Hypnosis is a state of consciousness we enter and leave naturally all the time during our day-to day experiences. It feels very much like day dreaming i.e., the state between sleeping and waking. Hypnosis is a guided fantasy. In this state of relaxation you are more open to suggestions and in this natural state your brainwaves slow down, giving you (not me) access to your Subconscious Mind. While your Conscious Mind is still completely aware of what is going on the whole time, in this relaxed state of mind, your subconscious mind has the ability to accept or reject information or suggestions, given to it by yourself or the hypnotherapist
How does hypnosis work? The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making changes in your life.
During hypnosis you can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been preventing you from moving toward a more healthy, and happier you.
In order for you to understand how hypnosis works, it is very important for you to understand the relationship between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind.
The conscious mind, which accounts for 10% of our mind, is working right now as you are reading this. It is that part of you that is aware of what is going on right now. Choices and decisions are made by the conscious mind.
The conscious mind is logical and analytical and it is where we spend most of our time. It basically performs four functions.
The conscious mind analyses and its a problem-solver by evaluating whatever concern, situation or issue has its attention.
The conscious mind makes decisions that we often think are automatic, but in reality, engage a part of our conscious mind.
The conscious mind exercises what we call will power. Will Power seldom lasts, does it? You mean well, but conscious intent fails and the old behaviour reoccurs.
The conscious mind also is the place of working memory. It is the memory we use every day to function.
Where we all live however, is in the level below this level of awareness, called the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind accounts for the other 90%.
Conscious decisions are influenced by the data stored in our subconscious mind.
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Is hypnosis safe? Hypnosis is a valuable tool for self-empowerment and continuous personal growth.
Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility. We are all influenced by suggestions. Hypnosis uses this natural human process to change negative patterns into positive patterns of behaviour.
There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis.
There are five components necessary to induce hypnosis.
Motivation - You must want to be Hypnotised.
Relaxation - Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation.
Concentration - You will use your ability to concentrate.
Imagination - You will use your vivid imagination.
Suggestion - You will hear and respond to suggestions.
Its application is based solely on the relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind, having no power to reason, accepts and acts upon any fact or suggestion given to it by the conscious mind.
As long as there have been human beings, there has been hypnosis. We use this commonly occurring, and natural state of mind, unknowingly, all the time. It is just natural for us. For example, if you have ever watched a television program or a movie and became really absorbed into the program, you were probably in a trance.
Advertisers understand this. They use television programs to induce a hypnotic trance and then provide you hypnotic suggestions, called commercials!
Everyone has already experienced hypnosis, by accident or intentionally.
Another common example of this naturally occurring state of mind is when you are driving down the road, with your mind focused on some other task (a day dream perhaps), and next thing you know, you have passed your turn.
So now you know you can be hypnotised.
You have done it literally thousands of times. You did it yourself when you were daydreaming and missed that turn, you have been hypnotised when you enjoyed a television program, and you have followed hypnotic and posthypnotic suggestions when you preferred some brand name that you saw repeatedly on television.
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How does hypnosis feel? Since everyone has experienced light levels of hypnosis at different times, don't be surprised if you don't feel hypnotised. All that is required to be hypnotised is a motivation to be hypnotised, concentration, imagination, relaxation, and the willingness to respond to suggestion. There are ways to check for the depth level of hypnosis, usually in a one-on-one session.
During hypnosis, you will remain conscious of your surroundings. Some of the sensations you may experience are:
Tingling in your fingertips or limbs.
A sense of numbness or limb distortion.
A sense of being light and floating away from your body.
A heavy feeling like you are sinking.
A sense of energy moving through your body.
Feelings of emotions.
Fluttering eyelids, an increase or decrease in salivation.
When you notice that you are noticing these sensations, do not become alarmed or you may shock yourself right out of your trance. Just expect the trance to occur gradually and it will. Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are practiced and posthypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become.
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What is the subconscious mind? The subconscious mind, which accounts for 90% of our mind, can be compared to a computer in that it stores the data for all the experiences we have ever had.
One of the most important functions of the subconscious mind is that it automatically controls our bodily functions; breathing, heart beating, eyes blinking, the immune system and organs, muscles, bones and tissues from the cellular level to its inter-relatedness as a whole body functioning.
