How it Works
For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think hypnosis is an image of the stage hypnosis shows they've seen where people seem to be unable to control themselves, act goofy and provide entertainment for the audience.
In reality it is a state of focused concentration where the body and mind relax together. Hypnosis is very simply: a natural state of mind in which the body and mind are extremely relaxed and yet the mind is also highly aware and focused.
We are all in states of hypnosis many times a day automatically, so hypnosis is a very normal state of being that along with it's ability to provide emotional and physical healing, has been widely and successfully used within the medical community for pain relief and hypno-anesthesia.
Your Amazing and Wonderful Mind
The Conscious part of your mind is what you are reading this with, and when you are awake, it is aware of all that goes on in and around yourself, what you are feeling, thinking and experiencing, allowing you to know what you are doing and why.
Think of your Subconscious mind as an internal computer that houses thousands of computer programs on which everything you have ever seen, heard, experienced, thought or believed are stored. The belief systems housed here are what will actually create your reality when it comes to reprogramming for childbirth. You are not consciously aware of these subconscious processes, but they influence how you feel and think based on what you believe. It is here, in the inner mind, where positive change takes place.
These two parts of the mind actually mesh together nicely when we are children, up to about the age of 6-8 years of age, without any interference. That is why children are so suggestible; so easily influenced. They are literally in a state of hypnosis all of the time, open to suggestion.
After about 6 - 8 years of age we develop a division between the conscious and subconscious
parts of the mind, called the Critical Faculty.
If you think of your conscious mind as the outer area in the diagram and your subconscious as
the solid, inner circle, the Critical Faculty is the guardian that filters millions of pieces of
information coming into the subconscious at all times.
It only allows a few pieces of information to pass through at any one time, so getting to the subconscious mind is a process of distracting the "guardian", so that we can create positive change.
Using hypnosis, our goal is to make the guardian "rest" so that we can access the inner mind and give it new concepts! The fastest and easiest way is by using hypnosis. When you relax your body and then your mind, a state of hypnosis is achieved in which the Critical Faculty can get a rest and you can access and re-program your subconscious computer for your own good.
You are not taking anything out; you are simply giving yourself new belief systems that will help you to have an easy and comfortable birth. Think of yourself now as a computer re-programmer. Using hypnosis, as these new concepts become a part of your inner mind and belief system, your subconscious mind is like a child and will take everything literally, accepting them with ease as long as they continue coming on a daily basis. It is also kind of lazy and would like to just go back to thinking the way it always has, so you must constantly reinforce your hypnotic suggestions or it will only work partially for you. As much effort as you put in, that's how much compensation you will reap.
An interesting fact about hypnosis is that the more you practice it, the easier it gets. Each time you allow yourself to enter hypnosis, you will go in easier, faster and deeper. This is simply exercising your mind, very much like physical exercise works on the body, and it will get stronger and more effective with each session.