Therapeutically, the intrinsic value of hypnosis is two-fold. Hypnosis deeply relaxes the body and effectively quiets the mind. This beneficial aspect alone merits value. Secondly, hypnosis has the ability to create profound, rapid changes because it communicates directly with the subconscious mind.
This part of the mind has a very different nature and job description than its more familiar co-worker, the conscious mind. Whereas the conscious is responsible for logical, critical thinking skills (ie: Sherlock Holmes), the subconscious stores our memories, life experiences, self-thoughts and creative imagination—and it’s from here that our emotions take shape, habits form, and choices are made as to how we relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us. Additionally, while the conscious mind thinks sequentially, the subconscious provides a bird’s eye view, “seeing the whole picture,” providing connections and insight that’s outside of analytic thinking. These two very important parts of the mind have a working relationship in which the conscious mind makes decisions informed by our subconscious thoughts.
The subconscious also controls our autonomic nervous system, responsible for numerous involuntary functions (ie: heart rate, blood pressure, rate of healing, digestion) and physical sensations, such as pain. These things operate outside of our conscious control yet are influenced by our emotions and subconscious thoughts. Moreover, the subconscious and the physical body communicate with each another 24/7—through thoughts, feelings and images. In other words, subconscious thoughts and feelings drive our behaviors, while simultaneously influencing our physical health.