The Conscious Mind
Before I explain about the subconscious part of the brain further, I would like to bring your attention to another area of the brain called the conscious mind, the 'active thinker,' that operates mental activities during full awakeness. The one you are using to read and understand this right now. It is the alert everyday mind, aware of where we are, what we are doing, what needs to be done, and where we are going. It can think in the present, remember the past (in current life) or plan the future. The critical factor is part of the conscious mind that constantly compares, analyzes, judges, organizes and plans. All of this is beta brainwave activity.
Its job is to sort through the constant stream of information pouring in every millisecond from external sources, through our physical senses and the non-physical ones. Everything we see, touch, smell, taste and, hear is incoming data. Another source is intuitive feeling, felt when auras of people overlap each other and information is conversely and, energetically exchanged. This occurs even when talking on the phone. The result is a huge amount of information that needs to be processed and sorted out in relevance to how it fits into our beliefs, habits and social standing in the world. This is then filed away in the different levels of the subconscious mind's library, whereas the remaining unimportant data is discarded.
During sessions clients are able to access emotional feelings from any event their inner guidance takes them to, whether it is in their current life or a simultaneous 'other' life. You may notice I do not write 'past' life as I believe every instance is happening now and time is not linear. It really does not matter what phrase is used, as long as you can access the pivotal moments of a lifetime that impact the current one's issues that need healing. It is quite common to find the root cause of some bodily pains that cannot be diagnosed, to an injury caused in another life.
Traumatic injuries can leave etheric imprints and in my hypnosis experience (and that of others), manifest themselves as birthmarks. These are scars of old wounds seen as skin pigmentation may or not be of any medical concern. Understanding that significant moment of suffering can release the emotional feelings associated with that traumatic event, from the cellular memory of the area. Consequently, it may trigger another release somewhere else in the body.
The Impressionable Years
Research has shown, children between the toddler stage and 6 years old are in hypnagogic trance during waking hours. This the alpha trance state, a relaxed rhythm of brainwaves in which the young brain easily absorbs and retains information. Dr. Bruce Lipton, the author of 'The Biology of Belief', reveals how Jesuits would proudly boast, ‘Give me a child until age six or seven, and he’ll be with the church for the rest of his life.’ They knew that our subconscious minds are programmed through the experiences we have in the first six years of our lives.
As children, we are innocent, trusting and reliant on our parents and caregivers for all our survival needs, whether it is food, clothing or love. They are our first teachers of language and attitudes, communicated by their responses, reactions, gestures, movements, facial expressions, stress coping skills, their outlook and ideals. Other influencers are siblings, close relatives, schoolteachers, friends, religious, authoritative figures and, even non-electronic and electronic media. Whatever catches a child's attention gets recorded into his or her's subconscious as a reference to future behaviour. Careful nurturing in this vital period, also known as the formative years, will produce a well-adjusted and confident adult.
However, most parents did or do not have the awareness of how their speech and actions could cause hurt and stress in their child, even when it is not directed at them. Arguments, complaints, shouting and fighting impress stress within a child, that will negatively echo right up to adulthood. The strong feelings of any fear based situation will likely attract similar situations of varying degrees, compounding upon the original hurt and pain. The law of attraction is always in effect. Likewise, joyful situations will instill and attract feelings of joy.
Children can be swayed by a trusted adult's explanation and repetitive insistence, until their own critical consciousness (ego) becomes active as the child grows older. The budding ego learns the patterns and incorporates them into self protective mechanisms, helping the young child similarly cope with their environment. These inherited beliefs from parents will be the foundation on which future personal belief systems will evolve, as the child begins to formulate them according to his or her own perceptions and discernment.
Everyone remembers some traumatic events in their life, yet it is the overlooked hurts of childhood we casually brush off or rationalize that can multiply into self-doubt, self-worthiness and other issues that prevent forward movement. Hypnosis can help a person bring up root causes into altered conscious awareness for understanding and releasing the detrimental feelings towards self.
Brainwaves of babies and toddlers are mostly in the theta state, an even more relaxed state in which there are no veils between the spiritual and physical realms. There have been documented cases of young kids talking about remembering their time in heaven, about God and how they chose their parents in Dr. Wayne Dyer's book 'Memories of Heaven: Children's Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth' Sometimes babies and toddlers will smile, gurgle or laugh at seemingly nothing to us, but they can see subtle divine energy forms, their 'imaginary' friends, a capability they lose as they get older and start talking. Dogs and cats have this sixth sense of intuition too.
