There are two times during the day in which our subconscious mind is naturally more available. These two times are first thing in the morning when you wake up and the last few moments before you go to sleep at night. These two times are wonderful opportunities to seed positive thought seeds within the fertile soil of the subconscious mind.
Morning meditations and self-hypnosis can assist with refocusing the mind on goals that you would like to achieve, connecting with gratitude to develop a more positive mindset and cultivating more motivation and energy for the day ahead. You can receive benefits from as little as 10 minutes of meditation or self-hypnosis when you first wake up in the morning. We train our bodies by working out and we know all of the benefits that physical exercise provides. Training the mind through meditation and self-hypnosis can provide many mental benefits including improvements in mood, energy, positivity, motivation and much more.
Evening meditations and self-hypnosis before bed can provide the opportunity to clear the mind, unwind and relax. This can assist with deeper sleep, relaxation and stress reduction. Depending on the techniques used, evening meditations can provide the opportunity to review the day's activities, shining a light on areas that you could have been more effective, more conscious, more loving or more assertive. It can also assist you with problem-solving as you can contemplate any current situations that are happening and begin to come up with solutions. There is a good reason why you may have heard the saying "Sleep on it". Our brain continues to process problems and situations while we are sleeping at night and often times the answers are there when we awaken in the morning. And taking a few moments to consciously plan out the next day can assist you in creating motivation and inertia to move towards your goals.
Episode 44 of the podcast is a morning meditation session that will assist you in connecting with gratitude and cultivating more motivation and energy to move towards your goals. Episode 45, which will release this week, will focus on an evening meditation that will assist you in reviewing your day, relaxing the mind and body, consciously planning out your next day and problem-solving. Be sure to check back on Friday, August 31st to download or listen to this episode!
Today I interviewed Ayan Mukherjee, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). He transitioned to become a psychotherapist from a 9-year long successful career in commercial banking. He discovered the power of good psychotherapy, while dealing with his own issues. He experienced extensive healing and transformation over a period of 3-4 years, while completing therapy school. He graduated with a diploma in Holistic Psychotherapy from the Transformational Arts College, Toronto, in early 2016. Since then he has trained in trauma-informed, somatic therapies, such as EMDR Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Structural Dissociation and Brainspotting. He is also a Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and he practices clinical hypnotherapy.
It was a very informative interview and discussion. Ayan is referred to as "the working man's therapist" and he does wonderful work with men's mental health issues and concerns. In our interview we discuss the mental health challenges that men are facing in our modern world. We also discuss the impact of trauma and how hypnosis, EMDR and psychotherapy interventions can be beneficial in assisting with releasing trauma from the nervous system and mind. We also engaged in creating a dual hypnosis induction for you to experience to assist you in increasing your confidence and inner strength. The interview and hypnosis session will release on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music on Friday, August 24th.
Ayan sees clients at his Toronto practice as well as online through Skype and video conferencing. His website is www.ayanrp.com.
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Hypnosis has a very interesting past! From the sleep temples of ancient Egypt to the theory of animal magnetism and Anton Mesmer, in this video you will learn about the fascinating history of hypnosis which has led to the modern hypnosis that is used today!
The fear of flying can be very limiting. It can prevent you from getting onto airplanes and going where you desire. It can be particularly limiting if you have to travel for business because flying is becoming a vitally important part of many job descriptions. It can also prevent you from experiencing places that you have wanted to visit. The fear of flying is more common that you may think. Many people feel a little bit nervous when flying in a plane. But when a little bit of nervousness turns into a lot of anxiety and fear it can prevent you from stepping foot on an airplane. Thankfully, the fear of flying can be overcome. By changing your thinking about flying through hypnosis you can become more calm and relaxed. There are many tools that can be used while in hypnosis to help someone overcome the fear of flying.
