What is hypnosis?
Most people are conditioned by movies and television to think hypnosis is an evil tool that is used by scowling, menacing figures who live in the shadows. This shady character is a far cry from the professional hypnotist. Negative portrayals degrade the value of the state of hypnosis and spread misinformation. In fact, hypnosis is a natural state of mind that all of us experience every single day.
Have you ever found yourself engaged by a project that focused all your attention on the task at hand, and the time seemed to fly by? Have you ever tried to speak with somebody who was working behind a keyboard and you had trouble getting his or her attention? These scenarios describe a natural state of hypnosis, which is also called a natural hypnotic trance.
Any person who is willing to be hypnotized can experience hypnosis.
A natural hypnotic trance is a state of mind where intense focus eliminates distractions from the external world, and your internal world expands. The door to your subconscious opens wide. Another common state of hypnosis in our day-to-day lives is daydreams. How often have you “spaced out” and found yourself not using your conscious mind at all – simply thinking of nothing? Most researchers are now in agreement on the definition of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is… the by-pass of the Critical Factor of the Conscious Mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.
What does hypnosis do?
Hypnosis is a tool that is used to help people reach their goals. It is not a cure-all that can be administered once and never revisited. Hypnosis is useful and highly effective when applied for subconscious issues such as weight gain, stress, insomnia, pain, and shyness.* There are dozens of uses for hypnosis. As mentioned earlier, the definition of hypnosis is the quieting of the conscious mind to allow access to the powerful subconscious mind. The process of hypnosis is a natural state that involves complete relaxation and passivity. The activation of the subconscious mind allows suggestions to be made easily without passing through the judgment of the conscious mind.
Why Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis uses the power of suggestion to influence the subconscious mind.* Tapping into the subconscious provides lasting results in a person’s exhibited behaviors. The subconscious mind is the primary influence on a person’s attitudes, beliefs, and behavior.
Hypnosis is the tool that can be used to reprogram the subconscious to make lasting changes to undesirable behaviors and thought patterns that are evident in the conscious mind.*
Hypnosis is used to change your fundamental beliefs in the way in which you view yourself and others, and the underlying reasons why you feel and act the way you do. The brain is like a tape recorder. Your thoughts are like recordings in your mind. The thoughts that you have throughout every day are really just the recordings being played back. Once your mind is programmed to think a certain way, then that is how you think. If this way of thought is hindering you from living up to your full potential, then you can benefit from hypnosis. Hypnosis is used to reprogram old thoughts and beliefs to give you more desirable behaviors and attitudes.*
What Does it Feel Like to Be Hypnotized?
Being hypnotized is really a state of heightened consciousness. A common myth is that you will actually lose consciousness – that simply is not true!
You will be much more aware then before. This is because of your highly focused concentration and relaxed state. After the first hypnosis session, participants often say the hypnotic induction was much different than they expected. Pre-established opinions of hypnosis make subjects think it is much more extreme and intense than it actually is. It is common for people to think that they have not actually been hypnotized at all, when in fact they have. Many first-timers say that they hear every word and experience a complete relaxation unlike anything achievable without hypnosis. It may take several hypnosis sessions for a subject to equate this feeling of comfort and relaxation with hypnosis.
how does hypnosis work?
- 1 Induction. This is used to induce hypnosis in a subject. The process of relaxing the conscious mind and relaxing the body.
- 2 Deepening. This creates a higher level of concentration in the subject and helps them focus more deeply.
- 3 Suggestions. Here’s where the “seed” is planted for change in the subject’s subconscious. Suggestions are used to help them work through the desired changes in the subconscious.
- 4 Awakening. A planned process that allows the subject to awaken comfortably. The