What is Hypnosis?
Many people are curious about hypnosis, but unsure if it will really work for them or if they should try it because of misconceptions. Read on to learn not only what it is, but how it can work for you.
Will I do something against my will?
When you are hypnotized, you are aware of all suggestions given to you and you will not do anything against your moral or ethical principles — despite what you may have seen in stage shows of hypnosis.
Will I Remember Everything That Happens in Hypnosis?
Yes, you will remember everything that happens in hypnosis if that is your desire. Occasionally a person might choose to selectively forget certain facts for a time and then bring them up later when they are more ready.
What If You Can’t Bring Me Out of It?
There is no danger of a person failing to come out of the hypnotic state. In fact it would be impossible to remain hypnotized. Some people choose to stay in trance a little longer because it feels so good and it’s the most relaxed they’ve been in their lives!
But I Can’t be Hypnotized!
Again, ANYONE can be hypnotized (see above). There is no such thing as a “good” subject or a “bad” subject, only those who choose not to follow directions.
Why Should I Use Hypnosis?
Because in hypnosis you access your subconscious or more powerful part of your mind where real, lasting change takes place. You may have heard it said that we only use 10% of our brain; hypnosis is a way to get access to that other 90% . Especially in habit and pain control, this eliminates any internal battle that may occur.
According to Roberta De Silva, Cht:
Fact: Any person of normal intelligence can be hypnotized. All that is necessary is imagination and a willingness to cooperate. The best subject is a person who has a good reason for hypnosis and a strong motivation to accomplish a particular need or desire. The ability to be hypnotized is dependent upon the ability to relax and simply listen.
For example, if you were going to learn to play the piano, your teacher would point to a particular key and say, “This is middle C.” To you, that is a suggestion. You either accept or reject the fact that the note in question is middle C. If you accept, you will undoubtedly go on and learn to play the piano. If you reject the suggestion, you may eventually learn to play, but it will be a long, hard and confusing process. If you approach hypnosis with confidence, rather than fear, you will achieve your desired goals. Dave Elman, who instructs dentists in the field of hypnosis, has this to say – “Remove fear, and one hundred people out of one hundred will enter hypnosis easily.”
All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis!
You are always in control of your mind and your body while in hypnosis. You choose to enter hypnosis, stay in hypnosis, accept the suggestions, and emerge from hypnosis at all times.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which you are:
1. In total control and
2. Can accept or reject any suggestions you hear
Hypnosis is not:
1. Being controlled by someone else
2. A loss of self control
3. A state of unconsciousness
4. A state of sleep
Examples of everyday hypnotic states which you have already experienced naturally:
1. Driving the car
2. Riding the elevator
3. Watching TV, movies, computer screens or video
4. Being bored by another person
5. Waking up and going to sleep
So hypnosis is a very natural state of being that we all experience many times a day already… to regenerate and renew…and we are simply helping the process along during hypnosis sessions, just like programming a computer to produce a document, project or program that will produce positive results!
Hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association and defined by the US Department of Labor as, “the bypass of the critical faculty of the conscious mind, followed by the enhanced ability to accept suggestion.”