Within the scientific and cultural discussion, there is a lot of research today about the healing powers of the heart, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and even naturally-derived hallucinogenic compounds such as DMT and psilocybin.
However, I feel the most exciting one of all is the amazing healing power of hypnosis.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis does not have one simple definition. It can be defined as a state of suggestibility, deep focus (a trance), or as an altered state of awareness, consciousness, or brainwave activity.
If we define hypnosis as a state of suggestibility, then we can consider ourselves constantly in hypnosis. We know that our culture and community shape our beliefs, advertising works on a deeper level, and even dreams affect our mood.
If we add a deep focus (a trance) to the definition, then we are no longer considered in hypnosis during our normal everyday lives. Therefore hypnosis is considered to begin once we move into an altered state.
The hypnagogic trance begins when the human brain moves from BETA (thinking) into ALPHA (relaxation) and then into THETA (the dream-like state between sleep and awake) where we become increasingly connected to our subconscious.
Therefore, I would define hypnosis as the exciting practice of deepening our connection to our own subconscious.
The History of Hypnotherapy.
Nearly all ancient cultures, including the Sumerian, Persian, Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman, had shamans, priests or practitioners employing the hypnotic trance state (hypnagogia) for healing.
In the 18th century, enough doctors, surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists were working with hypnagogia that the British Medical Association (BMA) unanimously endorsed the therapeutic use of hypnosis in 1892.
Scottish surgeon James Braid introduced the terms ‘hypnotism’ and ‘self-hypnotism’ in 1841. In 1845, Scottish surgeon James Esdaile gained recognition for his painless surgical procedures on the battlefields of India using hypnotism (out of sheer necessity). At the beginning of the 20th century, French psychologist Émile Coué developed the concept of autosuggestion, a self-hypnosis technique making use of what we now call placebo effect, and American psychiatrist Milton Erickson, specialising in medical hypnosis, founded the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) in 1957. The UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Hypnotherapy were published in 2002.
Thanks to a 2016 Stanford study, we now have scientific evidence that hypnosis causes physical changes in the brain that enhance “somatic and emotional control.” It has taken time, but hypnotherapy today is a fully recognised medical practice, and the healing that can be carried out in this state continues to develop.
Modern Uses of Hypnotherapy.
Today, hypnotherapy is often used by people to stop smoking, lose weight, stop worrying (for anxiety and depression) and to get better sleep (for insomnia). Language, suggestion and placebo in the hypnotic state are enough to help people overcome phobias, and addictive habits like smoking, eating or overthinking.
The healing power of hypnosis becomes even more amazing when we explore how hypnotherapy is also used to invite the subconscious to do the healing for us.
Parts therapy, for example, is a well established modality in which different parts of one’s own subconscious communicate with each other to end addictive behaviours, resolve problems or issues, and overcome past trauma.
The subconscious communicates with itself, the person in hypnosis, and with the guide (the therapist) via ideomotor responses, such as finger movements.
In past life regression therapy, people visit significant memories from previous lives and the subconscious is asked to disclose the importance of these memories.
Whether imagination or actual memory (see the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson and Dr. Jim Tucker from the University of Virginia School of Medicine), past lives therapy provides real insights and healing for the person in this life.
The Future of Hypnotherapy.
There is so much more to learn about the healing power of the hypnagogic state. It can be explored in lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences (OBEs), with plant medicines like ayahuasca, and deep meditation (self-induced or with a hypnotist).
Future life progression can take people to spaceships, other worlds and to experience themselves as alien life forms, and even that state of euphoria experienced in the deepest levels of meditation can be induced by a hypnotist, and is known as the coma state.
I practice a unique type of content-free hypnotherapy, which means I don’t need to know what the problem actually is, and you don’t either, because your subconscious already knows.
First, we ask the subconscious to release any negative images, emotions or sensations that are stored in the body. This release of stress can have a profound positive effect on the body and mind. This includes increasing mood, clearing past trauma, and removing physical pain.
