Click ‘play’ on the audio player above to be guided through a hypnosis recording specifically geared towards healing addictive behavioral patterns. We recommend listening to it while lying down or sitting comfortably in a dark room. Do not listen to while driving.
Hypnotherapy is a healing modality that allows us to connect to our subconscious mind and innate inner wisdom. When we enter a deep state of hypnosis, we have access to stored memories, perspectives, and emotions that we can become conscious of and change with the guidance of our empowered inner intuition. When we do this work, deep shifts in our everyday reality can occur. This can include the ending of behaviors that fall under the label of “addictive.”
In our normal waking state, we usually oscillate between “beta brainwaves” (the rational and analytical mind) and “alpha brainwaves” (a mellow brain-state, like when reading a book or watching a movie). “Theta brainwaves” are one step below alpha waves and are what we tap into when we enter a state of hypnosis. Similar to that “in between” feeling you might experience when you wake up in the morning or fall asleep at night, theta brain waves have the tendency to feel like two realities mixed into one. In hypnotherapy, instead of “finding” thoughts, you experience a sense of “receiving” thoughts because you are undoubtedly tuned in to your subconscious mind. There is more than one way to allow a hypnotic state, but the most common method is through a deep guided relaxation and cues to the conscious mind to let go.
Truth be told, there is still much about these deep relaxed states and the mind-body connection that we don’t know. This “uncharted territory” is where I have personally found the most powerful, natural, and intuitive healing potential. This can be particularly powerful for changing what we know as “addictive” behaviors. Within the context of hypnotherapy, I understand addictive behaviors to be an outer reflection of an old perspective we have about ourselves that is internally guiding us, or “running the show.”
EACH PERSON IS INHERENTLY WORTHY, LOVED, POWERFUL, AND POSSESSING OF THEIR OWN SIGNATURE GIFTS. WE KNOW THIS AT A YOUNG AGE GENUINELY, WHICH IS WHY TODDLERS ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET.
You see each person is unique, and each person has their own guidance system that is available to them at any given moment. Each person is inherently worthy, loved, powerful, and possessing of their own signature gifts. We know this at a young age genuinely, which is why toddlers are the happiest people on the planet. But, we are evolving humans, and here on Earth things can get quite challenging!
So, what happens when life throws us circumstances that shakes things up? We simply forget. We forget our worth, we forget who we are, and we forget how to listen to our inner-guidance system. In our forgetfulness, we pick up beliefs and perspectives about ourselves that are not true, and we can hold onto those yucky beliefs for years, allowing them to dictate our lives. I am talking about those sneaky lingering thoughts like “I’m not good enough,” “I can’t do what I want,” “I have no value,” or “I’m worthless.”
How do we know for sure that we’re carrying a false perspective? Easily! It manifests in the way we feel, which in turn affects our behaviors, leading to things like addiction and other negative circumstances.
Can you see how these old hurts connect to addiction? Aside from the biological component of addiction, the thoughts and feelings that lead to addictive behaviors are simply attempts to fill a void. This can take the shape of compulsive negative thoughts about oneself or something as straightforward and simple as an addiction to cigarettes. It is an attempt to provide temporary relief to the unhappy feelings that come with that old perspective. It is just a self-soothing technique that has run its course. Just a temporary outlet attempting to quiet the pain/fear.
SO, IF YOU ARE AWARE OF AN ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR, REJOICE! THAT IS THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO HEALING.
So, if you are aware of an addictive behavior, rejoice! That is the first and most important step to healing. You realize that something is out of balance and it’s time to go within and heal. You are not lost, not out of place, you are simply ready to look within.
By releasing what no longer serves us, we create space for what truly is for us. And here is the coolest part — in hypnotherapy, you do not have to “create” new understanding because you already have it within! You already know on some level what it takes for you to heal and how to do it. Once we see for ourselves how we are ready to move forward, we do! In re-connecting with our innate power, our inner guidance system, hypnotherapy can be a huge help. Heal addiction by freeing the old and stepping into the new. As with all healing modalities follow your flow and choose the modality that most resonates with you. You and only you hold the keys to your healing!
WRITING EXERCISE FOLLOWING HYPNOSIS:
Over the next few days, journal about anything that came up for you. Specifically consider the following questions:
What perspective about yourself keeps you stuck in what you don’t prefer?
What new perspective allows you to be the version of you that you do prefer?
This audio hypnosis is part of our exploration into the theme of Addiction. If you’re interested in learning more about hypnosis, visit Caroline’s site, Healing Tides Hypnotherapy or check out some of our other stories on integrative hypnosis and negative thinking patterns.