How Hypnosis Can Give You Freedom from Fear
By Karl Moore
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
This is a line from the inaugural speech of President Franklin D. Roosevelt given on March 4, 1933. Although the great man wasn’t talking about phobias, there is a distinctive ring of truth in his words.
Fear is, by its very nature, irrational. No one expects to be eaten by a spider, or to be set upon in a dark alley by goblins and ghouls. But human beings have this amazing thing called an imagination, a two-edged sword that has the power to create whole universes out of thin air on the one hand, or to frighten the living daylights out of them on the other. When it’s the latter it can seriously affect your quality of life, making even the simplest tasks seem like insurmountable challenges.
How Fear Manifests Itself
Irrational fears are known as phobias, and they can be specific – as in the fear of clowns or of bridges – or more general – as in agoraphobia, the fear of both open and confined spaces. Thanks to the powerful imagination you’ve been blessed with, it’s possible to develop a phobia about almost anything, and in most cases that phobia will produce a series of reactions such as:
- Uncontrollable panic when exposed to the source of your fear
- Heightened anxiety levels
- Physical reactions that might include sweating, increased heart rate, and breathing difficulties
- The inability to function normally due to increased anxiety and stress
- The urge to do whatever it takes to avoid encountering the object of your fear
- Feeling powerless to defeat your fear
Often people get anxious just thinking about what causes their fear, which only serves to strengthen their emotional and physical responses in the future. Fortunately, hypnosis is one of the quickest and most effective methods for dealing with phobias.
Get Help from Hypnosis
Hypnosis works by guiding you into a state of relaxation. It lets you shut out the outside world so you can bring your attention to a specific point of focus. This can be achieved by visiting a hypnotherapist or through reputable hypnosis recordings. In both cases you’ll be brought to a point where your mind is calm and you’re open to suggestions.
Hypnosis takes advantage of the fact that our imaginations are so vivid and limitless. It helps us work through scenarios in safety and security, away from the things we fear, using the power of suggestion to change the way we think. By replacing old and outdated beliefs with new and positive ones, it’s possible to eliminate the fear and all those associated reactions from our lives for good.
Deep down you know your fear isn’t real. It’s a reaction that’s been programmed into your mind, something you learned from your parents, siblings, friends, or even through the media. The feelings have become ingrained in your subconscious, and the only way to get rid of them and the behaviors they trigger is by replacing them with others.
Hypnosis is painless, non-invasive, and has no unpleasant side-effects. In most cases you’ll simply feel like you’ve had a bit of a rest, coming back to your normal wakeful state feeling refreshed and relaxed. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all treatments and therapies could get results that left you feeling so good?
And that’s another thing that’s worth remembering. No matter how skeptical you might feel about hypnosis, it gets results – and anything that improves your quality of life has got to be worth a try...
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