In my last post I explained what hypnosis is. Today we will talk about the conscious mind versus the subconscious mind, the two parts of our mind that create thought, that create belief.
The mind is created of these two parts. The conscious mind is the part responsible for logic, for short-term memory, for willpower. It's the part of your mind that analyzes, that criticizes, that judges things around you ... basically, how we interact with the world. Roughly 10% of our mind is Conscious.
The other side of our mind is the subconscious mind. Really, up until about the age of somewhere between six and eight, our mind is pure subconscious. This is the part of us that creates rules or beliefs designed to keep us safe. 90% of our mind is subconscious.
The subconscious mind learns as much as possible as quickly as possible. It's designed to allow us to survive. Being safe doesn't mean being healthy or having the best version of our life, it just means being comfortable. Perhaps you've had an experience where you may do something that you don't like, however, it's something that you're comfortable with. This is our subconscious mind acting out those internal beliefs.
To communicate from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind, you have to bypass what's called the "critical factor." Think of it as a filter that allows experiences and beliefs to flow from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind. There are five different ways you can bypass the filter: An authority may tell you something as fact. You can have a highly emotional experience that'll bypass the filter. A peer group's beliefs and behaviors will bypass the filter. Repetition, something over and over and over again will bypass that filter. Finally, hypnosis is also a way to bypass the critical factor.
This is the conscious mind versus the subconscious mind, the two parts of our mind that create our reality. Next time, we'll talk more about these five ways of creating subconscious beliefs.
A happy Saturday afternoon, my friends. I'm Joshua Rey Peters, and I help my clients by creating a place, conditions, for them to make change in their life. One powerful way that I do this is through the power of hypnosis. And what is hypnosis? This is a question that's asked a lot and it's a really tough question to answer.
Roy Hunter's book, The Art of Hypnosis, gives us a couple definitions.
The Mosby Medical Encyclopedia defines hypnosis as, "A passive trance-like state that resembles normal sleep, during which perception and memory are changed, resulting in increased responsiveness to suggestion." That's one way to describe it.
Charles Tebbetts defines hypnosis in a little bit different way. He says, "There's no legal definition of hypnosis, that Webster's dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep." It's not actually sleep, it's actually a naturally occurring state of mind, and it's induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. We're going through hypnosis and hypnotic moments all the time.
Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance. Doctor John Hughes also describes this about hypnosis. He says, "Hypnosis is one of the seven wonders of the modern psychology. No one really knows what hypnosis is, but then no one knows what electricity is either, yet that doesn't deter its usefulness."
These are some different definitions of what is hypnosis. Like Doctor Hughes said, we really don't know what hypnosis is, however, we do know how it works. Hypnosis uses focus and imagination. Using focus and imagination, we are able to speak to the subconscious mind to alter our internal beliefs, and by altering our beliefs, we create change in our mind, change in our body. Change in our body/mind.
That's a quick synopsis of, "What is Hypnosis?" The next thing we'll talk about at another time is, "What is this subconscious mind?"
Hypnosis results will vary from person to person.
Individual results should not be seen as typical of all clients.