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The mind can be very complicated in the way we grow as individuals. During your initial consultation, we will demonstrate to you the areas of your mind that develop at each stage of your life essentially mapping you as the person you are. Since you were a child, your subconscious has developed certain traits that make up habits and fears that can either help or prevent you from accomplishing those goals consciously.
We can develop this area of your subconscious to help you achieve your goals through hypnotic suggestions, essentially, we offer your mind the opportunity to allow you to see what you desire. Our techniques will only develop areas your mind will allow. What is meant by this is simply if you want to cluck like a chicken, you really do not need hypnosis to do this. All you need to do is cluck like a chicken. On the other hand, if you find yourself with a fear of speaking in public, as an example, it can be a separate fear that is causing your discomfort of public speaking. Your subconscious holds the key and can be “spoken to” so that you can then bypass this area in your conscious mind that is prohibiting you from your success.
Hypnosis is often perceived as a strange and mysterious - portrayed by such characters as Svengali and various dangerous Hollywood villains. However, the truth is that hypnosis is a very simple and naturally occurring process or state. Most questions about hypnosis stem from the confusion caused by technical and Hollywood style explanations of the subject.
Questions often reflect people's worries about losing one's control or maybe that there may be some danger associated with its use. A lack of of understanding about the process of hypnosis causes confusion, which is compounded by many hypnotists, hypnotherapy practitioners and teaching approaches that make it out to be something mysterious and complex.
To get an idea of how hypnosis actually works, consider two alternative states of mind - the first one is when your thoughts are occupied with what is going on in a very conscious way, in other words, you are very aware of what you are thinking. The second state is one in which things are running automatically. You are thinking about things but perhaps aren't consciously aware of what you are thinking. This is the state in which decisions are made which affect your beliefs and your emotions.
Hypnotherapy, used properly and professionally is simply a way of helping people to make the right decisions and develop the right beliefs for them, thereby helping them to 'feel' better and to get better day to day results.
Here are a few common questions we have encountered:
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is actually a mental state that we experience all the time. Whether you realize or not, you go in and out of hypnosis several times a day. If you’ve ever watched a great movie, and not realized how much time has passed, that’s an example of hypnosis. You are never asleep with hypnosis. Hypnosis is merely consciously using that natural state for personal change.
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Anyone who has an IQ above 40, is able to follow clear, simple instructions, and who is willing to be hypnotized. Therefore, most of the population can be hypnotized. It is likely that you have already experienced some form. For example, watching television or driving a car can cause trance like states. You can achieve a deeper level of trance with practice. Major transformations can be achieved in light, medium, and deep levels of hypnosis.
IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS?
There has never been a documented case of harm coming to anyone from the clinical use of hypnotism.
DOES HYPNOSIS REALLY WORK?
Yes, it really works. The power of transformation comes from within you. If you are ready to change habits or master an issue in your life, hypnosis makes it easy. Hypnosis is an effective way to modify life long beliefs/attitudes/patterns that consciously you have not been able to conquer. Hypnosis enables the subconscious mind to agree with the conscious mind. Hypnosis can stop that negative self-talk that can sabotage your desired transformation.
CAN A PERSON BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST THEIR WILL OR MADE TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEIR WILL?
You simply can not be hypnotized against your will. If that were the case, hypnosis would be the most closely guarded secret on the planet. All hypnosis is consent-based. The hypnotist gives the client suggestions, who in turn gives those to himself.
WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?
Many people think they will experience some strange, unusual state that they have never experienced before. They think they will be ”out of it”€, or ”under” like some anesthesia. DO NOT EXPECT TO GO TO SLEEP OR LOSE TOUCH WITH REALITY. You will be able to hear, remember, and experience everything that is going on around you. All hypnosis is a state of physical relaxation, and heightened mental attention. You’ll find that you’re perfectly mentally alert, able to resist any suggestion if you want, and fully in control of everything you say, do, and think.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
This depends on the client and the issue. Some issues can be effectively mastered in one session. Other issues may take more sessions. In the initial interview we can determine the number of sessions required to achieve your desired outcome.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Hypnosis is a guided visualization technique that communicates with the subconscious mind while the conscious mind is in a relaxed state. Hypnosis allows the conscious mind to be quiet while accessing the subconscious mind. A hypnotic state has the same brain waves as when you are falling asleep -- hypnosis can feel very similar to falling asleep (even though you don't really go to sleep). When accessing the subconscious directly, suggestions that fit within a person's belief system can be accepted as new reality. Hypnosis enables the subconscious mind to agree with the changes the conscious mind wants to make. Your patterns, habits, behaviors and beliefs are all stored in the subconscious mind. Your conscious mind may know what you want to do to change something but it is working against the subconscious mind that keeps repeating the patterns, habits, behaviors, and beliefs. Hypnotherapy gets the subconscious mind to agree with the conscious mind.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND?
