Let me blast through all assumptions and guesswork and tell you that hypnosis is simply a focus practice. Whether you self-administer or work with a hypnotherapist, this therapy mediates a heightened state of awareness. In this state of relaxed alertness, you are able to release your grip on the conscious, analytical mind, and tap into your subconscious awareness. If I ever doubted that there is real magic on this earth, hypnotherapy has blown that disbelief out of the water. We are all wizards.
1.) Your brain and your mind are two separate entities. Think of your brain as a computer, and your mind as the monitor. Your brain runs various programs, and your mind displays the results, affecting how you see and exist in the world.
2.) You are not your body. You are not your brain. Your body has sensations, and your brain has thoughts. But these are not you. They are just evidence that the computer is working and doing its job. YOU are the observer. The pure, innocent, authentic observer of all those feelings, emotions, sensations, and thoughts. Your essence is comprised of awareness. When you feel any tension, fear, or resistance, that's just the body's way of asking you (the observer), "are you sure you're ready to release that?" And you have to relax, unclench, and say "I'm letting it go." When you decide to release something you've been holding on to, whether a judgement, fear, or limiting belief, alarms will go off! The program is being overridden. Your brain will start to rapid fire messages, like, "Wait! That doesn't feel comfortable! That's not how we do things!" You might feel sensations bubble up in your body, like heat in your throat or knots in your stomach. But you are not these things - you are the observer of them. So you can simply acknowledge them: "Thank you for the message. Nothing I can do about that," or "Got it. Moving on," or "I don't need tension around that." You have the power to reroute the carved paths in your brain, simply by noticing them. When you have conscious awareness of your triggers and default states, your observance of them suddenly pulls the rug out from under the program and opens up a new realm of possibilities. Now that you've seen behind the curtain, you can choose a new state of being. It takes practice to maintain your position as the curious observer (instead of the reactive, calculating computer), but it's absolutely possible.
3.) We don't have free will. We have free won't. This builds on the previous learning. We have our computers (brains) with programming, comprised of past events and traumas, habits, and predispositions that guide most of our actions unconsciously. You have learned simple programs like how to tie your shoes, how to walk, and how to communicate. Those are helpful programs that run unconsciously throughout the day. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, you even have programs for things like how to attract attention and how to recognize and receive love. Guided by what you observed and experienced growing up and how you've achieved various things in the past, your brain is most always on auto-pilot, running these programs. When programs are running without our awareness, they are particularly detrimental. What if your "morning commute" program was so rigid, that you weren't able to avoid a stalled car or navigate around traffic? In your childhood, what if you learned that love entails abuse, or that you can get attention by picking fights? Those programs are not helpful; they are limiting and dangerous. There is much research supporting this notion that many of our actions are not initiated consciously (evidence that we don't have total free will, or free choice). However, the real choice we have is whether we will let our programming make choices for us. We can say no to our programming, and, as the aware observer, exercise (what I believe is best called) free won't.
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