Hypnosis is a very effective tool for unlocking the power of the subconscious mind, thereby changing your limiting beliefs and pre-existing assumptions, and making it possible to realize your greater potential. It is an altered state of consciousness and a heightened responsiveness to suggestion. Hypnosis is designed to communicate with the subconscious mind using images, sounds and feelings.
Hypnosis has existed for hundreds of years. It achieved its formal recognition by the American Medical Association in 1958. Although hypnotherapy is not a cure for all of life’s problems, it is completely safe and helpful. It is often used to alleviate pain, quit smoking, release weight, improve sleep, reduce stress, overcome fear, increase motivation, improve memory, overcome grief, find financial freedom, and recover from addictive patterns. With the experience of hypnotherapy, anything is possible.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Once people really understand this fact, they may enter deep states of hypnosis while still retaining the power to resist unwanted suggestions. The most accurate way to define hypnosis is to call it guided meditation. It is a natural state of mind. You don’t have to work hard for hypnotherapy to be effective. In fact, just the opposite is true. All you need to do is relax and let it happen. If you want it to happen, expect it to happen, and let it happen… it will happen!
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for unlocking the power of the subconscious mind, thereby changing your limiting beliefs and pre-existing assumptions, and making it possible to realize your greater potential. It stimulates a heightened state of consciousness allowing for an increased responsiveness to suggestion. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that happens normally in everyday living. For example, anytime we become engrossed in a novel or movie, or focused on a task, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.
Hypnosis has existed for hundreds of years. It achieved its formal recognition by the American Medical Association in 1958. The Mayo Clinic states, “Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions, or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis that’s conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medicine treatment.”
What are the benefits of hypnosis?
Hypnosis, when facilitated by someone who is competently trained, empowers a person to align their subconscious beliefs with their conscious decisions. Since action stems from the subconscious mind, changing these belief systems enables the desired change in behavior.
It is often used to alleviate pain, quit smoking, release weight, improve sleep, reduce stress, overcome fear, increase motivation, improve memory, overcome grief, and recover from addictive patterns.
Does a hypnotized person give up control? Can they be made to do something against their will?
Have you ever been absorbed in a movie or TV show? You were literally in a hypnotic trance, yet you still had the power to emerge from that state if desired. Similarly, your mind may be guided by a hypnotherapist, just as it is with a movie or TV show, yet you are aware of all that is going on and you are in control. Some people describe hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness. I think of it as a heightened state of consciousness because you are accessing more of your mind.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Mostly, but not if they don’t want to be hypnotized. Studies have shown that approximately 15% of the population can be hypnotized very easily, 15% are unhypnotizable, while the remaining 70% fall in between.
If you can answer yes to some of the following questions, it is likely you fall in the 85% of the populations that can be hypnotized.
- Are you intelligent and creative?
- Do you have a good imagination? Can you close your eyes and conjure up the fragrance of a rose, or recall what it feels like to have the sun shinning on your skin, or see an image of a loved one’s face?
- Have you ever gotten so immersed in what you were doing that you lost track of time or felt as if you were somewhere else?
- Have you ever gotten so absorbed in a movie, television show, or novel that it was as if you were part of what was going on? Perhaps tensing up and clenching your jaw when the plot grows more suspenseful, or feeling sad when a good character dies?
- Do you play any musical instruments, like to write, or have any artistic training?
- Have you ever achieved good results from relaxation exercises such as yoga, t’ai chi or meditation?
- Do you ever daydream? Perhaps imaging what you would do and how you feel if you won the lottery; or imagining the worst when a loved one is late?
Will hypnosis work if I am not visual?
Yes. People are primarily visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. During hypnosis you will resource all of your senses, so you may see images, hear messages, or get a sense or feeling about what is being suggested. Hypnosis uses your imagination. If you do not see the picture, you simply imagine that you do, if you do not hear the sound, you simply imagine that you do, and if you do not feel the feeling, you simply imagine that you do; it is just as effective.
What about people who are very uptight and can’t relax, can these people be hypnotized?
If a person is very uptight and has difficulty relaxing, hypnosis is exactly what they need. It is an incredible tool for stress management. Hypnosis is progressive and cumulative. As they listen to hypnosis recordings daily, they will have an easier time entering a state of relaxation.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Each experience is unique to the individual. Some report feeling sensations of relaxation, other liken it to daydreaming, and others express not being aware of any difference at all.
How do I know if I have really been hypnotized?
Hypnotherapy is simply a state of deep relaxation. If you feel deeply relaxed during the session, you are in a state of hypnosis, and will get the benefits.
What are the states of sleep?
Beta is when we are awake and alert.
Alpha is when we are relaxed while still awake.
Theta is deep relaxation or a “light” sleep.
Delta is our deepest sleep.
How often or what time of day shall I listen to my hypnosis to make it most effective?
I suggest listening to ONE hypnosis recording at least ONCE a day, every day. You can listen anytime of the day or night, just NEVER while driving or operating machinery. You can even fall asleep while listening to it. You will benefit most if you are in a quiet, uninterrupted space. Daily listening will support the changes taking place in your subconscious mind.