming from a person of prestige to be clearly received, and yet each if not all of these types of suggestions can be used in combination with social dictates.

As you can see, there are an infinite variety of ways for a person to receive suggestions. Suggestions can be relaxing or produce anxiety, some are very powerful while others lack the ability to alter one’s behaviour. Greg Thompson at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has been trained to know when and how to send suggestions in the right combinations to fit the client in his or her current situation to better support their behavioural change goals.