Most individuals don’t understand hypnosis. Many think they can’t be hypnotised, and several think someone hypnotises them. What they know about hypnosis is mostly from watching hypnosis performed on stage or TV. So they have the wrong idea about hypnosis and what it does to the person. Here I will attempt and dispel this misconception and help you recognize the magic inside you.
Are you aware that we are living in a hypnotic world? Hypnosis is all about how we control and affect our subconscious mind. What we hear or see is all hypnotic. It impacts our subconscious mind. Not just that, but when we believe, we’re also hypnotising ourselves. Our thinking influences our subconscious mind. As I see it, the ego in our mind is a product of self-hypnosis. That is, it’s determined by the thinking process.
The ego is afraid that if stopped believing, it may disappear from the brain. Thus in many people’s mind, thinking never stops. It keeps going like a squirrel in a cage. To understand hypnosis, thus, we must learn how our subconscious mind functions. Our subconscious mind is filled with conditioned reflexes we’ve acquired since birth. It doesn’t recognise the right from wrong or the good from the bad. In other words, it has no discriminatory power. Our subconscious mind is a neutral energy source that sustains and protects us.
Our vital functions are below subconscious control; for instance, our cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, immune system etc., are under subconscious control. You may wonder how believing is hypnotic? If you become conscious, you may observe that words and phrases constitute our thinking. That is, we tend to verbalise what we see and what we feel. Yes, once we think, we speak to ourselves. These words have a strong conditioned response in our mind. It’s a hypnotic reaction.
The meaning doesn’t matter, but the sort of words you use do. For instance, if you say, “What will happen?” It creates an immediate feeling of anxiety in your subconscious mind. If you say, “Everything is fine”, you’ll feel a lot better if you didn’t mean it. Same thing if you say, “I expect I will be fine”. It creates an immediate doubt in your mind. But if you say “I’m fine”, you’ll feel great right away even if you didn’t mean it. Now, if a person says, “I love you”, and you know he doesn’t mean it, you will still feel great about it.
It’s because your subconscious mind is reflexly reacting to positive words. This person that you know is a crook, liar and thief. Every time he sees you, he keeps telling you,”I love you” I will guarantee you might change your view of him. It’s because you’ve got no control on the way your subconscious mind responds. Allow me to give you another instance. If a person says, “I hate you”, and you know he doesn’t mean it, I can guarantee you won’t feel great about it. If he keeps repeating that phrase, I have no doubt you’ll feel like throwing a punch at him.
On this event, you may observe your subconscious mind is reacting negatively to the negative words. Hence you can surmise that if we say positive words, we create positive chemicals in our mind. When we say negative wordswe create harmful chemicals. The significance of the words or your own beliefs doesn’t matter. So that the way one feels at a particular moment is determined by how many great and harmful chemicals we’ve generated in the system. If the total has more favorable chemicals, an individual will feel happy. If the total has more awful compounds, an individual will feel negative – depressed and unhappy.
The issue is the majority of the world out is negative. It’s distorting our thinking and perceptions. It’s stimulating your subconscious mind . One can observe mental illness is growing in societies all around the world. It’s the result of people developing negative perceptions and habits in thinking. Thus each one of us is a possible candidate for mental illness. Since our subconscious mind governs the way we feel at any given moment, let’s examine how we provide substance to our own feelings.
For instance, we could look at a flower without saying a single word in our thoughts and understand what it is. But when we put a word and tag it and say “rose”, it immediately gives a new definition and form into the feeling. It’s a subconscious response. From that, you may understand how emotions can play havoc on the person.
It has the practice of analysing and verbalising everything, which then activates feelings and thinking. So if you’re angry, for example, and maintain verbalising and mulling, you will get even more enraged. However, if you didn’t say a single word in your mind and just observed your feeling and see how long you can make it last, you’ll find it has no substance. The disposition will fade away. To understand further how our subconscious mind controls our feelings and emotions, we will need to check at our understanding of time, the time as we all understand by the clock. I’ve labelled the self a time-traveller since it’s always considering the past, the present and the future.
Do you realise it is the term you use in your head that makes you travel in time? So if we say”the past”, you’re instantly transported to the past. When we say”the present”we now examine the present, and once we say”the future”we instantly project ourselves in the future. The tenses we use in our day to day speech to convey makes us traveling in time. The words stir up our creativity. They’ve a conditioned response in our subconscious mind. But do you know in fact, there’s absolutely no time? We are living in a timeless universe.
The ego is afraid that it would be stuck in the present if it didn’t verbalise everything it sees or hears. It’s this fear that drives the self to keep thinking all of the time. It’s why we hear this inane chatter everywhere around us in the media, TV, Radio and Newspaper, etc.. We understand how to keep ourselves at a trance-like state. Do you know what I mean when I say the world is turning us all into zombies? Can you now enjoy the fact that we’re all conditioned beings? The environment in which we develop hypnotises us, therefore we’re already hypnotised. To awaken from this self-hypnosis, we must become aware of our conditioning. Awareness deconditions us. It frees us up from this hypnotic world, so we can begin thinking for ourselves.