HYPNOSIS AND SELF-ESTEEM, CAN IT WORK?
Self-esteem is made up of opinions and thoughts about who we are and what we can do. These thoughts and opinions are usually formed in our early years. Do you remember all that talk directed at you during the formative years discussed in Part 1 of this series, well here is the result of that hen coming home to roost. Self-esteem is how much we value ourselves, how we see ourselves, and what we think about ourselves.
These thoughts and opinions are heavily infuenced by experiences you encountered or who you are surrounded by. Growing up with an extremely critical or abusive parent or being bullied at school are excellent examples of what creates poor or low self-esteem. How about the partner who barages you daily of what you cannot do or a parent that incessantly berates your appearance or weight.
What we feel about ourselves, our beliefs may feel innate and make it seem as though change is unachievable. AHA - GOOD NEWS! Your internal beliefs of self worth CAN be changed, and it does work. There are several avenues you can seek to help raise you up that includes personal development work, developing self-compassion, AND hypnosis.
Hypnosis improves self-esteem by working on that part of you where the negative thoughts reside - the subconscious mind. That's where the GIGO (garbage in garbage out) program is living. Let's view self-esteem a little more closely and so I can explain just how hypnosis can help.
A poor sense of esteem does impact your happiness. You don't recognize your strengths, that which you do well. This alone can hold you back professionally and personally in life. You avoid trying new things, ergo trapping you within your own "comfort zone", not experiencing life to your full potential.
Another effect is you may not be able to show kindness or even practice self-care, which pushes you to stress and burnout. Your mental health IS affected by low-esteem, even though it is not a mental illness per se. Unchecked low self-esteem CAN, and in many cases does, lead to conditions like anxiety or depression. And the snowball plummets down the mountainside.
Here is a limited list of some factors that have lead to low self-esteem:
- body image concerns
- finding difficult to to get a job
- being bullied
- losing a job
- being abused (in any way)
- long term stress
- difficulty with relationships
- discrimination experiences
- money/finance problems
- growing up around overly critical authority figures
- physical or mental health conditions
No matter what is the cause, understand that change is very possible.
HYPNOSIS TO THE RESCUE.
Remember in an earlier post, I explained that one of the jobs of the subconscious mind is to protect you. The negative perceptions you have about yourself is the result of said protection. When you have a bad experiences, say a failed exams in a particular subject,
your subconscious recognizes this as something to avoid. You therefore, under the guidance of your subconscious mind, are told that your bad at that subject and stop trying. This in turn leads to worry and stress about tests in that subject, affecting your abilities. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy so to speak. Over time we learn that we are bad at this particular subject, developing automatic negative thoughts taken into adulthood; continuing to plague us creating more stress and anxiety.
The automatic negative thoughts become difficult, even impossible, to change by sheer willpower. Our subconscious mind does not listen to reason and the progam part of our hard drive. Rememnber this: When it comes down to reason and emotion in the mind, emotion will always win. Your mind is therefore "stuck" in that loop.
The aim of using hypnosis is to "converse" directly with our subconscious, which makes hypnosis a very powerful, healing tool. It changes negative thinking patterns and encourages more positive responses. The critical voice of fear becomes an encouraging, supportive voice. When in a state of hypnosis, which is like meditation or deep relaxation, the subconsious is more open to suggestion. The hypnotist then uses suggestion techniques to help uncover negative thoughts and reframes them to be more positive.
Basically, low self-esteem is learned behavior, learned over years of repetitive thinking (like "I'm bad at a certain subject"). Hypnosis "unlearns" these behaviors and creates new, more supportive ones, building confidence. Hypnotists complement their sessions by teaching you self-hypnosis techniques. These techniques help their clients to reinforce the positive suggestions. Afterwards, self-hypnosis works as a boost, which helps to reaffirm your new way of thinking.
This brings us to the end of today's post. We at Peaceful Light Healing & Hypnosis and at Lakes Region Hypnosis Center appreciate your time and hope this article helped concerning hypnosis and how it helps change poor self-esteem by boosting positive changes within the subconscious mind. Our post next Monday, Part 3 in this series, will either continue with self-esteem or jump to confidence. In the meantime, if you would like to continue to see posts such as these, please like us on Facebook (Lakes Region Hypnosis Center) and check out our wesite at www.LakesRegionHypnosis.com.
Until next week, stay safe and be well and:
Welcome to Lakes Region Hypnosis Center's information sharing blog
I would like to begin my blogging career (sounds funny for a 60-something to be saying) by just introducing myself and some of the services we provide. My goal is to introduce you all to me and the wonderful worlds of hypnosis and other alternative, less expensive (in the long run) healing modalities we provide and clearly work. My intention is to also educate the public through my blogging.
I am a 67 year old who refuses to retire. I have worn many hats in my many careers, one could say it took me a long time to discover what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. I will say it did take me a while though. I've been part of management team where I was responsible for a multi-million dollar communication budget in a large financial institution. I left the corporate world as a thirty something and became a healthcare worker in a county nursing home. This was a very rewarding vocation by the way, but the greedy corporate world began sticking their fingers in the proverbial pot and infesting that career with their greed and gluttony. But, that's a whole different blogging path for the politically inclined, and does not belong here. I finished my career as a political action coordinator for a national public employee union and was forced out to pasture. Yes folks, even the unions have their dark side. But, I've always wanted to help others along the way, a healer so to speak. Whether a human client or a pet client (Animal Reiki attuned), I have always been driven to open up my heart, mind and arms to those who need some assistance along the way.
I began seeking a healing path for myself and something to provide comfort to others. I entered my chrysalis stage, my transition to the more spiritual path, that of a provider of proven alternative healing modalities. I became a Reiki Master/Teacher, actually being attuned through a local Reiki Master from Gilmanton and another from the West Coast. and still felt there there was more. I began various training along the way, as a physical medium, a crystal worker, and so on and so forth. I rounded out my resume at the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists becoming a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. And this is the "Readers Digest" version of how I got to where I am now.
Operating out of Tilton, New Hampshire, ergo the name Lakes Region Hypnosis Center; we also perform Reiki healing sessions under Peaceful Light Healing (or PLH). PLH was my first organization and is now a part of our Lakes Region Hypnosis Center operation. Effectively combining both powerful tools (Hypnosis & Reiki) and we have created a healing modality second to none and without OPIODS. Healing others is a love and passion for us. Continuous education in the art of hypnosis on a regular basis, as well as consuming mandatory reading material is part of our modus operandi and in our operations manual. We also teach healing techniques at various metaphysical facilities and institutions. Sharing information at community events and local libraries, schools, and other public and private venues is always on our agenda. So please, continue to watch this website for updated events. Maybe learn a thing or two about hypnosis, Reiki, or even a bit about physical mediumship. But, be sure to watch my blogs for upcoming information to help demystify hypnosis and bring it to the forefront of where it belongs. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool for healing; and remember this, "if you can think it, it CAN happen". And don't forget about the Reiki!
Future posts will include myths and phobias of hypnotism, pain management, healthy living, stress and stressors, encountering negative suggestions and negative self talk, self hypnotism, emotional trauma, mind-body spirit, subconscious mind, daily affirmations and intentions, circumstance or predetermined, deja vu all over again, breathing techniques, Reiki, chakra centers, Past Life Regression "real or not" and much much more. So until the next post,
Breath - Relax - Heal.
P.S. Please let me know how I performed in my first blog post ever.