About mind strengthening (clinical hypnosis)
What do we know about our mind?
The mind is very powerful but most of us do not use it to its full capacity. Though the conscious and subconscious minds work together, the subconscious is stronger
Mind strengthening is a specialized technique that takes advantage of the power of the subconscious mind to bring about positive change.
The subconscious mind controls essential body functions, such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. It also creates our dreams. Our conscious mind has some control over these functions as well, such as when we choose to hold our breath.
When we make up our mind that we are going to do something, like learn to swim, the conscious mind makes the decision and we act on it by taking lessons and practicing until we achieve the goal. Then the conscious effort is taken over by the subconscious mind and swimming becomes an automatic act.
What is mind strengthening, or mind programming?
In mind strengthening, we harness the strength of our subconscious mind by learning to give it instructions to help change the things we want changed. Through this process, we can help our bodies solve problems, change habits, reduce discomfort and/or manage stress.
When learning to swim, making a conscious effort, we were programming/strengthening our subconscious mind to perform the function effortlessly. It was not just the muscles that were being worked, but the brain/mind was also strengthened and programmed to do the task.
Can mind strengthening improve health?
It is very hard to stop an undesirable habit like smoking, or develop a good habit pattern like eating healthier just by making up the conscious mind. When the mind is strengthened by recruiting the subconscious, these changes become more achievable.
Mind strengthening can help improve:
- Healing from trauma/surgery
- Sleep problems
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Weight loss success
How is mind strengthening learned?
Mind strengthening can be learned with the help of a teacher. The teacher is a guide only, similar to how a piano teacher can observe and guide a student. The student must learn to play by repetition and rehearsal, leading to improvement.
Who can learn it?
Anyone who truly desires to change/improve can learn to do so, though children tend to have an easier time with mind strengthening than adults.
Who teaches mind strengthening?
People from many different medical fields who have special training can be mind-strengthening guides. At CHoR, mind strengthening services are provided by board-certified child neurology specialists who have a special license to teach mind strengthening techniques.
How does it work?
Mind strengthening requires a state of focused concentration, also referred to as being in a trance. Each of us has been in a trance at some point, but may not have realized it. For example, when deeply engrossed in a book or suspenseful movie, the slightest touch can be quite startling. Meditation or deep prayer can also be similar.
When a suggestion for change is given to the subconscious mind at this time, it becomes therapeutic. This is mind strengthening, mind programming or hypnotherapy. The teacher helps with entering the absorbed state and then guides the recruitment of the subconscious mind into modifying the problem situation.
It is important to understand that NO ONE can control another person’s mind. Guidance can help to create a focused state of mind, allowing for acceptance of suggestions for change that are in the individual’s best interest. The individual is in complete control throughout the experience.
What techniques are used with children?
Different techniques are used with children in various age groups, as language and developmental stage permits. The techniques used with teenagers may be more similar to children or to adults, with individual variation depending on the teen’s maturity level. With mind strengthening techniques, children can learn to better deal with, or even eliminate, issues causing significant concern.
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