How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works with your unconscious mind. Your conscious mind, the part you are aware of and have most control over is the analytical part of your brain. It is where learning takes place. But once you’ve learned something, it goes into the unconscious, where things become difficult to access over time. All your habits and old decisions are stored there in your unconscious. It’s very efficient that way—most of what you need to do on a daily basis, you can do without rethinking it each time. Imagine how difficult life would be if you still had to think through every step as you walk, or having to sound out every letter to slowly form words when you read.

Problems between the conscious and unconscious arise when you want to make changes in your life, and not simply run on the auto-pilot of the unconscious. Your conscious mind may have decided on a new habit, but your unconscious clings to old ways. A person becomes of “two minds,” one that wants to lose weight, for example, and one that savors the taste of five more cookies followed by another piece of pie. Hypnosis can put your conscious intention in contact with your unconscious mind, so that both can plan and change together, bringing you into full agreement with yourself, allowing you to move forward with perfect focus and internal harmony.