How does our subconscious mind work

Our subconscious is like a great memory bank which stores all our impressions, memories, emotions, patterns of behaviour and our beliefs that we have created consciously or unconsciously through all of our life. It directs the majority of everything we do, feel or believe. Therefore, our subconscious mind – the part of our mind that we don’t acknowledge in awaken state – is the main drive of our mind that sets the ground for our reality and our experience of the world.

When our conscious and our subconscious mind are in conflict, our subconscious mind generally prevails.
Even if we consciously decide to change something – and our subconscious beliefs are not aligned with the desired change – our actions will automatically follow the subconscious mind. Through our very earliest experiences our subconscious developed various mechanisms of being, which are seen as the way we act, feel and perceive the world around us.
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Even though some of those mechanisms might seem destructive, our subconscious desires to protect us. Our subconscious doesn’t want to re-experience painful events anymore, therefore it develops many defense mechanisms to avoid that. Consciously, these locked emotions may express themselves as a kind of psychosomatic state, chronic pain, intensive emotional experience, inclination towards addictions or other unhealthy behaviour, feelings of anxiety, or any other experiences that might seem to “trap” us.

When a mere conscious decision doesn’t bring us the change we desire, we have to look into our subconscious. One of the means to reach our subconscious mind is also hypnosis.

When you think of yourself, you think of your conscious mind, the only mind of which you are fully aware. It is your "me". It seems to make all your decisions and direct all your activity. But the largest and most dominant part of your mind is the part you are generally unaware of: the subconscious. Although your conscious mind may seem to call the shots, it is ruled by the desires of the subconscious. Until you learn to understand it, you do not know or understand yourself.

Charles Tebbetts

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an altered state of mind that gives us access to our own subconscious. It is a state of deep physical and mental relaxation, a pleasant and completely natural experience that occurs to all of us at least twice daily – right before we fall asleep and right before we become awake. At that moment, our brain waves are somewhere between sleep and wakefulness, and our subconscious is perceptive to new alternatives and desired ideas.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

No one can be hypnotized against their will since hypnosis is not something other people are doing to us, but something we induce in ourselves, following our desire and simple instructions of the hypnotist.


The same is true for every suggestion is autosuggestion, which means that no one accepts a suggestion that they consciously do not desire.

A true and honest desire to change is therefore essential for a successful therapy, since the power of change actually lies in the one that enters a hypnosis.

The limitations in one's life are based on a conscious appraisal of experience. If you believe in your expectations non-critically, they become your reality. If you challenge them, your vision of what's possible grows. Hypnosis can work on both levels: boosting a conscious willingness to challenge oneself, and minimizing unconscious interference that are the basis for being fundamental to the successful utilization of the more complex hypnotic phenomena.

M.D. Yapko

About Hypnotherapy

When hypnosis is used for therapy, we talk about hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is very effective tool for resolving states that are caused by something in our subconscious. They can manifest themselves by various physical symptoms, feelings or repeated situations, whether in a particular area of our lives or in interpersonal relations.

Among others, hypnotherapy helps dealing with anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, sleeplessness, stress, burnout syndrome, grief – just to name a few. It is also vital for discovering and releasing possible subconscious causes of various psychosomatic states, as for successfully reaching our goals and ensuring personal growth.
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During therapy we discover and transform patterns of unwanted behaviour on a subconscious level, heal wounds of the past and connect with our “inner child” that lives in us through our heavy emotions as well as through feelings of pure love and joy. By resolving our destructive emotional states we become aware of the patterns of behaviour that cause them, and are less likely to pass them on to our descendants.

Therefore, working on our subconscious level brings about peace and love, but not just in our lives, but also in the lives of our offspring.

Helping people to discover that they have power to control the events in their lives, at the most, or, at the least, their reactions to the events in their lives, is a necessary component of therapeutic work. Thus, it's essential that the person defines himself as a participant, an owner of problem-solving resources and not just the owner of a sense of victimhood.

M.D. Yapko