What Do Essential Oils And Hypnosis Have In Common?
They both work at the subconscious level.
We have five senses. Four of them — sight, touch, hearing, and taste — go through interpretive areas of the brain. They are filtered. But when you smell, tiny molecules drift high up into the nose to a set of receptors linked directly to the olfactory bulb and a primitive part of the brain associated with emotions and memory. This provides a subconscious, unfiltered link between strong memories and aromas.
Hypnotherapy, like aroma, also works at the level of the subconscious to alter or influence behavior. Think of the brain as a big circle. At the base of this circle is the primitive brain, focused on fight or flight. Above it sits the subconscious, a vast reservoir of pluses (positive experiences and associations) and minuses (negative experiences and associations). The subconscious is indiscriminate in terms of what it allows in — the true, the false, the imagined are all welcome here.
At about age 8 or 9, a shield of critical thinking and filtering develops, which separates the subconscious from the developing conscious mind — the repository of logic, reasoning, decision-making, and willpower. This separation is both useful and problematic. On the one hand, it prevents falsehoods and unexamined beliefs from becoming true on a subconscious level. On the other hand, it prevents direct communication with the subconscious.
In hypnosis, however, that shield is penetrated so the subconscious can be directly accessed and altered. A conscious decision to eat healthy shouldn’t be hard, but the subconscious associates pasta with energy, ice cream with stress reduction, and so on. These positive associations are deep-seated. Since the subconscious controls about 90% of our behavior, that means we need to get through to the subconscious to change behavior.
Using hypnosis and essential oils simultaneously offers multiple access points to the subconscious. Certain aromas — for example frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood — enhance meditation. If an individual associates an aroma with meditation, at some point the aroma itself — or even just imagining the smell — can place that person in a meditative frame of mind. This occurs because the subconscious doesn’t distinguish between what is imagined and what is real.
Likewise, the smell of grapefruit essential oil, a natural appetite suppressant, can be associated with feelings of satiety. At first, one might need to actually smell the oil to curb one’s appetite, but with familiarity, feelings of fullness can be initiated just by imagining the smell of grapefruit.
The effect would be even stronger if the association is made in hypnosis. Here the subconscious enters a state of heightened suggestibility where it is receptive to the logic and reasoning of the conscious mind. By harnessing the power of the subconscious, hypnotherapy leads to permanent, positive change.
Carolyn Jenkins leads several programs designed to expand and enhance spiritual practice and physical well being through hypnotherapy, essential oils, and other healing modalities. Visit EssentiallyHoly.com.