You know, we all have negative thoughts from time to time.
Thoughts like, “I am not smart enough,” “I am not good enough,” or “I can’t do this” are incredibly common, and they can hold us back from reaching our full potential and living the life we dream of.
But there is a proven and effective way to break free.
In this article, I will be referencing an interview on my YouTube channel with Dr. Caroline Leaf.
Dr. Leaf is an eminent international leader in the field of Neuroscience (that’s the study of the brain and its impact on behavior and our thinking, reasoning, and remembering), and she shares some fascinating truths with us.
So, if you want to learn about your brain’s mysterious superpower and the science that shows how hypnotherapy can rewire it—then keep reading…
What’s the Difference Between the Brain and the Mind?
To understand the science behind hypnotherapy, we must first understand the difference between the brain and the mind.
Put simply, the mind is the intangible seat of our consciousness and is responsible for all of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
On the other hand, the brain is the physical organ that houses the mind.
While the mind and brain are two separate entities, they are intimately interconnected. When we have a thought, it generates electrical impulses in the brain, impacting our behavior and physiology.
Understanding this relationship is important because it is the key to understanding how we can change our thoughts to rewire our brains.
Now that we’ve established the difference between the mind and the brain let’s uncover the mysterious superpower that most people don’t even know they have.
The #1 Big Mistake Most People Make About Themselves
If you are like most people, you probably think, “I am who I am,” and “These are just the cards I’ve been dealt.”
You might also say things like:
“Depression runs in my family.”
“A leopard can’t change its spots.”
But I want you to know that those are false beliefs, so don’t make the mistake of thinking this way.
You see, the fact is that the opposite is true—your brain is not fixed or unchangeable, but also…
You Can Literally Rewire and Rebuild the Brain.
Just take a second to think about the enormity of that fact.
You can rewire your brain! It’s malleable—your thoughts shape your brain, and you have the power to think whatever you want.
When you understand that, then everything changes.
Your Neuroplasticity Superpower
Now, the reason you can grow your brain is because of a thing called neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is your brain’s amazing ability to change its structure and function in response to your environment, thoughts, and emotions. This plasticity allows you to learn new things, form new memories, and make new connections. It also helps you recover from injuries and illnesses.
I want you to know that emotionally, you are born as a fresh canvas. So if you’re having depressing, negative thoughts or limiting beliefs, that’s not how you are born—it’s who you’ve become, and neuroplasticity has made that change possible.
If you’ve changed your brain’s natural state and developed negative habits and ways of thinking over time, you can use your brain’s neuroplasticity to change it once again and move from negative to positive frames of mind.
This is entirely possible because your brain is a very, very hungry organ. So it wants to be constantly stimulated, and we have this amazing ability to grow new thoughts and make new connections.
For example, if you learn a new skill, neuroplasticity will help create new neural pathways in the brain to support that skill. Likewise, if you have a traumatic experience, neuroplasticity can help you create new pathways that make it easier to cope with that experience.
By acting intentionally and organizing your thoughts, you can get the mind working to direct or affect your brain’s neuroplasticity.
All you have to do is change the story you tell yourself—we all have the power to do that, and that’s where hypnosis comes in.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis works by putting a person into a state of deep relaxation and giving them verbal suggestions that help them change their thoughts or behavior.
The changes that occur during hypnosis are possible because when you’re in a relaxed state, your mind is much more open to those suggestions.
You see, during hypnosis, your brainwave activity changes, and you enter into a state of deep relaxation (but you are not asleep). In this state, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, and you’re more able to focus on the input and direction that you’re given.
While under hypnosis, you’re still aware of what’s happening around you, and you can still move and speak. But, you may feel like you’re in a slightly trance-like state or that your mind is very focused.
This allows the therapist to make the right suggestions to help you change and update your thoughts, behaviors, or emotions in a positive way.
Over time, with repeated exposure to these new suggestions, your thinking and behavior will change permanently as you take advantage of your brain’s natural superpower—neuroplasticity.
Hypnosis uses that superpower to help people change how their mind works, so they can overcome huge obstacles, achieve their goals, and live more fulfilled lives.
And because our conscious and unconscious minds both have neuroplasticity, hypnosis can be used to change conscious and unconscious behaviors.
For example, suppose you’re constantly putting yourself down or doubting your ability to succeed. In that case, hypnosis can help you break these destructive thinking patterns and replace them with more positive, empowering beliefs.
This can lead to improved self-confidence, greater motivation, and better overall mental and emotional health.
What Can Hypnosis Help With?
Hypnosis is a very effective tool and can be used to help; overcome phobias, quit smoking, lose weight, manage pain, improve your performance in sports, increase your confidence, reduce anxiety, or improve cognitive skills like memory and focus.
What is “beyond Hypnosis?”
For over three decades, I’ve developed my own pioneering form of therapy based on neuroscience that combines the most effective parts of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, and CBT.
Together with my own powerful tools and techniques, they form Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT).
Think of RTT as “beyond Hypnosis.”
The RTT school has trained over 15,000 graduates in my multi-award-winning method and continues to be unique within the field of therapy—giving people the fast and, most importantly, lasting breakthroughs they so desire.
When you train in RTT, you’ll learn how to reframe core beliefs, values, habits, and emotions deep in the subconscious.
Then you’ll be able to replace outdated belief systems and negative behavior patterns and form new life-affirming beliefs so the transformational process can start.
If you are interested in learning how you could train in RTT to overcome your own personal challenges, explore your full potential, transition into a financially rewarding career as a therapist, and lead a happier, more fulfilling life, then download our Career Guide here.