The mind – best friend and worst enemy
Hypnosis is not sleep – it is a heightened state of awareness. Whilst in hypnosis, most people have awareness of what is happening around them, but your mind is likely to drift and wander with my voice sometimes fading into the background. You cannot be made to think, do or say anything that you do not want to.
Can I be hypnotised?
I am often asked ‘is everybody able to be hypnotised’? The answer is that, yes, everyone is receptive to hypnosis, but at differing speeds and levels. Certainly, some people take much longer than others to become hypnotised, but we can all enter into a hypnotic state given time.
And time is not an issue, we will have plenty of time. There is no rush or hurry when we are working together. I will usually simply use my voice to guide you into a hypnotic state.
This is usually all that is required for the subconscious part of your mind to come to the foreground. I can than make suggestions to your subconscious which are for your benefit. These suggestions can then be acted upon by your subconscious to help create change. Also, everything that you have ever done, or seen, is stored at a subconscious level. In hypnosis, these actions and memories can be accessed with astonishing clarity if we need to discover when and why a certain issue started. Sometimes we might use the hypnotic state to access different ‘parts’ of your personality to resolve longstanding conflicts between what you would like to change, but seem unable to do so.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is an effective approach to personal and professional development. It is based on the study of how successful people and organisations achieve brilliant results. It looks at the manner of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do, and then creating a model of that which can be replicated. So, in essence NLP is a collection of tools, insights and methods that can enable you to improve your performance and communication in many aspects of your life. It has many beneficial uses for self-development and is particularly useful for those looking to enhance their performance in business and sport.
In many respects NLP pre-supposes that we already have all of the necessary resources within us, but simply don’t use them in certain areas of our life. For example; you may be very confident about baking a cake, but not confident about another task. Through NLP we can examine the mental beliefs, thinking and behavioural patterns that are associated with ‘baking a cake’ and then replicate this same sequence into another area of your life where you may lack confidence.
Human minds are very easily distracted, consistently examining past events and attempting to predict the future. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and focussing clearly on whatever is happening in our lives ‘now’ in this single moment in time. Once gone, the moment of ‘now’ will never exist again, but when your head is constantly thinking about what you have to do tomorrow, what you have done earlier today, worrying about future events, or ruminating over past events, you are missing out on the only moment that truly exists … ‘now’.
The practice of Mindfulness has, over the past few years, proven to be extremely effective in reducing the effects of many anxiety conditions, obsessive-compulsive disorder and mild-moderate depression. It will not remove life’s pressures but it can help us react to them in a calmer manner that benefits mind and body. It helps us to identify and step away from habitual – often unconscious – emotional reactions to everyday thought. Over time mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing.
With training and regular practice Mindfulness can become a routine part of your daily life. Whilst you may wish to set aside specific time for Mindfulness mental relaxation it can also be used whilst you are going about your everyday tasks.