Our brightest spark and darkest terror come from the same place. In an earlier post about behaviors, we examined how we are either moving toward something that is life enriching or moving away from something that is life threatening. Every negative emotion, and every negative action has a positive intention. Then, I saw this post on Facebook and thought….”ah-ha” this looks like an unknowing reference to Hypnosis.
Negative response emotions; activation of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (fight or flight); are formed during sensitizing events–often early in life. The function of the flight or flight response is to protect us from perceived danger. This automatic response is driven by the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind guides our life.
Our conscious mind is like a filter through which information is absorbed. We absorb information through our 5 senses. The conscious mind is limited in scope compared to the sub conscious mind. Here is a really cool and quick example. Just play along for a moment if you will. Stop reading for a moment and touch the tip of your left ear. OK, good, if in fact you did. Now, please put your hand down and continue reading.
The conscious mind has 5-7 buckets, things that it can hold onto at one time. After the buckets are filled with input (things to process), the subconscious mind is “off and running”, leading our actions and responses quickly without us focusing on them. We in a sense are on auto-pilot. When you touched the tip of your left ear, you filled up one of the buckets with information. You now have 4-6 buckets left.
These “buckets” may be filled with random thoughts spurred on by things we see or hear. For example, do you hear your computer running as you read these words? Tune into the environment that you are in. What do you hear now? What do you see now? Maybe there’s a physical feeling that you are experiencing now. Good.
Now, think about the physical feeling of coolness that you experience when we open the freezer, perhaps wanting a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia
ice cream. OK, one simple question….are you still thinking about the tip of your left ear? Most likely you are not.
Here is my point. Millions of bits of information flood our conscious mind filter every hour. Most of the time we are not “Present” in our awareness of now. Instead, we are subconsciously living in response to a perception of the environment around us.
We also talked about beliefs in a the recent blog In order to change my world, I change my beliefs. However, if the beliefs that I have are driven by my fight or flight response, then letting go of them is terrifying. It is “the darkest terror”, because I become vulnerable and defenseless when I let go. It is that moment that I realize that I can have everything I ever wanted, but first I must let go of everything I ever had. Yikes, I must let go of the old response pattern. In other words, replacing the autonomic response of fight or flight with the autonomic response of peace, balance and rest. We do this when we choose to change our life. This is the work of medical support clinical hypnotherapy.
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