Have You Been in a Trance?
A hypnotic trance induced by a skilled hypnotherapist is a somewhat unique state. However, we all have experienced many trances. For example, have you:
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you have been in a trance. This is a normal part of our lives. When you are in a trance, your subconscious is accessible. This increases your creativity (great for artists) and provides access to knowledge and experiences that are often not available to your conscious mind.
Have you ever forgotten someone's name, or the name of a song or actor, only to remember it later when you weren't thinking about it? That information was stored in your subconscious, and when you stopped trying to consciously remember, your subconscious answered the question for you. It just popped into your mind!
The Subconscious and Hypnosis
Your subconscous is a storehouse of information, experiences and emotions. It also controls many of your autonomic body functions. In fact, while we tend to think of our conscious mind as running our life, the truth is much of our behavior is determined by our subconscious.
What happens when the conscious and subconscious minds disagree? The subconscious always wins! Want proof? Have you, or anyone you know, knowingly done something they regretted? Have you done something that was not good for others or not good for you? Or, was there something you couldn't force yourself to do--even though it should have been easy? For example, have you struggled with:
The truth is, the ability of our conscious mind to change our behavior is more limited than we like to think. If you are like most people, you break your New Year's resolutions before February. Yet, your conscious mind believed that adhering to those resolutions would have improved or lengthened your life, or both.
When people "lack the willpower," more often than not what is really happening is the subconscious mind is running the show. You want to do something or stop doing something . . . but you can't. The decision and behaviors aren't rational or conscious, and aren't in your best interest. You are being sabotaged by emotions, motivations and long-forgotten painful experiences that are stored in your subconscious.