A Piece of my Mind

Finding Peace of Mind.  Isn’t that what we all want? Yesterday I went to my first clinical hypnosis therapy session.  I posted about the process last week but hadn’t experienced it until now. Told you I’d follow up on it.peaceofmind2

The practitioner is in the process of writing a book on the subject of which she has been practicing for 16 years.  Her office was calming as expected, her music soft and relaxing and her voice ever so soothing.

It was a case of deep relaxation while opening the subconscious to work with the mind in order to achieve a peaceful feeling to overcome symptoms such as (in my case) anxiety, some stress and loss of sleep.  Others use it to manage pain, kick bad habits such as smoking and change harmful attitudes.  If you’re familiar with meditation and make it your practice you will find it much easier to achieve an hypnotic state.

I decided to do this because someone very close to me has a recurring cancer and I wanted to offer support and something positive to go along with the auto-immune therapy that this person is undergoing.  A therapy not yet approved here in Canada, only successful in 4 cancer types with a 30% success rate and a multitude of possible side effects. After yesterday I realized the hypnotherapy could help me deal with the situation as well.

This could not have come at a better time for me because I had no more than one hour of restful sleep the night before for no apparent reason other than over-thinking and worry.  But you can train your mind to push worry aside with training and diligence.

Most people in general find it easier to attain a restful body but the mind seems to stay active.  The idea is to quiet the mind while a part of your subconscious guides you along to a restful place to offer helpful suggestions.  It’s not meditation.  Meditation is a blank state while in hypnosis part of your mind stays awake. 

woman meditating on the beach in the Caribbean
woman meditating on the beach in the Caribbean

The session lasted one hour.  The tiny group of two other people and I were told that 15 minutes of hypnotherapy is the equivalent of 4 hours of restful sleep.  We were under for at least 30 minutes so I figure by way of this, I was able to get my full 8 hours after all. I actually felt much more rested after the session ended.  Good thing too because I had a very full day ahead and was able to make it through remaining alert (along with some coffee).

I will continue this journey longer by going to sessions and setting aside a specific time (5 to 15 minutes a day) to sit back, relax, imagine my colour (we choose a colour theme – mine was shades of fuchsia before she said to make it a relaxing colour so it became violet), a vision (private although I shared it with the others in the room) and see where this guides me.  I can tell you that my set visual is the most wonderful inspiring sensation.peaceofmind3It wasn’t this but I love this dream like illustration and since I live partially in a dream world it inspired me to include it.  

Have you tried this?

Practitioner: Louise Evans  Address: Suite #205, 2902 West Broadway                            Phone: 604 773 5595 Website: sparkhypnotherapy.com

Hypnosis for Healing

This week I want to focus on the old cliché in a few different areas.  I want to start with Hypnosis because it’s something that has always fascinated me. Maybe I just want to be a control freak.

My dad used to say corny things to my mom like “you hypnotise me with your eyeshypnosis1

When I was little my dad took me to see the stage illusionist and hypnotist Raveen who came to Montreal quite regularly. All I remember is lots of people going up on stage and then after being hypnotized, they did some crazy things like bark like dogs or cluck like chickens.  I remember wanting to find out if I could be hypnotized but not wanting to find out later that I ran around naked onstage or something equally (no; that’s the worst) humiliating.

And who can forget Woody Allen in the screwball movie Curse of the Jade Scorpion where his character is hypnotized into stealing jewels after hearing only one word by a crooked hypnotist. Case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is intriguing to think about…I mean if you had the power to actually play with people’s minds and try to control them. (not like it hasn’t been done before by some crafty players.) I would like to wave the wand and be like: you are getting sleepy, you are under my spell. Now give me your sandwich!  But realisticaly….

It’s time to put aside all the illusions about what a hypnotist can do. A stage hypnotist might, for the purposes of entertainment try to make you bark like a dog or take off your clothes (I don’t think they really do that but I would if I had the power and wanted to see someone naked) but clinical hypnotherapy is not entertainment. It is therapy undertaken in a state of hypnosis.

I’m just beginning to find out because two people close to me have started seeing a clinical therapist to experience hypnosis for therapeutic and medical reasons.   Next week I’m tagging along to see for myself how the process works. The mind is a powerful tool so if this helps someone deal with pain or a psychologically stressful issue, it can’t be harmful. It appears that it can also benefit anyone dealing with a friend or significant other who has a medical issue and the accompanying stress that goes along it.  Apparently this kind of hypnosis makes it easier for your subconscious mind to understand how you can get the results you want.

The Doorway to Your Subconscioushypnosis2

To be a good subject you need to want to cooperate and you need to be able to focus and follow instructions (a challenge for me but I will make a mental state of focusing attention). The reason to use clinical hypnosis is to help you become receptive to suggestions for solving your problem (s) and to help you have more control over your symptons.  It is not mind control. You cannot be made to act on suggestions that are not acceptable to you. You are not asleep during the process.  You cannot be hypnotized against your will.  It involves helping you experience a pleasant state of relaxed concentration during which your conscious mind can relax and the “doorway” to your subconscious mind can be opened with your consent.  In this relaxed state (almost a meditative state – something else I want to explore) your openness to suggestion and your mental focus may be increased.  Sensitivity to feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, smells and tastes can be made more or less intense.  Also, your imagination can often be easily used for making helpful suggestions work for you.  I have a very active imagination so this will be interesting.

Hypnosis can be used as a tool to help you:

Experience Deep Healing Relaxation, Identify what you want and how you can get it, use your imagination to help you solve your problem, become more open to helpful suggestions and ideas, gain relief from bothersome symptoms such as physical pain and anxiety, gain more control over how you deal with such symptoms, learn how to more effectively manage stress, control your mood swings, supercharge your motivation to make positive changes in your behaviour, free yourself from harmful habits such as smoking, have better sleep, become less depressed and less anxious, let go of self destructive resentment and guilt, solve emotional conflicts that hold you back from getting better, and change harmful attitudes, beliefs, feelings and behaviours.

 I will follow up on this and if it turns out that I can bend people to my will, I hope I can do some good.

 Would you consider trying this?