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What is hypnosis?

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What is Hypnosis?

OFFICIAL DEFINITION of HYPNOSIS:

“A relaxed state of focused attention that activates the inner creative intelligence, allowing you to change mental and physiological patterns that can’t be changed in everyday awareness.”

Hypnosis is a highly effective tool for self-improvement and personal growth. It is a method of focusing your mind and then using your imagination and thoughts to stir feelings and to alter your behavior and attitudes.

Under the professional expertise of a therapist,

hypnosis is a powerful tool to unleash

the amazing healing potential of your mind.

What Hypnosis is:

Hypnosis is nothing to be afraid of!

We have all experienced this state of mind, usually without calling it “hypnosis,” or “trance.” Each day we enter a deep state of trance when we wake up in the morning and still feel drowsy, or just before sleep at night.

Have you ever been preoccupied as you drove down the highway, deep in thought? Suddenly you realize you haven’t noticed anything for miles. Your subconscious was  taking over the driving and you were safe. That was hypnosis.

Or have you ever been totally absorbed as you watched a movie or a book and temporarily you have forgotten you were in the theater or room? That was hypnosis.

Do you ever dive into an activity like playing sports, music, or some creative endeavor like writing or painting, feeling a deep sense of flow? You lose track of time and you emerge refreshed? That is hypnosis.

During these periods of deep absorption another level of consciousness takes over and guides us along. Often called our subconscious or even unconscious mind, I prefer to call it the INNER conscious. Although much of the time it is “below” our conscious awareness, we are totally capable of being fully consciously in touch with that deeper part of ourselves.

Hypnosis is a state of mind naturally experienced during normal activities!

What Hypnosis is NOT:

Hypnosis is not mind control!

Don’t believe me? Yes, stage hypnotists make it look like they controlled someone’s mind and made them cluck like a chicken against their will. And magicians make it look like they cut the pretty lady in half. Both are illusionists.

Contrary to the hype created by Hollywood, no one can be hypnotized if they don’t wish to be. And no one can make you do anything in hypnosis that would go against your values. Nor can anyone make you reveal anything in hypnosis that you don’t want to reveal.

Hypnosis is not something someone does to you!

It is not true that you can hypnotize someone! All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. Even though the therapist or the person on the audio recording is guiding you, YOU are the one who induces your own hypnotic state. YOU are in control of your experience at all times. YOU determine the depth and quality of the experience. AND you can even bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time if you need to.

Hypnosis is NOT sleep.

Most people remember everything that happens in hypnosis. Often clients are convinced that they DIDN’T experience hypnosis. They were expecting something more out-of-the-ordinary. However, their state of deep relaxation and ability to surmount major obstacles in their lives reveals that they DID.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.

– Mayo Clinic

What can Hypnosis do for you?

Medical Applications – 60 – 90 % of disease and injury is due to stress. When used as a complementary therapy, hypnosis has been shown to be highly effective for improving outcomes of medical treatments.

  • Reduce stress
  • Overcome fear of surgery
  • Control physical sensations of pain or nausea
  • Clear underlying emotional issues connected with the physical symptoms
  • Harness the subconscious’ power of belief to support the immune system

Emotional Growth – Hypnosis goes beyond “talk therapy” by addressing the issues at the level of the subconscious. Regression therapy can go directly to the experience of events that cause the problem, and thus heal the cause at its source.

Behavioral Changes – Replace unwanted habits with more desirable, beneficial patterns.

  • Cease the urge to smoke or over eat,
  • Overcome insomnia
  • End fears, phobias and anxieties
  • Eliminate habits such as bedwetting or nail biting
  • Improve performance in sports or exams
  • Surmount inner blocks to success
  • Speed learning and reading

Spiritual Guidance

  • Answer life path questions
  • Forgive and set yourself free
  • Interpret dreams

From the Wall Street Journal:

“New findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed recovery in a variety of ways.” (October, 2003)

From Andrew Weil’s Self Healing Newsletter:

“Hypnotherapy is increasingly being used in mainstream medicine, thanks to mounting evidence that ‘it’ works, as well as research showing how the human brain responds to hypnosis.” (August, 2004)

From Anesthesia and Analgesia:

“A meta analysis of 20 controlled studies found that patients who received hypnotherapy before or during surgery fared better than 89 percent of patients in control groups.” (June, 2002)

Hypnosis and Pain Control

“…adjunctive hypnosis substantially reduces pain and anxiety during surgical procedures while decreasing medication use, procedure time, and cost. If a drug were to do that, everyone would by now be using it.”

“It has taken us a century and a half to rediscover the fact that the mind has something to do with pain and can be a powerful tool in controlling it: the strain in pain lies mainly in the brain.”

– David Spiegel, Journal of the National Cancer Institute p. 1280 Vol. 99, Issue 17

What is Hypnosis? Research

What is hypnosis? A natural state of focus and relaxation Hypnosis for weight loss:

  • CNN reports that in one meta-analysis that looked at six previous studies, researchers found participants who used hypnosis averaged a 15-pound weight loss at the end of treatment, compared to the control group who lost an average of 6 pounds without hypnosis.

Hypnosis for alleviation of pain:

  • Hypnosis has been used for centuries for pain control, including during the Civil War when Army surgeons hypnotized injured soldiers before amputations. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a tool to reduce pain.

Hypnosis for emotional health:

  • The American Health Magazine V.7 reported that Hypnotherapy is effective and it works quickly. A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

What is Hypnosis? Test of the power of your mind.

Our thoughts, imagination, and feelings have a powerful effect on us.

Hypnosis is like holding a magnifying glass over a piece of paper in the sun. When rays of the sun are focused, they are more powerful – so powerful, in fact, that they can set paper on fire!

In the same way, our minds are very powerful when concentrated and focused. Our thoughts and imaginings have a powerful effect on us, emotionally and physiologically.

Try closing your eyes and imagining a lemon. Imagine its smell, and the feel of it on your hand. Then imagine cutting it and sucking on the juice inside. Go ahead, close your eyes and try.

Well, what happened? Did your mouth pucker? Sure it did! Just like you shudder at the thought of someone scratching a chalkboard. Or get aroused by sexual thoughts.

For instance, if we picture being in a peaceful place, it facilitates deep relaxation and comfort. Conversely, when we worry, we visualize negative outcomes, eliciting feelings of anxiety and depression before the event even occurred!

When you change how you think, visualize, and imagine things to be, your feelings and behavior will begin to change.