The Subconscious Mind is the most powerful part of our mind. It's essentially a huge data base of information, logging every feeling, experience, sensation and memory we have ever had in our lifetime. It encompasses creativity & imagination, long term memory, habits & addictions, feelings & emotions, beliefs, involuntary movement, instincts, values and language. This is the part of our mind that is in control and that will help you to achieve your goals.
Hypnosis accesses the Subconscious Mind in order to make changes that are much more effective than will power. It is where our imagination is stored. Imagination is not just creativity, it our also our perception of the world. Our imagination, or perception, is different and unique to us. We need to remember though that our perception, although it is reality to us, it's not necessarily the truth, just our perception of things.
The Subconscious Mind is the home of our long term memory. Every piece of information ever received through any of our five senses is stored in our Subconscious Mind. Through our whole life everything we hear, feel, or experience leaves an imprint on us from which we build up a huge database of information which forms who we are, our habits and what we believe. It is a highly organized system which works by association - for example, if you hear a favourite song, maybe the first dance from your wedding, feelings come back of the memories associated with that song. The same can be said of a break up song or a food that has made you sick in the past - they will bring back the negative associations that you have with them.
We use this information to form our 'learnt lessons' and we build our opinions and responses accordingly. These learnt lessons provide the basis of our self protection. we learn what is dangerous or potentially harmful to us and then avoid these things. For example , if you have ever fallen down some steps and hurt yourself you will most likely find that you're now quite cautious around them, watching how you tread so that you don't make the same mistake again. Your subconscious has learnt the lesson that steps can be hazardous, that you can hurt yourself if you fall, and you feel cautious in order to keep yourself safe.
Sometimes, though, the lessons we learn are not 'correct' or helpful to us and become irrational fears, phobias or addictions. If you take something like a fear of spiders as an example. The average spider that you are likely to come into contact with in the UK is not a threat, not going to cause you any serious harm or put you in danger. Anyone with a phobia of spiders knows this in their conscious mind - the rational part knows that there is no real danger. The route of the phobia was probably a scare as a very young child which has become a 'learnt lesson', deeply embedded in the subconscious mind. Whatever the conscious mind knows, the subconscious mind will revert to the lesson it knows to protect us and the phobia will over power the rational part of the mind as the subconscious mind is so much stronger.
Hypnosis provides an effective way to change 'learn lessons' and is much more powerful than will power alone as it can help re-write the lesson and replace it with a positive message. In terms of hypnosis for birth, the lesson we have learnt throughout our lives is that birth is painful and something to be afraid of. We are able to use hypnosis to overcome that fear, replace the negative beliefs with a positive belief and expectation that birth can be a calm, relaxed and beautiful experience.