Mind over matter: an exploration through hypnotism

The human brain, the most complex organ in the
universe, can be taught to manipulate itself and its being--
this act is called hypnosis. A manipulation occurs through a
process of perception alteration. A dissolving of the
unconscious barrier to the conscious must occur, expanding
what’s nown and expanding rationale. This process re!uires
self actuali"ation, or an acnowledgement of inner strength
and freedom. Then, the mind must allow itself to be
vulnerable and open to suggestions. Altogether, synergi"ed,
these components evoe a state of being called hypnosis.
There is a very strong relationship between the
conscious and subconscious. The conscious is typically
unaware of the activities of the subconscious# however, this is
not the case during a hypnotic state. $eople can use
hypnotism to obtain a desired habit. %ur conscious is
responsible for focusing on something and analy"ing it. &n this
process, &’ll call it 'thining,( which happens continuously
when we are awae, dilutes our subconscious and limits its
presence. The subconscious is an automatic processing for
survival that we are not aware of. The tunnel vision focus we
face in our daily lives, our automatic consciousness, builds a
wall that surrounds the subconscious. As we grow up, the
distractions in our lives increase# therefore, the wall that
surrounds the subconscious from awareness grows taller and
taller. This archistructure is why it is easier to learn
something at a younger age. To demonstrate a state of
hypnosis an adult must access their subconscious and
conscious together.
)sually *umping a wall re!uires several trials to
succeed, but it is much easier to tear it down, if you have the
right tools. +ypnosis is a useful tool to do that *ob gently. To
tear that wall you have to alter your atmosphere to give a
chance for those distractions to fade a way for a moment so
your subconscious can listen directly without any limit or
,ltering. At this point the subconscious has its ears open and
ready to tae orders, as long as they are acceptable. -hile
there are several methods to do this, they all garner the
same end result: self-actuali"ation of one’s inner worings.
This includes the unseen energies operating within us on a
physical, mental, and spiritual level.
.elf-actuali"ation is critical to the success of hypnosis, as
one must be aware of the subconscious in order to directly
access it. As one falls into a state of relaxation they become
more intimately aware of what is going on within themselves
and the focus becomes internal. The martial arts have used
self-hypnosis as a core tenant of their practices for thousands
of years. $ractitioners are able to reach heightened states of
awareness through relaxation techni!ues and use these to
achieve extraordinary physical capabilities. .tudents are
taught to feel the energy lines that /ows through their body,
nown as chi meridians, in order to harness their power.
-hile the meridians correspond directly with the main
peripheral nerves of the autonomic nervous system, building
these physical attributes is a spiritual and mental process.
&.e., the mind and soul must be in tune before the body can
be mastered.
%nce a state of hypnosis is reached, the lines of
communication to the subconscious are established and one
can begin the dialogue between the psyche and itself. 0 but
awareness of this hidden layer of one’s mind is crucial in
being able to communicate with it. To be hypnoti"ed a person
must be self actuali"ed.
%nce breaching full access to the mind through
relaxation and after self acilii"ation, the mind must become
vulnerable to suggestibility in order for hypnosis to occur.
1ulnerability: a person maing taing an ob*ective, role, a
person letting down any 'guards of harm.( %nce a person
alleviates themselves from emotional protection, then they
are open to suggestibility. The suggestibility can come from
oneself 2autosuggestion3 or another person
2heterosuggestion3 2.chumaer, 45, $g. 63. +ere, the desired
action and perception can be achieved. A person can
hypnoti"e themselves to stop smoing, that is because part
of hypnosis is not wanting it to fail. +ypnosis does not
convince the subconscious to do things it had never
considered# rather, it puts sub*ects in the position of
reinforcing what they want to do beyond the super,cial level
of conscious reality%pening suggestion into a belief system. A
leap of faith occurs for hypnosis to wor.
.hocingly, hypnosis may occur on a larger scale. As
consumers we already exhibit a vulnerability for
suggestibility. %ur vulnerability is only exacerbated by the
mind state that is achieved when watching television or being
exposed to the hundreds of ads that inundate our lives from
day to day. Television allows us to slip into a state of non-
functional awareness. Advertisements aim to illicit behaviors
which may not have taen place prior to exposure. %ur
suggestible nature allows for stimuli to in/uence our actions
whether or not we are aware of the speci,c mechanisms that
cause us to respond to behavior altering stimuli the way we
do. 7arge scale mass media mareting wors in favor of the
corporate producer in order to limit the spectrum of choices
that we, as consumers, are inclined to mae.
8orporate advertisements function to brea through our
conscious awareness and tap into our unconscious
motivations. At a base level, all humans share the same
basic motivators# fear, lust, and loathing. &n order to mae a
lasting impression, an ad needs to illicit one of those 9 most
basic emotions. Advertisements function to invent desires
that may not have been there without the media. :or
example, a few di;erent products, lie the shamwow, slap
chop, or the banana chopper may not have sold more than a
few hundred units without the hypnotic glow of late night
television lulling their customers into an impulse purchase
that they liely would have never made if they had not been
exposed to the ad. Mareting ,rms use tried and true
psychological tactics in order to grow strong neural
connections that cause the consumer to form an association
between their product and one of the basic core emotions
mentioned above.
-ors 8ited
.chumaer, <ohn :. Human Suggestibility: Advances in
Theory, Research, and Application. =ew
>or: ?outledge, @AA@. 6. $rint.

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