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Hypnosis Facts & Myths

How hypnosis works, Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, enjoyable, and proven-effective way to make positive, lasting changes in your life. However, most people have a misguided understanding of what hypnosis is—and what it isn’t—thanks primarily to its sensationalistic and often fanciful depiction in movies and on television.

That’s why I’d like to take a few moments to explain to you how hypnosis works and why it can be such a powerful force for helping you change your behaviour and, as a result, your life.

Hypnosis isn’t Magic… It’s natural

As a hypnotherapist, I’ve met many people who think hypnosis is magic—some strange power that allows the hypnotist to take control of a person’s mind and alter their behaviour at will. That’s the Hollywood version of hypnosis. 

And it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Hypnosis is actually something that we experience on a daily basis. For example, if you’ve ever been so absorbed in a task that you become oblivious to everything happening around you, you’ve been in a hypnotic state.

If you’ve ever been driving and got lost in thought, and then suddenly realize, “Oh, my gosh! I haven’t been paying attention,

” you’ve been in a hypnotic state.

If you’ve got lost in a daydream, you’ve been in a hypnotic state.

As these examples show, the hypnotic state, also known as a trance, is a natural state of mind. 

It’s something we’ve all experienced. 

So what’s the difference between these “everyday” hypnotic experiences and those you experience during hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy harnesses and focuses this natural state of mind to help you make positive changes in your life, 

so you can achieve your dreams and goals.

How hypnosis works

During a hypnosis session, the hypnotherapist guides you into a very relaxed state, commonly known as a trance, where your brain wave activity is very low. In this very relaxed state, your subconscious mind is more open to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being, and suggestions become very powerful. For example, remember when you were a child and you fell and hurt your knee? Your mother would kiss your knee and say, 

“All better.” And like magic, you would feel better.

Hypnosis works in much the same way. When you are in a hypnotic trance, the analytic conscious mind is bypassed, and the hypnotherapist can speak directly to the subconscious mind. This is why hypnosis is so powerful.

Let me explain the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind. Your conscious mind is what you are aware of. Your subconscious mind is what you are unaware of, or what is below the surface.

Think of an iceberg. Only a small fraction of an iceberg is above the surface and easily seen. The majority of the iceberg is hidden under the water, out of sight. Much of what happens to an iceberg occurs because of what happens below the surface.

Our minds are much the same. We behave in ways we do not understand. We lack insight and awareness. We do things without thinking. We do things even though they are not good for us. Often, we’re not sure why.

 It’s because of what is going on in our subconscious, outside of our awareness.

Hypnosis puts you in such a relaxed state that the hypnotherapist can bypass the analytic conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious mind, where the problem lies, and influence it in positive ways.

The truth about hypnosis

Although hypnosis has been around for over two centuries, many people have misconceptions about it, mainly due to the way hypnotism is often portrayed in movies and television and by stage hypnotists. If you’ve ever seen a live hypnosis show, it may seem like the hypnotist has power and control over his subjects on stage. But he doesn’t.

Let me make this crystal clear: You are never under the power or control of the hypnotist or the hypnotic trance.

You will never do anything you do not want to do. You will always be aware of what’s happening to you. And if, while in a trance, there is an unexpected, urgent need you must attend to, you will be able to do so. 

Simply open your eyes, stretch your body, and stand up.

Some of my clients have expressed concern that they will get stuck in a deep trance. This, again, is Hollywood fiction. You cannot get stuck in a trance anymore than you can get stuck in a daydream. You will either open your eyes, or fall asleep and wake up later. But you will always wake up.

Are there any risks to hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy is based on a foundation of helping you make positive changes, so you can feel better and improve your life. It’s safe, powerful, effective, natural, and it feels good.

Most people find hypnotherapy very relaxing and very helpful. But in some cases, hypnosis may trigger an intense emotional reaction. It’s similar to the reaction you may have after a powerful dream. Don’t worry. It’s a natural experience that can occur any time you undertake a new endeavour. It will usually not continue to happen.

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