So hypnosis is a highly relaxed mental state, in which the critical mind is bypassed. In other words, the mind is ready to learn; it becomes much more susceptible to suggestion.
Hypnosis - brain wave frequency
When you are in a hypnotic state, your brain runs on either alpha or theta brain waves. Alpha (7.5-14 Hz) is a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. You experience alpha in hypnosis, during a daydream, or in light meditation. This brain state heightens your imagination, visualisation memory, learning and concentration. It is the gateway to your subconscious mind, and the voice of your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.
Theta (4-7.5Hz) waves are present during hypnosis, deep meditation and light sleep, including REM dream state. It is where your subconsciousness resides.
It is the alpha-theta frequency of 7Hz to 8 Hz that is the optimal range for visualisation and mind programming. It is the perfect state to use the creative power of your mind, and consciously create your reality. You are conscious of your surroundings, yet your body is deeply relaxed.
How hypnosis can change your subconscious beliefs
Here is an example: Suppose you want to use hypnosis to increase your confidence, self-worth and self-esteem.
Your subconscious mind has many beliefs. And subconscious thoughts, shaped by memories, experiences and expectations, drive conscious actions. Some beliefs you formed as a child, 'childish' beliefs that were age-appropriate at the time and that are now hindering you.
In short, your subconscious sets you up to fail. Negative self-talk, addictions, anxiety, trauma, emotional eating are deeply rooted in the subconscious thought.
Through hypnotherapy, you can begin to change and update these negative beliefs.
By training your mind to think differently, you can eliminate the negative thoughts that lead to self-sabotage.