How does Hypnosis work?
Our thinking is mostly dominated by logic and reason. Everything needs to be understandable, explainable, and controllable. However, apart from this "logic-driven world" (conscious mind), there are also feelings, instincts, intuition, habits and experiences (subconscious mind) that makes our lives as such. And this is exactly what hypnosis takes advantage of: Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind and allows direct access to the emotions and memories of the client.
Scientific studies show that the subconscious mind controls 99% of the life processes of every person without us even knowing about it. Only 1% are influenced by free will or, better yet, our conscious mind. Internationally renowned neuroscientists and psychologists such as Allan W. Snyder (University of Sydney), John A. Bargh (Yale University), Walter Mischel (Columbia University), and John Dylan Haynes (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité, Berlin) recognize ever more how little power the human conscious mind possesses in our daily decisions.
A large number of clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of hypnosis and its implications on physical functions. Examples include slowing respiration and heartbeat, lowering of blood pressure, slowing of metabolism, and change in blood chemistry. Even stress hormones can be reduced and the immune system strengthened: Red blood cells and platelets proliferate, and immune system resistance can be activated. Several studies also show a positive impact on allergies when using hypnosis. Even skin reactions and implications on the autoimmune system have been reported.
Hypnosis can even influence brain functions. In this state, the right brain side dominates, which is in charge of creativity and emotions. The left brain side, which is in charge of logic task, then shows less activity. Furthermore, one can observe an increased activity of Theta waves (4 to 8 Hertz), which are in charge of increased ability to memorize and learn, as well as of concentration and creativity.
The whole perception is changed during hypnosis. This allows undergoing surgery or other medical interventions painlessly in hypnosis without utilization of any anesthesia. Even giving birth is possible with nearly no pain involved.
The active participation of the client plays an important role during a hypnosis session. The hypnotherapist only enables the client to self-determinedly make the changes he/she seeks.
It is important to mention at this point that the client already has all the answers to one’s questions and the power to change one’s self. The hypnotherapist only leads and guides the client to that very point.
It is not the goal of any hypnosis session to prove or refute whether the recollection of the client in hypnosis is based on true memories or fantasies. The primary task is to identify the source of a specific problem. Letting go of an old system of beliefs and and the internalization of an understanding of the circumstances and internalization of the new understanding of the circumstances, which have caused the problem, are imperative for achieving emotional self-healing.
Although hypnosis, respectively trance, takes place in the subconscious mind, we have the ability to retrieve relevant information from the superconscious (connection with the soul, memories from past lives and the afterlife) by means of the subconscious mind. Coming to terms with problems on these levels can directly affect the unconscious mind (automatic body functions, immune system, etc.) and the conscious mind (analytical, rational, critical thinking).