What is hypnosis?
Within every culture known to mankind one finds a hint of the concept of hypnosis. There is yet to evolve one universally accepted definition of hypnosis. Dr. Milton Erickson, a widely respected practitioner, and originator of the Ericksonian Method of Hypnosis gave his definition as:
“Hypnosis is a particular altered state of selective suggestibility brought about in an individual by the use of a combination of relaxation, fixation of attention, and suggestion.”
How does it work?
Simply put, a person is relaxed through various personal techniques. One such technique that is used by many hypnotherapists, is “Progressive Relaxation”. Your conscious mind, the one that you are using right now, is relaxed to the point whereby it is by-passed, and you and the therapist can direct thoughts and images deeply and directly to the subconscious mind.
Why would someone want to work with the subconscious mind?
The subconscious mind is the repository for everything that we have ever learned since birth. Many negative and positive happenings may be hidden deeply therein. When the subconscious is accessed through hypnosis, it can reveal information, facts and causes for certain behaviors and emotions. This is the first great step to change: To understand, more or less, the past incidents that make you what you are, thereby affording you the opportunity to address these issues, and to capitalize on all of the positive aspects of your being.
Is there a difference between stage hypnotism and clinical hypnosis?
Stage hypnosis is a fun thing, staged by the hypnotist and acted out with willing participants. Sure the participants are relaxed, but they are always in control. When they “quack like a duck and bark like a dog”, it is because they want to do that to be a part of the show and to entertain the audience. Just accept that as entertainment. Clinical hypnosis is that type of hypnosis that is practiced one-on-one in a clinical setting which may be in an office, a hospital, a clinic or in an individual’s home. It a serious science practiced by serious people whereby the enhancement of the quality of a person’s life is the goal.
What is self-hypnosis?
It has been said that all hypnosis is self hypnosis, and for very good reasons. When you are relaxed, it is because you allow yourself to become relaxed. When you receive positive suggestions, it is because you allow the suggestions to be received. You are always in control, and because of this, it is really you that places yourself into the hypnotic state. The HypnoCounselor is the teacher, the facilitator, the guide, the practitioner that knows the various techniques to permit you to relax, that permit you to explore your subconscious mind, and that permit you to program yourself for beneficial change and improvement in many aspects of your life. Each client is always taught self-hypnosis so that he or she can use it alone on a daily basis, or when desired.
What can we use hypnosis for?
Hypnosis has been successfully used in the treatment of many issues or problems. Just to name a few: Weight loss, quit smoking, stress & anxiety alleviation, improve relationships, test taking, pain management, catastrophic illnesses, habit control, addictions, develop motivation, sexual enhancement, sports performance enhancement, and many, many more.
I am very strong-willed. Can I be hypnotized?
Approximately 97% of the public can be hypnotized. The 3% that cannot be hypnotized usually fall into two categories of mental disorders. It really has nothing to do with will, for persons who are strong willed can just set their will to relaxing and having an excellent hypnotic session. We have found that if a person is a willing subject, the experience is rewarding. We have learned over the years that willpower is never enough to overcome certain types of issues or problems. If you really do not want to overcome a problem, if you really do not want to be helped, you won’t be. It is as simple as that. If you want to improve your life, hypnosis can accomplish that, but with your permission and cooperation.
Has any hypnotized person been unable to wake up?
This is a myth that must be dispelled immediately. In all of the annals of the history of hypnosis, no subject ever failed to be aroused from the hypnotic state. Hypnosis is not sleep. It is similar to sleep but you are aware of everything that is going on. To address the absolute worse scenario: If the Hypnotist were to die while you were in a state of hypnosis, all that would happen is that you would wake up, or drift into a regular sleep and wake up in due time, just as if your were taking a nap.