It can be difficult to understand how listening to words, descriptive imagery, ambient music and suggestions can make your body function differently, and how they can lift your mood, perceptions, outlook, and bring better understanding.
Let me give you a simple example of the mind-body connection. Imagine you are listening to a joke, and the punch line makes you smile or laugh. As you were listening to the joke being told, your mind was creating chemical releases, electrical impulses, thoughts, feelings and emotions, then the punch line to the joke came and you laughed. The punch line effectively brought a rapid change of thought, created the internal response and you laughed. And the great thing is; you didn’t have to consciously do anything at all.
Let’s take another simple example. You see someone you are attracted to, or think of someone you love perhaps and immediately your mood lifts, your heart leaps, you feel joyous and secure along with many other pleasant emotions. Again the mind-body connection happened on a subconscious level and you felt all those lovely feelings of being in love. Again you didn’t have to do anything.
You know now that each thought creates a physical response. So between the thought and the physical response something has to happen. (There are also emotional responses too, but we are keeping it simple for this exercise). And these responses happen inside you, in your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and your physical being.
Imagine this response like a flow of dominos, you have the thought, the dominos begin to fall, and the physical/ emotional response is complete when the last domino falls.
If you stop the flow of the dominos, (thoughts and emotions) by taking one out, so the ones in front remain standing, or even better, add a few dominos in (new positive thoughts, suggestions and ideas) and the flow of the dominos is changed each time, so too is the physical or emotional responses are changed and improved.
A great many people routinely and unconsciously have learned a method of managed thinking that results in negative thoughts which comes to mind much more readily and easily than positive thinking.
This is a learned response, and the wonderful thing is, if you have learned one thing, you can learn to do something else. You simply need to replace it with something better.
The process is complicated, but hypnotherapy opens the door to the subconscious mind, and aids the change, or instigates positive change where it is needed.