Are we hypnotised to become stressed? Breaking the hypnosis myth!3 min read . Updated: 30 Dec 2020, 02:50 PM IST
In a conversation with author and mind coach Radhika Kawlra Singh on how she has used hypnosis to guide many to grow into their finest potential.
“I’m going to count backwards from 3 to 1, and you will be at a scene or event that has everything to do with why you are here today- 3 going back as far as your mind takes you back, 2 going back deeper and deeper, passing layer upon layer, and 1 you are at a scene or event that has everything to do with why you are here today." That is just a glimpse of the rhetoric, in session. It's plain how hypnosis is synonymous with heightened suggestibility.
Radhika Kawlra Singh believes “the process of hypnotherapy grows a path which maximizes chances for a healthy life". Hypnosis is effectively used in replacing anesthesia for surgery as well as by world-class athletes for addressing subconscious shifts in techniques. For over two decades, Radhika has worked closely with the sharpest, most successful people who are the foremost professionals in their fields—athletes, CEOs, actors, and business leaders addressing many kinds of psychosomatic and physiological disorders —employing hypnosis to discover underlying symptoms and alter behavior.
She believes, “Hypnotherapy offers a sensible road map for growth and healing. Humans are looking to fine-tune their potential in disparate ways. A baby wishes to extend his arms and legs to reach out to something of interest in sight. The suggestions the baby receives determine the efficiency with which a new behaviour is ingrained. Every act is moving towards balance. Hypnotherapy makes use of techniques of suggestibility, the understanding of the subconscious, to tame the human instinct to remain perseverant."
Radhika theorises further, “We were created as equal beings. The people who nurture the environment that surrounds us are responsible for making us strive harder, achieve more, and the process creates a competitive scenario. Stress did not just surface. It became something that belonged to the process of growth. The suggestion that without facing an ordeal, we cannot achieve anything became an embedded hypnotic command." She explains this practically “When people announce an engagement, the first question someone will ask is, are you stressed? When a mother is birthing her baby, there will be an embedded command to the father to become stressed, and that will be passed on to the mother and the baby. Stress is something we are asked to anticipate."
Radhika studied sports hypnosis and regression therapy, using both to enable hundreds of people to “trust themselves more and make valuable choices." In the year 2000, when Radhika received her license as a hypnobirthing practitioner, she soon realized that the entire family would need to work with her to ensure one calm birthing. This is because we have received so much more information that makes us believe that birthing a baby is a painful process than receiving information that makes us understand that it is a natural process. It is only the mother's response to the idea that it is a stressful process that triggers the flight or fight response creating the muscles to get stressed instead of being relaxed. Even if the mother were to teach her body to relax when it is time to birth – the collective response of fear in the family obstructs the mother's learned response and triggers resistance to natural birthing.
Radhika explains how. “The same theory works to obstruct the human momentum towards reaching its finest potential." In her words, “The mind is the body's controlling force. Hippocrates himself said that the body's natural tendency is toward health. If a body is left alone, it will naturally continue to function in a self-correcting way." Along-with assisting her clients to address their specific need, her focus is on facilitating each one to dismiss unnecessary suggestions received, and teach themselves to connect with the power within. Radhika has upskilled India’s topmost Olympic medallists, the likes of Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, World number one Ronjan Sodhi, and a list of others to fine tune their unique techniques using hypnosis to enable them to deliver specific suggestions into their subconscious mind—putting attention to the smallest detail to make subconscious changes. Diligent effort is required in re-working brain patterns. This is also true for changes in any form of behaviour.
Radhika’s trilogy of your books offers you a glimpse of the techniques she utilizes, yet for the uninitiated, they are a complete educational experience. They guide you to make yourself highly suggestible, so you may have more control over your own responses.
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