What Is Hypnosis ?
Our minds essentially operate at two levels, the “conscious mind” and the “subconscious mind.” Our conscious mind is the analytical and/or task oriented part of us. Our subconscious mind contains emotions, habits, and perceptions. The subconscious mind directs how we perceive and relate to the world around us. For effective long-term change to take place we must implement change at the subconscious level. Hypnosis is simply a way to speak directly to the subconscious mind.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
By making positive and ACCEPTABLE suggestions directly to the subconscious mind at a time when the client or patient truly wants those changes to take place we can facilitate wonderful changes with relative ease! This is so because the subconscious mind doesn’t have the capability to analyze anything. It simply likes an idea or it does not. If it likes the idea it will attach itself to that idea.
What images form in the mind of most people when they think about hypnosis? A mad professor spinning a pinwheel in front of their eyes, a magician swinging a pendant, or maybe count Dracula, with images of bats gleaming in his eyes commanding you to drink blood. As silly as these impressions sound, there are many who believe these gross misconceptions and who harbor unfounded fears about hypnosis. Nothing could be farther from the truth than these superstitious beliefs.
Hypnosis is a wonderful tool that can enhance well-being and lead to a happier and more productive life. Contrary to popular belief, the person being hypnotized is always in control. He or she is definitely not “under the power” of the hypnotist or hypnotherapist. In fact, you may actually experience a heightened awareness when in hypnosis. It may surprise you to know that a person of average or above intelligence spontaneously (on average) goes into hypnosis about a dozen times a week. They just don’t think of it as hypnosis. They might call it daydreaming or zoning out.
When hypnotized, a person is not asleep in the conventional sense of the word. In fact the person is always in complete control. Under normal circumstances no one can make a person do, or say, anything in hypnosis that would violate his or her wishes, morals, or principles. If a suggestion were made that was unacceptable or violated their value system, their subconscious mind would simply reject the suggestion. As well, a person in hypnosis can bring himself/herself out of hypnosis if they choose at any time. So be assured, when in hypnosis, no one can make a person run down the road squawking like a chicken. That could only occur if the person has the desire to act silly in the first place (e.g. a volunteer for a stage hypnotist has agreed, in his/her mind, to be part of the entertainment and will therefore cooperate).
CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP EVERYONE?
Hypnosis is not a magic bullet. A person who does not want to make changes cannot be forced to change with hypnosis. For example, if a person wants to stop smoking but has been unable to do so on his or her own, hypnosis can help them achieve their goal. If a person is coming to stop smoking because a spouse or friend nagged them into coming, success is unlikely. If, however, a person has a true desire to make positive change in his or her life, the answer is YES, hypnosis can help. The added advantage with hypnosis is that changes made at the subconscious level are more durable and long lasting.
Here are a few ways that Hypnotherapy Can Help You:
* Stress Management * Stop Smoking * Weight Loss * Sexual Dysfunction *Addictions * Pain Mgmt * Grief Management * Overcome Anxiety & Fears * Performance Enhancement (sports/school/job etc.) and Much More