Our beliefs good or bad become imprinted in our nervous system specifically our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind acts like a giant library or vault where everything we ever experienced is sorted and these imprints form our understanding of the world and our place within it. Modern neuroscience principles offer insight in the biological process, specific cognitive process, to explain how beliefs are formed, how beliefs are unformed and how new beliefs can come to replace previous maladaptive believes, thereby freeing you from the mental and emotional trauma gripping your life today.
Our nervous system is set up for learning. To create memories and to anticipate problems. It’s a very good system because it was designed to keep us safe. So for example one intense experience, one burn, one bad breakup, one bad experience of public speaking, the feeling of rejection or abandonment can cause maladaptive beliefs, and an associated physiological responses that gets wired into our nervous system. Neuroscientists have referred to this as neuroplasticity. An example of this is if you were to give a talk in front of your class as a kid about your experiment and you freeze up causing intense embarrassment. You would notice for a few seconds, your heart rate increase and the perspiring, the sweating and the shame that you feel, leads you to want to avoid speaking in small or large gatherings, or any public displays of social or work gatherings for a long period of time unless you do something to overcome it. The underlying belief of shame would probably lead to lack of confidence and self worth. This behaviour is not adaptive, but rather destructive, and would lead to fear and avoidance of expressing your full potential.
So how could one overcome such a self-limiting belief?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not going to work to simply extinguish a fear. One needs to extinguish a belief or event and replace that maladaptive belief with a positive one. This is something that is rarely discussed in the general discussion around beliefs. There is this idea that we can extinguish beliefs, we can rewire ourselves, and indeed we can but this process has to involve not jut becoming comfortable with a particular traumatic or fearful event, but also attaching a new positive belief to that previously maladaptive one.
There are a lot of brilliant kinds of therapy out there and yet they all fall short in helping patient’s reach long-term freedom. Why are we falling short? Gabor Mate, addiction physician, believes that much of the therapies are based on false assumptions. And when you start on false assumptions you are just not going to be effective. If you believe that mental disorders arise from either genetic brain disease or chemical imbalance in the brain than you can’t help anybody because that assumption is false. He feels that most everyone with emotional and mental disorders including physical diagnosis stem from childhood trauma. Trauma does not have to be physical or sexual abuse although those are significant but trauma can be related to not feeling important, not feeling loveable, or enough, which all stem from poor attachment and compromising your authenticity self in order to make the attachment necessary for the survival of the child. An example of this is the following; so what if the child can’t have the second cookie before dinner and she gets angry and starts to cry and you give the signal overtly or covertly that good little girls don’t get angry. The message that the child receives is that little girls who get angry don’t get loved. So than how does that little girl adapt? She adapts by repressing her anger. That’s how she maintains the relationship with the parent. The fundamental dynamic in human life and the most important factor in the development and existence of human beings is attachment. Without attachment there is no survival. Therefore we adapt, and if the child gets the message that she’s not invited to be in your presence when she’s angry, then she won’t be angry. Not that the anger wont be there, but she’ll repress it. It’s not a conscious behaviour. It’s simply an automatic brain mechanism (the unconscious). The meaning we attach to our thoughts creates our beliefs that are stored in our unconscious mind. And thus the most effective therapies will allow the patient to retrieve those subconscious beliefs and to identify what maladaptive beliefs they have made and to help them construct a new adaptive belief in order to make the long lasting change that all humans deserve.
What is clinical hypnosis?
Dr. Spiegal MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Stanford University is a prominent researcher of clinical hypnosis and uses this method of psychotherapy in his practise. Dr. Spiegal was asked what is different between talk therapy under hypnosis versus just talking outside of hypnosis. He states that changing mental states is really the difference. Dr. Spiegal states that there is more and more evidence that mental state change itself has therapeutic potential. Dr. Spiegal states that hypnosis is a way of enhancing your control, over your mind and your body. Hypnosis gives you cognitive, emotionally and somatic flexibility. To give up judging and evaluating the way you usually do, to calm your biology and see something from a different point of view. That’s a great therapeutic opportunity. The ability to suspend critical judgment and to identify those beliefs you made early on in life, seeing it from a different point of view, and attaching a new meaning. To substitute a new belief that can make you feel good, so that you activate other centres of the brain like the mesolimbic reward system. Dr. Spiegal states this can all be done under hypnosis and you can do it much faster. People don’t think they can, but they can.
What is Rapid Transformation Therapy?
Rapid Transformation therapy otherwise known as RTT® is one such modality that uses hypnosis to induce a changing mental state. One from beta to alpha brain waves to induce a more relaxed brain wave thus giving the patient the ability to access memories effortlessly thus giving greater success in identifying the maladaptive root cause that according to Dr. Gabor Mate stems from childhood development and through the RTT® process one attaches a new positive adaptive belief followed by reinforcing that belief through the Law of Repetition. There is a rule in Neuroscience that neurons that fire together wire together.
The beliefs we form are responsible for our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Sometimes we need to look back at our beliefs as they are holding us back or affecting our behaviours in destructive ways. RTT® gives us the ability for greater introspection, thus form new understandings, giving us the possibilities to see things differently. When you see things differently, you are able to let go of the meanings you attach to the events from your past and experience a great freedom than ever before
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