Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: How Hypnosis Rewires the Reticular Activating System for Personal Transformation

Are you familiar with the reticular activating system? No need to panic if you’re not, because today we will delve into the mysterious realm of neuroscience and explore how this powerful system can be better supported with the help of hypnosis. So, buckle up and embark on a fascinating journey to uncover the hidden potential of your brain.

The reticular activating system (RAS) is an intricate network of neurons located in the brainstem. It plays a critical role in regulating our sleep-wake cycle, maintaining awareness, and filtering the overwhelming amount of information bombarding our senses. In simple terms, it acts as a gatekeeper, determining what gets our attention and what goes unnoticed.

Now, let’s introduce the concept of the unconscious mind. Deep within our brains lies a vast reservoir of thoughts, memories, and emotions that operate below the surface of our conscious awareness. This is what we call the subconscious or unconscious mind. While we may not be consciously aware of its workings, it influences our thoughts, behaviors, and perceptions in profound ways.

Here’s where hypnosis comes into play. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility that allows us to bypass the critical filter of our conscious mind and directly access the unconscious. By inducing a trance-like state, typically through relaxation techniques and guided imagery, hypnosis empowers us to tap into the hidden potential of our minds.

During hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind, implanting positive suggestions and facilitating transformative changes. By aligning our conscious desires with our subconscious programming, we can overcome limiting beliefs, enhance motivation, and unlock our true potential. It’s like upgrading the software of our minds to achieve our goals more effectively.

By aligning our conscious desires with our subconscious programming, we can overcome limiting beliefs, enhance motivation, and unlock our true potential. It's like upgrading the software of our minds to achieve our goals more effectively.

Now let’s understand how the RAS and hypnosis work hand in hand. The RAS, as mentioned earlier, filters the vast amount of information coming into our senses, allowing only what it deems important to reach our conscious awareness. By utilizing hypnosis, we can refocus the attention of the RAS towards our goals and desires, thereby amplifying the impact of our intentions.

Let’s consider an example to illustrate this concept. Imagine you have set a goal to become a confident public speaker. Without consciously focusing on this goal, the RAS does not prioritize information that supports this goal. Instead, your RAS continues to create awareness, gathering “evidence” to support the belief that you will not be a good speaker. This can make it difficult for you to make progress when your RAS looks for any potential signals that reflect potential judgment and rejection. However, incorporating hypnosis can help your RAS shift the focus to be open and even seek out supportive input around becoming a confident public speaker, actively noticing supportive environments and opportunities where growth and improvement can take place. 

Power of the Mind: Tapping into your Reticular Activating System

This refocused attention creates a shift in perception. You become more attuned to relevant information, resources, and opportunities that were previously overlooked. Suddenly, you may find yourself stumbling upon TED talks, books, or workshops that can help you boost your public speaking skills. It’s as if the universe conspires to assist you in achieving your desires.

The power of hypnosis goes beyond just achieving specific goals. By leveraging the RAS and unlocking the potential of our unconscious mind, we can bring about profound personal transformation. Hypnosis can help break free from self-limiting beliefs, conquer fears, and cultivate a more positive mindset. With practice, it can rewire our brain, paving the way for powerful lasting change.

So, how can you harness the power of hypnosis to support your transformation?


Here are a few practical steps to get started:

1. Find a qualified hypnotherapist: Seek out a certified hypnotherapist who specializes in your specific area of interest, whether it’s overcoming anxiety, improving self-esteem, or enhancing performance. They will guide you through the process, ensuring a safe and effective experience.

2. Set clear intentions: Define your goals and desires with clarity. By having a clear vision of what you want to achieve, you can direct the power of hypnosis towards specific areas of your life.

3. Embrace relaxation techniques: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation to create an optimal state to enjoy the process of hypnosis. This helps induce a calm  and receptive state with your unconscious.

4. Leverage self-hypnosis: Learn self-hypnosis techniques to become more self-reliant in enhancing your subconscious programming. With practice and consistency, you can fine tune your mind to better support your unique goals.


Remember, hypnosis is not a magic bullet that will suddenly transform your life overnight. It requires commitment and practice to fully achieve the desired outcome. As you embark on this journey of self-discovery, keep an open mind and embrace the possibilities that lie within you.

In conclusion, the reticular activating system and hypnosis form a powerful alliance in unlocking the hidden potential of our minds. By refocusing the attention of the RAS through hypnosis, we can amplify our intentions and reshape our perception of the world. Whether it’s achieving specific goals or undergoing profound personal transformation, hypnosis offers a gateway to harness the true power of our brain and create lasting change.

So, if you’re ready to take charge of your life and tap into the transformative possibilities that hypnosis and the reticular activating system offer, go ahead and embark on this incredible journey of self-discovery. Unlock the hidden potential of your mind, rewrite your story, and embrace the limitless possibilities that await you. The power is within you; all you need to do is take the first step.

Nina Saurer

Board Certified - Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach



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