The subconscious mind is creative, intuitive, irrational, and emotional.
Being irrational can work for you or against you.
Because it's illogical it can make you into anything you want to be, i.e., rich, famous, slender, happy. It can also keep you stuck in negative behaviour. It contains your values, your core beliefs about yourself, every thought you have ever had, every word that has ever been said to you, and every experience you have ever had.
Just like a computer operates only on it's programming, so does your subconscious mind. Also like a computer, your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed.
We are constantly reprogramming our subconscious mind through our experiences and self-talk. If our internal dialogue is saying we are fat, a smoker, a success, a failure; then that is what we become.
This programming has been placed in there from many sources and it must operate on this programming.
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How do you get suggestions into the subconscious mind? By bypassing the "Critical Factor" or gatekeeper as we call it.
There is a part of the Conscious Mind called the critical factor. It's kind of like a guard at the gate between the Conscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind. It has the power to accept or reject suggestions from entering the Subconscious Mind. It has very good intentions. Its job is to protect us. Because change is viewed as a threat to our nervous system, any suggestion that does not match the existing programming automatically gets rejected. That is how it accomplishes it's goal of protecting us.
The only way a real change can take place is to get the new programming into our subconscious mind.
The only way to get to the subconscious mind and bypass the critical factor is through our memories, habits, and emotions.
Memories are only created through experience and you may need many positive experiences to diminish the effects of the negative experience. This could take a long time to create.
Habits require willpower and time in order to become habits.
An emotion either happen randomly or require changing the way you think about a situation and that can be enormously difficult to do and also takes time.
There is another, much easier way to bypass the critical factor, and that is through hypnosis
Through the induction of relaxation, the critical factor goes to sleep for awhile. The Conscious Mind stays awake, and can still make decisions. But now you're in control while your subconscious is receptive to any suggestion that your conscious mind wants to let in.
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How do I respond when I hear a suggestion? There are only four ways to respond to hypnotic suggestion:
The first is "I like that suggestion, I want that to work" Now that will work and it will work everytime. So for example, if I say, "You now hate cigarettes" and you think "Yes I do, I can't stand them, I want them out of my life" then that suggestion will work and it will work every time.
Another way of responding is to be somewhat uncomfortable with the suggestion, and as I've said you can't be made to do what you don't want to do. So if I say, "You now hate cigarettes," and you think, "well I don't really" then that suggestion is not going to work. So you must want the suggestions to work.
The third way to respond is to be somewhat unmotivated. Every now and then I get someone in who doesn't want to be here. Their husbands, wives, doctors, lovers, employers say "Get in there and stop smoking," and because you can't make them do what they don't want to do, then unless they change their mind while they're here, then they won't be successful.
The last one is the really sneaky one and that's, "I like the suggestion, I hope it's going to work". There's a problem with the word hope. It implies failure. Hope is the twin sister of the word try. If I were to try and pick my pen up, then I'd never be able to pick it up because I'm only trying. If I want to pick it up then I just pick it up. Hoping or trying is not good enough. You have to want it to work.
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What should I expect after a smoking cessation? Well let me tell you what to expect after the session.
About 30% of people after the session feel as if they have never had a cigarette in their lives. They never even think about it. Now I'd love to suggest that's how you will respond, although I have no way of knowing that.
Another 30+% will feel great. They have no cravings, but a week or so may go by and they might be getting in their car or talking on the phone and they have the odd thought about a cigarette. As fast as the thought enters the mind it'll be gone, and they'll go about their business.
The last 30+% are people who have to be aware that there are things that could try and trick them into having a cigarette. They might be sitting there with a cup of tea or coffee and have a little mind game with themselves. "I'd really like to have a cigarette, yes, no, yes, no" As long as they remember to say no, they'll be fine, and they stand up and move around a bit. I'm sure you can handle that.
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What do doctors think of hypnosis? Medical Doctors are now really starting to accept hypnosis and hypnotherapy as a therapeutic tool, which can be utilised in combination with traditional medicine. Medical Doctors say that over 60% of our physical problems stem from our mind. Medical Doctors also say that stress, tension, anxiety, and worry are the biggest factors in the increase of heart attacks and even death.
