There are many misconceptions concerning hypnosis. Those unfamiliar with being hypnotized often have fears based on what they have read or seen in the media. Hypnosis is not a loss of control. Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness or sleep.
Hypnosis is actually a form of very focused inner awareness. This is why hypnosis can be such a powerful tool in helping someone to make changes. They are simply using the imagination and their brain power to assist them in making the desired changes.
The American Psychological Association had the following to say about hypnosis,
“Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.
"Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,”
“In one study, Montgomery and colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-surgery hypnosis session versus an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with 200 breast cancer patients. In a 2007 article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Vol. 99, No. 17), the team reported that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort. The study also found that the hospital saved $772 per patient in the hypnosis group, mainly due to reduced surgical time. Patients who were hypnotized required less of the analgesic lidocaine and the sedative propofol during surgery.”
A hypnosis subject is always aware that they are in hypnosis. They are able at any time to remove themselves from the hypnotic state. However, almost everyone finds it such a relaxing and interesting state of awareness that they choose to stay there until suggested by the hypnotist that it is time to emerge. Keep in mind that hypnosis is experienced differently by everyone. Those inexperienced with hypnosis will often question if they were even really hypnotized. It is common and expected that you will hear and remember every word spoken to you. Hypnosis is NOT some mystical state of unconsciousness. Hypnosis is a very enabling inner directed awareness.
Stage hypnosis as seen on television or variety shows is for entertainment purposes and is a branch of hypnosis separate from the clinical hypnosis you will experience. You cannot be made to do something in hypnosis that you would not do in a normal state of awareness.
Actually, you have already been in a state of hypnosis many times. That wonderful mental state between being awake and falling asleep –known as twilight sleep - is a level of hypnosis. On a long drive you may arrive at your destination and realize that you don’t remember parts of your trip as you were too busy thinking about other things. This is called “highway hypnosis” and is very common. People that practice yoga or meditation are also achieving some level of a hypnotic state. In fact, hypnosis can be considered very similar to meditation but with a focused intention on making a positive change for some element of your wellness.
Hypnosis works by making the conscious mind busy with benign details and gently letting it move to the side, so that the subconscious mind can arise more to the surface of awareness where it can be engaged. The conscious mind constantly analyzes, compares and contrasts everything it senses. This is the “critical” mind. Conversely, the subconscious mind tends to take every input as literal truth. It does not compare and contrast, it simply accepts. The subconscious mind performs best in the positive. Therefore, the language of hypnosis is always in a pleasant and positive oriented tone.
All hypnosis is self- hypnosis. The hypnotist simply guides the client through the process. If you follow the hypnotist’s directions you will find the places you desire and enable the changes you desire. If you choose to not follow the hypnotist’s directions, you may not arrive at the specific places, but you will still have an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Some of our programs contain separate tracks of pleasant music with subliminal messages in the background. These are simply pleasant phrases given to your subconscious mind addressing the change you are achieving. The subliminal phrases are things like, “you feel wonderful. You are a non-smoker again. You are calm”.
To help you have a good hypnosis experience it is important that you trust and understand the process. Feel free listen to these recordings in a fully alert state before using it to go into hypnosis the first time. Perhaps listen to it while doing some light housework, gardening etc. But of course not while operating any equipment. The format of the language used may seem unusual to your conscious mind but this will help you become comfortable with what will be said while in hypnosis.
Our programs are designed for those new to hypnosis. In that regard, most of our hypnosis inductions are longer to allow a good depth of hypnosis. Once you become comfortable with hypnosis it is reasonable to fast forward to about one-half way through the induction and allow yourself to go into hypnosis from there.
Repetition is the key. Science has recently proven that the nerve connections in our brains are “plastic”. We form neuron connections based on the way we think and the habits we perform. The really good news is that those old connections can be severed and new more desired connections made. This is the physiology of change- neuroplasticity.
It is suggested that you listen and practice hypnosis daily to experience the full effect of this tool. If you are trying to change or break a habit it is vital to practice the hypnosis daily- for at least twenty-one days.
A GUIDE TO YOUR FIRST HYPNOSIS