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"Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, which we all experience to some degree every day"

About Hypnosis
The Conscious Mind
The Sub-Conscious Mind

About Hypnosis

The word Hypnosis comes from the Greek worked for sleep, "hypnos", though the state of hypnosis is very dissimilar from sleep itself. It is a technique that has been in use for as long as record history, being traced back to the ancient Greeks, Babylonians and Egyptians.

The modern use of Hypnotism dates from Dr. Franz Mesmer in the late 18th century who developed hypnosis for use during surgery and for healing. It is from his works that the word "mesmerism" comes.

Hypnosis developed from this point, being used by doctors for painless dentistry and surgery. There were reports of hypnotism being used for painless amputations in the 1800's.

In the early years of the 20th century, hypnosis found more widespread use, particularly with soldiers with traumatic mental problems after World War 1. In the 1950's both the British and American Medical Associations announced their support for hypnosis as a useful form of therapy.

Some of the more famous proponents of hypnosis include Albert Einstein, Mozart (who wrote an opera whilst hypnotised), Henry Ford, Sir Winston Churchill (who used it to stay awake all night and avoid tiredness during World War 2), and many others.

Nowadays, hypnosis has been the subject of a huge amount of research, resulting in a highly developed form of therapy. It is commonly used by people from all walks of life to overcome issues in their life, from phobias and smoking to dealing with trauma in the past.

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis, most dating from its non-ethical use by stage hypnotists in the early part of the 20th century. It is important to remember that hypnosis cannot make you do anything that is against your code of ethics and beliefs.

Hypnosis is a natural altered state of mind, one where you are very relaxed. Your conscious mind becomes quiet, allowing your powerful sub-conscious to come to the front. It can then be worked on easily without the conscious mind interfering in the process.

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The Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the ego, it is the part that is there all day long chattering away to you, telling you how you are better than the person sitting opposite you, but not as good as the person next to you. It is the part that drowns out the sub-conscious and is desperate to keep control of you and your life. It is the logical part of us, the part that reasons out the instincts of the sub-conscious and often chooses to ignore them. There is some conflict between these two parts. You can see the conscious self as a robot, stiffly going about its tasks logically.

Hypnosis will quiet the conscious mind, allowing the sub-conscious to come to the fore. This allows the sub-conscious to be programmed according to your desires, in this case, relinquish its need for smoking.

There can frequently be conflicts between the conscious and the sub-conscious minds that result in a lack of action or ability to maintain resolve. This often shows up in smokers who say they want to give up but struggle terribly because their sub-conscious does not want to.

Hypnosis will help the conscious and sub-conscious to reach agreement and act together for permanent changes to take place.

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The Sub-Conscious Mind

The sub-conscious is an amazingly powerful part of us; it is our instinct; the gut feeling we have that urges us to do something.

The sub-conscious mind deals with the day to day running of the body. The sub-conscious keeps our breathing going, deals with healing our body, makes sure our heat beats and blood circulates. This self is incredibly powerful and very open to influence. In many ways it is childlike, hence the term Inner Child being applied to it. It is innocent and believes what it is told. If you tell yourself you are overweight, it will listen and oblige. However, it will also listen, and oblige if you tell it you are the perfect weight. For this reason, your sub-conscious is vital to any changes that you want to make in your life.

Whilst the conscious mind goes to sleep each night, the sub-conscious does not. In fact, the sub-conscious never sleeps. It is always awake, always operating the body and performing its tasks. It is incredibly powerful and knows many things. We absorb millions of pieces of information each moment yet only a small percentage of these ever come through to our conscious mind. The rest are filtered through the sub-conscious which is aware of them all. All of this information can be retrieved through the use of hypnosis.

When you break any addiction, whether it be smoking or anything else, then it is vital that the conscious and sub-conscious minds are in harmony and want the same thing. Through hypnosis, both these parts of you can work together as a team to help you give up your addiction.

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