Q. What is Hypnosis?
A – Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness in which the critical faculty is bypassed (mind in the conscious mode) and acceptable selective thinking established. This simply means that the reasoning, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) is bypassed.
Q. What does Hypnosis Feel Like?
A – It feels great! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized. People just feel as if they are relaxing in a very comfortable space with their eyes closed. You hear everything–my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside, whatever. Think about it – the unconscious mind uses the same set of ears that your conscious mind hears with! How effective would it be if, once you entered the trance state, you suddenly lost all ability to hear the hypnotist’s words? IT WOULDN’T Work! You’re aware the entire time. People in hypnosis are aware of everything going on around them as well as what their unconscious is revealing to them. It is like watching TV in one room while a radio plays in another; you can shift your awareness back and forth between the two, concentrating on one but still aware of the other.
Q. What are the Benefits of Hypnosis?
A. – Everything we learn has to be accepted by our subconscious mind. Have you ever tried to change a habit, only to find your subconscious resisting? Hypnosis empowers people to get the subconscious to accept their conscious decisions, especially when helped by someone who is a trained hypnotist.
Hypnosis can be helpful in overcoming undesired habits (such as quitting smoking or reducing), managing stress, enhancing job performance, improving at sports, increasing self-motivation and self-confidence, reducing anxieties (such as fear of flying), and with appropriate medical referral and/or supervision, hypnosis can often be helpful in reducing pain and/or in helping cancer patients or patients of other major diseases.
Busting the Myths –
MYTH #1 – “You can get stuck in hypnosis!” – WRONG! – People Can’t get stuck in hypnosis because you are the one in control. A person can choose to leave hypnosis at any time. If the hypnotist were to leave the room and fail to return, you would eventually fall asleep for a brief nap and after 5 or 10 minutes, you will wake up naturally. If an emergency were to occur (such as a fire in the building), you would recognize the seriousness of the situation and become fully alert.
MYTH # 2 – –“You will do something that is against your moral code or reveal deep dark secrets !“ –WRONG! Hypnosis is a voluntary process. You must participate in the process to be hypotized. You can never be persuaded against your own will. If a suggestion given that is unacceptable.your mind will reject it and will usually startle you out of hypnosis. Dr. Milton Erickson, the most prominent scholar on hypnosis wrote, “Hypnosis cannot be misused to induce hypnotized persons to commit actual wrongful acts, against themselves or others.”
MYTH # 3 – “You are unconscious “-WRONG! – You’re not asleep and you’re not unconscious! The fact is that you are fully aware of what is going on around you. Generally, when people are in a deep state of hypnosis, they feel as if their body has gone to sleep but the mind is still alert, awake, and aware.
MYTH # 4 – “Only Weak-minded People can get hypnotized !” – WRONG! – The opposite is actually true. Hypnosis requires intelligence and the capacity to concentrate. Motivation and cooperation are also necessary for success, none of which are easily achieved by the weak-willed or weak-minded. The fact is scientific research has proven that those of above average intelligence and creativity are actually the best candidates for hypnosis.
MYTH # 5 – “Hypnosis is bad for your Health or it will damage my mind!” – WRONG! – Hypnosis is a safe and natural process. It helps you to relax and brings about a calm and peaceful state within the mind and body. One fact that most people are unaware of is that we undergo hypnosis several times each day in our daily lives. For example,while watching a movie or driving along a highway, we often find ourselves in hypnotic states. It is out of the question for anybody to, in any way, be hurt by hypnosis.