Myth-Conceptions About Hypnosis

Written by Linda-Ann Stewart, Ct.H.

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The first smoker made a determined decision. It was stronger thanrepparttar desire to continue smoking, and he committed himself to it, no matter what. His subconscious mind picked repparttar 131393 most dominant thought. His choice to quit was stronger than his outdated choice to smoke, therefore his subconscious maderepparttar 131394 process relatively painless. The second smoker's belief that it was going to be hard set up a self-fulfilling prophecy. And he wasn't dedicated to quitting smoking. His subconscious recognized that he hadn't decided to quit no matter what, so it figured thatrepparttar 131395 old programming was what was really desired. His cravings were overwhelming, and he gave into them, torepparttar 131396 familiar path and to his old conditioning. Our subconscious goes wherever our attention is. Just like driving a car. When our intention is to drive straight ahead, then our reflexes aimrepparttar 131397 car along that course. If our attention wanders to look atrepparttar 131398 beautiful mountains to our right, and continues to gaze at them,repparttar 131399 instinctive impulse is turnrepparttar 131400 car inrepparttar 131401 direction of where we're looking. Withrepparttar 131402 smokers, their subconscious minds delivered to them whatever their attention was fixed on. The one smoker had decided to quit no matter what, so he got to quit. The other smoker was afraid it would be difficult, that he wouldn't succeed, and he was giving up something he liked. His subconscious gave him what it thought he wanted, to continue smoking.

With hypnosis, we focus on one idea, such as giving up something we don't want anymore, and keep our attention on what we do want. This is a process that we use in our daily life allrepparttar 131403 time. Whenever we break new habits, learn new skills, changerepparttar 131404 way we think about life, are creative, we are focusing on what we want. Hypnosis just makes use of repparttar 131405 process that we're already using. It's like inputting data into a computer. We userepparttar 131406 keyboard (conscious mind) every day to enter new information intorepparttar 131407 hard drive (subconscious mind) ofrepparttar 131408 computer. The hard drive has all repparttar 131409 old information, andrepparttar 131410 new information, in it. Hypnosis is simply an auxiliary keyboard that bypassesrepparttar 131411 conscious mind to place new data intorepparttar 131412 computer.

Sometimes, a client may be afraid that hypnosis means that my will, my mind, dominates and overpowers theirs. That no matter what I say, they'll have to dance to my tune. Hypnosis doesn't unplug their will. With hypnosis,repparttar 131413 conscious mind, which isrepparttar 131414 willpower, andrepparttar 131415 subconscious mind, which is repparttar 131416 processor, co-operate to bring about a desired result. If repparttar 131417 will, which filters all information, doesn't agree with a particular suggestion, change won't occur. For instance, I may tell a client that if she smokes, her cigarette is going to taste absolutely awful, andrepparttar 131418 subconscious complies by makingrepparttar 131419 smoke taste vile. But if she really wants to continue puffing on a cigarette, then her conscious decision can counteract my suggestions, no matter how disgustingrepparttar 131420 tobacco might taste. However, if that same client really wants to quit smoking, then she must make a conscious committment to follow my instructions. Such as taking three deep breaths, and getting involved with something else, to take her mind off smoking. Her decision reinforcesrepparttar 131421 suggestions to carry outrepparttar 131422 result she's chosen.

Hypnosis balancesrepparttar 131423 conscious and subconscious. The conscious, analytical part of us quiets down and quits picking things apart, while allowingrepparttar 131424 subconscious to come out and play. Have you ever looked forrepparttar 131425 answer to a problem, and started throwing out solutions, no matter how silly they were? Many times, there's a seed of an answer in one ofrepparttar 131426 silly ideas. That answer would never have been found ifrepparttar 131427 critical part that says That's nonsense had been involved. There's a time forrepparttar 131428 logic, and a time for unrestricted thought. Writer's and creative people are very aware ofrepparttar 131429 analytical part versusrepparttar 131430 creative part. Our critical aspect sabotages our work by tearing down every idea we come up with. When we get immersed in our project, and setrepparttar 131431 critical voice aside, we are able to be innovative. This is hypnosis. Later, we userepparttar 131432 critical part to assess what we've done, and decide how to make it better.

Hypnosis helps a person get in touch with abilities they have that they haven't been able to contact consciously. A person can quit smoking cold turkey, but hypnosis makes it much easier. We all know of people who have put down their cigarettes and never gave them another thought. They've convinced themselves that when they quit, that was it. The subconscious mind knew that, and it followed their decision. Another example is that everyone hasrepparttar 131433 ability to block pain. Considerrepparttar 131434 person who was in an accident, and saved others without realizing he was injured, too. Only later, when repparttar 131435 crisis was over, did he begin to hurt, and discover that he had a broken leg. With hypnosis, a person can access that natural ability that we all have. Usually, our conscious, critical I can't gets inrepparttar 131436 way. Hypnosis moves that self- defeating thought aside.

We've been hypnotized all of our lives. You're stupid, I'll never succeed at anything, Life is hard, Quitting smoking is almost impossible, Every time I even pass a bakery, I gain weight, I'm a klutz, and on and on. We've been using hypnosis to program ourselves every day of our lives. Reviewrepparttar 131437 beliefs and attitudes you have. You probably accepted them without question, without your logic evaluating whether those concepts were true for someone else with your abilities. All hypnosis does is de-hypnotize a person of self-limiting beliefs, and impressrepparttar 131438 ideas they choose. Hypnosis is simply a process that we're already using anyway. Why not userepparttar 131439 process to achieverepparttar 131440 results we want?

Linda-Ann Stewart is a nationally known hypnotherapist, writer, and workshop facilitator with over twenty-five years background in metaphysics. At her website at, she offers personal development articles, affirmations, online spiritual growth courses, audiotapes, and a free newsletter. She can be reached at

The Ducks - Did They Forget?

Written by Monique Rider

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My eyes were totally enjoyingrepparttar calmness and tranquility of this July, I mean December, scene. December! Suddenly my mind kicked in and I felt a lot of anxiety. Oh my gosh, don't they realize it's December? We could be hit with a blizzard any day now. Shouldn't they be flying south or something!? Did they forget? Did they get caught up in this make believe July that someone accidentally spliced into December? Those poor birds have been tricked - they should be packing their bags and heading out. What if they all die inrepparttar 131392 blizzard? And those trees, withrepparttar 131393 buds coming out, they have been tricked too. The buds andrepparttar 131394 birds will all die - what a cruel trick! It really bothered me but then, turning my gaze back ontorepparttar 131395 ducks, they seemed very self confident of what they were doing. No anxiety for them, not a bit! I guess they must have this instinct, intuition, internal voice - like humans except we usually don't listen to ours - that tells them what to do and when to do it. They don't have to follow a set schedule, yet they know when to go. Boy, just think of allrepparttar 131396 relaxation they would have missed if they would have left inrepparttar 131397 beginning of November! And just think of allrepparttar 131398 beauty WE would have missed ifrepparttar 131399 trees would have shut down in October. It's October, let's close up shop - no buds again until April. Nature sure knows what it's doing - and it appears to be so simple. Humans make things so complicated - and we still don't get it right.

Monique is a writer, life coach, personal trainer, and competitive bodybuilder. She is the founder of Trinity Coaching Services, a business that provides life coaching to clients world wide. Please visit Monique at:

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