Is our ability to reason all it’s cracked up to be? Is our intellect, our brain power, the reason that we’re (at present) top of the evolutionary food chain, or are we missing something important?
Our ability to reason and consciously contemplate our own existence is often cited as a prime example of why we consider ourselves to be inherently superior to any other life form on the planet. Reason and conscious cognition are more often than not regarded as superior to intuition and ‘gut feelings’, both of which are products of our subconscious mind. This idea began to gain traction during The Age of Enlightenment, or The Age of Reason. This was a period of time from the 1650s to the 1780s in which both cultural and intellectual elements in Western Europe emphasised reason, analysis, and individualism, rather than traditional models of authority which were the authority of the church and any form of superstitious belief.
This line of thought is still prevalent today and unfortunately creates a false dichotomy between religion and spirituality on one side, and science and rational thought on the other. While we obviously employ reason and rational thought in our everyday lives, there’s still plenty of room for creative thinking and intuition. Even in the world of science, both intuition and imagination often precede the formulation of any kind of theory.
Archimedes’ famous ‘eureka’ moment in which he realised that buoyant force is equal to the weight of displaced water occurred when he was in the bath, and just happened to be displacing water! Scientists regularly employ the concept of ‘thought experiments’ in which they imagine the outcome of an experiment in those instances in which it’s not possible to conduct it physically. This happens frequently in the area of quantum mechanics.
Einstein famously had a dream in which he envisioned himself riding on a particle chasing a beam of light. This spontaneous thought experiment in the form of a dream led to the development of his theory of special relativity. In this case, the power of imagination preceded the maths that would prove what he already intuitively knew to be true. Einstein knew that imagination and intuition were both products of the subconscious mind. Perhaps this is why Einstein put such a high premium on the power of imagination and intuition. A few of his famous quotes are: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” “Knowledge is limited.”and “Imagination encircles the world.” He also said “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” It’s true that any idea that has ever radically changed the world, whether scientific, philosophical, or spiritual, had its genesis as an idea in the imagination.
The idea of being able to imagine change is foundational to implementing any kind of change, whether personal or professional. This principle also holds true in the realm of hypnotherapy. When my clients come to me for hypnotherapy, they already know what it is that they want to achieve, but for reasons that are beyond their conscious control, they’re unable to help themselves. This shows that it’s not always possible to logically reason one’s way out of a problem, even if we have a clear understanding of the root of the problem. And this is because we only use our conscious mind to reason. While this may be useful in everyday life, personal change of any kind demands that we involve our subconscious mind as well. And there’s good reason for this.
Our subconscious mind is very powerful. It rules the roost. It’s been said that around 90% of all mental function happens at the subconscious level. And what we refer to as willpower exists at the conscious level, the 10% that remains. Consequently, in order for us to experience success in any area of our lives we have to ensure that both our conscious and subconscious minds are in harmonious agreement with each other. If any parts of our mind are in disagreement then our chances of success are slim. If our subconscious mind has reasons of its own for sabotaging our best intentions, then all of our conscious desire and willpower will be to no avail. It’s possible, however, to update our software by replacing old programs that may still be running in the background and serving no useful purpose at all.
Hypnotherapy is a very effective method of addressing obsolete programs that need to be replaced. Because hypnosis communicates directly with your subconscious mind, it allows access to any outmoded beliefs and behaviours that are preventing you from moving forward.
The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnotherapy is the most effective way to create new patterns of behaviour and find alternate ways of coping with life’s challenges. The end result is positive and lasting change and the restoration of your mind and body to a place of health and well-being.