Hypnotherapy & Past Life Regression
Let’s begin by looking at what hypnosis isn’t.
It isn’t a ‘hypnotist’ on the stage swinging an old fashioned pocket watch telling you to ‘look into my eyes’ while he attempts to get you to do the Moonwalk, talk Martian or eat an onion on the pretence it’s an apple for the gratification of a baying crowd.
It’s important to note that hypnosis on its own isn’t considered a therapy. It’s simply an altered state of awareness that increases the power of suggestibility which then allows the therapy strategies and techniques to be used most effectively.
It is essentially a cognitive state, a special state related to belief and imagination and not a state of ‘feeling’, although it may be accompanied by various feelings.
Hypnotherapy is a fully collaborative process between you and your therapist, where your goals are discussed and once a relevant and coherent treatment plan is drawn up, you embark on a guided hypnotic journey using powerful suggestions, imagery, visualisation and mental rehearsal to achieve your goals.
Through accessing the unconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help you learn how to react differently to certain situations and help you understand better the development mechanism of your mind. Hypnotherapy is particularly useful in helping people deal with stress and anxiety related conditions such as panic attacks, phobias, insomnia and other emotional problems like depression, lack of confidence and self-esteem, etc.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in other words, a therapist will give you instructions to imagine things in a certain way and it is up to you to follow those instructions.
It is an altered state of consciousness into which you allow yourself to enter, with the guidance of a therapist. You are in control all the time, you always know what is happening, and you can come out of the altered state at any time in the same way one can snap out of a vivid daydream.
The hypnotic state can feel as if you are dreaming or daydreaming and is a natural form of consciousness which many people experience on a daily basis.
For example if you have ever been so absorbed in a book or a film it has felt as if you are actually there, that is a form of hypnosis, as is the experience some people have when waking in the morning being aware of everything going on around them yet still being in a very relaxed dream-like state.
Within the hypnotic state, one can bypass the barriers to our inner thoughts and feelings, and suggestions are acted upon much more powerfully than is possible in a normal state of mind.
Mental imagery can also be utilised to assist people to make changes in their lives. The subconscious mind does not distinguish between 'real` and 'imagined' experiences, which is why dreams can feel real.
This phenomenon can be used so that clients can create new positive realities for themselves or alter their perception of past events which may affect current behaviour.
There is also a growing body of scientific knowledge, psychoneuroimmunology, which is showing that the mind is directly linked to our immune systems, which means that techniques used in hypnotherapy can also affect our physical as well as psychological and spiritual well-being.
The benefits to you of using Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy (backed up by solid evidence and comprehensive research) are immediate:
The addition of hypnotherapy to CBT has been proven to shorten treatment times
Hypnosis enables you to see things more vividly in your ‘mind’s eye’
Hypnosis solidifies the relationship and builds rapport between you and your therapist
You can learn to ‘self-hypnotise’ by inducing a deep state of relaxation
Under hypnosis, you have an increased opportunity of receiving and understanding the suggestions your therapist makes to free you from unwanted behaviours.