Hypnotherapy: Is This Healing Modality Being Overlooked?

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.

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Article by Robito Chatwin at http://robito.info

Join me on a journey to discover the power of hypnosis.

The Barriers We Build Against Love

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

Many people are still looking for their ‘other half’, venturing out on more and more dates, casting the net wider until they find someone to complete them. And when it doesn’t work out just as they planned, they jump back onto their smartphones, ‘unfriend’ the offending partner and swipe themselves another one.

And yet many of us also know that, deep down, another human being is never going to be able to make us whole and that the fairy tale of meeting our Prince/ss Charming is just that – a fairy tale. We understand that true love comes from within and when we love ourselves – fully – only then can we truly love another.

This is great, in theory, because for many of us, self-love stuff is still very much an intellectual concept that we strive to reach in the same way that some people strive to meet someone new when their last relationship hits a wall. Striving for self-love is not the essence of self-love. Discovering the barriers to love may well be what we need.

Barriers to love

Rumi is rumoured to have said that our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it. It’s likely that he knew a thing or two about life and love. Self-love can be tricky – sure, we get it, intellectually. We know it’s necessary to “love ourselves” but aside from eating healthier, daily exercise and spending more time doing the things we love, it can be hard to get over that ultimate hurdle.

So what is it that gets in the way? What are these barriers that Rumi speaks of and why are they there at all?

We all have them. They’re made up of the internal voices that tell us that we “don’t deserve to be loved and happy”. Or that there’s something intrinsically ‘wrong’ with us. That we are somehow ‘broken’ and if anyone actually found out the truth about us they would surely leave us.

These barriers to love are constantly running in the background; a low hum that unconsciously speaks to everything we do, every action (and inaction) we take. Unlike the self-loving ‘apps’ that we consciously choose (weekly yoga sessions, salad and connecting with friends), these barriers form a part of our internal ‘operating system’ and are generally in shadow for us.

What you realize is, we don’t need to go out and love ourselves, we already do, we simply need to take down the barriers blocking that.

We Are Not Born With These Barriers

Not one of us came into this world with pre-erected barriers to love; it’s learned behaviour. We learned them from the adults around us at the time. We might have learned that ‘love’ was scary and shouty, or that if you love someone it should be dramatic. We might have learned that ‘love’ was silent, sulky and certainly not communicated through affection.

What was happening around you as a child has likely informed your decisions about the type of partner you choose as an adult. Repeating patterns are not always pleasant, but they’re certainly familiar.

In addition to how we saw the world and what we learned about love when we were children, we were also extremely vulnerable. Something as subtle as having overly critical or emotionally unavailable parents can have a big impact on who and how you are as an adult. Through little eyes, the world can look like a dangerous place and it’s likely that you employed protection strategies that may have stopped you from getting hurt, emotionally or physically.

Creating a tough outer shell or a sentinel-like vigilance may have been necessary when you were 3 feet tall, but how is that working for you now? How are the protective behavioural patterns you employed as a child serving you in your life as an adult?

In my own life, I have sometimes struggled to connect fully; to really let my partner in. My experience as a child taught me that loving relationships were not easy and they wouldn’t last. So as an adult, it felt safer to never let anyone come too close, in case the same thing happened again.

All the self-loving actions in the world couldn’t compete with my unconscious internal message that love was unsafe and ultimately destined to end.

Whilst it may sound quite depressing; on the contrary, I have found it to be massively empowering. As I now know this about myself, I can make a decision when I feel myself withdrawing, I can choose to come closer and to see this as a pattern that was created many years ago in order to protect me – it’s not who I am. Because of this, I am now so much closer to my current partner.

Discovering your personal barriers to love

It’s taken me many years to discover my own barriers to love and I’m still uncovering more and more layers of the onion each day. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to discovering what’s getting in the way of you and the love you deserve, but there are proven tools and techniques that can help. My most recent ‘ah-ha’ moment came whilst taking part in an online workshop known as the Groundwork.

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When you discover your unique barriers to love, know that you created them a long time ago with your own best interests and safety at heart. Dissolve them with the love they were created with; acknowledging and thanking the little one, that still lives inside you, for being there and for doing the best they could when things got tough.

Video: A Specialist Speaks About About The Effects Of Childhood Trauma

Do you feel like you have a broken heart from your childhood? Do you feel like it’s affected your health? Are you struggling as a parent with how you are raising your own children?  Or, perhaps you just feel really unhappy with your life and with yourself? If this is you, then you are not alone.

Depression, anxiety and suicide among teens and adults in first world countries, is the highest it’s ever been. According to recently published data, 12.7% of USA citizens 12 and older are taking anti-depressant medication and female use is almost double that of males.

Mental health – or lack of it – is a huge concern today, it really is at crisis levels, and use of medication for most people is simply not likely to heal the internal and root cause of whatever is causing the issue in the first place, in fact, it may even make the way you feel, worse. Medication treats symptoms but it does not get to the bottom of why they are there to start with.

So with this in mind, I feel its imperative we collectively start to take interest and try to understand a lot more about what causes trauma to people’s minds and what causes them to behave in certain ways.

If we understand what causes these cracks to someone’s persona, we can then work on  what needs to change.

Someone who is wonderfully brilliant at explaining what is going on for many people, and who also seeks to help parents with being better guardians to their kids, is Gabor Mate. (check his bio out it is impressive!)

Gabor Maté a Hungarian-born Canadian physician has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development (through their attachment with their parents) and trauma, speaks about the lifelong impacts this has on physical and mental health conditions.

Gabor now travels and speaks extensively on these and related topics, internationally. His bestselling books have been published in over twenty-five languages.

He has authored four books exploring topics including attention deficit disorder, stress, developmental psychology and addiction.

This lecture below is simply brilliant about attachment, what creates healthy forms and what does not. Gabor explains what happens to people in such a beautiful way.

Gabor speaks during the video below on

  • The alarming use of adult psychiatric drugs being used in children
  • Psychiatric labels are not focusing on root cause of behaviour
  • Mothers who are stressed or depressed can trigger asthma in their children
  • We must try to understand why children are behaving like they are
  • Stressed parents create stressed children
  • Healthy relationships in childhood are key to being a healthy-minded adult
  • When humans have good attachments, they are respectful to others
  • Humans are biologically wired to attach to others around us
  • Our immune systems are connected to those close to us
  • Why many ‘zero’ tolerance bullying program’s simply don’t work
  • Why more than ever ‘self harm’ such as cutting is so prevalent
  • Why daycare can cause life long trauma
  • How healthy self-esteem is formed
  • Why addictions to drugs and alcohol is at an all time high
  • Kids attach too much to peers if they can’t attach well to their parents