What do we mean by the Subconscious Mind and what does it do?
The Subconscious Mind processes about 4 Billion bits of information per second (Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine estimate that just the human retina can transmit visual input at roughly 10 million bits per second).
It is that part of our Mind that is charged with storage and automating both genetic and learned tasks and behaviors. These could be autonomous (digestion, breathing, cell repair etc.), functional (walking, writing, driving etc.) or rules of life (fire is hot, I’m not good enough, being happy is easy etc.).
What is hypnosis and what does it feel like?
Hypnosis is a natural human state in which a person's awareness shifts towards the Subconscious. You experience different shades of it just before you fall asleep every night, when you lose track of time watching a movie or reading a book and when you daydream. In therapy, the difference is that you have a set intention of what you want to achieve in this state.
Why does it work?
Since our Mind is doing so many other things in the background, there usually isn’t enough focus to make a lasting change just by thinking. In a clinical setup, you will be guided to a state where the body is relaxed and your Mind is super alert. This shifting of focus enables you to understand and re-write subconscious programs that are no longer in line with your current desires. You become aware of and are able to replace your limiting beliefs with ones that empower you to make real change.
What if I go back to scenes that are painful or scary?
You will quickly realize that the Mind will only ever bring to your awareness to that which it already has the ability to handle. I got your back the whole way through ok!
You will experience immediate changes in your emotions, perceptions, and motivations.
You will see incremental shifts and find it more natural to live your chosen behaviors.
You will look back one day and realize that your life has changed in ways that you could not have perceived at the time.
Ignorant and Dark
He has no idea and no thoughts about his wife and child waiting at home for him hoping that he would come and be with them.
Aware and Dark
He starts to realize that his family is waiting for him but at this stage, he has no idea what to do.
Ignorant and Light
He decides now that he must do something so he on tries one thing after another but nothing is working.
Aware and Light
He now finds something that works for him for this particular issue and over time regains complete control over this part of his free will.
Here the thought of going to the bar does not occur to him in his day-to-day life and he has transcended the 'issue' - is in the past.
Our unconscious Mind will only bring to our awareness those things that we are ready to handle.
We will not get to Stage 2 unless our deeper self feels that we already have the life experiences and potential to begin to handle it at that time.
The Stages of Awareness
The stages of awareness fall in the tetra-lemma of ignorance, awareness, light and dark.
As an example, we can consider a man who goes drinking every night.