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Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
How is this possible? Hypnotherapy is a powerful set of tools that are capable of producing
rapid and profound positive change. Using the leverage of trance states combined with hypnotic suggestion therapy, uncovering
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The Conscious And Subconscious Mind:
For Healing With Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy.
Though we have one mind, there are usually considered to be two sections of it: the conscious
and the subconscious. The subconscious was termed by Freud the unconscious. He only saw it as a negative, a swamp of primitive
drives and aggressive impulses. (Perhaps his was). Hypnotists, au contraire, regard it as the source of creativity,
inventiveness and strength, a valuable resource that can be utilized, not only as this negative primitive area. Nowadays some
hypnotists use the term, “other than conscious,” mind, to define it as everything not in conscious awareness
in the present moment. A metaphor that is used to illustrate the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind uses a comparison
to an iceberg. The visible portion above the surface of the water is the conscious mind, guestimated (I can’t imagine
how), to be approximately 10% of our thinking ability. The subconscious mind, consisting of that portion of the iceberg beneath
the water, being the other nine tenths. I have also seen information that the conscious mind processes a few hundred impressions
a minute, as compared to the thousands of impressions the subconscious mind processes in the same time, (I can’t imagine
how this was arrived at either), but the general consensus is how much larger and more powerful this mostly hidden “other
than conscious mind” can be.
Another useful analogy is
to the computer. It seems to fit so well. After all, where would we intuit the design of a complex information processing
system, other than our own minds? Many new processes such as “fuzzy logic” are in fact actual conscious
attempts to reproduce our own mental processes, as far as they can be ascertained. In this comparison, the conscious mind
is the equivalent of the computer screen, consisting of that which is available to our conscious thinking process. It is the
analytical, linear, logical, rational, “two plus two equals four” mind. Plus our conscious emotions, those surface
emotions that we are aware of. Here we move information around, computing how to minimize pain/negatives and maximize pleasure/positives,
the two fundamental desires of any organism, however they may be conceived of in any particular being or life path. Here we
use the mind to analyze our environment to obtain the necessary control for achieving these ends. So this mind operates primarily
in the here and now, though it usually calls on the past as a computational factor. This means many of its functions operate
within the framework of and/or via the perspectives and “lenses” (beliefs and perceptual grids), supplied by the
I have found one major function of the
conscious mind is to “bend” information to fit these hidden perspectives. Here is one of my usual simple crude
examples. “I don’t like women with red hair, they are easily angered and bad tempered.” He forgets
the little red headed six-year-old girl that used to hit him when he was four. Or if the memory of her is accessible, there
will be no awareness of how those events are connected to his current views! Similarly, how many times does a person see advertisements
of happy laughing healthy young persons playing on the beach, accompanied by the slogan, (or hypnotic auditory suggestion),
“Things go better with Coke.” The visual imagery is also a visual suggestion associated, i.e. “paired
with” the verbal one. Then in a store, the person purchases Coca-Cola, consciously thinking, “I need
some Coke,” or “I need some for when my friends come visiting.” Never connecting their actions
to the numerous adverts that have been absorbed. But the Coca-Cola Company does not spend untold millions putting out this
information in this way for nothing. Cinema and television are powerful trance mediums, as a picture is “worth a thousand
words.” This is an example I use with my clients, to illustrate the persuasive penetration of repetition, especially
useful when internally absorbed deeply from repeated playing of a hypnosis audio product. This being the case, Hypnotherapists,
(and motivational psychologists), realize that people are actually mainly persuaded based on emotional processes that
are going on within them, not logical thinking. Logic helps, but people are making most decisions emotionally, and then backing
them up by manufacturing conscious logical thought.
Some psychologists identify
anything that can be voluntarily called to mind as being in the “pre-conscious”. A hypnotist however
would include all of that in the “other than conscious mind,” too. How many memories are there that could
be recalled with the application of some thought, but how many of them are left undisturbed for decades, loitering in the
lower reaches of consciousness? And how many are separated from linkages that would give more profound insight, meaning and
relief? In our computer analogy, the subconscious mind equates to the software, operating systems, and memory banks, containing
our automatic responses, deeper emotions, feelings, habits, impressions, and permanent memory, and our compulsions, impulses,
etc., and our responses to them. It operates apart from the linear logic of the conscious mind, though working with the
subconscious as a hypnotherapist, I see what I term as “emotional logic.” Behavior, as is illustrated
also in much psychotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, always has some positive intent, which when disinterred, becomes
comprehensible within it’s own context and it’s own terms. The inner mind works with analogy and association,
uses ambiguity, poetry, and especially imagery and metaphor for storing and processing information, rather than the more limited
inductive/deductive quasi-logic, (and prejudices, rationalizations etc.) of the conscious mind. That is why those former inward
factors, poetry, metaphor etc. stir us so deeply and readily.