The conscious mind is the part your mind that is responsible for how you feel yourself going through the world. The subconscious mind is the one that directs your behavior through the beliefs and habits that your environment influenced upon you, before you were old enough to dismiss outside ideas and beliefs about the world around you.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is such a misunderstood phenomenon. For many years it has been misinterpreted based on unrealistic movies and exaggerated claims made by the media.
DOES HYPNOSIS WEAKEN THE WILL? ARE ONLY WEAK MINDED PEOPLE ABLE TO GO INTO HYPNOTIC STATES?
No. Self-hypnosis strengthens the will. Hypnosis works with the will, not against it. In fact, the more intelligent and strong-willed you are, the more effective hypnosis will be for you.
WHAT IF I CAN’T BE HYPNOTIZED?
Most people feel or think this very same way. The fear is giving up control. The opposite is actually true. You are exercising a more powerful form of thought-control than at other times by accepting the suggestions given. The only thought to prevent you from going into hypnosis is the thought, ”I can’t be hypnotized.”
CAN YOU MAKE ME DO SOMETHING I DO NOT WANT TO DO?
No. The suggestions given to the subconscious have to be in agreement with a person's moral belief system otherwise the suggestion will be rejected. You are always aware while in a hypnotic state. You are always in control. You simply can not be hypnotized against your will. If that were the case, hypnosis would be the most closely guarded secret on the planet. All hypnosis is consent-based. The hypnotist gives the client suggestions, who in turn gives those to himself.
DO PEOPLE EVER HAVE TROUBLE COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS?
You cannot get ”stuck” in hypnosis. But some people may enjoy the pleasant state so much, they may choose to stay there a few seconds longer than the hypnotist directs them. The reason being, it is such a pleasant state, they perhaps just want to experience it a little longer. If the hypnotist were to leave the room, the person would gradually just fall asleep naturally. You always set your own limits while in hypnosis, and can always choose when to come out of hypnosis. There has never been a documented case of someone being unable to come out of hypnosis.
DO I NEED HYPNOSIS? WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
Hypnosis, to stop smoking as an example, is an alternative to other methods of smoking cessation. The reason no ”conscious-mind” treatment for smoking cessation like the ”patch” or Chantix, or the gum, or even talk therapy ever works, is because they never address the subconscious habits surrounding cigarette smoking.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?
A typical session lasts approximately 60-90 minutes. We start with an interview to discuss the presenting issue and desired outcome. The actual hypnosis is approximately 20-30 minutes. It is guided visualization that leads to deep relaxation.
Will you lose control when under hypnosis?
No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotized against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The 'control' misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a hypnotist told someone to walk out of the theater and shoot someone - of course, they would refuse to accept the suggestion and would probably be very cross. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are about empowerment and people's incredible capacity for change. If hypnosis was about control or making people do things there would be no money left in the banks and I probably would be happily retired on my own island somewhere.
Will you be asleep when hypnotized?
You will not be asleep when hypnotized. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep. It is a misnomer. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. Many people after a session of hypnosis don't believe that they were hypnotized at all but that comes from misconceptions about just what a 'trance' in fact is.
Will you be able to wake up and come out of the trance
Hypnosis is not about control. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the Hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and knocked themselves out you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Will you disclose secret information about yourself under hypnosis?
No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don't want to. Remember that you are completely in control and empowered. Again, if this was not the case, don't you think the police would just hypnotize their suspects and get them to 'tell the truth'?
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that is enough so therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
What about all the different words? What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotism for instance?
You will hear lots of different words and expressions used and as with anything, people often like to use technical descriptions for simple and straightforward subjects. Hopefully, we have made a reasonably successful attempt to simplify the whole subject on this course. Hypnosis and hypnotism basically refer to the same thing. Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis or hypnosis used in a clinical setting as opposed to say, stage hypnosis. In many states in America, it is not permissible to refer to oneself as a Hypnotherapist without having an appropriate medical or psychological background. Hence, the word hypnotism has become far more common for practical reasons.
What is Hypnosis?
It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance states often during the course of our lives. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes (hypnotherapy), beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind.
In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognized potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.
Realistically no-one can be hypnotized against their will and even when hypnotized, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful cooperation.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Hypnotherapy makes use of the bicameral nature of the functioning brain and the conscious / unconscious processes therein. At its simplest level the unconscious mind becomes (through our life experience) the repository of our conditioned experience, while the conscious mind is the waking mind dealing with appraisal and decision making. In hypnotherapy the critical faculties of the conscious mind are sidestepped (through the hypnotic condition) and new ideas and 'suggestions' placed directly into the uncritical unconscious to effect beneficial changes when back in the waking state.
Clinical applications of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following and more: unwanted habits - smoking, nail biting, bed wetting, weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress, tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, gynaecological problems - PMT, psychogenic infertility, obstetrics (painless childbirth), skin problems, pain control, minor surgery, dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and pains, some sexual problems...
Put simply, where your problem is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events in your past then hypnotherapy can be used to access and reprogram these complexes which are being sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.