Alpha state is the hypnotic trance state and it usually occurs when the eyes are closed. Other examples are, light meditation, or in during a daydream. It offers the opportunity to program the mind for success, the key to the subconscious and the voice of your intuition, which becomes more apparent and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz. One also enters the parasympathetic side of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic system is sometimes called the rest and digest mode. In the parasympathetic state, the subconscious conserves energy to the whole system. Slows the heart rate, increases endocrine gland activity, and relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. Or in other words, it’s a pleasant, relaxing experience that effectively prepares you for making the changes you want and achieving your life goals.
Quite often, clients penetrate the alpha-theta border. Theta brain waves are from 7Hz to 8 Hz, the optimal range for visualization, mind programming, and using your mind’s creative power. In this mental state, we can create our reality, yet we are still aware of our surroundings. I find it fascinating that the base atmospheric electromagnetic resonant frequency of Earth is 7.83 Hz, so we are in sync with the planet.
Unlike other therapies such as psychology and, the therapy aspect of hypnosis does not take place in the conscious waking state, but in the less familiar, natural and more resourceful subconscious state of the hypnotic trance. Adults & children especially are spontaneously moving in and out of shallow trance states during each day. Being lost in a daydream, or absorbed in a beautiful sunset, are considered light hypnotic trances. These natural trance states are the body’s way of taking a step back from the stress and tensions of daily life. Breathing slows down, blood pressure drops, it’s very beneficial.
The inhibitions of our conscious mind, in the waking state, are markedly reduced in the trance state as the neural pathways can change. Neural plasticity has evolved as the study of the plastic, or malleable nature of the brain becomes open for processing the emotional history or trauma that may have been the cause of various issues.
In the ‘trance state’, thoughts, senses and feelings that are dealt with that are rarely reached through conscious psychology strategies like CBD. Once they are acknowledged, the unwanted behaviours and patterns can be changed within a few sessions.
Most people who seek help suffer from depression, stress, anxiety, sadness, guilt, shame, or rage. This unprocessed mental ‘dross’ effects behaviours & patterns, these patterns could manifest commonly as unhealthy eating habits, panic attacks, hair pulling or harmful and toxic behaviour in private interpersonal relationships or in their professions & careers. It is essential to understand the connection between feelings & actions, actions & consequences. We all live in a stimulus-response world, hypnosis can break a negative pattern, by repairing a negative response from the past.
“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” C. Jung.
With the help of hypnotherapy, the negative feeling/patterns can be acknowledged and dissolved. In the process of being freed from the negative emotions, clients begin to feel happier, more resilient, stronger and more self-assured than before. The changes made in the subconscious world naturally change the conscious world too. The cool thing is we don’t have to “do it” with conscious action either, it’s the nature of the subconscious mind to be successful, and it creates success as a habit.