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The Role of Control and the Influence of Hypnotherapy


Have you ever paused to consider the pervasive role of control in your life? Often operating beneath our conscious awareness, our efforts to control various aspects of our existence are both remarkable and unrelenting. From modulating our environment with climate control, to meticulously organizing our daily schedules, or managing interpersonal relationships, our pursuit of control is constant. This drive stems from our subconscious mind, a realm that prioritizes comfort, safety, and pleasure. The subconscious mind is the repository of our beliefs, behaviors, and emotions, which fuels our quest for control. Recognizing that control is the power to influence outcomes may help us understand its extraordinary impact on our lives.


The Energy of Control

Consider the enormous energy expended in our quest for control. Much of this occurs at a subconscious level. We inadvertently allow the need for control to dominate our lives. This creates a conflict between our conscious desires and subconscious impulses, with the latter often prevailing. Interestingly, our actual sphere of control is quite limited. Despite our relentless efforts to exercise control, we are but a small part of a vast universe. This realization brings to light the role of fear in our compulsion to exert control, particularly as we grapple with our inherent vulnerability. In most cases, control is an illusion. We do not control the weather or time. We cannot control change. We cannot will the sun to rise or set, and we are unable to indefinitely control others. But we can examine and discover solutions to reprogram our innate desire for control and create a life of harmony. 


Is Control Necessary?


Is control necessary, then? Perhaps harmony is key. When our attempts at control dictate our actions or negatively impact daily functioning, it's time to reassess, especially if past traumas are involved. Childhood, a phase of minimal control, leaves indelible imprints on our subconscious, forming habit patterns and beliefs intended protect us. While helpful in our early years, these mechanisms may become impediments to our awareness, peace, and self-growth in adulthood.


Strategies for Managing Control Issues

Mindfulness: Reflecting on our emotions and questioning our need for control in various situations can provide valuable insights, paving the way for new, more adaptive approaches.

Reconsidering Outcomes: Assessing whether control is necessary for achieving desired outcomes can be enlightening. Sometimes, relinquishing control not only conserves energy but also enriches our journey towards the goal.

The Law of Negative Effect: Obsessive desire for an outcome often leads to its elusiveness. By detaching from the result and focusing on the experience, we can alleviate this tension.

Embracing Letting Go: Paradoxically, letting go can lead to a greater sense of control. By relinquishing the need to control everything, we often find more security, certainty, and peace.


Hypnotherapy: A Tool for Change

For those who find some strategies only marginally effective, hypnotherapy offers a promising alternative. By directly accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can modify entrenched patterns and beliefs, enabling the adoption of more beneficial strategies for adult life. Gateway Hypnotherapy could be a resource worth exploring for a greater sense of harmony in your life. Understanding and managing our need for control can lead to a more fulfilling existence. Whether through mindfulness, reassessment of our goals, or hypnotherapy, finding the right approach to manage control issues and effect positive change is a journey worth undertaking.




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