What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a technical term for a natural state of mind. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation and focused concentration. Brain scans show that the brain enters into a specific state under hypnosis, similar to the time just before you fall asleep when one enters the alpha state.
This is a very pleasant state of mind, people simply feel very relaxed. It is a normal state of mind, therefore many people do not even feel they are in hypnosis, but simply very relaxed. During the alpha state, the mind is very open to imagery and subconscious material emerges more freely.
There is an enhancement of emotional learning and increased insight. The hypnotic state is frequently experienced during times of daydreaming, prayer or meditation, or “highway hypnosis” when we’ve been staring at the road for prolonged periods of time.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be used for many things, including changing bad habits, getting rid of unwanted weight, pre and post-surgery, and curing insomnia. It is also effective in dealing with anxiety, fears and phobias, depression and acute and chronic illness.
Can I be Hypnotized?
In the late 1950's Stanford University learned through subsequent studies that any person with normal intelligence can be hypnotized. Some are more easily hypnotized than others. The person must want to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a natural, though altered, state of mind. You enter some form of use you haven’t been paying attention. Everyone goes through natural, altered states of hypnosis several times a day, like when you are driving and pass your turn-off, before they fall asleep, and as they come into wakefulness. Therefore, most people can enter hypnotic relaxation easily, provided they want to.
How will I know I am hypnotized?
There is no such a thing as a hypnotized feeling and most clients on completion would say they “felt deeply relaxed and aware”. Others may feel lightness or a tingling feeling, others feel heaviness while others report they did not feel anything. However, during hypnosis, unconscious awareness expands, and clears space for the issue in focus. The positive change in your behavior after the sessions is the most important aspect of your hypnotherapy session.
Can a person in hypnosis be controlled?
No. It only appears that way in stage hypnosis. Professional hypnosis is quite different. A hypnotherapist is there to help with your issues and needs your participation with the process yet you are always in control. If the hypnotherapist were to give you suggestions that you didn’t agree with or were morally against your beliefs, you would either reject them.
Can a hypnotist make me do something I don’t want to do?
All hypnosis is actually "self-hypnosis." You are allowing the hypnotist to guide you into your deeper and broader memory and other resources. Since it is a 100% consent state, no one can hypnotize you against your will. You are free to reject and receive any suggestion at any time.
Can I get "stuck" in the hypnotic state?
You can’t get stuck. Since hypnotic levels are altered states between being fully awake and being completely asleep, you would merely fall asleep and wake up when you are ready.
Will I reveal any secrets when hypnotized?
No. Hypnosis is not a lie detector or a truth serum that makes people incapable of lying or keeping secrets. You will not reveal any intimate secrets you would not tell while awake. Since you are in charge, and letting yourself be hypnotized, your own mind determines how much or how little you wish to contribute to a hypnosis session. You can just as freely answer and not answer questions in a hypnotic state as you do in a wide-awake one.
5 Fascinating Facts About Hypnosis:
- We all experience hypnosis every single day of our lives (multiple times a day), whether we consciously realize it or not. Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness.
- Hypnosis is not a sleep state; but the state between ‘awake’ and ‘asleep’. There are different levels and depths of hypnosis but the state itself is simply one of lower conscious mind activity and higher subconscious activity.
- Hypnosis can be used as an anesthesia. In fact, hypnotic anesthesia has been around longer than any modern chemical anesthesia. During times of war, it was used to replace anesthetics when supplies were low.
- Hypnosis has nothing to do with magic, intelligence or religion. Hypnosis is science - and therefore works regardless of one's belief system. Everyone can be hypnotized.
- Hypnosis happens in the nervous system; not in the mind. And the most profound state of hypnosis is produced when both parts of the autonomic nervous system become symbiotic (bringing balance instead of resistance).