Fear and Empowerment

                        Fear, Empowerment & Hypnosis
                          fear, empowerment, hypnosis

By Sandra Bemis BCH, CI 

Everyone is afraid of something. Some fear hits fast, propelling us into utter confusion and can be debilitating while other fears just whisper a hint of caution. Fears are beneficial too. As natural, instinctual responses to danger, fear keeps us safe by allowing apprehension of dangerous animals, surroundings and situations. Rational fears provide motivation and determination. When we fear a bad grade or the boss, that fear is the motivation to finish a project or study for a good grade.

Types of fears that have no place in a productive, happy and healthy life are the irrational fears that the creative mind designs. Fears strike where we stand, sometimes without any warning, limiting our ability to analyze the surroundings effectively. They are stored in the subconscious mind nice and neatly, not allowing most of us to access them freely and make change. 

Self-created fears such as fear of performance, failure, and rejection, even fear of being unloved can get in the way of productivity and power. Those fears of the future stop our movements in a forward direction without any knowing that fear is at the heart of the matter. Fears of the future make us hold onto status quo, sabotaging any strides for progress. They get in the way of goal setting and goal completing leaving us unable to grow and be empowered.

Common fears such as snakes, public speaking, death, elevators, etc., have been alleviated by hypnosis for years. Fears often come during a traumatic event such as a fall or an accident, but also oftentimes from an experience in childhood. Childhood is a time when the mind is very susceptible to suggestions without an ability to analyze or distinguish fact from fiction. Brains have a great way to learn instantly, especially in childhood. Those fears are most often learned by example. For instance, your grandmother had an extreme fear of bees. You see her react extremely to the very sight of one flying quite a distance away. You learn the behavior and exhibit it from then on.  As an adult, you have no memory of why you’re afraid, just accept that it must run in the family. One doesn’t inherit a fear of bees, but learns the behavior and stores it neatly in the unconscious mind. Hypnosis effectively and most often swiftly retrains an effective response to such fears.


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