Despite its origins in helping the word hypnosis tends to invoke a number of misconceptions. Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness, in fact Scottish Surgeon James Braid who coined the term Hypnotism, from the Greek word sleep, in the 1900s later tried to change the name to monoideism (single/focused thought) when he realised Hypnosis was not sleep or unconsciousness.
Hypnosis is a wonderfully relaxing, rejuvenating, naturally occurring state that you can utilise to create powerful outcomes. When it comes to overcoming obstacles and creating positive change it makes sense to work with the part of the brain, our subconscious mind, that controls our imprints – our behaviours, habits, emotions, fears, and even our physical sensations. Hypnotherapy is so effective because it allows change to take place at the subconscious level.
In the hypnotic state you experience alpha and theta brain waves
Many people are surprised that we all experience this hypnotic state naturally several times a day – we experience it when we are falling asleep and when waking, when we are fully engaged in a movie or TV show, or when our mind is taken to another time or place as we turn pages of a novel; and when we experience ‘highway hypnosis’ which happens when we’re driving, often somewhere familiar, and our conscious mind drifts into a myriad of thoughts and our subconscious takes care of the driving as the kilometres pass and then we’re at our destination without fully consciously recalling the whole journey, it’s as if we were on autopilot.
Hypnosis is not giving up control
You can hear and understand what is being said and are aware of what is happening around you, and that means you are in complete control at all times. In the hypnotic state you have greater control over your mind and body. All hypnosis is actually self hypnosis, as your hypnotherapist I have the expertise to guide you into the hypnotic state and can use techniques to help facilitate the positive changes you require, but at the end of the day you are in control of the process, you will be able to do normal things like scratch an itch or chat to me, as well as deciding whether you want to continue to go deeper or come out of hypnosis, however most clients find the hypnotic state so pleasant and relaxing they’re reluctant to come out of the enjoyable experience of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is hypnosis used in a therapeutic context
It does not require you to cluck like a chicken, unless that would help you with what it is you want to achieve! In the 1950s Hypnotherapy was recognised both a valid and beneficial by the American Medical Association, and it is increasingly used by professional sports coaches, celebrities and successful business people to enhance performance. Many medical centres and hospitals around the world are incorporating hypnosis into their procedures, as both the hospitals and their insurance companies recognise the benefits to their patients.
Your subconscious mind is much more influential than your conscious mind
It controls all your automated processes such as your breathing and is the store house of your memories, emotions, beliefs and automatic responses (imprints) to situations or triggers. Because all hypnosis is self hypnosis it is your decision, even the most skilled hypnotherapist can’t make you do anything against your will, so if it is your wish accessing this part of your extraordinary mind can allow you to:
- enhance your possibility and ability for successful outcomes
- discover root causes or gain deeper insights to issues
- influence your thoughts and physiology (e.g. your mind and body)
- replace beliefs or behaviours that are no longer useful with new beneficial ones
- strengthen resourceful beliefs, behaviours and skills
Your subconscious mind is powerful and extraordinary, give it new and compelling imprints and it can achieve wonderful feats and create fascinating possibilities for you.