Last night I was listening to an interview with Bessel Van Der Kolk, a psychiatrist and researcher in the area of trauma and PTSD. I was very interested to hear him say, that from the perspective of how the brain functions, for us to change our lives, we need to be able to imagine it, using the parts of our brain that do this. For people who have experienced severe trauma, this part of the brain has often been damaged, impairing functioning and the capacity to imagine what they are wanting to create, so as they cannot create change in their lives. It was quite amazing to hear science confirm the efficacy of techniques that are used in hypotherapy and NLP and to understand more about why they work, in terms of how the brain functions.
I find in my work with clients, that people often do know what they want and yet have not taken the time to actively imagine the changes they are wanting to create in their life. It is through taking the time to visualise and to imagine with all of our senses, what we are wanting to create, in a specific area of our lives, that our brain begins to process this and look for ways to bring about the changes.
Our brain has the capacity to focus on a limited number of things at any one time. So it is through focusing on what we are wanting to create, that our brain begins to look for answers, solutions and possibilities to create it. Focusing on the outcome we want, rather than what we don’t want, will better assist us in creating it.
During a session, I assist people to develop and strengthen new neural pathways that support achieving the outcomes that they are wanting to achieve. One of the ways I do this is through asking questions that assist the person to get really clear about what they want and what that looks like, feels like and sounds like. I ask them to step fully into the experience of being, doing and having their outcome, which assists with developing new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour in the brain itself.
We live in exciting times, where science and the work of spirituality and consciousness are starting to meet and we can more fully understand how techniques and practices such as meditation, visualisation and hypnosis work to make changes in the brains functioning that flow through into our lives.
Katherine Amber Murray