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Hypnosis Are You Asleep Or Unconcious?
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Probably two of the most common questions are; "How old is Hypnosis?" and "Who invented Hypnosis?" You can imagine someone like Archimedes leaping out of his bath, yelling; "I have it, I have it!" How old is Hypnosis? Well, there's the old boy with the long white beard who sits on a mountain top in a permanent state of trance -- which is why he's 5,000 years old!

But enough of the levity. The truth is that asking both those questions is like asking; "Who invented breathing?" This is something that a lot of people either don't or won't understand. Hypnosis is perfectly natural. It's built in to our unconscious minds. Probably the best place to start is to describe, basically, the function of our two minds. Yes, that's right. We really do have two minds; the conscious and the unconscious or subconscious as some people incorrectly term it.

Imagine your desk, which we'll consider is your conscious mind. On it, you almost certainly have a P.C. and all manner of office equipment; reams of paper, pens, pencils, address books, dictionaries, erasers, (or rubbers, as they're known in England. This can upset ladies of a delicate disposition!), but you have everything on and around your desk that's necessary for a day's work.

At the end of the office, however, is a door. If we go through that door, we find an enormous library and, among other things, three immensely powerful computers, any one of which makes your little P.C. in the outer office look like an abacus.

Now this office we'll compare to your unconscious mind. The conscious mind looks after the relatively simple and straightforward tasks. The telephone rings. Your conscious mind tells you to answer it. You need to write a note for your secretary. Once again, it's your conscious mind. However, while all this is going on, who's looking after your blood pressure, controlling your adrenaline, making sure your serotonin level remains constant, and your cortisol doesn't suddenly go berserk? All this is controlled by your unconscious mind, all these functions you don't even think about, unless something goes wrong.

So to answer the question; "What is Hypnosis," it's a natural state like night-time dreaming. Our dream state happens during the Rapid Eye Movement or R.E.M. stage of sleep, so called because the pupils of our eyes travel too and fro rapidly. We saw this phenomenon during a description of depression. Let me hasten to add that Hypnosis has nothing whatever to do with depression. I'm only pointing out that we have touched on this subject of R.E.M. sleep before.

But the popular concept is that hypnosis is a state of sleep. Nothing could be further from the truth. Oddly enough, R.E.M. sleep shows similar brainwave patterns to when we're awake. This is why it's sometimes known as paradoxical sleep.

Now, this is important and explains a lot about hypnosis. During the third trimester, while obviously still in the womb, the baby undergoes more R.E.M. than at any time in its life. It's at this time that instincts are 'programmed' into the baby; various senses and awareness, fear, or not, of heights, for example. The ability to learn language. All manner of feelings and emotions are introduced to the child's mind to equip him or her for development when he or she is born.

Now, this is fine, but of course these 'emotional introductions,' if you like, don't always go as they should. Instead of turning out to be a perfectly balanced human being, the child might start to show signs of extreme shyness, perhaps low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence. We've established that instincts are programmed into the child before birth through the R.E.M. state.

Therefore, it's reasonable to assume that by taking someone back into the R.E.M. state, these 'mis-programmes' may be corrected. And that, in a nutshell, is hypnosis.

There's a lot more to it than that and we'll be exploring the various facets in future articles.


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  about 8 years ago

Thank you for another great article AND calling it an unconscious mind. I'm smilingly thinking of the chicken and the egg (which comes first scenario). While your conscious mind is surely deciding to answer the phone which one is moving your body into action to pick up the receiver and punch the talk button! Ahhhh... an interesting debate! ;-)

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