Next we go on a mystical, magical journey based on the insights gained during the emotional cleaning. Along the way, we ask the subconscious to show you memories, people and situations that give knowledge and insights to help you be healthier, happier, and in best alignment moving forward.
I offer on donation hypnotherapy sessions to anyone, so everyone can experience the incredible healing power of hypnosis.
Everyone who participates in a session with me is welcome to join the free weekly Sunday morning meditation sessions where we learn to meditate and use self-hypnosis to heal ourselves.
It’s no secret that life today for most people is incredibly stressful, and where much of the population aren’t happy, aren’t sleeping very well and may even be suffering with extreme nervous system issues. Left untreated, all of this adds up to being a very concerning health problem that may have severe consequences to your quality of life.
Severe stress can literally kill you, as it causes damage to your heart, gut, brain and so forth. There is really no bodily system that does not become negatively affected by stress. The more stress you have, the worse it is for your health. Many of these issues are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but is this the safest option? What could these drugs be doing to people long term?
Could taking CBD oil regularly be a credible solution? What does the science say about this?
We love writing about the wonders of CBD oil here at Collective Evolution, and we have published many articles on what CBD oil can do for us. I’m sharing this with you today from both a personal point of view, and I also want to back up what has happened to me with scientific evidence.
Childhood Trauma Affects How We Deal With Stress
Growing up, I personally had an enormous amount of stress. Like many, I didn’t have the ideal childhood, in that I had a very difficult relationship with my parents. While I am not going into details too much, I had sustained severe injuries to my nervous system from how I experienced my youth.
I also had a very unhealthy childhood from eating very bad foods, having many antibiotics, reactions to vaccines, and exposure to lead paint at an early age. It must be said that all of these toxins also affect our nervous systems and of course, general health too.
This has meant that my adrenals took an absolute beating over the years, with adrenaline and cortisol being activated far too often and my body was not able to calm down quickly. I was in a constant flight or fight stage for years. This also affected my mental state, which was very up and down for a long time, where I suffered severe depression and anxiety.
I know I am not alone in feeling like this, as childhood trauma is a huge problem today. I would say in a group of ten people, you’d have the overwhelming response of people saying ‘I’ve suffered childhood trauma too.’ I’d even go so far as to say it’s an epidemic of mammoth proportions, and one that does not get discussed openly enough.
Could regular use of CBD oil help our bodies have a better nervous system?
Sarah Best, nutritionist and writer, has this to say about CBD oil:
I work with two categories of people that CBD oil can really help. The first is highly sensitive women – 15-20% of the population, male and female, are highly sensitive and one thing this means is that they have an extra sensitive nervous system, which makes them extra prone to stress, anxiety and insomnia. CBD oil can be great for calming all that down. The other category are those who are recovering from the effects of an emotionally neglectful and/or abusive childhood. This is many more people than you’d think, and trauma disorders, anxiety and depression are common in this group. Again, CBD oil can really help thanks to its calming, balancing and antidepressant properties.”
If you are suffering from childhood trauma and stress that you feel the effects of today, I really hope that this article resonates with you and you consider trying this oil. At the bottom of this article is a Facebook group you can join for those suffering from childhood trauma.
Anger And Mood Issues Are A Huge Problem For Many Today
While I have come a long way with healing the damage, at the age of 40, I still suffer from anger issues that have also been quite erratic. Again, I know I am not alone here because I hear from others that they feel the same way, especially new mothers, where they are getting too angry too often and it doesn’t feel like it’s a normal thing; something is out of ‘whack.’
I also see these anger issues play out online, with how people behave on social media, often resorting to hurling abuse at others, putting them down and writing really terrible things.
Balanced, healthy minded people do not act like this, as I am sure you may agree.
Anger comes from not being able to process emotions well when the body shoots out amounts of adrenaline and cortisol, so a person can often then explode, yelling at others and in worse cases, may even become violent towards others. Many people who are in jail today, may in fact be there from anger issues (stemming from childhood trauma) that simply got out of control. Their nervous systems were not stable and the severe imbalance led to their criminal act.
