What Is Hypnosis?

I am talking about hypnosis today, because it’s a tool I have used with success, and one that I will be revisiting later this week and over the next several weeks. Just what is hypnosis? According to Wikipedia, it’s “a special psychological state with certain physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state.”

So, what is that? Well, in hypnosis, you are focused, awake, and relaxed. However, your conscious mind is so quiet that you won’t even hear a truck rolling by or notice music that has been playing, has stopped. The conscious mind is quieted and the subconscious mind can be accessed. This is where all your thoughts and beliefs reside; in the subconscious. Everything that has happened to you, how you feel about it all, and what you believe about it, even when you were a day old, resides in your subconscious.

Why would someone want to delve into their subconscious mind? Well, we carry around a lot of thoughts and beliefs, and these drive our behaviors. We are aware of things in our conscious mind; but when there is a subconscious belief or thought, we are not aware of it (hence the name, subconscious). We often have subconscious beliefs that don’t serve us well. When they rear their ugly heads, the resulting behavior is called self-sabotage.

One common belief that can be self-sabotaging, is that we are not worthy of goodness or love, or wealth in our lives. A classic sign of someone who might have an underlying subconscious belief of, “money is the root of all evil,” might be someone who can’t make or can’t hold onto money. You could give them a million dollars, and in a relatively short period of time, it would all be gone.

For me, I’ve been on a quest to unearth what subconscious beliefs are holding me back from releasing excess weight that I carry on my body. With as much as I have learned about myself (and it’s a lot!), why do I still seem to need all this extra weight?

So far, with the help of several wonderful people who work in the metaphysical field, I have learned that I have a belief that has been following me through several lifetimes (this is what karma is about, folks), which is “life here in the physical body= pain.” One way to avoid feeling this pain is to pack on the pounds. Another belief I have discovered is that I need to carry the energy of certain people around me. It’s a way of my taking on their burdens and troubles (in their energetic forms) in an effort to help or to heal them. To carry around all that extra energy means needing to physically be larger. Finally, because I tend to feel other people’s energy or emotion, and pick this stuff up at times, having extra weight is a (misguided) way to shield myself from all this “stuff” that isn’t mine.

As long as these beliefs and more, are active in myself, I could go on every diet out there, or go through gastric bypass surgery, and the weight would find itself coming back to me. Check out Carney Wilson, for example. She had a very public gastric bypass surgery, but is having a heck of a time still struggling with her weight.

Thus, a return to one of my favorite modalities of healing: hypnosis. I have been able to learn more about myself, and to effect real and permanent healing, using talented hypnotherapists. A person could engage in talk therapy for decades and not make the progress they could make in a few hypnosis sessions, in the hands of a skilled hypnotherapist.

So, if I’ve been there and done this before, why do I need to go back and do more? Well, we have layers and layers of beliefs. As we learn about ourselves, we become ok to let go of some of our old baggage, but not all of it all at once. We find that we still need to hold onto certain thoughts, until we’ve evolved enough to be able to let them go. And that is absolutely ok. That’s how it works. No judgment. It’s a process.

About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a creative 19 year old son, a former merchant ship's deck officer, and a wife. To feed my creative side I take photos. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family. My most recent adventure has me navigating a very challenging Kundalini Awakening.
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4 Responses to What Is Hypnosis?

  1. emjayandthem says:

    Hmmmm … fascinating stuff. I’ve tried hypnotherapy before … and found it ever so relaxing. I slept the sleep of a kitten in the sunshine after listening to the cds … never released any weight, though. I don’t know why.

    Isn’t this stuff amazing?

    I think in a previous life I was a pack mule … I tend to take on everyone else’s “stuff” to my own detriment.


    • “the sleep of a kitten in the sunshine”- just love that image!! When I’m trying to uncover my own subconscious beliefs, I wouldn’t use a recorded CD. This is where I will only work with a hypnotherapist who has training and experience in this area. The deal is to discover or uncover the belief (or misbelief), examine it to see if it’s really true (if it’s causing trouble in your life, it’s not true), and change the belief. Usually these beliefs are formed in childhood, in a child’s mind, looking through child’s eyes. Using adult wisdom, we can see why some belief may in fact not be true. Doing that can instantaneously cause a big shift. People would be surprised at how much of their subconscious programming was instilled in them before the age of 6. A lot!!

      I think a lot of people take on other people’s stuff, for a variety of reasons. I am learning that I don’t have to do this for a variety of reasons: it’s not my job to heal other people, and, it’s disrespectful to others to assume that they can’t handle their own stuff- they need to learn too.

      • emjayandthem says:

        ooh good stuff … I am going to dig further – thank you for the detailed explanation! 🙂 MJ

        • I don’t know if you’ve heard of Dr. Brian Weiss, but he’s a psychiatrist who used hypnosis with great success. His experiences have lead him to delve into helping heal traumas that happened in previous lifetimes. It is possible for these traumas to affect us in this lifetime. This is one thing I’ll be looking into, as well as my subconscious beliefs.

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