By Melissa Tiers
Coaching the unconscious mind is really the art of practical neuroscience. It’s an integrative system of change that’s both top down and bottom up. This means we cover everything from changing the brain to embodied beliefs and the deeper emotional primes that link them together.
Now that it’s possible to look inside a brain in action, we can see the effects of hypnosis, mental rehearsal, anchoring and many other techniques covered in the course. Research in priming and embodied cognition is proving that unconscious biases, filters, and heuristics influence every single aspect of perception, belief, behavior and decision making. This makes learning how to uncover and influence these unconscious strategies vital to helping people make lasting changes.
It has become common knowledge that we can rewire our brain more easily and quickly than we ever imagined. That because “neurons that fire together wire together” we have been helping our clients to change their brain long before we could prove it. By diving a little deeper into the science of synaptic connections and pruning we can create even more strategic interventions to help these processes along.
What’s really exciting about this research is not only can we teach our clients to rewire almost any habituated pattern and create alternative pathways, we can actually recode implicit emotional memories. And that’s a game changer.
Memory re-consolidation is being studied in labs all over the world, breathing new life into some old hypnotic standards while allowing us the flexibility to improvise. What we are only now beginning to understand, neurologically speaking, is that memories are not only active and malleable, but with the right circumstances, they are actually re-writable.
In my classes, I teach the necessary steps to this process so that they are incorporated into almost every intervention that has foundations in early childhood primes. Understanding the mechanics of how memories get re-coded allows us to innovate and adapt to a more client centered approach.
Some of my favorite studies are coming out of the field of embodied cognition and the research into the adaptive unconscious. The mainstream is only beginning to understand the extent to which we are driven by unconscious processing. By taking this research and developing ways of turning it into practical interventions, we can create a bridge from the lab to the session room. A transition that is rarely seen in more traditional forms of therapy and coaching.
On many levels, the body is the unconscious mind. You can’t affect one without the other. We can coach the immune system as well as influence healing on a cellular level. The growing field of epigenetics gives us a glimpse of how some of the interventions covered in the training have been actually turning on or turning off gene expression. The implications of this research are staggering and inspiring and have encouraged me to create protocols designed to target these areas.
When you begin to address all these levels in your coaching practice then change is generative and truly holistic. It’s an amazing time to be working in this mind field.
Melissa Tiers is the founder of The Center for Integrative Hypnosis and has a private practice in NYC. She is an award-winning author, lecturer, life coach, hypnosis trainer, and creator of Integrative Hypnosis.
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