How the Mind Works
Your mind is the control center for your body and most of that control is happening automatically. You don’t have to think about how to get your heart to beat, right? In fact, the conscious part of your mind can only hold five to nine things at a time. The conscious part of the mind is designed to deal with new situations. Once something is learned, it is transferred to the subconscious part of the mind where it can be executed without conscious thought. When you are learning to drive a car, you consciously think about everything. Now, you can literally drive without thinking about it at all. You automatically know where to put your hands, your feet, your seat, your mirrors. You probably even get into the car in a certain way – again without thinking about it.
The conscious mind is actually only about 10% of your mind. The other 90% is subconscious – below your level of thought, running automatically so you don’t have to think about so many things.
When you’ve wanted to make a change in the past, you focused on that change using your conscious mind. We call that “willpower.” The problem with willpower is that most of us are far too busy to be able to devote even one of the five to nine things our conscious mind is capable of handling on the change. And, as soon as we have to use that capacity for something else, the automatic programs start running again.
The secret to real and lasting change is to change the automatic programs so that you don’t have to think about doing what you want to do; you just do it.
The subconscious part of your mind, where these automatic programs are running, is designed to protect you and to make you feel good, not bad. The problem is when the subconscious mind has information in it that is not correct. Things such as “cigarettes relax me” or “eating when I am bored will make me feel better”.
The subconscious part of the mind is also designed to be stubborn! Once it learns something it pays no attention to information that is contrary to what it already knows. In fact it has a filter, called the “critical factor” which refuses to let any information in that does not already match what it knows. It remembers the way it learned things the first time. That is why a golfer can consciously know he needs to change his swing but without complete conscious focus, many times the old swing just automatically happens.
So how do we get the subconscious mind to help us do what we want to do today instead of running the old programs? It’s actually easy. We use hypnosis.
The federal government defines hypnosis as “a communication process that bypasses the critical factor of the conscious mind and establishes new acceptable, selective thinking in the subconscious mind.”
For hypnosis to work, you consciously discuss with us the changes you want to make. That is what “acceptable and selective thinking” means. It means you are in control of the new information and it must be acceptable to you and it must be selective or specific to you.
At Mederi Wellness, we spend a great deal of time talking with you about what you want, how you want to feel and what types of behaviors you want. Then, and only then, we use hypnosis to convince your subconscious mind that the new stuff is better for you than the old ways. The result is instant and permanent change.