Hypnosis is often associated with stage shows and other often mystical things. Hypnosis is not at all mystical and is a perfectly natural state of mind that we all go into hundreds of times every day.
Have you ever experienced driving in your car but not knowing the exact things you did (like every turn of the indicator or wheel for example) – this is because you would have been in a very light hypnotic state. On a sub conscious level, you were still in control of the vehicle you were driving. The same happens when you are focused intensely on a movie or book, just that slight shift of awareness from your normal conscious state and that is Hypnosis.
The term Hypnosis comes from the Greek word “Hypnos” meaning sleep. Here are a few of the many definitions of Hypnosis:
- Focused consciousness
- An altered state of consciousness
- Extreme relaxation
- Guided Meditation
- A series of instructions
“In therapy, Hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention focussed inward and appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”
These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. In a Hypnotherapy session you are always in control and are not made to do anything. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and a hypnotherapist just facilitate the client’s experience.
- Hypnosis was accepted by the American Medical Association is 1958
- Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind and is safe
- No-one has ever been hurt by Hypnosis
- Hypnosis is not mind control
- You cannot get stuck in Hypnosis – this has never happened to anyone
- The worst-case scenario is that you fall asleep
- Hypnosis is focused consciousness
- Sleep is a state of unconsciousness
The wording of “Sleep” in Hypnosis means close your eyes and go deeply relaxed as if you are asleep. Hypnosis is simply a series of instructions; all you have to do is focus on what the hypnotherapist is saying and follow his or her instructions.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for implementing change within a person’s life.