by Philip Holder PhD.
Medical Coordinator – BodySmart Wellness
Grandmaster – North American Wing Chun Association
From copyrighted material. Copyright Philip Holder 2017
Grandmaster, North American Wing Chun Association

Properties Of The Subconscious

Young children usually take things at face value. To children, the world is often a magical place where anything they can imagine can be real. That’s one reason why, for we adults, watching a child’s gleeful excitement when they see a puppet show, a magic trick, or the first time they see Santa, warms our hearts. It reminds us of the innocent, playful mind of a child. Children (and many adults for that matter) tend to believe what they would like to believe. For children, it doesn’t have to have any basis in scientific fact or follow the laws of physics. It simply has to feel exciting and interesting. It’s important to acknowledge this concept when working with the subconscious mind. The subconscious, by definition, has no critical thinking ability. As well, it can’t rationalize or approach a topic logically. When an idea is presented to the subconscious, it either likes and accepts that idea or it does not like the idea and therefore will not accept it. In many ways it’s the same as when you go to the movies. You become emotionally engaged in the content, ignoring the fact that what you are watching are actors on a movie set acting out a script. The movie industry calls that, “Creating A Suspended State Of Disbelief”. When you buy your ticket, you are essentially agreeing to suspend disbelief for the duration of the movie. If you did not do so, the movie wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. This is no different than most principles applied when using therapeutic hypnosis.


Churches, Synagogues, Fraternal Organizations etc. would likely cease to exist without the inclusion of ritual. The function of Ritual is to bond people, as a group, to an belief, idea or concept. Group participation of ritual(s) is a means of accomplishing that. Ritual is a powerful tool in the practice of therapeutic hypnosis because it helps to bond people to an idea.

Application Of Ritual

The imaginative quality present within our inner child, combined with ritual, can be a powerful tool for BREAKING unwanted subconscious connections between two concepts, beliefs or behaviors. The connections that need breaking could be, Fear and Flying, Anxiety and Public Speaking, Anger and Relationships, Self Doubt and Performance and many more. One of the techniques that I use is shown in the video portion of this article. In this video example, I use, Waking Hypnotic Suggestion, Compliance, Theatre, Participation/Inclusion, Enhancement of the Imagination and of course RITUAL.

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