I remember being in grad school and my Abnormal Psychology professor sharing that per the Diathesis Stress model, we all have a propensity towards the vulnerabilities and stresses of daily living. His lecture that day has been with me ever since. In a sense, we have certain inclinations to experience bouts of sadness, anxiousness, and fearful thinking. When we begin living from these spaces we can begin to feel the quality of our lives waning. The energy and enthusiasm we once had for living might be discharged towards our preoccupation with the future, or anxieties about the present. Our mind informs us that perhaps something is about to happen and we won’t be ready for it. From a more expansive perspective, anxiety is a green light for engaging in personal work.
Perhaps you feel your resiliency being worn down, maybe you begin avoiding life and the array of emotions that you can experience. Maybe you begin to isolate yourself to protect your heart and life from any impending uncertainties. Your once firm foundation of self might become cracked with fears and anxieties due to situations sometimes out of your control. You become on high alert for the presence of danger “Anxiety disorders as they are known, affect approximately 25 to 29 percent of the U.S. at some point in their lives (over 23 million Americans) and are the most common category of disorders for women and the second most common for men (Kessler et al., 1994: Kessler, Berglund, et. Al., 2005b).”
Have you ever experienced any of the following to a point of impairment in your life?
- Negative Mood
- Worry about possible future threat of danger
- A state of constant arousal
- A feeling of ‘needing’ to meet impending dangers
- Heavily avoiding situations
- Impending doom
- Fears of Dying
- Ritualistic Activities
As you gaze into your life, perhaps anxiety has become a catalyst that has propelled you towards greater accomplishments, and higher levels of life satisfaction? Maybe anxiety pushed you towards the pinnacles of success, realizing your dreams, or stepping out into new avenues of your life. If on the other hand anxiety has left you in a state of chronic worry and put you on high alert, then perhaps the integration Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy might serve to help set you free.
How Hypnotherapy can help:
- Can you identify a fearful or anxiety producing trigger in your life?
- Are you mentally rehearsing for your next big presentation?
- Do you have test anxiety?
- Have you experienced a trauma that has paralyzed you?
- Are you scheduled for surgery, or just recovering from a procedure?
- Are you fearful of leaving your home?
- Have you lost your sense of connection to yourself?
- Do you keep reliving an event from your past?
- Are you triggered by various elements in your external world?
Per Psychology Today:
|“Generally, anxiety arises first, often during childhood. Evidence suggests that both biology and environment can contribute to the disorder. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to anxiety; however, this does not make development of the condition inevitable. Early traumatic experiences can also reset the body’s normal fear-processing system so that it is hyper-reactive to stress.”|
Many bodies of work suggest that we tend to recapitulate unconscious experiences from childhood. The fearful or anxiety producing threads of our past connect to our present. Simply put, our brains record the happenings of our lives in a very non-discerning way. In moments of fear and terror the brain is very attuned to recording the finite details of perceived threats.
For example, I once had an awful automobile accident and I remember the song on the radio was, Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse. For years, afterwards if I heard that song come on the radio I could feel my hands get clammy, my heart would race, and I could feel my body shaking just like it did the day of the accident. In my conscious mind, I knew this wasn’t rational, but my body was still holding onto the memories of that day. My mind hadn’t been able to discern that the event wasn’t happening in the present moment, but the song triggered all my anxieties surrounding the accident. I took that event into a hypnotherapy session and it changed my life.
Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy allows clients to age regress back to experiences right before they developed feelings of anxiety. In an age regression, you begin to identify the instrumental events of the past that are outside of your conscious awareness. During a hypnotherapy session, you are fully accessing the subconscious mind which makes up 90% of our mind. Did you know that 80% of your day you spend in and out of the subconscious mind? Throughout the age regression you begin to become aware of the internal dialogue, imagery or any triggers associated with the perhaps traumatic events or phobic reactions you might have a pattern of experiencing.
Given the definition of anxiety by Psychology Today, we can begin to see that in working with a Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist you begin reaping the benefits of utilizing the Unconscious Mind. The Unconscious Mind is responsible for:
- Long-term memory
- Emotions & feelings
- Habit patterns, relationship patterns, addictions
- Involuntary Bodily Functions
- Developmental Stages
- Spiritual Connection
The Conscious Mind (10% of the mind) is responsible for:
- Thinking and planning
- Accessing the short-term memory
Albert Einstein reminds us, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” As we determine the differences between the conscious and unconscious mind, we can see that the most opportune space for healing occurs in the subconscious mind. There is no analysis of the information retrieved in the hypnotherapy session. Quite often when feelings of anxiety arise, there is an event that precipitates the excessive sense of anxiety about life; perhaps terror, abusive situations, accidents, fight or flight experiences, etc.
How is Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy different:
Function: Gather Data, Deductive Reasoning, External Locus of Control
Function: Sensing, Feeling, Seeing patterns, Internal Locus of Control
Effects: Somatically, energy stagnates or becomes blocked, judgments can devolve to “Make-wrong” thinking
Effects: Somatically, energy flows or becomes unblocked, seeing patterns leads to “ego flexibility.”
In Therapy/Healing: Triggers more transference/countertransference, therapist’s responsibility to guide the process, keep spirituality separate from psychology, maintains doctor/patient, paternalistic relationship
In Therapy/Healing: Triggers less transference/countertransference, Therapist “holds the space” for and “witnesses” the client’s self-exploration. Honor the inseparability of spirit & mind (psyche)
Requirements of the therapists: Must be clinically trained to perceive the nuances in the patient’s behavior and analyze them correctly. Must be in the cognitive mind. Careful to stay personally uninvolved.
Requirements of the therapists: Must be emotionally clear of projection, perceptive on an intuitive and energetic level. Must be in the “heart center” and the body. Aware of subtle energies. Eager to grow personally in the process.
Whether you are struggling with an identified anxiety disorder, coping with the anxieties of daily living, contemplating an upcoming surgery, preparing for a new career, or wrestling with a major life decision, please find yourself reaching out to a Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist so that you can author your future in a more awake and aware way. We can’t possibly know the trials and tribulations that have bound you to your anxiety, but we can hold a space for you to explore, express and unravel so that you can heal and live your most amazing life.