Learned habits, such as
walking, are permanently installed and normally accessed without conscious thought by sub-systems. Redundant acquired habits
become “grooved in” and self-perpetuating in the “software”. In fact, attempting
to consciously, “take them over” causes a loss of effective functionality. (Try consciously thinking of where
you are placing your feet the next time you hurry up a flight of stairs, and you will soon discover what I mean). So athletes
often have to be assisted by a hypnotist to “get out of their own way”, allowing themselves to trust in their
own trained abilities without thought, flowing more naturally in the “zone” as it is termed. Or using
the “no-mind” as the Zen Buddhists would have it.
The lower or deeper levels of the subconscious part of the mind control blood pressure, body temperature,
breathing, digestion, heart rate, and similar biological functions of our body. Also the instincts and instinctual responses,
and their physiological counterparts, our reflexes, All of which we inherit, presumably mostly through our genes. This resembles
the “hard wiring” of a computer. In my pre-talk, to illustrate this point to clients, while simultaneously
reassuring them of their ultimate control I inform them, “No matter how many times it might be suggested, “you
will stop breathing”, you would not do so, because it is wired in on the survival level.” Though Yoga adepts
and so forth may bring many of these functions under conscious control, it is not such a usual accomplishment in Western culture.
The subconscious never sleeps, never takes a break from keeping our biological functioning going. I also explain this to clients
by, “It’s the part of the cave man mind that always stays on the alert for the Saber Toothed Tiger while we
sleep.” This is usually accepted with a smile. Also relating the “other than conscious mind”
to the Guardian Angel, provides a positive frame of reference that helps counter any fears the client may have in releasing
The subconscious mind is concerned with bringing
about our deepest wishes expectations and desires, even if sometimes they are contrary to logic, and our own current well-being.
The subconscious mind, seeking to meet our deepest needs, expectations, wishes, does not always do it the way we want it done.
The subconscious mind does not care if the body hurts, but rather that the deepest needs are met. If our greatest need is
for affection and the only time we experienced affection was when we were sick, we may get sick in order to receive that affection.
This occurs even though consciously we don't like being sick and the reason is unknown. So it is evident that once a solution
to a need is found, it may be repeated in essentially the same way incongruently, redundantly, at times in a disguised adult
form. A female client, in trance, with no prompting from me said with tears streaming down her face. “When I was
young, I was bitten by a dog on two or three occasions. This was the only time I got any caring at home. That is why I kept
going to Hospital Emergency Rooms for overdoses or cutting my wrists.” She was bearing the label of a mental condition.
As I observed her release herself I thought to myself, “She is never going to be that
The soil of the subconscious mind accepts any
kind of seeds - good or bad. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to make the idea a reality. When applied
in a negative way, the subconscious can be the cause of failure, frustration, unhappiness, and even illness." Einstein
said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." And in the Bible, (proverbs), "Whatever
a person thinketh in his heart so is he.” Hypnosis is a process that allows access to a whole spectrum of altered
states of awareness, (generally described as trance), that allow simultaneously states of inward concentration to occur, with
a fluid flow between many levels and depths of the mind. In this state, the mind and body are more open and receptive, the
most helpful tool for pursuing treatment goals. The beauty of clinical hypnosis is in acquiring the ability to enter a trance
deliberately. This gives us a key in hypnotherapy, because in trance, deep level dysfunctional beliefs can be attenuated or
erased, and more functional ones be instilled and installed. Negative images and metaphors can be altered and supplanted with
more useful ones. We can guide a person move “away from” damaging information and/or “move towards”
healing/ positive ideas. This can, when targeted at emotional processes for therapy, give a person a “virtual”
better childhood, as the “old tapes” as they were referred to in latter day psychotherapies, can be annulled
and more positive ideas inculcated. More limited problems are amenable to less general suggestion processes. All of this appears
to take place, in trance, on the “other than conscious” level where the negative processes were formed,
for highly effective change, without will power. Even physiological processes may be affected by suggestion, which has
given me the ability at times to assist people who have run out of medical options. Behavioral and functional difficulties
can be overcome. As I have stated elsewhere, at times the results, psychological or physical, can appear miraculous.
c. Brian Green, 2007, mindmagic123.com
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following were originally first published
as a column in
L.A. Health Magazine,
under the title - A Hypnotherapist’s Casebook.
A Hypnotherapist’s Casebook.
