What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis refers to a state in which you choose to become highly responsive to suggestions. It is he Alpha state of trance which allows the suggestions to bypass your critical, conscious mind to access your subconscious directly.
The Mind / Body Connection
Accessing the subconscious is the key that enables a certified hypnotherapist to facilitate change in behaviour, perception, the way you react or respond to certain situations and uncover memories that you only thought you had forgotten. However, this can only happen if you allow it.
We all experience a trance state of hypnosis every day when we perform our daily tasks which have become so ingrained in our subconscious, we do not even think about it. Some practices that have been part of our lives for decades, are forms of hypnosis.
Think about it ... when you were young and you fell and scraped your elbow or cut yourself, your mom or dad would ‘kiss it and make it better’. Oftentimes children actually feel better when this happens.
We know the kiss itself had no healing properties, but the trance state of pain just allows us to want to alleviate it...so the kiss does just that. It is the suggestion that makes it feel better ... that suggestion given and accepted by the subconscious mind is called “hypnosis.”
“What the mind can conceive and believe the body can achieve.”
Myths amd Misconceptions!
HYPNOSIS MYTH #1
ONLY WEAK-MINDED PEOPLE CAN BE HYPNOTIZED
The truth: Everyone can be hypnotized if they want to. As a matter of fact, each one of us is using hypnosis in some form every single day of our lives.
We are experiencing some form of a trance-like state each time we engage our imagination or emotions. Any time we bypass our conscious mind, we are in a trance. It’s that simple!
HYPNOSIS MYTH #2
IF YOU CAN HEAR THE HYPNOTIST, YOUWERE NOT HYPNOTIZED
Many people who have never experienced hypnosis believe that when they are hypnotized they will not be aware of anything that is happening around them. How can that be true? Just think about this ... if you lose connection with the hypnotist, how could you follow the instructions?
While the level of awareness of your surroundings may shift to some degree, you will still be aware of the hypnotist or his voice. The better you are able to play the game of “ let’s pretend” and immerse yourself in your subjective reality (inner world experiences), the less you will be aware of your surroundings in the way that you are accustomed to. That’s why we call it “altered reality” or “altered state”.
HYPNOSIS MYTH #3
A HYPNOTIST HAS COMPLETE POWER OVER YOU WHEN YOU ARE HYPNOTIZED
The role of a hypnotist in a therapeutic setting is to help you establish connection and communication with your subconscious mind so that you can overcome any emotional or intellectual obstacles in reaching your goals.
A skilled hypnotist or hypnotherapist will help you a great deal simply due to experience and knowledge of variety of helpful techniques, but ultimately all of the power is yours – and you can choose to accept or reject any suggestion given to you. The hypnotist is merely the facilitator – allowing you to find your way into the subconscious to become the person you wish to be.
HYPNOSIS MYTH #4
YOU CAN REMAIN PERMANENTLY STUCK IN HYPNOSIS
No one ever got stuck, but some people enjoy deep trance so much that they don’t want to come out. When you are deeply relaxed and in trance, your body begins to release an abundance of pleasure hormones (endorphins). You feel better than you’ve felt maybe in a long time.
The deeper into trance you go, the better you feel. You have no desire to leave this state. But when the session comes to an end and you are invited to emerge and you have two choices: either you reluctantly choose to leave this state knowing that you’ll be able to experience it again or you refuse to come out. But that’s your choice!
Different Types of Hypnosis
Hypnosis itself is the state of trance, as previously discussed. But there are different ways of inducing hypnosis (called induction) and different tools to use when the person is in trance, to accomplish the goal.
Clinical Hypnosis is purely the practice of Hypnosis in a clinical setting. It is more personal and more effective for change than group, stage or self hypnosis. The Hypnotist is focused on the client and the issue to be changed. The client feels more in control, and the confidentiality and privacy in the clinic allow the client to look at the issue more deeply.
Regression Therapy is used in hypnotherapy sessions to assist the client in finding the Root Cause of many of their behavioural patterns and habits. Regression Therapy is also used to help recover memories of places, people, and events we may have difficulty recalling.
It is a powerful tool when used ethically and professionally because it allows us to access memories we may have pushed aside to bring greater understanding in helping to resolve certain issues. Regression Therapy includes regression to earlier times in the life as well as Past Life Therapy. Very often clients find themselves slipping into what we call “Past Life” when we are regressing to cause. As a Healer and Therapist, I have the skills to conduct this type of therapy safely.
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy focuses on our ‘essential Self’ or, Soul. It is a truly holistic form of therapy which encompasses all aspects of the human experience. It utilizes the mind-body-spirit connection to foster healing, growth, and personal development. The use of hypnosis in transpersonal therapy is a logical choice since the whole basis for hypnosis is using the mind to affect change in the body and in the ‘Self’. Hypnosis is one of the best tools that we can use to establish and maintain the connection of mind-body and spirit.
Transpersonal Therapy also allows us to establish contact with our ancestors by use of spiritual healing, combined with regression. This provides a powerful and profound means of Healing and personal growth. I combine my healing skills using chakra clearing, spiritual healing with Reiki Energetic healing for a powerful session that generates Spiritual Growth and Personal Healing.
I encourage my clients to maintain the progress made in my office by practicing self-hypnosis at home. Self-hypnosis can be thought as guided meditation with an objective in mind. We are all able to induce a hypnotic trance on ourselves and we can use that to continue the suggestions given to us by the hypnotherapist. This compounds the suggestion in our subconscious mind making the effect stronger and more permanent.
Applications or Uses of Hypnosis
Hypnosis can be used to help with a great many issues, all of which have a basis stored in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis allows a person to do what they could not normally do. It helps in areas such as:
The Key to successful use of Hypnosis for self- improvement and personal growth is:
Hypnosis is about the Client and the Therapist working together as a team to help the client achieve their goals.
Overview of Hypnosis
Hypnosis is simply a very relaxed state of mind that feels familiar because it is familiar. Besides experiencing it before going to sleep, we also experience it when we daydream, and often when driving and thinking of something else other than our driving. Have you ever been so preoccupied with something you didn’t hear someone calling you? Reading, watching films and doing hobbies can all create naturally occurring trances. Your mind is fully aware, you will hear everything that goes on and you will be able to communicate.
Hypnosis is not a “cure-all” alternative treatment. There is considerable research going on at universities around the world where scientists are looking into the possible applications and uses of Hypnosis. Once more is understood about the extent to which our thoughts affect our physical being, the applications of Hypnosis will be enhanced to reflect these findings.
“The first key to change is awareness, and the second key to change is
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