Systematic desensitization is frequently used as a means of overcoming fear. It allows a person to gradually become more comfortable with the fear of flying by taking them through the fear, step by step within their own mind. It allows people to become conditioned to fly with greater ease. Before entering into the state of hypnosis, the client working together with the hypnotist or hypnotherapist begin by creating a hierarchy of fear. These are 10 steps in the hierarchy. Each step is an imagined scenario that is experienced around the fear. This scale is used while in hypnosis to have the client imagine these scenarios. The advantage to using systematic desensitization within the hypnotheraputic framework is that the client can have more control over the imagined scenes. A safe place is also created so the client can bring themselves into a safe feeling whenever they choose. The client is in complete control through the process. When the client reaches the last step (the most invoking fear) and successfully accomplishes it the process is complete. It has proven to be both a safe and effective way to release the fear of flying.
Regression is also used as it can help a person to uncover the root cause of the fear. It also allows the person to release the root cause within the subconscious mind. As everything has a beginning or start point, regression is a powerful way to explore, overcome and reframe the fear of flying in a safe and comfortable way.
Hypnosis recording can also be beneficial to assist an individual in calming the mind and body before...and even during a flight.
Through out life you begin to form self-belief systems. Your parents, friends, teachers, authority figures and anyone you communicate with can judge you based on your social standing, education, economic class, religion, gender and sexual orientation.
These judgements and words can begin to affect your thinking, if you accept them to be true. If these are reinforced they can program your subconscious mind with beliefs and opinions about yourself.
At your core you are sensitive to what others say about you. When others say hurtful or negative things you can absorb them like a sponge. Its easy to pick up other peoples negatively charged junk and then carry it through life.
Its not even necessarily words that are spoken to you. Gestures and body movement tend to be windows of what someone is really thinking and feeling about you. And your subconscious mind can pick up on subtle meanings within others body movements and the way they carry themselves. Even if lips lie, the body always tells the truth. So if you get a sense that someone or a group perceives you in a particular way, this can also lead to negative self-belief.
This all adds up to a self image of who you think you are. All that you believe to be true about yourself.
You may have been given labels such as rich, poor, smart, stupid, good, bad, ugly, beautiful, not good enough, a success, a failure etc. If you hear these things and chose to believe them, eventually you can think that they are true. These beliefs can move you away from your own personal power.
When you begin to wake up and realize that you can release these words and judgment from the past, you can begin to create a new life for yourself. A new future of possibility.
Words have the power to harm or to heal. And when others have past judgment upon you and said things that were hurtful, its about finding the right words that will heal you.
The first step is to become aware of the undesired self-belief systems that you carry around with you on a daily basis. There might be wonderful beliefs that you have about yourself. But chances are there is at least one negative self-belief that prevents you from moving forward in your life.
Below is a simple exercise to help you become aware of and begin to change negative beliefs on your own:
Get out a piece of paper.
Write out what you believe to be true about yourself, both positive and negative.
Looking at each self-belief, write down how each one makes you feel.
How does each of these self-beliefs affect your life?
Who would you be without these negative beliefs?
Think about times and places where the negative beliefs are NOT true.
Write out an affirmations that you can give yourself that will replace the negative self-belief. What words will heal the hurt?
Example: I am good enough, I am smart, I am kind etc.
Repeat your affirmations out loud in the morning when you wake up, or anytime that you need to give yourself greater strength.
The real truth is that you are made up of many parts. We all have the potential to be smart, beautiful and successful. Just like we can all make mistakes, be lazy or a failure at times.
When you decided to choose differently for yourself you can learn from these occurrences and embrace that which is good instead. It's all choice!
You can take all the negative self-beliefs and file them under “junk”!
People that continually worry about their problems carry great amounts of stress and uneasiness. The more you worry about your problems and concerns, the more stress you generate in your system. This can lead to self destructive behaviour such as nail biting, fidgeting, hair pulling, teeth grinding and skin picking. Other symptoms may arise such as upset stomachs or ulcers, insomnia, headaches, muscle tension and other physical manifestations of stress.
There is a positive benefit to worry. At a subconscious level, worry assists us in analyzing problems and becoming aware of necessary actions that are needed to address a situation. At a core level, worry is designed to keep us safe from harm. When worry spirals out of control it can become problematic.
