Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
Hypnotise Yourself Slim
Everyone already knows what hypnosis feels like, because we all go into natural hypnotic states every day, when daydreaming, driving or watching TV. It’s when you drift off into a dreamlike state.
When hypnotherapy is used therapeutically, a systematic method is used that allows you to go into this natural dreamlike states, communicating directly with your unconscious mind and to installing new suggestions or instructions.
Although no one really knows exactly how hypnosis works, once in a trance state your mind is more receptive to suggestions.
And these suggestions can be used to help to lose weight!
The unconscious mind is that part of your mind that’s responsible for all the autonomic processes in your body. So, it keeps you breathing, your blood circulating, your cells regenerating and repairing and all the other stuff that goes on inside you automatically, without you even thinking about it. There are over 20 trillion cells in your body and over 2,000 chemical reactions in every cell every second of every day – all of which happen unconsciously. It has infinite wisdom and memory and is the source of your creativity and imagination. And as the seat of all your emotions, it directs nearly all of your behaviour.
Your unconscious mind can be said to be that part of you which looks out for you and learns how to guide you through life. Sometimes it makes mistakes, and can be reprogrammed when in a hypnotic trance. By using language, metaphor, rhythm and tone the hypnotist can switch off the “critical factor” in your brain so that suggestions can be made that your brain is likely to accept. Hypnosis is a safe way of accessing your natural intelligence and issuing new instructions to enable you to create huge changes in your behaviour and your body. And you will only comply with hypnotic suggestions that fit your personal moral codes. While hypnotised you know what you are doing and saying and you won’t do or say anything that contravenes your own inner principles, although you will be aware of changes.
Hypnosis is like daydreaming and if something were to happen while you were in a trance (e.g. a fire alarm), you would wake up alert, refreshed and calm and ready to deal with any situation as effectively as you would in your normal wide awake state.
It’s impossible for anyone not to wake up from hypnosis.
There has been a great deal of research done with hypnosis to show that it’s the basis of therapeutic methods of allowing mind-body communication and healing. The work of Milton H Erickson M.D (The seminars, Workshops & Lectures of Milton H Erickson Vol 1 to 4) and Ernest Rossi (The Psychobiology Of Mind-Body Healing) validate the view that psyche, mind and brain are all linked to modifying and controlling body processes in health. The science of Psycho-Neuro-Immunology has developed from the understanding that mind and body are inextricably linked.
Everyone is able to enter the hypnotic trance state, but what varies is the amount of time it takes for someone to go into trance. When you see people staring at TV they are in a trance. Hypnosis is like any skill that can be learnt, the more you practice it the easier it becomes.
While you are in trance positive suggestions and new ideas and information are given to your unconscious mind, so that you can begin to change your mind about things and they bypass the logical conscious thinking process. And these suggestions can then be reinforced by repetition. Suggestions are made to your unconscious via metaphors (stories) which bypass the conscious logical thinking process.
To use hypnosis to help with weight loss, you can see a therapist on a one-to-one basis to work directly with you.
Or alternatively, you could work with Paul McKenna’s “I Can Make You Thin” products (there is also an online “club” to provide ongoing support).