What is Hypnosis? Is it Real? The short answer is Yes...
Hypnosis is a trance state characterised by suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's kind of like DayDreaming.
Think of losing yourself in a Good Book, or a Great Movie. You are conscious, but you tune out stimuli including your own worries, doubts or fears.
This happens more often than you might think, in fact, by definition you have probably hypnotised yourself many times before.
Hypnosis guides your attention away from the everyday world so you can concentrate on a goal such as overcoming a fear or quitting smoking.
What you experience when you are hypnotised is called an altered state of consciousness so you're awake but you're not paying attention to the conscious world in the same way, instead your thoughts are focused inward as you go into a mild trance.
A trance is the term for the state you enter under hypnosis, it's a perfectly natural state and as mentioned earlier, it's a state that you have experienced many times in your life before. It can occur anytime you are doing something routine and your mind wanders, like staring out of the window on a rainy day. In fact, whenever your mind wanders you are experiencing a light trance often referred to as daydreaming.
When you are hypnotised, this trance state is induced on purpose, with a specific goal in mind. Think of it like going on holiday to somewhere new. If you were to have a guide, someone who knows the area well, you would see and experience a lot more and really make the most of your time away. Your hypnotist is your guide into trance.
Hypnosis is often described as a way to access your subconscious, that's the part of your brain that does all the behind the scenes thinking, this is the unsung hero in your head, it's solving problems, finding your keys, giving you 'out of the blue' Eureka moments.
Psychiatrists think that hypnosis partially subdues the conscious mind. Think of your conscious mind as a prohibitive force instead of imagination and impulse. If that's the case, then no wonder you become more suggestible when the cognitive part of you gets put on the back burner.
The subconscious is also responsible for regulating sensations and emotions, so when you are in a trance a hypnotist can trigger feelings and senses via suggestion.
This part of your brain also helps store memories, meaning hypnotised people can access otherwise lost memories, or let go of negative memories that may be holding you back, or perhaps increase the power of positive memories and learning experiences.
Hypnosis naturally and safely helps you to achieve a number of goals in a relatively short time by guiding you through a process where you:
- Relax - when you're relaxed your mind no longer is in alert mode or searching for new information
- Remove Resistance - by blocking out distractions, trance removes your natural resistance to change
- Bypass the Critical Conscious Mind - when you bypass the conscious mind you stop your natural habit of analysing everything
- Access the Subconscious Mind - as you're distraction free, now you can focus on what you want to change by making powerful suggestions to encourage lasting change.
Hypnosis works because the change is made at the subconscious level, which is where all your habits are stored and run your life.
Hypnosis is 100% safe and is very effective at changing deep rooted issues and fast!