What is Hypnosis?
“The greatest power in all of creation exists within the mind of man.”
Sadly, we are not provided with an “owners manual” which might enable us to use this phenomenal force to its’ maximum potential. Most experts agree that we are using a mere 5-10% of our true potential. Yet think of the many extraordinary accomplishments we have made already. Just imagine what might happen if we could increase this power to just 15%, 20% or more! What wonderful, miraculous achievements await us?
“There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster’s Dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep, but it is actually a natural state of mind and induced normally in everyday living much more often that it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.”
From Charles Tebbetts, Miracles on Demand, Second Edition (pp211-212).
Hypnosis is the key to unlocking our unlimited potential. Hypnosis allows us to access our subconscious mind, an amazing, untapped resource. Through hypnosis, we can reprogram our thinking, dispel old, unwanted, negative thoughts and replace them with new, positive thoughts; powerful thoughts that will propel us toward the goals that we choose to reach for.
Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis to enhance: goal achievement, motivation to change, personal and spiritual growth and to release individuals from their problems and the causes of their problems.
“The intuitive mind (subconscious) is a sacred gift and the rational mind (conscious) is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Hypnosis, also called Guided Imagery, Guided Meditation and Guided Visualization, just to name a few, is simply a state of physical relaxation where the conscious mind is distracted and the all-powerful subconscious or intuitive mind becomes extremely alert and susceptible to suggestions. Suggestions are the primary tool of the Hypnotist. The subconscious mind then accepts these suggestions and creates the behavior changes in order to achieve the given suggestions. Hypnosis is the same mental state as daydreaming, meditation or deep prayer. It has become commonplace for athletes and other top achievers to use hypnosis in one form or other to enhance their abilities and concentration.
Almost everyone has had the experience of having things they wanted to do and couldn’t, or didn’t want to do but did anyway. That’s because our desires are conscious thoughts while our behaviors are created and motivated at the subconscious level. Hypnosis is the natural, safe and most efficient way to reach the unconscious mind and modify those old, unwanted habits and behaviors.
Hypnosis is 100% different than the TV or Hollywood image…you’re not asleep, you’re not unconscious, you’re not a zombie and you’re not going to hover around the room like they do in the movies. In fact, the “state” of hypnosis is quite unremarkable. It’s like daydreaming where we become so focused on visualizing or imagining something that we become less aware of what is actually happening around us. Did you ever pull up to a traffic light and become so “lost in thought” that you didn’t notice the light turn green until the driver behind you started beeping their horn? Of course you have and that is a light state of hypnosis. You began to think about some situation in your life and became detached from the current task of driving as you focused on that situation, yet you remained completely in control and immediately returned to driving the moment you heard the horn beep. The state of hypnosis is much more common and much less spectacular than most people want to believe. We are all in and out of hypnosis many times each and every day.
People tend to have some fears and misconceptions regarding Hypnosis. Let’s take a moment and dispel the most common fears:
- Fear #1: I can MAKE you do something against your will. WRONG!
I cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. I can’t make you do anything against your own personal moral code. While in Hypnosis, you hear every word I say and if I ever said anything that offended you, you would reject the suggestion and instantly bring yourself out of hypnosis. I can’t make you do anything that you wouldn’t do under similar circumstances. Mother Nature did not make us so weak and vulnerable that we can be manipulated this way. I can’t make you go out and rob a bank and bring the money back to me…(sometimes I wish I could), but it just doesn’t work that way. Now this is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I can’t make you do anything you don’t WANT to do…I can’t make you rob a bank or go into hypnosis or stop smoking, lose weight, stop biting your nails or anything else. You MUST WANT to make the changes that you came for.
- Fear #2: Hypnosis is a “truth serum” and you will reveal personal information or family secrets. WRONG AGAIN!
As I said earlier, you hear every word I say and you will remember everything after the session is over. If you don’t like a question you simply won’t answer or even make something up, but you are always in control. In reality, it is quite rare that you will speak at all during a session.
- Fear #3: What if I get stuck in Hypnosis and can’t get out? NO WAY!
It is absolutely impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. It is simply a state of mind like meditation or deep prayer. There’s nothing to get stuck in. You can bring yourself out of hypnosis anytime you want to during a session. Have you ever been worried that you would get stuck in sleep?
- Fear #4: Hypnosis is “brain washing”. WRONG! Hypnosis is simply a way of using your own innate abilities so that you can make the changes that YOU WANT to make so that you can live the life you want to live. Remember, I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.
I can’t be Hypnotized, my mind is too strong. IT’S UP TO YOU!
Anyone with an IQ over 75 can be hypnotized. However, you must want to go into Hypnosis. If you don’t want to, it won’t happen…period! You are always in control and no one can hypnotize you without your full cooperation. You simply allow it to happen by following the Hypnotists instructions. Strong-willed individuals with a deep desire to change achieve excellent results. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis; I am simply a guide or facilitator who helps you reach the hypnotic state.
How will I feel while in Hypnosis?
WONDERFUL! Hypnosis is extremely relaxing mentally and physically. It feels so good that I have had clients, while in hypnosis, offer to pay for another session if I would just leave them in hypnosis and stop talking to them. Some clients experience a very “heavy” feeling, almost like they are melting into the recliner, while others feel very “light and airy”. Some clients feel warm, others cool. Most clients experience time distortion and comment that 45 minutes in hypnosis feels like only 5 or 10 minutes. As stated earlier, you hear every word I say, but there will be times that your conscious thoughts “drift off” and you begin thinking about other things like work or family and then, suddenly, you find yourself once again focused on my voice. All of these things are “normal” and each person may experience some, none, or all of these sensations.
Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes and has been approved by the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association and the Catholic Church since the mid 1950’s. Traditional hypnosis uses commanding language, called direct suggestion. Examples of direct suggestions are: “From this moment on you are a happy, healthy non-smoker”. Or…”You now stay away from junk foods and fast foods.” “Ericksonian” hypnosis uses more of what is called indirect suggestions. Indirect suggestions can be much harder to resist because they are often not even recognized as suggestions by the conscious mind, since they are usually disguised as stories or metaphors. An example of an indirect suggestion is “Perhaps you will begin to notice a desire to make healthier, more valuable choices and each time you do, it will become easier and easier to make those healthy, more valuable choices.” Each method has its place and A New You Center for Hypnosis; LLC uses both methods to assure the desired outcome. We also use EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques and NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming.