Do you ever experience talking to your friends or journaling about something personal and think, “oh gosh, I did not realize that thought was in there”? That was giving your subconscious some airtime. Often those moments feel like self-discovery.
Our brains are fascinating two-part organs, made up of the conscious and subconscious.
Most of us are overly aware of our over-thinking, conscious brain. The subconscious is a tricky, voiceless mishmash of emotions and memories. The beauty of hypnotherapy ( or interactive meditation) is that it quiets the overthinking conscious brain, and it gives the subconscious a voice. Hypnotherapy is an extraordinary opportunity to understand the subconscious and re-direct so that it better serves us.
The role of the conscious mind is to plan and create.
The role of the subconscious mind is to protect our lives. It does three things.
- It tells us what to be afraid of to protect us.
- It helps us seek pleasure so that we eat enough calories and reproduce.
- It keeps us efficient so that we can do things automatically without having to relearn things over and over again. Imagine having to retrain your brain on how to make your bed and make coffee every morning. We would use up a lot of brain energy before our day even started.
Our subconscious learns things at a young age when we are vulnerable and dependent on adults for our survival. Our brains hold onto memories and create narratives, particularly around painful or harmful things, that often get in our way as adults. Many messages get absorbed into our childhood brains that get translated into not fitting in, not being enough, not having love/success/happiness available to us as adults. The mind will make narratives around these messages, and even though the now-adult knows that these things were not helpful messages, they can’t shake these fundamental beliefs that can permeate our lives. Hypnotherapy is so powerful because we can tap into the memory of where that harmful message was created, tap into the emotion that layers around it, and then we can talk directly to that emotional center. With the interaction, we can soothe it and take its power away. Airing old memories and disavowing those past hurts of meaning is so quickly transformative that we get a lot done quickly.
The most considerable risk in life is the discomfort of feeling a painful emotion. If we can adjust our brains so that we are no longer avoiding the emotions of rejection, anxiety, disappointment, grief, if we can move through life unafraid, imagine how powerfully you can live. Hypnotherapy gives the mishmash a voice; it soothes old hurts and, with the right coaching, gives your brain permission to fully engaged in life.