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What Is Hypnosis And How It Influences The Unconscious Mind

Jim Katsoulis 12-17

What Is Hypnosis And How It Influences The Unconscious MindThe most accepted definition of hypnosis is a bypassing of the critical faculty going straight to the unconscious mind. But in order to really understand hypnosis, we need to understand our minds, and a lot of times, we don’t get this explanation.

So very simply, the hypnotic understanding of how our mind works is that we have a conscious mind
and we have an unconscious mind. And the conscious part of our mind is the one that we are used to
thinking with. When we think about logic, when we think about reasons, when we think about
willpower, we’re talking about the conscious mind. And the conscious mind is very useful in a lot
of situations but is not whats running the show.

The unconscious part of our mind is truly the engine for our existence. It not only handles automatic things like breathing and body temperature, things we’ve done since before we were even born, but in this course, whats more important is that it runs our habits. It runs our behaviors, and a lot of it is without us even knowing.

So, for example, if you think about a behavior like reading and writing, something you did not know how to do when you were born, you learned how to do it when you were younger. Then, at some point, you just knew how to do it; and then, you never had to think about it again. If you think about when you read and write, you don’t even know how you’re doing it. You just know that you’re able to do it. And so, this is the beauty of our minds, that once we understand something completely, we just do it automatically.

And so, this is what we’re going to refer to. Its the unconscious mind, the part of our mind that does things automatically for us. And we’re going to focus a lot on the unconscious mind in this program so that you can learn how to influence it.

You know, I work a lot with weight loss; and if you look at your eating behaviors, you eat the same foods, right? When you go to the restaurant, you order the same things. You have the same habitual patterns and you don’t need to think about them. You just do them. And this is the real power of the unconscious mind; its pattern oriented. It learns something and it does it.

Now, the important thing to understand is that the unconscious mind operates differently than the conscious mind. The conscious mind is very rational, and so we use the food example. You know what foods are good for you and what foods are bad for you. But that doesn’t mean that that’s what you’re going to eat because then you have these desires, these cravings, and a lot of those are designed and developed in the unconscious mind.

And so, throughout this program, we’re going to learn how to influence your unconscious mind and the unconscious minds of the people around you because this is how you can begin to influence yourself and others in a very, very powerful way.

So, a few things about the unconscious mind. Its not logical. It has its own logic, and to explain this, I want to refer to Pavlovs dogs. Pavlov was a Russian scientist who worked with dogs studying their digestive tracts, and he came up with an experiment where he would put food in front of a dog and it would salivate naturally. And at the exact same time, he would ring a bell, and he would do this over and over and over again. And, eventually, what happened is he could just ring the bell and the dog would begin to salivate regardless if there’s food there or not.

So, what that taught us about our minds is that our unconscious minds operates through associative conditioning where we can link things up that have nothing naturally that have to do together. So, the bell has nothing to do with making a dog salivate or food. If you link them up enough times, our minds start to link them up together. So, this is one of the most important things to understand about the unconscious mind. It is that even if something doesn’t make sense so, the bell doesn’t logically have anything to do with the food, yet it still elicits that response.

So, that’s how we need to begin thinking of the unconscious mind, that it doesn’t understand the world rationally and logically, and understands a lot of it through connections and associations. And so, sometimes those associations can make a lot of sense and be useful for us; and sometimes, they can be harmful.

If we go back to the food analogy, you can know maybe that ice cream is bad for you and not going to help you achieve the results you want. But on an unconscious level, you have a real strong connection of pleasure and a lot of emotional connections, pleasurable ones to it. And so, that drives you to it. That creates those cravings that are ultimately going to win.

And that’s important to remember. Between the conscious and the unconscious mind, the unconscious mind is infinitely more powerful.

You think of all the things that you know how to do that you never have to think about, as we mentioned, reading and writing. There’s driving your car, there’s walking, there’s making your breakfast in the morning, there’s getting dressed, there’s taking a shower, brushing your teeth, right?

The habits and behaviors that you have become patterns; and once you learn them, you basically just keep repeating them over and over again. When you want to change those, how do you do it?

