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No doubt many of you have pondered the subject and asked yourselves this question: how can you correct persistent stress, worry or negative thoughts running amok in your subconscious mind? Can hypnosis help with emotional health and wellbeing?

Many people tell me that they have tried to be positive, however a part of them automatically takes over and dwells on unhealthy thoughts. The reason we cannot change our negative thoughts or behaviour consciously or through willpower alone is because the problem is imprinted in our subconscious-mind.

Fortunately, hypnosis and hypnotherapy treatment was developed to enable us to overcome these emotional problems by using our natural subconscious resources and abilities.

Some people have no idea what a useful part of their mind the subconscious really is. Given the opportunity to learn more about it, they begin to truly understand and appreciate, that the potential for permanent change has always been right at their fingertips.

Unfortunately, most people have no idea that they possess such a valuable ability.

The subconscious-mind is our personal interpreter or retriever of information. This information or memory is stored within our subconscious, or as recent research indicates, we store memory throughout various parts of our body. The subconscious mind is non-judgemental, it doesn’t care about good, bad or indifferent, it simply stores our emotions, beliefs and experiences.

Everything we have ever lived through, experienced or learned is registered within us. Just as well, otherwise we’d wake up every morning having to re-learn how to make breakfast or brush our teeth. The subconscious-mind brings forth in an instant, the learned impressions, feelings or experiences, for our conscious logical mind to use at any given moment.

It is unfortunate though, that within the pattern of the subconscious-mind, certain negative beliefs and bad habits can be formed. Habits such as frequent anxiety, stress or worry about negative or painful past experiences get entrenched, and we feel stuck.

Subsequently, even when we don’t want to hear any more of our own negative dialogue, we lack the knowledge needed, to instruct the subconscious-mind to change its pattern.

We may not even be aware that some outdated emotions stemming from our childhood may be behind a lot of our negative emotional behaviour such as self-doubt, low self-esteem, self-consciousness and much more.

In the past it was believed that all our emotional problems were to be blamed on our parents, and delving into the past to re-experience the repressed emotions; was thought to be the solution.

But how can blaming our past or our parents, or blaming anything for that matter, solve our problems? Frequently, it just perpetuates the bad feelings and gives more power to something in the past, that we feel powerless to fix. Yet given the opportunity we would gladly let go of some of those unwanted feelings and emotions.

Thank goodness then that hypnosis treatment has become more mainstream. Now we can resolve our old emotional turmoil, without blaming or re-experiencing any troublesome past events.

Hypnotherapy treats that deeper part of us that stores our memory and emotions and returns to us, the ability to heal and resolve old hurts, without the actual need to delve into any sensitive past experiences.

It makes sense, doesn’t it, that if a part of us already knows everything we’ve lived through, we don’t have to re-experience the old stories or traumas.

What we need to do is, give ourselves the opportunity to understand those emotions differently to how we originally perceived them.

Given the opportunity to review those old fears, sensitivities or bad habits in a mature way, within the privacy of our inner mind, we can easily let go of a lot of emotions, which are outdated or inappropriate.

Hypnosis treatment provides us the opportunity to initiate a communication process, which takes place ‘within the inner mind’ to resolve problems we’ve been struggling with for many years. Emotional health and wellbeing can be restored with hypnosis.

This article originally appeared in the Wellbeing column of the of the September 2003 issue of the The Glenorian Gazette.