What is the Subconscious Mind?


It is believed that the subconscious mind accounts for 90% of the mind and stores habits and beliefs, memory, personality, self image and such things. Picture an iceberg where only the very tip is shwing above the water line. Now imagine the rest of the huge bulk which lies below the water. That would represent the subconscious, ‘invisible’ part of our minds.
In fact with more than ten thousand external stimuli every day, imagine how difficult it would be if our mind had to deal with so many stimuli. For this reason the brain has evolved in such a way so as to protect the mind and to process many of these stimuli on auto pilot
In between the conscious and subconscious mind is a filter called the Reticular Activating System (R.A.S.). This particular filter has the job of scanning all the new stimuli from the outside world and decides the priority of each item. It is then sorted and some information is sent to the conscious mind and some to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious is responsible also for conducting basic functions like making your heart beat and putting one foot in front of the other. Without the power of the subconscious you would have to divert your attention to making the heart beat every second and would simply not be able to function effectively. Think what is was like last time you drove a car. Did you have to think about every manoeuver or were you somehow able to get from A to B with little or no conscious awareness of how you conducted such complex actions and maybe you still had your mind on a hundred and one different other thoughts. Your subconscious in effect drove for you based on the R.A.S. Anything we learn is processed and retained by the subconscious mind which is why we can use this to chnage many of our unwanted behaviours.
With access to your unconscious or subconscious mind you have the power to modify the internal neurological pathways which can sometimes be responsible for all kinds of unproductive behaviours and thoughts, from addictions to phobias. This internal framework relies on all kinds of multi-sensory process which sometimes become corrupted by years of patterned behaviours. Something we process subconsciously becomes a part of us like our names and cannot easily be modified without using a key to unlock the internal mechanism. The tool most commonly used is NLP or Neuro Lingustic Programming. At Cumbria Hypnosis we use NLP as one of the many ‘keys’ to accessing the subconscious mind so that these traits and feelings can be effectively changed for the better. Whether you are wanting to overcome a particualr phobia, like fear of flying or maybe you are just wanting more control over you nerves in meetings, or even have some desire to stop eating as much or outgrowing any number addictions, then NLP and in particular SCRT (Subconscious Code Reprogramming Therapy) may be the answer you have been looking for.
To find out more about how Cumbria Hypnosis can help you follow our links above to more information and professional advice.
David Faratian BA(hons) DcHp AEPT MPNLP


Hypnosis Alone Cannot Treat Smoking


Smoking is one of the toughest habits to break, and with good reason. For most people, knowing how to quit smoking proves to be a mystery and more often than not the attempts to get away from tobacco and smoking are futile and short lived. This isn’t to say that you can’t become a non-smoker but the usual routes of will power, nicotine patches and now even e-cigarettes can only partially help break the cycle of smoking long term.

So why is it so difficult to stop smoking by yourself? The reason is simple, you are not only addicted to the pattern of smoking and of course the chemical addiction goes without saying, but you are also locked into a pattern of feeling, which underpins every cigarette you smoke. For this reason no matter how much you try to resist that cigarette, your feelings or emotions will win over your decision every time and that is a very difficult bond to break. Think of a person, who tells themselves they will stop eating cup cakes. That decision to stop eating cup cakes may last for a while by ‘being good’ or choosing to eat a piece of fruit every time they let that temptation enter their minds, but ultimately that push and pull of that resisting the temptation will constantly plague the senses until finally they either give in and have a cup cake or more likely they will have three or four. We are constantly trapped by the feelings that drive us toward the behaviours we adopt, but at an unconscious level.

Nobody really believes that smoking is pleasant or that they actually like the taste of tobacco, but what they do ‘enjoy’ is the illusion of feeling more relaxed for some reason when they smoke. This illusion results not only from the psychoactive properties of nicotine itself but also through some forgotten association with a sense of being independent and free, probably originating in some childhood experience when those rebellious tendencies, which triggered the habit, would have originated. The action of inhaling is often misconstrued with a sense of relaxing, but of course this is a fallacy, and in fact, the action of inhaling poison pure and simple into the lungs is one of the stressful things you could actually do to your body.

So what can be done? Of course it would be nice to think that therapy like hypnosis has all the answers, but I am here to tell you that if that is the claim then it is simply untrue. Merely suggesting that a person can think differently about smoking is only part of the solution. Through my experience as a therapist, I have become increasingly more aware that strong addictions underpinned by chemical influences as well as strong patterns need an array of techniques to break down the addiction. In some sense the behaviour of smoking must be seen as a layered addiction, which requires not only psychological disassociation from the pattern but also the ability to not fight the behaviour but instead make the choice to release the patterns of feeling which compel the person to smoke in the first place. In my experience the most powerful changes are sustained once the person is in a position where it is as ok to smoke, as it is not to. I know this may sound contradictory, but try to visualize a tug of war, which ultimately leads to a stale mate. Then see a situation when both sides are holding onto a rope, but instead of resisting either side has the choice to win with just a slight pull one way or the other. Once the fight is taken away then the habit can literally fall away because the patterns of feeling, which led to the behaviour are no longer present.