No 1. Hypnotherapy for Healing.
little over ten years ago I was between jobs. I had been working in Psychiatric Hospitals and other Institutions, as an Admissions
Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Case manager and Discharge Planner. I was attending some college courses, hoping
eventually to obtain a Psychology degree, when a friend of mine suggested, "Why don't you study hypnotism, you could
help people stop smoking and make some money." It seemed like a good idea, so I ended up attending classes at the
world renowned Gil Boyne Hypnotism Training Institute, in Glendale.
as I saw on the first video what Mr. Boyne was able to achieve with hypnosis I exclaimed to him, "You are getting
people to give you information in a few minutes that would take six months to a year in therapy, because consciously they
don't know these things!" I knew I had encountered something I had always wanted, a means to make my work as a counselor
more effective and economical in terms of both time and money. As yet I was not aware of the possible depth, speed and range
of change available through hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
I have since discovered that hypnotherapy can be divided into two major aspects. 1). "Putting in the
good stuff," or suggestion therapy. To most people this is the most familiar, planting suggestions in a clients mind
of a beneficial nature, such as, "You will act on the powerful desire you discover today to stop smoking for good."
etc., while a person is in a hypnotic trance. The other aspect could be described as, 2). “Taking out the bad stuff,"
by altering and/or releasing historical causations of difficulties. This trance-pires by entering the subconscious mind, the
other seven eighths of our mind we have little awareness of, and relieving difficulties in hypnotic trance. Of course, both
aspects may well be implemented concurrently, (at least by me), with any client.
The effectiveness can be astonishing. One client returned after the first session and
stated. "I stopped drinking coffee, watching soap operas, and have emerged from a low grade depression of many years
duration." As a bonus, this man had a thyroid condition called "Bright's Disease,"
which caused his eyes to be permanently popped out, so he looked angry or scared all the time. It was now only barely visible
around one eye. In addition, three quarters of the anxiety, regarding supervisory duties at work, which initiated his visit,
had vanished. Though hypnotherapy is not always so dramatically effective as this, I inform prospective clients that eighty
percent of those I work with usually see major positive changes within four sessions. I have seen the client's blood pressure
go down from regular use of one of my self-hypnosis tapes. Persons have obtained rapid healing with little pain from invasive
medical procedures and surgeries. Young persons, (around fourteen to twenty one years,) if willing, can often gain astonishing
progress, due to being so open, and mentally fluid.
My process produces all kinds of general positive change, then I also work on the specifics. I help a person
gain access to inner resources and increased self-esteem, while removing blocks that are keeping them stuck, so they can resume
personal growth without me. Naturally, the amount of time and work necessary to obtain relief from any difficulty is related
to it’s prior nature, duration, intensity and severity, and the available inner and outer resources.
What kind of problems is hypnotherapy useful for? Traditionally it has been successful,
with habit control, smoking, weight, bedwetting, nail biting, stuttering, and so forth. Also to increase self-confidence,
motivation, memory, conc-entration, creativity, productivity and self esteem. For reducing anxiety, releasing fears, phobias,
headaches and nightmares. Sexual problems of both sexes may be amenable to hypnotic methods. The rapid release of grief is
often very easy to facilitate, and unresolved grief from past losses is a significant contributor to more difficulties than
is generally known. I have found that even the death of a beloved animal can leave a person in a state of frozen mourning.
I use Hypnosis as an adjunct to treating drug and alcohol problems. I receive referrals from Psychiatrists, Doctors, Psycho-therapists,
Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Alternative/Complementary Medical Practitioners, to assist clients who may be stuck in some
way, or have a problem, such as mental and physical tension, that the referring Chiropractor for example does not treat.
of many obstinate physical/mental/emotional situations can be initiated. In fact, the holistic hypno-therapeutic process is
as unlimited as the boundless Shaman's Imagination of the practitioner, and to the extent that he can utilize his Wizard Words
to conjure up Magical Image Processes that heal, as becomes a Charm-ing Mage. Hypnosis then works in the I of the mind, as
an Alchemical Philosopher's Stone, trance-muting the unknown into the golden healing known. Now I will close with the words
of Tiny Tim, from Charles Dicken's, A Christmas Carol, "God
bless us all, each and every one."
Till the next time, Brian.
A Hypnotherapist's Casebook.
No 2. Releasing Past Grief.
One of the most useful aspects of hypnosis is that in trance, a person's emotional defenses
are softened or lowered. This allows for the release of previously submerged and trapped emotions. A heightened awareness
of thoughts and feelings also trance-pires. This combination allows the possibility of resolution of difficulties following
the rapid location of their deeper source.
