Belief Powers Neural Encoding
It’s amazing how powerful things get encoded in our brains when we turbo charge with emotionally energized belief. If you believe something is a certain way, you will naturally see that something in a completely different light than when there is lack of belief. Some people refer to belief as faith; others see it in more secular terms, as an acknowledgement of a reality. Many folks must first sense something before they can believe that it exists. Others can take a hunch about something and commit it to belief. Regardless of your belief criteria, if you believe in something, you are sending a strong signal to your subconscious mind that it is true. As a result, the likelihood of the new encoding “sticking” is greater if encapsulated with a strong assurance that it is true. And in changing behaviors we often have to get to the root belief that may be preventing a conscious desired change from occurring. In hypnosis, this can be a challenge, depending on the nature of the belief. Let’s dig a little deeper with this by breaking belief down into different shades of coloration.
Passive Non-Belief – A matter of degree
It’s easier to deal with strong beliefs, because they are a known quantity and can be challenged directly. However, when we are dealing with a system of not believing, for example, not believing in being able to be hypnotized, then we are dealing with a different mode of thinking. Let’s say a passive non-belief in hypnosis presents a little less of a challenge than an active un-belief in hypnosis. Why? Because a passive unbelief simply means that an individual does not have strongly committed thoughts on whether hypnosis will work for them or not. They simply and passively don’t know if it works and have no strong feelings as to whether it will work or not. A veritable tabula rasa exists here.
Their non-belief stands as neutral and indifferent towards hypnotic change. What may be necessary for this individual is simply to experience a state of hypnosis to shift to a more active belief in hypnotherapeutic change. This shifting will make it easier for them to accept the hypnotic suggestions to induce change from within. These suggestions may be changes they consciously want and need, but because of their non-belief in hypnosis, the lack of emotional charge goes missing and may sabotage the change at the conscious level and prevent suggestions from sinking down into the subconscious. In this case, a series of convincers might be useful in the hypnotic session to help them shift in their thinking about the reality of change for them via hypnosis. By showing them hypnotic phenomena, they can shift their un-belief to active belief.
Active Unbelief – A barrier to change
A different problem occurs, however, when we have an individual that is actively engaged in unbelief of the hypnotic process and consciously fights the hypnotic suggestions. This conflict in experience and belief can and often prevents the individual from benefiting from hypnotic suggestions. It does not mean that the individual cannot change via hypnosis, but must learn to bypass the conscious critical mind and the beliefs that hypnosis is ineffective are at best a “woo- woo “ technique best left for charlatans and stage show impresarios. In the case of these individuals, ever effort must be made to distract the conscious mind to bypass the filtering that takes place to prevent suggestions from being absorbed. Active unbelief requires special handling, a special pre-talk and more emphasis on relaxation. Active unbelief can prevent permanent change to take place, because the individual has no emotional fuel in which to power the change. Active unbelief like active belief is an emotional and combative war between two elements of belief and prevents change in hypnosis.
Empowering change in hypnosis via belief
Effective, efficient change with hypnosis takes place at best with emotionally charged belief backing the suggestions for change. Blockages occur when active unbelief prevents the emotion to attach to the change requested, leaving it lying limp and temporal. It simply won’t’ take and certainly won’t help the individual reach their goal of change. Belief is especially important in regards to the hypnotic process and the individual’s power to accept suggestions and encode new neural circuitry to override the old pattern of behavior. It’s just like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” Belief is everything. Believe it.
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