These are all emotions, and negative emotions can affect our health, our body and our life. All emotions come from the subconscious mind and can be altered, neutralised or changed through the practice and use of hypnotherapy. In the mid 1950s, the American Medical Association, officially recognized the science of hypnotism and even recommended that students of medicine also should learn and study hypnosis.
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How long does it take to hypnotise a person? The potential to enter hypnosis lies within the mind of every person. The mind operates like a computer, so hypnosis can occur in an instant with some subjects. The length of time it takes to hypnotise rather depends on the situation. Back to Top
Are men better hypnotic subjects than women? Sex does not seem to be a factor. Men and women appear to be equally hypnotisable. Being able to be hypnotised and using the power of mind is truly a learned skill. Some people both male and female seem to have a natural aptitude for it. Others take longer to learn, but both men and woman are equal when it comes to being hypnotised. Focus and concentration can also be a factor in a person entering into hypnosis.
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Is it difficult to hypnotise a strong-minded person? Actually we prefer to work with a strong-minded person, as a strong-minded person is someone who achieves the goals they set out to achieve. We would say that being strong-minded is really an asset to being hypnotisable. A strong-minded person can concentrate better and can focus better on the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, and are sometimes the best clients in hypnotherapy. Lawyers, doctors, teachers and even military personnel can make great subjects for deep hypnosis and hypnotherapy sessions. Remember a stubborn person is not a strong-minded person. Stubborn people may be difficult to hypnotise. A strong minded person who is an open minded person, willing to allow themselves to be hypnotised, may be some of the most receptive types of people for hypnotherapy.
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Who makes the best hypnotic subjects? To answer this question we would say that people who are willing to allow themselves to be hypnotised make the best subjects. A person who has an intelligent interest in hypnosis and has an understanding of what hypnosis is, will let him or herself experience it, and usually make the best, deepest and receptive hypnotic subjects. People, who do not think too much about the process of hypnosis but instead just "go" with the flow of the process, tend to make the best hypnotic subjects. Hypnosis also depends on a person's willingness to be hypnotised. All hypnosis can be considered "self hypnosis". A person's willing desire to be hypnotised will make them the best candidates for hypnosis.
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What is a hypnotic trance? The Hypnotic Trance is Hypnosis. Throughout the years, the word trance has taken on a connotation of something bad or controlling. All trance really means is "state" of hypnotic depth. It is a state of mind in which the "blossoming" or awakening of the subconscious minds activity is produced and becomes active and receptive. This "blossoming" or awakening of the subconscious occurs naturally twice daily, in the morning just before you fully awaken, and at night just before you drift off to sleep. This is the NATURAL TRANCE STATE in which you can subconsciously influence your own actions, habits and behaviours.
Through hypnotherapy you can bring forth this awakening of the subconscious mind of a client anytime that they come into your office, day or night. You can even do it for yourself with "self-hypnosis".
Think of your subconscious and conscious minds as the oceans tide. When the tide is "high" and the water has risen on the sand, your subconscious mind is very active. At that point, your conscious mind is resting or quiet, and you are physically relaxed and hypnotised.
Positive suggestions, which are given to your subconscious mind by a hypnotherapist, will be easily accepted and recorded. Still imagining both of your minds as the ocean surf, when the tide is low on the beach you are wide awake and your subconscious mind is simply just responding and relating to your conscious thoughts. In the waking state such as during the day, your subconscious mind identifies and associates with your conscious thoughts, and you are continually bringing up various emotions that are coloured with conscious thoughts.
That's why so many people walk around feeling bad, because they are giving themselves negative suggestions with their will or conscious mind, and activating negative emotions from their subconscious. Back to Top
Does hypnosis come from the devil? Here's a question related to the foregoing. Poor Devil, he gets blamed for so many things. Hypnosis is a state of mind you induce in yourself, or someone induces in you. Some people say that hypnosis is really a form of self-hypnosis, and as you now know everyone of us, has been hypnotised by the environment. Are you a Devil? If you are not, obviously hypnosis does not come from any imaginary devil. Back to Top
Is hypnosis the same thing as meditation? Hypnotism and Meditation are opposites of the same. Hypnosis is motivated to achieve a given goal. Meditation is non-motivated and has no goal (unless you can conceive that just BEING is a goal). In hypnosis, a person is given positive suggestions or visual images, while in meditation the person is to have their mind become clear and free from thought.
