Hypnotherapy helps you access the power of your own subconscious, unconscious mind. Our minds are somewhat like icebergs, with 10% of it above the waterline and 90% below. The 10% above would be our conscious mind, and 90% below would be the subconscious, unconscious mind. And it has to be that way because there are 120 trillion thinking, listening cells in that amazing body of yours. You have 8 billion biochemical activities going on at any one time, and each and every one of those 8 billion biochemical activities are in correlation with all the other biochemical activities. And all of it is being orchestrated by the three pounds of buttery soft cells in your brain.
The latest research proves that the human brain functions like a self-programming computer made up of many different modules. Each module in your brain was created at a different time in your life, and in response to different situations. From time to time traumatic events happen, and in response, your brain programs itself to do what it “thinks” will protect you. Sometimes, however, the brain makes mistakes. Problems in this “programming” happen because at the base of your brain there is a small piece of “hardware” called the amygdala. It’s the size of a walnut and it’s also called your lizard brain, or the ancient brain. It’s the part of your brain that has allowed your DNA to march the 40,000 years toward being you. It’s the part of your ancestor’s brain that when his eyeballs saw the lion rushing at him from out of the jungle, his feet ran ten miles in the other direction before his brain even had the opportunity to stop and ask the question, “Will that lion eat me today, or will he not?” Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here, so it’s been very beneficial to have the amygdala working for us!
The amygdala, however, runs on a very powerful emotion — FEAR. Now there aren’t very many tigers, lions or bears rushing at us anymore, but all we have to do is turn on the TV or radio, and our bodies go into that same fight or flight response. But because we can’t run from what threatens our lives, it creates STRESS! As I said, there are many different modules in your brain, created at different times, in response to different traumas, events, and belief systems, some downloaded into your brain before you were even verbal.
Let me call one of those modules your three-year-old self, and let me call another module your thirteen-year old-self. Now when your Inner Three-Year-Old gets STRESSED, it wants what all three-year-olds want – comfort. Something sweet, something fatty and it wants it now! (What it really wants is: love.) When your Inner Thirteen-year-old gets stressed, it behaves like all Thirteen-year-olds — defiant. “You can’t tell me what to do!” The only problem with those Inner Thirteen-year-olds is that they don’t have access to the Adult part of the brain that understands consequences — the consequences of carrying around too much weight or smoking, for instance.