When reading notes on Hypnosis, I found some techniques that really appealed to me. Some of them brought memories of Mental Control courses I attended many years ago when I was at college. I needed to enhance my memory and be better prepared for my exams.
The course I remember the most, which changed my way of thinking in a very positive way was called The Silva Mental Control Method. It was program developed by José Silva in The USA. The Silva Method teaches students specialised guided imagery techniques intended to rewire their subconscious and negative self-talk, using a meditation techniques and mental training programs. Some aspects of it included dynamic relaxation; advanced visualisation and imagination. Further on in the course there were exercises to foster positive thinking and meditation, with guidance to programme your own mind to achieve your desired goals.
Looking back, I realise that most of the techniques involved in Hypnosis, I was already familiar with through the mental control courses I did years ago. However, if somebody had told me then, that I was being hypnotised, I would have had a shock and refused to continue. At the time, the idea of hypnosis was always associated with circus shows and people being used as puppets for the entertainment of crowds, giving the hypnotiser excessive powers over people’s minds.
From my experience, the techniques to go down into deep relaxation to the imagery used in the induction to help a cancer patient, cleaning the affected area; both hypnotherapy and mental control use similar techniques.
I remember a feeling of exhilaration, freshness and peace at the end of each session. I always felt refreshed, never tired or drained. However, these techniques should be practised frequently for better effect and even when, I eventually stopped practising them as exams were over. They remained stored somewhere in a back drawer of my mind. They became useful on two distinctive occasions later on in life, having to control birth pains in labour and much later having to fight a serious disease mainly caused by stress. It was surprising how a set of techniques, today related to hypnosis, that I learnt originally to enhance my memory, returned to me when I needed them most. What I found fascinating is how the subconscious mind had picked the right technique to support my body at the right time.
Now, after a life devoted to education, with several post graduates and a Masters based on leadership in Education and research in the area of brain processes in learning languages, I continued with hypnotherapy and counselling as a natural progression from my experience and interests. I have worked as a coach and mentor to young people with challenging backgrounds. Having a clear understanding of educational psychology and cognitive processes, I have been able to support and guide children, young people and adults alike.
However, I believe that the changes to promote well being in any client should be embraced from a holistic approach where mind, body and spirit reach a desired balance.
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