With so many teens who say they are very stressed and depressed today, the future for them could possibly be quite alarming if the way they are feeling is not dealt with better. The teens who do commit suicide, are not surprisingly, said to have a history of depression, anxiety, drug abuse or a behaviour problem. Those teens who suffer depression also have a 30% chance of developing a drug problem later in life.
Here are some concerning statistics I’d like to share with you:
18.8 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder
4% of preschoolers are clinically depressed
There is a 23% rate of increase in children with depression
30% of American women are depressed
Antidepressants only work for 30% of the depressed population
10% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth
15% of depressed people will commit suicide
Depression costs the U.S. 51 billion when they have days off work
If you know of any teens who are depressed, you might like to tell their parents to look into giving them CBD oil, but they might be more comforted in knowing that taking CBD oil is not the same as smoking it. The oil is non-addictive and does not make people behave as if they are on drugs.
This subject of depression and mood disorders, is such an urgent global matter, we really need people to feel calmer – which would then affect our earth so positively – but we need to get to this state without resorting to using drugs that really do not fix the problem.
CBD Oil For Depression
If you suffer from low mood and feel depressed, you might like to see how you respond to CBD oil. A study showed that CBD has a fast acting antidepressant ability.
CBD Oil Calms The Nervous System Down
Do you feel like your nervous system is very poor and runs on high alert all the time? Until recently, I still found it very hard to calm my own nervous system down at times, after having stimulating things like coffee, too much raw chocolate and anything that was ‘exciting,’ for example, even hearing some really good news.
The first time I really saw the power of CBD oil was after I had not slept a wink the night after I had a very strong raw chocolate cake. By 2pm the next day, I felt awful, like I had too much jittery energy in my body and around my heart. A friend reminded me to take some CBD oil that I had in my cupboard and the result was quite mind blowing. Within just ten minutes, my entire mind and body had calmed down, and all of the jittery feeling went totally away. It felt truly incredible to see it happen that fast.
If you have also had years of stress, or suffered from a very serious traumatic event, this may literally have reprogrammed your body to be in a constant fight or flight stage. If you don’t do anything about it, then it may mean you could be more predisposed to an early heart attack, or even stroke. Our bodies need to work in a healthy balance.
Now that CBD oil is legal in some countries (and states) across the world, I’ve personally been trying CBD oil for the last few months and have found that the effects are quite profound, as have others I know, and I am excited to share them with you.
How Does It Work?
Cannabinoids (the chemical component of cannabis) are proven to activate certain receptors found throughout our bodies, which produce pharmalogic effects, especially that of the central nervous system and the immune system. You might be fascinated to know that there are natural cannabinoids found in human breast milk.
The endocannabinoid system found in humans is said to affect many varieties of physiologic processes. These include pain sense, memory, appetite, food intake, energy balance and motor control.
Click here to learn more about the endocannabinoid system or watch the video below
Dr. Josh Axe shared in an article regarding a study that showed taking cannabis oil may regulate the emotional response to trauma and therefore prevent further stress. This is because it minimised the stress receptors in the hippocampus and amygdala (areas in the brain) that combined, are both responsible for processing our senses and emotions.
CBD Oil For Insomnia and PSTD
CBD oil also helps us sleep better – with restful sleep being vital to help deal with stress – and can be very helpful with dealing with insomnia. I’ve also noticed better sleep from using CBD oil just before bed, but you must be careful with the dose, sometimes less is more.
A study on military veterans showed that CBD oil helped the participants to deal better with their coping mechanisms, and they slept better and had reduced anxiety.
What CBD oil can do is block that particular memory from coming back and reminding you. Not only that, it’s been shown to have an effect on cortisol, in terms of tempering the cortisol in those situations and reducing it where the cortisol is high. Other situations we have with cortisol that is low, it has been able to bring up that cortisol to a normal level. – Dr. Philip Blair COL (retired) – Researcher on CBD for PTSD
You might like to view a very interesting talk Dr. Blair did. He also says CBD oil helps with inflammation, which is one of the key factors causing depression.
