I watched The Adjustment Bureau the other day which is a great metaphor about the relationship between the conscious and subconscious minds.

In the film, there are guys in suits and hats that go about unnoticed in the world making adjustments to keep everyone within the big plan. The big plan is written by the chairman, but we never find out who the chairman is. Individuals do not have any say about their place in the plan. This is a modern reworking of religious metaphors such as God and Angels or deities presented in a business structure.

In the film, Matt Damon’s character represents the conscious mind. He is trying to do something, but the adjustment bureau keep getting in the way and changing things back. They represent the subconscious mind.

In your life, subconsciously, you have a plan and you cannot consciously digress from that plan no matter how hard you try. If you want to change your life something has to change subconsciously for it to have a lasting effect.

The last line of the film is spoken by an agent of the Adjustment Bureau to Matt’s character:

Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along who knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize freewill is a gift that you’ll never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that’s the chairman’s real plan. That maybe one day, we won’t write the plan, you will.”

Matt Damon works extremely hard to get what he wants in the film and hat off to him. In life though, the idea is not to be making all decisions consciously to try to overpower your subconscious. The idea is to have your conscious and subconscious perfectly aligned so that getting what you want is almost effortless. That is what this story is telling us and that is what we will work to achieve if you come and see me for some hypnosis. In hypnosis we have a chat with the subconscious and get it to change the plan; in turn, it changes your conscious experience of the world – everyone is happy.

About Alex


Alex Vrettos is The Worthing Hypnotist using direct hypnosis, metaphor, parts therapy, subconscious negotiation to change any unwanted feelings and behaviours specialising in treatment of anxiety and fear related issues. He has an informal style that is solution focused and usually gets results within the first session or two.