I have a question for you: Can your mental activity change your physical reality?”

Researchers believe that the combination of positive belief and the nurturing care of a healthcare provider leads to changes in the brain that are translated into the physiology of the body through a whole cascade of hormonal changes.

“That’s doctor-speak for, “A person’s belief in what the healthcare provider is saying (because they’re an authority-figure) creates expectation on the part of the patient and they believe it” and those 2 things bring about a corresponding change in the physical body. Ever wonder why placebos work? That’s the key: Belief and expectation cause change. And this “belief followed by change” is backed up from a totally independent source, the Bible: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7.

We really do have a big hand in creating our own reality. Or at the very least in modifying it. So the bottom line is this: An authority-figure fosters belief and expectation in the patient, and the brain goes to work on the body to make that change come about.It may surprise you to know — the opening quotation comes from a medical doctor who states what she believes along with what other researchers have found to be true. This medical doctor’s name is Dr. Lisa Rankin, who also happens to be a New York Times best-selling author. She wrote a book entitled, “Mind Over Medicine.”

The “mind-body connection” is a very powerful one. The author of Proverbs King Solomon, knew that and hypnosis has been substantiating it for thousands of years; going back to the sleep-temples of ancient Egypt.

My name is Steven Graham and I’m a certified hypnotherapist. I graduated with honors from the nation’s first and oldest accredited hypnosis training college, the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Los Angeles, California.

What I’ve chosen to do in my life’s work, is to help people overcome fears, phobias, self-sabotaging beliefs, and even quit smoking or lose weight. It’s very empowering and it’s effective in most cases.

So what is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness that relaxes you, and allows me to work on a subconscious level to help you make positive improvements in your life. It starts with “language” and discovering how you process information which helps me use the most effective words that resonate with your subconscious — which is where the change begins.

Hypnosis has been officially recognized by the American Medical Association since 1958 as a legitimate and safe approach to medical and psychological problems.

Hypnosis comes down to just 3 things: Relaxing, focusing and listening. You don’t have to do anything more. Your body and brain do the rest. It’s really that simple; but what happens and how is very complex — and the beauty is that it’s all 100% natural.

And what is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is self-improvement behavior modification, which makes me as a hypnotherapist, a behavior-modification therapist, or counselor.

So now that you have a better understanding of what hypnosis is and what a hypnotherapist is, I’ll tell you how this can apply to you on a personal level. But before I do that, consider this — Have you ever been hypnotized before?

Did you know that we all enter into a mild state of hypnosis daily? It’s a naturally-occurring state of mind that we all experience as we drift off to sleep and again when we awaken.

It also happens throughout the day: Have you ever been driving home from work thinking about your day or what awaits you at home? You’re lost in thought. You don’t hear what song was playing on the radio, or what was just said on that motivational talk you were listening to, and once you arrived at home, you didn’t even notice the last few turns you made as you pull in the driveway. Ever have that happen? That’s environmental hypnosis.

How about a movie that really got to you emotionally? You knew it was only a movie and yet your entire body reacted physiologically as though it were a real event. That’s the power of “suggestion” and it happens to us all. Hypnosis is simply a change in our brainwave frequency which is completely natural.

A deep state of hypnosis provides a pleasant experience during which time you remain focused and aware, but you’ll slip into the most relaxing and luxurious state of mind and body you could imagine, similar in many ways to a wonderfully deep meditative state.

You may even wonder if you’re really hypnotized at all, because you’re fully aware, you hear the words, you remain conscious and you never surrender control to anyone.

So how does it work?

It is from deep within the state of the subconscious mind that modification and change can begin to occur, because it is there where all of your known associations in life exist and continually affect you and steer your course of action. It’s all part of your life script.

These powerful, “known associations” are both positive and negative. Not good and bad, simply positive and negative. Many are useful while some have outlived their usefulness, served their purpose and are no longer needed, and this is where a hypnotherapist can help.

Have you ever tried to make changes for yourself?

While positive, self-affirmations have their usefulness, they don’t go deeply enough or quickly enough to register and make the kind of change you want.

What hypnosis does is bypass the conscious mind with its “critical mind filter” and access the subconscious mind where the program in question resides. Then it can be re-written, much like a computer programmer rewrites code to change the appearance or functionality of a computer program. And the result? Freedom from the old behavior patterns and limiting beliefs that held you back.

That’s what hypnotherapy is all about: Changing your world from within.

From the time we’re born until the time we’re about 8 or 9, everything we experience good or bad, right or wrong, goes directly into our subconscious mind and registers on our “hard drive” so to speak, computer viruses and all. These become the positive and negative “known associations” that we all have.

Logic, analyzation, willpower, decision-making and reasoning, don’t enter the picture until we’re about 8 or 9 years old, and that is when the “critical mind filter” forms. It acts much like a body-guard or bouncer between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. It enables us to be selective about what we allow into our subconscious mind.

Now, begin to visualize or imagine yourself transformed in such a way that you’re empowered to live a life free from the former negative programs, fears or phobias that held you in bondage and kept you from achieving your desires and goals — your true potential. You are now free from that bad habit or limiting belief. This can be what awaits you through hypnotherapy.

So what part do YOU play?

You provide the desire for change and simply allow for the possibility that the therapy will work, and as your personal facilitator, I’ll provide the skills, guidance and technique to bring about a positive and beneficial transformation. It really comes down to a team-effort.

As a hypnotherapist I’ve been taught how to positively transform the world one life at a time, and it all starts with you. I’d like to acknowledge the fact that you deserve freedom from limitation. You deserve success in all that you do — and if you’ll allow it, I’d like to be a part of your wonderful and lasting transformation.

About The Author

Steven Graham is a certified hypnotherapist with a practice in the Los Angeles area. He learned his trade from the acclaimed, "Hypnosis Motivation Institute" in Tarzana, California. HMI, as it is known locally, is a non-profit nationally-accredited hypnosis training college and clinic of hypnotherapy that has been serving Southern California for more than 46 years. His personal hypnotherapy website is http://HypnoLux.com and his hypnotherapy profile may also be found on LinkedIn at https://www.LinkedIn.com/in/hypnoluxhypnotherapy

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