Hypnosis and Dreams Part 1

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

My clients are often surprised when they come to me for hypnotherapy that I ask them to tell me about their dream life. They are here, after all, to stop smoking, release some weight, overcome a fear or unwanted habit and I’m asking them about their crazy dream life?

As we’ve said before, the mind has two primary components to it, conscious and subconscious mind. The conscious mind which makes up about 7% of our mind power operates out of logic, reason, analytical ability, willpower and decision making. So much good happens when we use our conscious minds well: we write computer programs, bridges, discover cures for disease, pay our bills, develop our budgets and more. But it’s the subconscious where our life-scripts, habits, patterns, emotions and motivations live, and it is from the powerhouse of our mind that we make lasting change.

Another difference between the two aspects of the mind is that the conscious mind thinks with language, the subconscious mind thinks in feelings and symbols. So if I am talking to your conscious mind I expect you will process your answers through logic, reason and analysis. If, on the other hand I’m speaking to your subconscious mind, I know that your response will be more emotionally and symbolically based. If someone “hurts your feelings,” they have touched you in your subconscious mind. Likewise, if someone “makes your heart melt,” they’ve caressed your deepest mind.

When we make the magic of hypnotherapy we often use symbols and feelings to receive information from the subconscious mind as well as to speak to it. We may take a walk through a forest to discover a treasure waiting in a cave at the end of the trail, or we may fly from earth to the moon to discover the answer to a question that will only reveal itself to a shy part of ourselves.

So this is where dream-work comes in during the hypnotherapeutic process. When you sleep your conscious mind is largely out of the picture and your subconscious mind has full reign of your world. Dreams become a diagnostic snapshot of what your mind is processing and how you “really” see the world. In next week’s HypnoThroughts we will explore how to use your dreams to come to a greater sense of clarity about your life and how to use them to create the change you want.

In the meantime, let’s get started on your adventure of discovery, either in my beautiful Beverly Hills office or by Skype!

Until next week…. sweet dreams.

Dr. David James

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