About Hypnosis

About Hypnotism …

There is no consensus amongst hypnotists and hypnotherapists or even amongst scientists and researchers as to a definition of hypnosis. It is much like trying to define the cosmos, the universe, your soul, your subconscious or the space between your body and the wall in front of you. You know it’s there, but defining its essence in a way that everyone can understand and agree upon is another thing.

~ Hypnotism is a highly relaxed state during which your attention is highly focused. You are awake, aware and in control of yourself and your actions. All humans experience a natural state of hypnosis as we fall asleep at night or when we daydream. ~

People naturally and spontaneously go in and out of various states of hypnosis all day, without really ‘doing’ anything for themselves while in that state…often because it’s just relaxing to be on ‘auto pilot’ for a while. No one can prevent a person from being hypnotized if they want to be and no one can hypnotize a person if they don’t want to be. [see FAQ] The exception in the latter instance is in regards to children up to the age of approximately 12 years…a fact that all parents would benefit from keeping in mind.

Hypnosis by itself is unlikely to cause a relief of symptoms, whatever those symptoms might be. It is the therapy –hypnotherapy – which is carried out during the altered state of awareness/consciousness referred to as hypnosis that is significant.

The subconscious mind doesn’t think, reason, or rationalize; it influences behavior in accordance with the beliefs embedded over time. Hypnotism relaxes and quiets your conscious mind (brain) so it won’t argue against what you are instructing your subconscious mind to do for you during hypnotherapy. In a willing individual, the Hypnotherapist’s suggestions are effective because they bypass the conscious mind’s natural resistance to change and to allowing the “computer” we call the subconscious to be re-programmed with more productive beliefs to permanently effect the desired changes via hypnotism. In self-hypnosis, learning to by-pass one’s critical mind allows the person to re-programme their subconscious for success, in whatever way ‘success’ is defined for that individual.

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