Frequently asked questions About Hypnosis
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness.While one is in hypnosis, or trance, the conscious mind becomes quiet, allowing access to the highly suggestible subconscious mind. Research has shown electrical changes in the brain during hypnosis, where the brain waves become slower than when one is in the normal waking state. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation with focused concentration in which relaxed brainwave states of alpha, theta, and delta can be reached. We naturally go into hypnosis when we daydream or watch television without distraction. There are varying degrees of hypnosis; some people go deeply and some go lightly. Most people are right in the middle. One misconception is that people who are hypnotized are unconscious. This is false. While in hypnosis, one maintains control and awareness. Hypnotherapists use hypnosis as a tool to assist those who desire positive transformation in their lives.
When you’re in hypnosis, your life can be transformed. Though everyone is different, there are some things that usually happen when you’re in hypnosis. First of all you get very relaxed, and yet most people feel focused and awake. While you’re in this deeply relaxed state, your deep inner mind is brought to the forefront, and your conscious mind is quiet. So when you’re relaxed, you have greater access to material that is more deeply embedded inside of you.When you’re in this relaxed state, you’re also often highly suggestible and responsive. Your attention is focused, and it’s almost as if your body is sleeping while your deeper mind is fully aware and awake. You may feel light or heavy in your body, or you may feel various sensations, such as tingling, floating, relaxation or deep peace.
In hypnosis, some people relax very deeply and some relax very lightly. Most people are right in the middle. You have full awareness and full control, and you can get what you need no matter how deeply you relax. Some people are under the impression that they need to go into a “stupor” to have results, but that’s not the truth. There are all different levels of relaxation or “trance.”
There are different types of work you can do while in hypnosis. One is that you and your hypnosis practitioner can interact. You can talk about whatever might be going on inside of you. Another way that hypnosis works is through suggestion. Because your subconscious mind is highly suggestible, you can receive suggestions about whatever you want or need to experience.
The suggestions appeal to your deep subconscious mind. And you can also do some visualization. Not everyone is visual. Some people are kinesthetic and basically like to move around a lot. Other people are auditory and can hear things easily. If you can see bright images in your mind, then you’re visual.
To get relaxed, there are many methods. Some practitioners use healing touch, and many use relaxing voice tones and words. When you go inside, if you’re taking a look at what’s in your deep inner mind, you may find old thoughts, pictures, feelings or patterns, and you can transform them with the help of a practitioner. When you’ve completed that process, then the positive suggestions can begin. Remember, however that there are as many ways of doing hypnosis as there are hypnotists, and you will experience something different from each one.
You can also do self-hypnosis. One way is to say relaxing words to yourself, such as counting numbers backwards to bring yourself into a state of relaxation, and when you relax, you can find anything that needs to be transformed, and you can transform it. And you can imagine anything you’d like to imagine. You can also give your deep subconscious mind any suggestions you’d like. You have miraculous power in all aspects of your inner mind, and you have the power to truly transform your life here and now. Some people have immediate transformation, and some people need to keep on doing their self-hypnosis regularly. Whether your transformation comes right away or after some practice, you can have great results as longer as you have a sincere intention to do so. Remember always to use positive words, especially when you make suggestions to yourself.
While in this deeply relaxed state, your deep inner mind is brought to the forefront, where your everyday or conscious mind is usually found. So when you’re relaxed, you have greater access to material that is more deeply embedded inside of you. This state has often been looked upon as esoteric, strange, mysterious, “altered;” yet it’s a simple and natural state in which the deeper layers of mind are freed from their normal limitations. It is, in fact, a state of mind you normally spend a lot of time experiencing,
When you’re in this relaxed state of trance, you’re often highly suggestible and responsive. Your attention is focused, and it’s almost as if your body is sleeping while your deeper mind is fully aware and awake. You may feel light or heavy in your body, or you may not experience having a body at all. You may feel various sensations, such as tingling, floating, relaxation or deep peace. You’re able to bypass your normal waking consciousness and cross the bridge into the often buried parts of yourself.
The trance state is also the hypnotic state, and it has many uses. You can connect with the subconscious mind and the higher or superconscious mind. You can get in touch with creativity, spirituality, your past and future and especially become more aware of the present moment. You can look at your motivations and emotions, and with your innate abilities. You can transform habits, emotions, old thoughts and patterns, and you can truly shift the course of your life for the better.
