Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to release one’s full potential, especially when it comes to enriching ones life in a number of different areas, such as successful weight loss, increased motivation, confidence and memory ending addictions such as smoking, drinking, gambling or drugs, and has been shown to be very effective in forming better relationships.
If you have been on diet after diet and lost weight, only to put it on again, then you are well aware that it takes more than will power to successfully maintain weight loss. Even though you know how and what to eat and the importance of exercise, it can be difficult to lose weight. That is because losing and maintaining a healthy weight are much less about will power and much more about metabolism and psyche.
So often when people try to lose weight, they verbalize a strong desire. Yet blame for failures is put on a lack of will power. Hypnosis targets an area of the mind that is often pushed to the background. By bringing about an awareness of what lies there, hypnosis can allow you to have the part of your mind that truly wants to lose weight and take center stage over the part of the mind that tells you eating that chocolate cake is what you want right now.
Part of what you have the ability to control with your mind is metabolism. Metabolism refers to how quickly your body uses its fuel sources (food) and how much will be stored. By increasing metabolism you can speed up weight loss and maintain it. Hypnosis has the ability to let you change your metabolism.
Hypnosis is often misunderstood. Many people believe it can force you to act and react in whatever way the hypnotherapist instructs. Hypnosis cannot make a person into someone different and cannot control a person’s mind. Hypnosis can only draw upon what is within the person.
If hypnosis cannot change who you are, then you may wonder how it can improve one’s motivation. It is simple. Motivation is merely a stimulation response. Many things can motivate a person. For example, hunger motivates us to go and get something to eat. Or, on an emotional stimulation response may be that the promise of payment motivates us to go to work each day.
Sometimes people know what they want, but can’t seem to get motivated to go after it. It may be that the objective is not a priority, like a paycheck coming in to support a family or the need for food. This may be true even though the end goal is something that can improve their life or even bring short term happiness. That is where hypnosis comes into play.
Because hypnosis draws upon the information already stored in the recesses of the mind it can reorganize and in a way reprioritize goals and objectives. Hypnosis is a self improvement method of bringing to the forefront of the mind the information that will serve as a driving force to action.
Hypnosis used to improve one’s memory is an extremely effective therapy that includes learned behaviors and reorganizing the material stored in the brain so the garbage doesn’t get in the way of important facts. To understand how hypnosis can improve memory, it helps to understand how the brain receives and stores information, then recalls that information on demand.
The brain receives literally millions of signals a day, most of them simultaneously. There are sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that are absorbed, but few of them are consciously registered. All of the senses in fact come into play as the brain is receiving bits of information. Much of this information is not considered useful at the moment, if ever, and is quickly and automatically pushed to the background.
Hypnosis works to improve memory by doing a housekeeping task of sorting and categorizing information. It does this through first relaxing the body and mind. Then like a virtual organizer data is sorted into different regions of the brain. When the clutter is removed and the dust wiped away, then the important thoughts we wish to remember can be recalled quickly.
In order to hypnotize one’s self or others a complete state of relaxation must occur. This is referred to as the alpha state of consciousness. When you are fully awake, aware and focused on your surroundings you are in a beta state of consciousness. The alpha state, which is the beginning to hypnosis, is similar to being completely relaxed and comfortable such as when drifting off to sleep. However, this is also the state you are in when you are fully engrossed in a book, computer game or even while driving a familiar route. Contrary to what many people believe, those under hypnosis are still aware of their surroundings. People who have claimed that they have never been able to become hypnotized may not realize that you don’t have to be mesmerized in order to have been effectively hypnotized.