Understanding The Kamikaze Effect
We’ve all watched that incredible footage from World War II where bright, young Japanese pilots, at the very peak of their lives willingly flew their planes into enemy warships. Granted these individuals had an extremely different worldview than our own but we can only marvel at what would motivate someone to throw their lives away in such a seemingly callous manner. One thing we can agree upon is that these men were driven by internal forces, motivation and belief systems that were far greater than their rational thinking.
While we might never wish to inflict physical harm upon others in many ways we act in incredibly destructive ways in our everyday lives. Day in and day out we engage in habits and use behavior that is damaging to both ourselves and those around us. We too are driven by powerful, internal forces. Throwing caution and good sense to the wind we symbolically smash our planes into the side of ships. While the Kamikaze died with a sense of national honor and pride we usually act out under the banner of shame and humiliation. We choose to do things, to say things and behave in ways that we know are utterly wrong and hurtful to those around us but we do them anyway and often repeat them over and over again. We are extremely intelligent and caring people but we continue to willingly smash ourselves, our relationships and our self image to smitherines each time we do the very thing we despise. We know what we’re doing is wrong but regardless of the fact, we keep doing it. Be it smoking, overeating, lying, having fits of rage, or even dealing with some irrational fear that keeps us frozen from moving ahead, we blindly jump into our aircraft and fly off into the sunset of frustration and regret. What on earth motivates us to act in ways that we consciously know violates our own rational desires and moral code? It defies all logic, and sense and reason . . . but it is a reality and a seemingly unstoppable force in our lives.
From birth until the age of about eight or nine years of age we are basically wide open books. We take in information, suggestions and experiences from everywhere and just except them as truth. We believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy - our filter for logic and conscious assessment has still yet to be fully developed. During this time we take in thousands of pieces of information, observations and experiences and store them in the subconscious mind, wether good or bad, they go in there and we regard them as ‘knowns’ or ‘friendly’. As time progresses we develop habits and coping mechanisms that ‘jive’ with those long established ‘knowns’ and they become cemented and sealed deep within us. Later in life when we begin to understand that we don’t have to live like that anymore we may make a conscious decision to change our behavior. But as we are soon amazed at how seemingly impossible it is to stop those old behaviours, even though we know logically that they are wrong. Like those young Japanese pilots we are moved along to (personal) destruction by forces we don’t understand. So what can we do?
Through hypnosis we can create an opening, a doorway if you will that allows us to bypass the conscious mind and work directly with that subconscious mind that stores all those ‘knowns’. We bypass that part of our selves that knows what we’re doing is wrong and speak directly to the part that pushes us to keep doing the behavior. By using hypnotic suggestions we can change the way an individual feels about any given habit, motivation or negative belief system and free them from the never ending cycle they've found themselves in. This is all done in a completely non judgmental, non critical manner.