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One of the most special parts of our subconscious mind is our imagination. Our imagination allows us to create scenarios of events and things that will happen and have happened in our lives.
Sadly many of us use our imagination to create the worst possible scenario. We create images of what might go wrong, scenes of chaos and disaster. We seem to be able to imagine failing far easier than success. If we have to do something like public speaking or an interview we imagine every possible thing that can go wrong.
We are always being told to think positive thoughts but in a world surrounded by bad news and the gloom and doom mongers on social media it can seem hard to do this.
We can, however, imagine good things if we try. Close your eyes now and imagine you are on a warm sandy beach relaxing listening to the ocean. It really isn’t that hard to do. People think they actually have to visualise things to imagine them but we don’t. When we read a book we can be transported to the scene of the action without pictures that is our imagination at work.
When I was in a school one day a young girl was sitting on the floor refusing to go into the exam room. I sat down next to her on the floor and asked what was wrong.
“I don’t want to go into that room and take my exam, I hate that room I hate exams,” she said.
“Where would you like to be?” I asked.
“Playing in my garden with my new puppy,” she said.
I told her to close her eyes and imagine that she was playing with the puppy. A smile soon came to her face.
“Let’s stand up and keep that image of your puppy with you while we go in that room,” I said.
Telling her to keep imagining the puppy with her, she went into the exam room and sat down still smiling. I am pleased to say the school reported that she did her exam and passed. She told me herself later she imagined having the puppy with her before every exam after that.
So you can try, imagine yourself being more confident, imagine your presentation going well. Create an image in your mind’s eye and make it as strong as possible of you feeling confident and at ease with yourself.
You can do this with practice, and it can become second nature to you, so that all those things that used to upset and worry you, you can handle with calm confidence, all the things that used to be difficult for you to deal with come easy from now on.
Your subconscious knows exactly what is needed and knows how to help you. So by letting yourself use that powerful imagination of yours, by seeing yourself in that special way that you know says confidence, you can begin to enjoy the things that you do.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online via Zoom. Please get in touch to find out more.
One of the questions that are frequently asked by new clients at my Surrey hypnotherapy clinic is, are there any side effects to hypnosis. The answer to this is no, apart from feeling very relaxed at the end of a session.
Recently however at my Surrey hypnotherapy practice in Leatherhead I had a client who came to me for fear of swimming. The treatment had a very unexpected and pleasant side effect.
The client was a sixty-year-old lady who had decided she finally wanted to learn to swim. After numerous lessons she was doing very well. She could put her face in the water, float on her back and her front and swim the width of the pool but only if she had something to hold on to. Even if it was only the tips of the fingers of her swimming teacher, she could not let go. The moment she did she panicked and flounder around in the water grabbing the side of the pool or anything else that was handy. Her instructor had tried everything to get her to let go.
A single hypnotherapy session for confidence
She booked into my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead, for a session of hypnosis. We had a session of hypnosis which included building her confidence and helping her to visualise that she could swim and all the advantages of learning to swim, including going swimming on holiday with her grandchildren.
A repeat appointment was made at my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead for the following Thursday, as a follow up session after her next swimming lesson.
The client rang my Surrey hypnotherapy centre on the Tuesday to cancel saying she didn’t need to come back, as she had just quite happily swum a whole length of the pool and was delighted.
Amazing positive side effects!
So what was the side effect, she also told me that on the previous Friday she had been with her husband to a dinner dance in Surrey. To her amazement and to the astonishment of her husband and their friends she had got up to dance. Something she had never done in over thirty years of marriage.
“When the music started to play I heard you say what is stopping you enjoying yourself and I got up to dance. It was one of the best evenings I have ever had,” she said, “I wish I had done this years ago.”
So the answer is yes there can be side effects from hypnosis. Finding your confidence in one area can lead to finding confidence in others. If you have an fear or anxiety about doing something in our life then hypnotherapy may help.
Please contact me today at my Surrey hypnotherapy centre to see how I can help you overcome your phobia, and who knows you too might be dancing for joy!