To instantly understand this, appreciate that meditation is a state of BEING, while hypnosis is a state of DOING.
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What is stage hypnosis? Stage Hypnotism is the demonstrating of hypnotic phenomena to an audience. It is presented upon a stage. While designed to be instructive, it is primarily produced in a manner to be entertaining and fun.
Many of us have seen a stage hypnosis show before, at a school event, or on television. Actually, stage hypnotism is an excellent way to learn about hypnotism, as we learn best when things are entertaining. Dr. James Braid who was a Scottish medical doctor who created the name "Hypnosis" became interested in hypnosis after watching a stage demonstration from an 1800s stage hypnotist named La Fontaine.
In the long history of hypnotism, it was stage hypnotists with hypnotism shows touring the country that kept hypnotism alive in public interest. With the death of Charcot the serious use of hypnosis in therapy all but vanished. Sigmund Freud was there after that, but he turned his attention in the direction of developing his method of psychoanalysis. It has been speculated that Dr. Freud had trouble in being a proficient hypnosis technician and had trouble in hypnotising people. Back to Top
Can a person resist being hypnotised? The induction of hypnosis is a willingness on the part of the operator and the subject, to assist the latter to enter the hypnotic state of mind. With hypnotism there is a dual role process between operator and subject, in which each has a specific role to play. The subject takes on the passive role of being receptive and concentrating on the suggestions, while the hypnotist takes on the active role to properly present the hypnotising suggestions. Both devote their complete attention to the process. In this context, one school of hypnosis states that hypnosis is a form of social role-playing. In life, it is difficult to accomplish anything by resisting doing it. Hypnotising is no exception to this general rule. Unless the subject is willing and agreeable to be hypnotised, the whole thing is a waste of time for both parties.
However, a great hypnosis master may have many techniques to overcome the subject's conscious resistance in a very subtle way, and bring these resistant subjects into a deep trance. It has been said by many that everyone is hypnotisable. Back to Top
Are some people easier to hypnotise than others? Of course, just as some people are easier to communicate with than others. Some people are able to enter the hypnotic state almost in the instant and go into deep trance. Others take longer to learn how to do it. Entering hypnosis is possible for everyone, but in a way it is a talent, and the degree of talent each person has varies with each individual.
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What is the role of a hypnotherapist? The role of the hypnotherapist is not so much that of a physician (healer) as it is that of an educator (teacher), and his office is the school to which the student (client) goes. Actually the therapist role is more of a
re-educator rather than educator, as the student has already learned many things, some of which it would be better if they had not been learned. And so the hypnotherapist helps his clients unlearn things that are harmful, and learn, instead, things that are helpful and beneficial to the clients health and happiness
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Can a person lose weight using hypnosis? Yes hypnosis can help in directing the hypnotic motivation towards a goal of regulating proper eating habits and body metabolism and to handle a smaller intake of food while increasing a person's energy.
In addition, we suggest adding a visualisation mechanism such as placing a picture of an attractive person with the type of body you would like to have. Stand before it daily and allow it to form within your mind the way your body is shaping up. This process definitely helps. You can also have the client imagine how they would look if they had already lost the weight and have them keep that image of themselves with the weight already gone. Hypnosis can help a person separate emotions from food, increase motivation to exercise, increase body metabolism, and eat smaller portions of food and to enjoy eating healthy foods such as vegetables, and fruits.
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Can hypnosis help a person sleep? While hypnosis is not the same as natural sleep, it can definitely be a great aid in helping a person sleep. What disturbs sleep most is an over-active mind when one is trying to sleep, and an over active mind comes from an over-active body, that is to say a restlessness that comes from stress of some kind or other. The body affects the mind and mind affects the body. It is a vicious circle. Hypnosis breaks the circle. Hypnosis provides a pathway to relaxing both mind and body, and when both work in harmony; healthful normal sleep is always the result. We can definitely repeat again that hypnosis can provide the perfect cure for insomnia.
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Can hypnosis help athletes in sports? Hypnosis can definitely increase athletic ability in sports. It removes apprehensions of failure to win and increases motivation to win. Hypnosis has been used by many famous sports figures. Hypnosis can increase focus and concentration and put an athlete "in the zone". In the sports world hypnosis has become very popular.