This is especially relevant for the release of blocked or frozen grief. A significant number of my clients
suffer from this as a major component of their difficulties. It contributes to poor concentration, irritability, feeling "down",
physical and psychosomatic problems, and accentuates any other problem a person might have. This may be despite a person's
belief that they mourned the loss. Over many years with many clients, when probed in a relaxed trance state, only two had
no residual pain regarding a major loss. For most, rapidly obtaining complete relief is a relatively simple matter. After
the release, remarks such as, "I never knew that was there.. still bothering me so much." etc. are made.
One female, having dinner with a friend after a session, was told, "The look of pain that was always in your eyes
has gone." This was after the release of grief entangled with guilt, as is often the case, subsequent to an abortion.
not restricted to the death of a loved one or family member. Miscarriages as well as abortions. The loss of a beloved pet
animal can be agonizing, especially for those who have fewer deep connections to other human animals. The end of a long-term
relationship is often like a death. As an addictions professional, I am aware that saying goodbye and mourning the loss of
the "old friend" that could always be "depended on", whether it be alcohol, cigarettes, or whatever, is
a sometimes a necessary step along the road to abstinence.
To close, I will detail these simple easy cases where the release was a mini-miracle, immediate and complete.
The first was a lady who had lost a baby due to a miscarriage a year before she came to see me. After assisting her to enter
a relaxed trance state I began, "You mentioned the loss of your baby… " At these
words, her head went back, and a wordless howl of agony emerged, on, and on.. and on, and on.. until finally it finished at..
last.. no words.. that was it.. all of it.
While on vacation, a man's long term pet, his dog, had died. Somebody remarked, "You have to take
them on a last walk before they die." and he had become deeply guilt stricken, feeling he had failed his old pal,
and had sunk into a deep depression. In trance, I pointed out to him that he had taken the dog for his last walk, before he
departed on vacation. The guilt resolved, with further grieving he came to peace, and laid his canine friend to final rest.
woman had had an emotional breakdown, after rejecting her partner for being a womanizer, with no interest in changing. She
was hardly eating or sleeping, barely living, going to work like a zombie. Coming out of the first trance, after grief release
she said, "I'm hungry!" Returning for the second session she said, "When he calls me on the phone,
instead of feeling so desperately awful, I see myself saying goodbye to him as I visualized in trance, and I'm O.K."
Aligning her head and heart while releasing the tears of grief was all it took. Because she had no other problems to complicate
matters, only one session was needed to initiate her recovery process. Though not always this simple, healing is always a
the next time, Brian.
A Hypnotherapist’s Casebook.
No. 3. Working With Young People.
Hypnotherapy with young persons, from the ages of approximately 13 to 21 years old, can often produce extra-ordinarily
powerful results. One reason is that their minds are so open and flexible, allowing the process of change to be easily assimilated
into their own current growth and development. In addition, their personality and self esteem are still being formed by incorporating
the "messages" conveyed by the words and behavior of family, authority figures and peers. Positive suggestions absorbed
in trance give them the necessary emotional support and nurturing that they need.
The common antecedent to many problems is parental conflict, especially separation and
divorce. Adults usually have little idea how these events devastate a child's sense of security. A rapid drop in academic
levels, or sudden negative behavioral changes, (if not the result of alcohol/drug problems, another common cause), frequently
indicates a problem at home. Remarriage often brings on or further aggravates difficulties. Much of the time the child is
classed as either mad or bad, when in fact they are caught in emotional traps and conflicts, below conscious levels. Because
young people are very in touch with their situations and emotions, especially in trance, it is often quite a simple process
to assist them obtain relief. Many require no more than four or five sessions, of two hours plus, for virtual elimination
of their troubles. Simultaneous initiation of ongoing emotional improvement processes adds many more benefits. Realizing that
a person's life may be radically improved for fifty or more years is personally very rewarding to me. Also, my own adolescence
was so disastrous, agonizing and bereft, that I have a deep compassion and understanding of troubled teenagers, and love to
provide them with the assistance I never knew I needed, and of course did not get.
Serious problems such as trichonomania, (compulsively pulling out of hair and eyelashes),
obsessive hand washing, night terrors, and so forth, have also yielded to my hypnotic ministrations. I have helped a succession
of young males reverse declining grades and other unacceptable behavior at school, by resolving resentment regarding a stepfather,
especially if the stepfather is "mistreating" a mother the son is very close to. Unfortunately, when a young person
gets poor grades, not knowing this is the result of emotional stress, they may conclude they are stupid and may begin to regard
themselves as a failure. In fact, I have retroactively dealt with these issues in adults, still carrying scars to their self-esteem
from precisely this sequence.
Till the next time. Brian c. 2004.