Everyday language views the trance state as magnetic and compelling: “He has hypnotic eyes” or “She’s got you hypnotized” (and therefore under her power) or “That’s the cultural trance he’s under” And yet the trance state is actually a state of deep relaxation, well-being, and natural responsiveness. The trance state is a gateway or channel to self-knowledge and is a gift given to you as an evolutionary tool. The trance state is connected with your “essence.” It’s a native state, “home base” – a meditative state that has all the comforts of “home.”
Common Myths & Misconceptions About Hypnosis
The portrayals of hypnosis in the entertainment and media industries have contributed to a wide misunderstanding of the true nature of hypnosis. The following information will help to address some of the more widely held misconceptions about hypnosis.
Fact: Although some researchers and clinicians claim that some people are not able to be hypnotized, everyone has the ability to be hypnotized because it’s a natural, normal state that each of us enter at least twice each day – upon awakening and falling asleep. We also enter a hypnotic state whenever we get totally engrossed in a movie or TV show. When the actors become the characters they portray in our minds, we are hypnotized. Also, whenever we are driving and daydreaming enough to miss a turn or freeway exit we know to take, we probably were experiencing a light state of hypnosis.
Fact: The hypnosis practitioner is merely a guide or facilitator. He/she cannot "make" you do anything against your will. In fact, during a hypnotic session, you are completely aware of everything going on. In other words, if you do not like where the hypnotist is guiding you, you have the power to reject the suggestions.
Fact: You can lie under hypnosis just as easily as in the waking state. In fact, as hypnosis gives you greater access to unconscious resources, you may even be able to tell more creative lies when in trance. Additionally, you are in complete control of what you chose to reveal or conceal.
Fact: Everyone experiences hypnosis differently … for some it’s a state in which you are focused on the hypnotists words and listening more carefully, for others it’s a little more like day dreaming and your attention may drift and wander from one thought to another … sometimes not paying any conscious attention to what the hypnotist is saying. Either way is okay, and neither will be more or less effective than the other.
Fact: No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we enter and exit during the normal course of a day. There are no known or reported dangers with hypnosis when working with a trained practitioner. If the hypnotist fails to emerge someone from hypnosis, he/she will return to a fully alert state on their own. Depending on that person’s need for sleep, he/she will either drift on into a natural sleep or simply emerge to full consciousness spontaneously within minutes.
When in the state of hypnosis, our brainwaves vacillate through the Alpha to Theta ranges. Any time you choose to emerge from hypnosis, for any reason, you are able to simply open your eyes and become fully alert. If you were practicing self-hypnosis before going to bed and ended in the Delta state, then it would mean you’d simply fall asleep.
Fact: Quite the contrary, studies suggest that people of above average intelligence who are capable of concentrating and who have a capacity for creativity and vivid imagination usually make the best subjects.
Fact: Hypnosis is neither sleep nor unconsciousness, even though a common misconception is that you are asleep when hypnotized. The experience of a formally induced hypnotic state might resemble sleep from the physical point of view: slowed breathing, eyes closed, muscles relaxed, activity decreased. From the mental standpoint the client is generally relaxed and may be keenly alert, in a comfortable state where the person can think, talk and even move about if needed. But all clients are unique and can experience hypnosis in their own unique ways. Some are comfortable enough with the process that they find themselves drifting in and out of a more dream-like state. In some instances they might respond unconsciously, through ideomotor signals or other methods. Less often employed, there are certain few uses in which, under the direction of a specially trained hypnotherapist, the client can generate unconsciousness for the purposes of surgical anesthesia or the management of acute pain, or in certain emergency situations that might warrant it.
Fact: Hypnosis can be used to ease or remove pain, overcome fears, phobias, addiction and other problems. While a handful of religious sects have raised objections to hypnosis, today most religious groups accept the proper ethical use of hypnosis for helping people. Included are Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and most Protestant Christian Churches as well as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. Hypnosis is not associated with any of the world religions. A professional and ethical hypnotist respects the faith of clients and will not use it inappropriately to influence a person’s religious beliefs.
Fact: A Comparison Study Shows: “Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions. Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions” Source: American Health Magazine. information found International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association