The human consciousness is a strange thing. When awake and aware, our mind is full of mundane everyday things, mostly to-dos. Whilst asleep, however, our subconscious mind awakens and opens up a whole new world through dreams. Dreams dig up our hidden feelings and thoughts, and lay them bare for us to try and understand ourselves better. Of course, dreams aren’t exactly clear in what they try to convey to us. There’s always the dream dictionary for that. However, interpreting dreams isn’t the only way to tap into the subconscious mind. There’s also hypnosis.
The subconscious mind in itself is an enigma we’re yet to understand. So, to wrap our heads around the fact that hypnosis can unfold–and control–this subconscious mind can be hard. We could attempt to understand it clinically. After all, hypnosis is an acknowledged and accepted therapy for resolving issues of anxiety, depression, and other mental wellbeing issues. As per Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary, the British Medical Association defines hypnosis as “a temporary condition of altered attention in the subject which may be induced by another person and in which a variety of phenomena may appear spontaneously or in response to verbal or other stimuli.” Simply put, hypnosis is a state of trance, wherein an individual has a heightened sense of focus and concentration, and is highly prone to act on a suggestion.
Under hypnosis, individuals are not only highly aware of their subconscious mind, but are also able to recall memories they are otherwise unable to. Says Archita Reddy, a psychologist and hypnotherapist, “While seeking therapy, many can’t recall minute details from past memories. Hypnosis can help with that. Under the guidance of a trained hypnotherapist, an individual’s subconscious mind can bring up memories from the past week, month, even decades, presenting deep-seated issues that are behind persisting psychological problems.”
While hypnosis has been known to heal a person’s mind, it’s also been known to heal the soul, quite literally.
All hypnosis does is open up our conscious mind to the underlying causes of our emotional, physical, and behavioural issues, with the help of the subconscious mind.