The use of hypnotherapy has been around
a very long time. Sigmund Freud used it in his
work back in the 19th century. Yet it is still
surrounded by a certain amount of mysticism
The hypnotic state is a natural phenomenon. It
is what we call 'an altered state of consciousness'.
When you read a book or daydream. When you
focus that thought to the exclusion of all else to
the point where the rest of world carries on in the
distance. (The Consulting Room)
You are, for that moment, distancing yourself from conscious reality. There you have it. That's what we call an altered state of consciousness. Thats the hypnotic state. As natural as breathing.
Hypnotherapy exploits that calm, relaxed and focussed state in a way to bring about positive change. Use of imagery, metaphors, suggestion, affirmations and therapeutic techniques can retrain the unconscious part of your mind to bring about the change you desire.
At some stage of your life, your conscious mind told your unconscious mind that there was a need to have a fear or an anxiety about something. Like talking in public. Maybe because it seemed too embarassing a task. So because you sent that message, your unconscious mind has been protecting you ever since from those embarassing moments by releasing fear or dread. Thus preventing you from taking part. Doing exactly what you programmed it to do, then reinforcing that message every time you thought about talking in public. Convincing yourself and your inner mind it was going to be awful.
Your unconscious mind always has a positive intent to protect. Thats its job. Not to harm or create fear for any unnecessary reason. Only when it feels that there is a need from the very information it gets from you. You can change that information going to your unconscious and change the way you see things..