Another Doctor by the name of Sue Sisley who is a researcher for cannabis oil use for PSTD. She shares information about CBD oil in the video here.
CBD Oil For Anxiety
CBD oil also showed positive results in a simulated speaking test where very anxious people had to speak in front of an audience, and those that took CBD oil were much less anxious.
For those that suffer with social anxiety, you might find comfort in knowing that CBD oil has been shown to help people cope with being in that sort of environment. Here is another study also showing that is has positive effects.
CBD Oil For PMS
Hands up if you are one of the 75% who experience PMS and can find that time of the month incredibly stressful for yourself and for those that surround us? I used to have very bad moods the week before my cycle. I would always know when I was due, even without looking at the calendar because my mood would just suddenly be so bad. This is all down to hormone levels that are rising and falling throughout the month.
I used to suffer from a very severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder which is said to affect between 3-8% of the population. This meant that my PMS was really really bad, and looking back to the times in my life where I was suicidal, it was often during that time in the month. I was prescribed antidepressants for this, as many women are for PMS, but they didn’t help me at all. In fact, I would say it made things much worse for me.
I am glad I no longer take these drugs, because I have since found that they really are very bad for your health when you take them for years. An alarming study showed that long term use of antidepressants can actually increase early death by 33%. McMaster University in Canada carried out a study where they used results from 17 studies, which involved nearly 380,000 people. At first when they looked at the data, it seemed to suggest just a 9 percent increase of death who took these medications, but they then removed the people in the study who suffered cardiovascular disease and saw that the more accurate results were discovered. The remaining patients were the ones who had a risk of death of 33%.
‘We are very concerned by these results,’ he said.
‘They suggest that we shouldn’t be taking antidepressant drugs without understanding precisely how they interact with the body.
‘I do think these drugs for most people are doing more harm than good and that physicians ought not to generally prescribe them.’ – Canadian Study leader Paul Andrews
It is with this information that I feel it’s very important people are aware that being on long term antidepressants is not a good idea for their health.
CBD Oil For Schizophrenia
Those that suffer with Schizophrenia often end up taking very powerful drugs, which are likely to also cause serious health issues long term. While smoking marijuana has been found to increase psychotic episodes with some people having to go into mental institutions, the high levels of THC are likely to be why this can be a trigger for some.
However, taking CBD oil, which often only has a tiny amount of THC, can actually decrease the amount of psychotic episodes they have.
Dose Is Key: Don’t Go Overboard With CBD Oil As Effects Can Be Counter Productive
Regarding the effects CBD oil has on PMS, after taking CBD oil several times a day and before bed, over the last few months, I can happily share that I had zero PMS recently and have had a calmer mood overall.
This has not happened in a very long time where I haven’t experienced quite bad mood swings before that time of the month.
Just a word of warning, when something sounds good, it’s easy to think that perhaps more is better, but in the case of CBD oil, taking too much can be counter productive. I have had friends who have anxiety say they took too much and felt anxious, but when they have a small amount (five drops as opposed to a whole dropper full for example) that it works a lot better.
It’s the same for sleep – I have taken too much some nights and found that it caused me to take longer to go to sleep. I think it’s best to take the drops under the tongue as it bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into the blood due to the many capillaries the tongue has. This means the effects will be achieved faster.
One other very interesting finding is that a survey carried out recently showed most of the participants (nearly half) stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs. 80% said that they found CBD oil to be ‘very or extremely’ effective.
While I can’t guarantee that you’d get the same beneficial effects as I have, maybe it is worth a try to see how your body responds to CBD oil.
Because all CBD oil is not equal, and quality and how it’s made is very important, if you’d like to try the oil that I personally use (this is not affiliated to me or Collective Evolution by the way) you might like to check out Spirit of Hemp, which posts worldwide.
There are many other great brands out there, which one do you use?
If you’d like to know more about further studies on CBD oil you can check out this link that is a very good resource.
For information on what CBD can do for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimers, and other disorders please read this.