When a person wishes to achieve a certain goal, the relaxed yet heightened awareness reached in trance allows the mind to be highly receptive to suggestions that support that goal. When a person is feeling relaxed, the hypnotherapist may open a pathway between the client’s conscious mind (I WANT) and subconscious mind (I NEED). Integrating these two sides of us breaks down the conflicts that we sometimes experience but seem to have little control over. Let’s take for an example the person trying to lose weight. The conscious mind will say: I want to drop (X) pounds. I am determined to drop that weight. The subconscious Mind, however may have another agenda, and it could go something like this: “I need, and deserve, sugar, pasta and chips. When I was feeling lonely, eating helped me to deal with the emotional discomfort. Food is my best friend. I need a reason to change, along with a good alternative as well. When I know how this new way can benefit me, I will quickly shift into this new method.” By integrating the conscious mind (I want) with the needs of the subconscious, old behaviors get released and lasting change happens.