From the moment we were created our unconscious mind has been forming a history of our lives. I like to think of the unconscious mind as being autobiographical - its primary purpose is to store our memories, relationships patterns, each interaction, events and experiences. On a conscious level this informational is simply far too much for us to remember in great detail so it becomes fragmented and we only receive small snippets of this data.
This autobiographical unconscious mind is used to create templates/patterns in our responses and behaviours. The best way to explain this process is through an example. An adult who blushes may have experienced numerous earlier experiences as a child of being bullied, embarrassment, shame or fear. These experiences are record in the unconscious mind and as a adult the experiences / responses manifest into blushing. The adult no longer remembers those earlier experiences and can't work out why they blush! This sounds very simple but it is a complex process that is happening on a deep unconscious and core level.
Inner conflict occurs when the conscious mind attempts to stop blushing. The unconscious mind continues to do what it has been programmed to do and the inner conflict creates more anxiety, thoughts and blushing increase.
The role of hypnosis and the unconscious mind
We have many different ways to access the unconscious mind including hypnosis. Hypnosis works by bypassing the conscious mind or making it less dominate so we can take a journey into part of who you are that doesn't normally see the light of day.
Hypnosis in the unconscious mind works on many different levels. You may have read some old school of hypnosis thoughts that the use of hypnosis is about find the "root cause or causes" and once this is uncovered the issue will naturally dissolve or go away. It's quite a Freudian old fashion way of working and doesn't tap into the persons potential in the unconscious mind. Thankfully our understanding of hypnosis has come a long way since then.
What hypnosis can do in the unconscious mind:
Sometimes people ask me - can you erase a memory or bad experience? The answer to this is no! We can reframe the experience so you can see it in a new light without the emotional baggage. The past has happened and we can't change that but you have the ability to heal, grow and change the way you think of it. Other times some people are concerned that they will uncover a traumatic hidden memory or an individual may ask me to take them back to their childhood to explore if they were sexually abused. This is very rare and the propose of hypnosis is not to uncover hidden memories (as the memories can not be fully trusted anyway). In terms of hidden memories of sexual abuse - again this is very rare and a professional hypnotherapist would never engage with your unconscious mind or you in this way.
The Unconscious way forward through hypnosis
A good way to think of the unconscious mind and hypnosis is that the unconscious mind is an autobiographical book of your life with many different chapters and story lines. The role of hypnosis to return back to some of the pages to update something, heal, change the story or develop resources which you need to support you on your life's journey.
Hypnosis doesn't put you into a "trance" like state. You don't even need to be relaxed to be hypnotised - although relaxation does support the journey more deeply. It's simply a method which directs your attention into your inner most self and your unconscious mind within you to start the journey of creating changes at the core level.