Well, most people try to consciously change that, and its very difficult. So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to influence unconscious minds so that changes happen naturally within ourselves and with others.

And to give you an example of how powerful the unconscious mind is and how limited the conscious mind is, imagine if you had to consciously keep yourself breathing. How long can you do it for, right? It would take a lot of effort. You would get distracted. The conscious mind gets distracted very easily. The unconscious mind can handle many, many things all at once.

So, throughout this program, we’re really going to learn all the different ways to influence because the unconscious mind has a different mode of communication. It doesn’t work through logic, and words, and reason. That’s what a lot of times people do, right? They want to start eating in a different way. What do they do? They tell themselves over and over again all the bad things about the foods they like, and how well does that work?

So, you’re going to learn how to truly influence yourself in a way where the changes become profound and become permanent. And so, the first thing I want to explain to you is that you are already a hypnotist. You’re already hypnotizing yourself, and that’s what I want to prove to you throughout these monthly programs, that you are constantly talking to yourself. You’re constantly imagining certain things and focusing on certain things that are causing you to feel a certain way and behave a certain way.

And its my goal to teach you to become aware of this and to take control of it so you can begin to get the results in your life that you want. And I promise you … I can tell you from my own life and thousands of people whom I’ve worked with that it is a much more effective and rewarding way to make it happen.

This is not about willpower. Its not about struggling and forcing yourself through things. Its about using your mind the way that it was meant to be used.

So, what is hypnosis? Hypnosis is this ability to influence and communicate with the unconscious mind. And so, we’re going to do that in a different way. We’re not just going to use logic, and reason, and force. We’re going to use a very elegant system that we call hypnosis, and that’s hypnosis is.

Its a system. Its a structure of being able to communicate with this most powerful part of our minds. And when you tap into that, you tap into the real power that you have between your ears, and it makes things much, much easier. And when it doesn’t work, when you don’t get the changes you want, you have a way of understanding it.

Its not just about, Oh, I guess I’m just a jerk, or I guess I’m too stupid to change, or I guess I just the want to, I’m too lazy. And you’re going to start to really recognize what you’ve been doing to yourself, how you’ve been hypnotizing yourself.

And you’re going to find out that that’s what you’ve been doing. You have beliefs and you have things you say to yourself regularly for your whole life that you don’t even realize you’ve been saying; and that is the reason that you’ve been getting the results that you’ve been getting. So, the first thing you’re going to get is I’m going to send you a bonus lesson to get you started. We’re going to show you how to make your own self-hypnosis session, and you don’t even need to know anything about hypnosis in order to make this. We’re going to make it very, very simple because we’re going to start off with talking to yourself in a new way. And you’re going to find that this alone begins to change your thinking in a very natural and automatic way.

So, you just follow the lesson and learn how to make this and do it; and as you listen to it, you’re going to find that your beliefs and thoughts are shifting and changing naturally and automatically.

So, thank you very much for joining this program. Enjoy the interviews. You’re going to learn a lot. One of the questions I always asked the people I interviewed was what is hypnosis? And you’re going to hear slightly different answers from each person; and as you keep hearing them, you’re going to form your own understanding of what hypnosis is. And you’re going to be able to use this powerful, powerful system to begin to create the changes that you want in your life.

So, please, listen to those interviews and enjoy them because they are a wealth of information. We’ve got some of the best hypnotists in the world to get on these calls. And so, you’re going to learn a lot in every single call.

And the other flipside of that is to watch these lessons and participate in them. Follow through on the exercises that are included in some of the lessons. Do the bonuses because as you experience this that’s the key thing.

The unconscious mind is influenced when it is experiencing things. Unconscious learning is like when you were learning how to drive a car, when you were learning how to ride a bike, when you were learning how to write.

Understand that difference. You were actually doing what your body was involved in something and you were learning it completely. So that eventually, at some point, you could just do it naturally and automatically. As opposed to theoretical learning, Oh, I get that. I understand that.

That’s conscious learning. What we’re going to understand here and master is unconscious learning so you can really, really master this stuff and begin to use it everyday of your life.



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