“By combining elements such as hypnosis, magic, neurolinguistic programming and psychology, I can make it appear that I can hack into people’s brains.” – Keith Barry
You are in a trance 99% of your waking life.
Don’t worry though, this is completely normal.
If you had to be 100% conscious 100% of the time your mind would be exhausted in just a few minutes.
The real key to change in your life is not through the conscious mind, but rather the subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is the Captain of the ship and the subconscious mind is the crew.
Whatever you want in your life, whether it be a new job, a new relationship or just a parking spot in the mall, can all be made manifest through the subconscious mind.
How this works is actually quite simple but you do need an open mind to do so. Remember I talked about the gatekeeper of the mind.
The gatekeeper acts as a type of firewall to keep out information that could be harmful to you.
If I were to say to you, “go on the roof of your house and jump off,” your gatekeeper would filter that request out because it knows that jumping off the roof would be harmful to your well-being.
So we can see that the gatekeeper is actually a good thing for you.
The problem with the gatekeeper is when it prevents you from making simple changes like quitting a bad habit or starting your own business.
Here is an excerpt from Hypnotist Susan Gold at SusanGold.net.
From the time we first become conscious beings until about the age of six, our subconscious mind is wide open to receive those suggestions and influences that establish our self-esteem and habits.
At about the age of six we develop what hypnotherapists refer to as the critical factor of the conscious mind.
You might think of this as a gatekeeper who stands between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and who decides what suggestions and influences get let in.
Unfortunately, when we experience trauma, the gatekeeper doesn’t do a very good job at keeping the negative influences out.
I imagine him being knocked over by an experience, and in a daze, unable to do his job. While he’s collecting himself, in goes the negative suggestions that have a hand in shaping us.
Positive suggestions—suggestions for healthy change are another story. The gatekeeper has his wits about him and scratches his chin.
He evaluates the suggestion, analyzes it, and takes his time as he decides if, indeed, the suggestion is a good one.
If the suggestion is allowed into the subconscious mind, the good news is that the subconscious will accept it and feel it, and it goes into the computer forever.
The key to hypnotherapy is getting past the gatekeeper and into the subconscious mind. You can do this by going into hypnosis, also known as a trance state.
All that really means is getting relaxed both physically and, more important, mentally.
You won’t be asleep, and you won’t feel like you are in some strange, altered state.
It’ll just be you, with your eyes closed, sitting comfortably in a recliner, letting go of that analytical part of you that’s running through tomorrow’s schedule and questioning everything around you.
With the volume of your conscious mind turned down real low, you can focus all your concentration on the words and directions of the hypnotherapist.
For a suggestion to get past the gatekeeper, and for hypnosis to work, you also must have the right mental attitude. You need to be able to say, I like that idea, and I know this will work.
That gatekeeper is going to detect any hesitancy or reservations that come from your conscious mind and will prevent any suggestions from getting through that you don’t like or are uncomfortable with.
You must be ready to make a change and believe that hypnosis will make that change possible.
Speaking with Your Subconscious Mind
Once you are in a trance state and have accessed your subconscious mind, there are a couple of options.
The first option is for the hypnotherapist to help you simply cancel out old suggestions and influences and replace them with the new, healthier ones that you desire.
The second option is for the hypnotherapist to help you to find the file with the experience that has caused a problem.
Once the file is found, the hypnotherapist has techniques to help you explore the experience, heal, and gain a new perspective, strengthened by positive suggestions.
Your imagination plays a very significant role here. To effect change, you need to be able to see yourself or, if you are not a visual person, to imagine yourself having successfully overcome your obstacles.
Bringing your goals to life in your subconscious mind turns them into reality.
The amazing thing about hypnotherapy, and why it is so effective, is that once a suggestion gets past the gatekeeper and is visualized or imagined in the subconscious mind, it will be accepted as if it were true.
This means that the changes you make with hypnosis involve no willpower. For example, a person who has smoked for years can become and non-smoker and never again feel the urge for a cigarette.
Feeling the Truth from Your Subconscious Mind
Because the subconscious mind is the emotional mind and without a critical factor, you can depend on it to tell you what you really feel about a situation or a decision you must make.
You will feel the truth to the core of your being.
This makes hypnosis an effective tool for someone who doesn’t necessarily want to change a habit but is interested in self exploration and general growth.
While reading books and other programs that are supposed to help you achieve your goals they won’t do you a bit of good if your subconscious mind is not on board with it.
This is why the majority of people never achieve their goals.
Dr Robert Anthony has a program called the Law of Deliberate Creation that will teach you how to hypnotize yourself so that you can literally re-program yourself for success.
Try it out for yourself or keep bumping your head against the wall hoping that you will eventually break through it.
P.S. I am an affiliate for these programs and will receive a commission on any sale. 🙂