When you allow worry to take over it can feel as though it is impossible to regain control over your thoughts and thinking.
Worrying is often a learned behaviour. Individuals who grew up in environments that were highly unpredictable as a child often develop this habit and carry it with them into adulthood. Alternately if someone was raised by a parent or guardian who worried, it is common for that person to habitually model their parents behaviour.
Hypnosis is an excellent tool to reprogram the mind with positive thought processes. By realigning the subconscious thought patterns to more positive ones you can begin to experience a more relaxed, controlled state of mind.
If you are an individual who is affected by your worries and concerns, the following exercise can help in as little as 5 minutes a day.
By practicing the follow exercise daily it can cognitively begin to remove worry from the mind.
By taking a specified time to worry, you are take back control of worries. By thinking of solutions, writing them down, setting a goal date and then taking actions to resolve your worries makes it much easier to handle. Sometimes things don't look as bad once you write them down. Writing them down forms a better image in your mind of the tasks at hand.
Start by doing your worry list once a day for 7 days and see the difference in ways you act, feel and behave. And then build on those good feelings and actions. Remember to affirm to yourself yourself that once you put the paper away, you will leave those problems until the next worry time. It might take some practice, but it works if you stick to it.
The second and subsequent times that you do this exercise, take the paper out and write down anything you have accomplished, add any new concerns and think of any new actions you can take to complete the list!
Soon, your list will get smaller leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and in control.
Donald Currie is a hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Audio producer and Author with his own private hypnosis practice in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
The mind can be compared to an iceberg. The conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg. About 10% of what you can see.
The conscious mind is very limited. It allows you to be aware, to use logic and analyze, and to make judgements as to what is right or wrong. The conscious mind is only responsible for 10% of our daily activity.
The subconscious is the much larger part of the iceberg that resides below the surface which equates to 90% of the mind.
The conscious mind is very limited. It allows you to be aware, it allows you to use logic and analyze, and to make judgements as to what is right or wrong. The conscious mind could also be compared to the surface of a pond, the reflection of what we can see when we look at it.
The conscious mind is like the surface of a quiet pond. It is the reflection of what we can see. But below the surface of the pond there is a great depth and much is happening.
The subconscious mind is an intricate system. It remembers everything that you have ever heard, felt, seen or experienced in your life. It is responsible for all of your body processes. Your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, blinking and digestion are all it's responsibilities. Could you imagine if all of these things were conscious processes. What it would be like having to remember to blink, breath and beat your heart? It would become very exhausting! The subconscious mind takes care of all of these things for you. It is also the store house of experiences, learning, instinct, self preservation functions, emotions and feelings. All habitual and behavioural programming is stored within the subconscious mind as well as your belief systems. The subconscious mind is not as rigid and analytical as the conscious mind.
The subconscious mind moves within a very fixed system of programming. It reacts quite automatically and autonomously to life situations. It bases these responses on your previously stored behaviours. Because it works outside of the awareness of the conscious mind, you are generally unaware of the responses that are taking place. Around 90% of your responses are subconscious. Even when you believe that you are acting consciously, much of the time your subconscious is actually making the decision for you. In fact, your subconscious is formulating your responses approximately one third of a second before you act. It processes around 40 billion bits of information per second. This makes its potential far greater than the conscious mind.
When you make a choice to make change, and that change might be to eat healthier, exercise or stop smoking, you are making the choice to change with your conscious mind. This is what makes change difficult, as the decision to change is conscious, but the programming that supports the behaviour is subconscious.
If you would like to change any aspect of yourself, including how you relate to life and the world around you or the world within you, learning to tap into subconscious mind using hypnosis can be extremely beneficial on your journey. Hypnosis allows you to make change deep within the subconscious mind. By releasing feelings, changing belief systems, realigning yourself with new patterns of habit and behaviour and developing new thinking you can make changes that you desire.
Donald Currie, MH, NLP.P, CI