To understand how self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy can empower you, I recommend addressing powerlessness as caused by rifts between the conscious and subconscious parts of the Self … instead of the mind.

When the separate parts of the Self are in conflict, a person can become stuck in unhealthy coping behaviors, “balkanized”, and self-sabotaging. Mood can be affected, relationships suffer, REM sleep can be disturbed, and overall health is affected.

How does it happen?

As our self-awareness develops and matures, we are generally taught in school to spend less time in our subjective, child-like, “fantasy” world and focus more on learning a set of prescribed societal rules and complex problem-solving and communication skills in order to navigate in the consensual reality of the adult, “real” world.

Instead of describing ourselves by who we fantasize ourselves to be, we learn to describe ourselves by our gender, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation, nationality, age, school, club, job, sport, or sexual preference, etc. Jung referred to this as the “persona” part of our character.

At the same time, in the English language at least, we also identify ourselves by a wide range of sensual and emotional experiences in the moment, ie “I am cold, hungry, sleepy”, or by our feeling state, “I am happy , sad, stressed “.

Our modern world forces us to live within social compartments that are sometimes hard to straddle, like when co-workers meet friends. As our persona develops we learn to lie to ourselves and others in the service this persona to fit into a particular social scheme. In some circumstances we may feel one way, but have to disconnect from that feeling and claim to feel the opposite in order to avoid conflict, unwanted attention, or to seek attention. That denial of the Self produces a schism, and ever, how we appear to others is far from who we feel we really are.

Conflicts can inevitably arise between the part of the self defined by the reliably stable persona, and the other parts of the Self that are defined by qualities like feeling / sensing states that may not seem so stable, but feel more authentic than the persona, or if the sense of Self is skewed towards the persona and that persona is somehow compromised like from job loss or divorce. Either way a person may feel ungrounded, splintered, weakened, vulnerable to the moods and opinions of others, and mired in unhealthy coping mechanisms that provide pseudo-control over their chaotic inner world.

In a hypnotic state the persona is lifted, a conscious REM sleep is induced, awareness is extended beyond the realm of thoughts, feelings are brought to the surface, and the sense of Self begins to include more of the unseen parts symbolized as inner imagery and archetypes.

Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis are methods to help “rescue” buried, split off parts of the Self, process unmet needs, and integrate split off strengths for a dynamic, healing, and empowering experience of inner harmony and cohesion.