How Words Affect
For children everything is understood literally whereas, adults mostly use complex language containing metaphors, similies, irony, idioms and sarcasm to get their point across. Young minds do not have the experience to understand the intention behind these, and therefore, take their meaning exactly as said. For example, saying "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!" To a very young child that remark would mean exactly that, and you would get a wide-eyed wonder look. Here are two articles for further explanation, 'Development of Children's Ability to Distinguish Sarcasm and Verbal Irony' and 'Kids Who Take Instructions Too Literally'.
Words do not have to be said in anger to hurt, even if its a joke, sarcasm, fun or an off-handed remark, it is the stated implication of them to a child. Comments like 'You look like a hippo!' May be said in jest but to a child it is a hurtful statement and, said consistently may give rise to feelings of unworthiness and not being lovable.
Comparing comments are hurtful too, because they suggest the child is not smart, intelligent or capable enough. This can be the foundation to low self-esteem, low confidence and self-worth issues, and/or rebellious ones towards authoritative figures. It is not just parents, but simply anyone even other children whose words can have a disturbing impact.
All memories are chronologically stored, so during hypnosis when a childhood instance of fear or hurt is remembered, the healing is done on the the inner child in that time frame. Childhood experiences are very powerful in shaping who we are today.
Children can be affected by indirect conversations too, since they are listening all the time even if they seem totally immersed in an activity such as playing or studying. Conversations high in emotions such as a parents worrying or arguing about money, health troubles or world issues are recorded into their subconscious memory. For example, a client called Ben (name changed) who had trouble earning money discovered under hypnosis, a memory of when he was five years old and his dad came home distraught from work. While playing with his toy cars in the hallway, Ben overheard his father complaining about working harder than anyone else but not being fairly paid because he was an immigrant. His father felt he was being taken advantage of and no amount of work was going to help promote him. This is exactly what happened to Ben, he could not hold down a job as he always felt being less than and, unfairly treated too until he become quite disillusioned with life thinking of himself as unlucky. Understanding that he was not his father, and those comments and feelings were not his, was quite a revelation for him. He released his father's subconscious beliefs and allowed himself to instill new encouraging ones. A huge burden had been lifted and Ben felt happy and optimistic about his future. That mind shift was significant.
A belief is a collection of thoughts and their emotional feelings we hold as true in the subconscious. Similar beliefs merge into a system. Some of those are inherited from both parents and their lineage through DNA, while others are reactions and behaviors learnt during our formative years from family, friends, teachers, society and media. Children subconsciously take on the beliefs of trusted authoritative figures, compounding and evolving them throughout adulthood. Although we are mostly unaware of what they are we keep reactivating them without realizing their impact on our
Based on Ben's story above in 'How Words Affect', other subconscious beliefs that kept clients from financial abundance were about how 'rich people are bad and unkind', 'too much money makes you do bad things', and 'having lots of money attracts an evil eye.' A child's subconscious hearing that can develop a fear or dislike of money, and the adult version of that child may never consciously know of that program running in the background, and become frustrated, sad, angry and hopeless at achieving abundance. Hypnosis helps to retrieve and bring up memories relevant to the issue into consciousness to remember, release and instill new revitalizing thoughts for the desired change.
Even television shows, films, internet and videos watched during our younger years influence us to a degree without our conscious awareness. Media corporations have heavily invested into learning more about the success of adverts and the suggestibility of the subconscious mind, on how to program it to be further attentive to their products using the latest gadgets. Meanwhile, they use the knowledge of relaxed learning of the alpha brainwave state and constantly bombard marketing campaigns during our down time, such as the adverts between movies, shows, radio and paper media when we are more receptive to subliminal messages to buy and try the products.
Other factors to the success of a commercial are the frequency it is shown, and the times when people are actually looking for something and are considering buying. For instance marketing of lawn reseeding products in the spring will have the most profitable impact. Whereas, food ads are generally promoted around eating times, like breakfast, lunch and dinner. Listening to music generally is fun and relaxing and, this is why jingles, a short phrase with a catchy tune to market a product, are memorable. To emphasize the point, I can still recall commercials and the jingles to my favourite candies from my childhood!