At Cumbria Hypnosis, we believe that our approach is unique and uses the most cutting edge strategies for permanently letting go of tobacco and smoking. At our stop smoking clinic, we use a triad of psychological techniques, including SCRT and NLP as well as exclusive emotion release strategies to help the smoker effectively outgrow their habit. Sustainable change requires a real shift from within to really address the problem, and with our system we show you how to empower yourself to do just that. If you would like to find out more then simply Click Here and make your request for a completely free phone consultation or call 0797 4319510 directly to discuss how you can outgrow your need to smoke starting today.

Wishing you the very best,

David Faratian (NLP Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist) BA(Hons) Dchp AEPT


Subconscious Code Reprogramming Therapy

Subconscious Code Reprogramming Therapy

The way we construct our percpetion of the world is very much dependent on the senses we relate to SIGHT, SMELL, TASTE , TOUCH and SOUND. We experience and feel emotion based on what we perceive and often this process is processed on an unconscious level. What this means is that using this knowledge we can dramtically alter the way a person feels by displacing their initial representation of these internal ‘pictures’. Here exclusively at Cumbria Hypnosis we use a unique blend of NLP (neuro-linguisitic programming), SCRT (Subconscious Code Reprogramming Therapy) and hypnotherapy to bring about changes in all areas of a person’s life, including, depression, anxiety, addictions and of course fears and phobias. This therapy is highly effective with any habit or behaviour, which is rooted in past experience or pattern formed experience (schema) such as comfort eating, smoking, alcohol addiction.

If you weren’t born with the issue there’s a good change that SCRT can decode it. We think of the brain at birth like a beautifully clean computer, in most cases you’re born without ‘viruses’ or any learned ‘programmes’. As we grow and develop we learn behaviours and our mind is so powerful that if we believe we have the issues then simply we do! Our body doesn’t know the difference.

SCRT can decode the programme that contains the ‘virus’ and effectively remove it from your system and replace it with the chosen behaviour or emotion . SCRT treats various other issues including certain allergies, jealousy, lack of creativity, feelings of guilt and issues that can’t quite be described but are easily felt.

Infact the list of things our treatment can help is endless with many more applications being discovered all the time…. If you believe SCRT can help you then simply fill out your details on our main enquiry form and David Faratian SCRT Consultant will call you to see how SCRT can work for you.

Click here for testimonials of how our system has helped hundreds of people.

Wishing you all the best

David Faratian


What is NLP? (Neuro Linguistic Programming)


“NLP is an explicit and powerful model of human experience and
communication. Using the principles of NLP it is possible to describe any
human activity in a detailed way that allows you to make many deep and lasting
changes quickly and easily.” Richard Bandler and John Grinder (Founders of NLP)

NLP is short for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The name sounds high
tech, yet it is purely descriptive.

Neuro refers to neurology, our nervous system - the mental pathways
our five senses take which allow us to see, hear, feel, taste and smell.

Linguistic refers to our language ability; how we put together words
and phrases to express ourselves, as well as how our "silent language"
of movement and gestures reveals our states, thinking styles and more.

Programming, taken from computer science, refers to the idea that
our thoughts, feelings and actions are like computer software programs.
When we change those programs, just as when we change or upgrade
software, we immediately get positive changes in our performance. We
get immediate improvements in how we think, feel, act and behave.

With this powerful psychology here at Cumbria Hypnosis we can modify many behavious and conditions. When it comes to dealing with feelings and habits like weight loss and smoking and fears and phobias, NLP can be one of the most effective solutions. NLP is now readily accpeted as a scientifically viable way of treating many conditions. If you would like to find out which ailements and habits can be treated please click theTREATMENT link at the top of this page.

David Faratian (NLP Master Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist)


The power of the human mind

  • Please picture an iceberg and now imagine that the iceberg is submerged and all that you can see is the very top of it. The rest of that huge bulk lies deep below the water. Well, if you were now to imagine that the bit that you can see above the water approximately 10% represents the part of your mind that you use during an entire lifetime, while the bit below that huge roughly 90% is the part of your brain that never gets used, then you’ll understand how we are not only underutilizing our very own ‘supercomputer’ but just consider the potential of the mind which many people miss out on. In the words of author James Allen “ You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you”

    I hope that the reader finds the information interesting, educational and certainly helpful in what it may open up in terms of opportunities for personal development. I will begin as from next week exploring how the mind can be used for faster and more effective learning by discussing the fascinating subject of accelerated learning and memory, so whether you are an emerging student or a more mature learner looking to maximize your brain’s potential you may just wish to ‘tune in’ next time. Let the journey into mastering your mind begin.