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Can hypnosis be used in the field of education? Truly amazing results are possible. Most academic learning is a matter of recalling the learned information that has been given in the classroom. Everything you have ever learned is right there for recall in that wonderful mental computer in your head called subconscious mind. Hypnosis can bring spontaneous recall of what one has learned. Used for educational purposes it can turn one into a scholar.
Hypnosis can be used with students and professional people to increase their focus and concentration on what they study, and to increase their long-term memory. All long-term memory is subconscious. Hypnosis can help you to increase your focus and concentration when you study, it can also increase your long-term memory receptiveness.
It has been very effective in helping students be more calm and relaxed during test taking so that the correct answers can easily come up.
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Are people now accepting hypnotherapy? We think that hypnotherapy is gaining international acceptance and is being utilised by thousands of medical practitioners, psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists because hypnosis is a science of the mind, and it works. In the 1700s and 1800s, hypnosis was practiced by some of the top medical doctors in Europe. Thousands of people were helped and even cured from emotional and physical ailments through the practice of hypnotherapy. Back in those days, the science was called magnetism and mesmerism. Since the mind is now being proven to be a haven of revitalising chemicals produced in the brain, hypnosis is being used to activate these chemicals in the brain and the positive emotions in the subconscious to help heal and help people to enjoy living life more to the fullest. Hypnosis is not a cure for everything but it can help enhance the quality of life, health and happiness.
Hypnosis is becoming the number one form of mental health therapy and is helpful in healing the physical body pains that are created by emotional manifestations in the mind. A physical manifestation of an emotional anxiety is what hypnosis can help relieve. Hypnosis can also produce a chemical balance in the mind by creating and activating chemicals such as serotonin. Back to Top
Is there any danger of a subject not awakening from hypnosis? The term awakening from hypnosis is what's most generally used, but actually the term arousing from hypnosis is more accurate.
There is no danger whatsoever of a person not arousing or awakening from hypnosis, even if in the very deepest trance levels of somnambulism. Occasionally a subject will take a little time to come back from trance, as the experience of being in hypnosis can be so pleasant that one almost doesn't want to leave it, and return again to the high paced world of today. However the subject will always arouse or awaken from hypnosis even if left entirely alone. Now if you hypnotise a person and leave them in hypnosis, they will convert from hypnosis to natural sleep and awaken feeling peaceful and refreshed.
Since hypnosis is induced by a process of suggestions affirming ideas of going to sleep, it stands to reason the reverse of that process presenting suggestions for the removal of sleep and the awakening from trance are bound to arouse the subject.
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What is meant by visualisation and visual imagery? Visualisation and visual imagery, is the picture-forming power of the mind. In relation to hypnosis, the hypnotherapist has the client see in his mind a visual picture of what he wants to accomplish. The client visualises his goal in his mind while he or she is hypnotised. The hypnotist now gives direct suggestions to the client of reaching this goal or he the therapist may give the client some positive affirmations to repeat silently to him or herself of reaching this goal. We use this principle of visual imagery continuously in our work. Visualisation of a positive change is one of the most important processes we know for the production of successful hypnotherapy. Having a person visualise in their mind a goal, and then seeing themselves achieving this goal all under hypnosis, has helped thousands of people achieve their goals in life. Athletes before competition utilise the powers of visualisation. To use visualisation, you do not even have to be hypnotised. The power of creative visualisation is available for all of us to use. Back to Top
Can hypnosis help develop talent? Hypnosis can very much help develop talent in people who have talent. It's used by artists, musicians, singers, dancers and actors, and has proved wonderfully successful. Hypnosis does not create talent, but if talent is there it can amplify the talent. We highly recommend that talented people learn the art of self-hypnosis. ..it will prove of great value to all talented people who wish to increase their talent. Hypnosis can help you to reach your true performance peak level and ability. Hypnosis can help a person let go of fears and explore their own creativity and imagination.
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Hypnosis is like a contract between two people, and we both have a part to play. Our part of the contract is that we will give you all the suggestions and therapies we feel that will allow you to go into a level of hypnosis where you can naturally and easily become......... for example a non-smoker. All we expect you to do is to instantly accept all the suggestions, follow along with them, find yourself agreeing with them, want them to work, imagine them working and expect them to work.Don't fight them or analyse them, just want them to work.