The Little Guide to the Unconscious Mind in Hypnotherapy

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. I’ts primary purpose is to store our memories, relationships patterns, each interaction, events and experiences. On a conscious level this information 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.

The autobiographical unconscious mind

This autobiographical unconscious mind is used to create templates and 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 understand 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. The the inner conflict creates more anxiety, thoughts and blushing increase.

The role of hypnosis and the unconscious mind

There are 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 a deep part of who we are. 

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:

  • Heal what needs to be healed
  • Update the unconscious mind with new information so it changes the patterns and responses
  • Develop inner skills and resources such as confidence, inner belief, emotional strength or inner calmness
  • Create more balance and harmony
  • Develop a stronger mind and body connection
  • Retrain the mind and body (especially for sexual dysfunction)
  • Tap into your innate wisdom, natural creativity and inner potential
  • Create more clarity in the mind
  • Create core changes within mind, body and heart
  • Helps to realign the masculine and feminine energy in the body

The Unconscious way forward through hypnosis

A good way to think of the unconscious mind and hypnosis is 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. 

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