    Colour spinning

    Colour Spinning – Keeping your emotions under control

    One of the most paralysing and worrying emotions people face throughout their careers is that of fear borne out of self doubt about a particular situation and its potential outcome. What NLP teaches us is that often this ‘fear’ is nothing more than an illusion, a construct of our own imaginations, and since this is the case, there is no better ally in dealing with this type of emotion than the imagination itself. The self talk that constantly unsettles and deceives us before we have even faced a particular situation can be damaging and unnecessary but herein lies the beauty of NLP in its simplicity to change perspective and quickly neutralise these negative feelings.

    With the following technique you must first establish mentally what the problem you might be facing is. Then with your eyes closed try to imagine experiencing that situation as clearly as your imagination will allow. Try to ‘see’ ‘hear’ and ‘feel’ and bring as much clarity to the imagined situation as you can. Where do you experience this feeling most? Usually people will identify the anxiety of a perceived challenge as starting somewhere below their solar plexus. Now, can you identify which way that feeling moves? In other words, it is rare that when you feel anxiety that it will simply habituate in one place, and it is far more likely that the feeling will rotate somehow and usually that feeling will be like a churning upward feeling. If this is the case try to imagine this ‘churning’ feeling as a colour. The colour itself could be any colour you wish, although contrast will be important for this exercise so try to choose a colour you associate with ‘negative’. Now with your eyes closed and using the breathing techniques which are explained in this book, imagine pulling this churning , rotating colour ring out of your stomach, flipping it over and giving it another more ‘positive’ colour. As you do this, make sure you spin the new colour ring in the opposite direction so that instead of it churning upwards and round it will instead be perceived as spinning in the opposite direction. Finally bring the new rotating ring back inside your chest and breathe more calmly.

    If you have done this as explained then you should notice a dramatic reduction in anxiety. Of course reading about the process and doing the exercise are very different so make sure you actually give the exercise a go. At cumbria hypnosis we show you how to use similar stratgies to self empower and negate unnecessary paralyzing emotion.


    Eliminating Fear

    Swish’ – Eliminating Your Fear in Five Minutes

    A variation on same theme as colour spinning is called the ‘swish’ method. With this technique you learn to literally ‘swish’ the problem from a negative one into a more positive one. This technique is slightly more complex because it requires you to go through a number of stages to reach the final desired effect but by following the guidance carefully you should learn to master this powerful approach quickly and easily.

    So let’s begin. Firstly it is important to find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Make sure your mobile phone is switched to silent and ensure you have a comfortable place to sit. I always say ‘sit’ because with this kind of exercise there is the danger that once you enter a reflective, meditative state you could easily fall asleep if you happen to be lying down. Now consider a situation where you were strong and sure of yourself. This need not be related to a current memory, just any scenario where you felt good about yourself, your achievements and your emotions were more than positive. Now try to imagine this as vividly as you possibly can. See colours, hear sounds and feel your emotions as if you were there right now.

    Next imagine pushing that scene off to the right. Use your imagination and push the picture you just created off to the right. In front of you create a new picture. This one should be the current challenging situation you are facing. ‘See’ this scene with equal clarity as the previous one. Now here is the trick – You must now imagine this image getting gradually smaller, duller, and with less colour. The image must gradually fade and become smaller and smaller. At same time take the positive experience which is waiting over to the right and literally ‘swish’ it very quickly right in front of the fading image and make it completely mask and overshadow the negative experience. Make the image bright, colourful and bigger than before. Now immerse yourself once more in this positive experience. What you should find is that your immediate challenge is now reduced. Repeat this process as many times as you need to.


    Mind Over Cancer


    Research has shown that harbouring negative emotions in the mind and body is one of the major causes of psychosomatic illnesses today. It is possible that past trauma, anger, resentment, sadness, regret, guilt and other negative emotions which  have not been resolved are embedded deep in our subconscious memories, causing an imbalance in the body which could manifest as illness and chronic pain.

    This program allows you to bring would bring about a  new refreshing, holistic approach to healing through your mind. Each session is dealt with empathy, compassion, caring and understanding.  These sessions are known to cause a positive shift within you and can turn your health around dramatically!

    Note: Through various studies,  research has shown that hypnotherapy can have tremendous benefits to those requiring hospital care and especially for patients before and after surgery. The healing times for those who undergo some form of relaxation and hypnotherapy before surgery is minimised, patients feel more in control and less stressed and this assists in overall healing of the body.

    Why not have a go at this short exercise now?