Feb 23, 2024

A Technical Explanation Of Hypnosis: About Your Subconscious Mind

Everything you have experienced in your life is recorded in your subconscious mind. If I were to ask you what 4 plus 4 is, you would answer eight. That’s your conscious mind. If I ask you what you had for lunch 6 weeks ago, you won’t have any conscious recollection of it. However, your subconscious mind will remember in perfect detail.

When you are driving, you are probably thinking about many things. Everybody does. Many people love to drive when thinking, just like some prefer walking.

If you are driving and thinking about work or your weekend plans, what part of you is paying attention to driving? The answer is your subconscious mind. If there is an obstacle, your subconscious mind will make you step on the brake before you can make any conscious decision.

Everyone has experienced being so deep in thought that they don’t remember the turns they took to reach their destination. You drove the entire distance, guided by your subconscious mind. 

Your subconscious mind doesn’t think. That is a function of your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind just reacts based on the information stored in it. If you are feeling cold while sleeping or need to go to the bathroom, then your subconscious mind will wake you up.

When you learn something new, you have to pay conscious attention. For example, when learning to drive a car, you must first be mindful of the gas pedal, the brake, the distance between you and the other cars, the lights, etc. Once you have learned to drive, this knowledge becomes a part of your subconscious mind, and you just drive.

The subconscious is like a vast storehouse of your knowledge and beliefs. If you hear something negative about yourself while growing up (or as an adult) and accept it as accurate, then that will be stored in your subconscious mind as a belief about yourself. For example, if your teacher said things to you like, “Why are you so stupid” or “You just don’t have a brain in your head,” or “You will never succeed or make anything of yourself,” and you believed her then those beliefs about yourself are part of your subconscious mind.

Since your subconscious mind acts on what it knows, you will be insecure about your intelligence for the rest of your life – unless you change your negative beliefs into positive ones. Consciously believing yourself to be intelligent will not work as your subconscious mind has been programmed. This means that your subconscious will sabotage your efforts in areas where you have negative beliefs involved.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are the most effective ways to change your subconscious programming.

To attain a proper state of self-hypnosis, you must stop your analytic mind (thoughts and doubts), which occurs naturally in meditation. Deep relaxation helps remove extraneous thoughts and allows you to focus better. So relaxation is an integral part of both hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Once relaxed and focused, you are in a state of ‘hypnosis.’ You will be awake and aware as you don’t lose consciousness or fall asleep. Sleep is useless for hypnosis and self-hypnosis. You have to be aware and focused.

Your conscious mind also has a role to play. Consciously, you have to adopt the attitude, “I love this affirmation/suggestion, and I know I can make this a part of how I see the world”. While you are in your state of relaxed focused attention – with the attitude of “I love this” – you are reprogramming your subconscious mind. 

Of course, many negative beliefs programmed in your subconscious mind have been there for years. This means you may have to do self-hypnosis several times before you successfully reprogram your subconscious mind permanently. 

Hypnosis & Self-Hypnosis

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