Becoming Aware of Your Thoughts And Getting The Results You Want With Hypnotherapy
By Ava Evans, C.Ht.
In becoming more aware of your thought process and not just allowing those runaway negative beliefs to run your life, you are actually taking more control of your life. Many people believe that they alone have this out of control mindset that they cannot manage. The fact is that most people have what I refer to as the “crazy roommate” living up stairs in our minds. That is the voice of fear, worry, and compulsive thinking which takes us right down the rabbit hole and into that place where we are feeling anxious and uncomfortable.
With the use of cognitive behavior therapy and hypnotherapy, anxiety and worry can be tamed and controlled. The truth is that they are learned behaviors. Over the years I have seen hundreds of clients who came in feeling anxious, some with full-blown panic attacks going to the ER thinking they were having heart attacks. Many of these are young people in their 20’s. They are told by the ER doctors, “Your heart is fine; you are having a panic attack.” They are shocked and confused, and when they find their way into my office, many times they feel that this is their last option. They have tried the pills and the Doctors and unfortunately they have not had any relief.
It is true that everyone is different. One client could have a negative pattern that was learned from an anxious parent. Thus we work on that specifically. Another client may have had a trauma and does not feel safe in the world. Whatever the reason for the anxiety, compulsive thinking, or fear, it begins and ends with our thoughts. It’s not what happens, it is how we handle what happens.
The truth is most of us have a running conversation going on with ourselves a good part of the time. Unfortunately, there times when you converse with yourself in a very negative way. The conversation depends, many times, on how you were raised and what you took in and believed about yourself. The running commentary you have with yourself you take to be fact or real, when many times it is not. Those thoughts are distortions. The Buddhists call them illusions. They are the negatives thoughts of the “crazy roommate”.
So what can you do to help tame those scary thoughts? It takes commitment, awareness, and guidance. What I say to my clients is, “If you can scare yourself with that amazing imagination, you can learn to calm, comfort and relax yourself as well”.
Hypnosis is an important element because it is so powerful and accesses the subconscious mind so beautifully that the work goes much deeper allowing the results to manifest more quickly.