What is Hypnosis?
“Hypnosis is the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.”
In short, it’s a technique for going around the conscious mind, which is designed to assess and determine truth from fiction based on our experience of life, and dealing directly with the subconscious.
Once the conscious mind is out of the way, the subconscious will accept any suggestion it is given, provided that the suggestion in no way compromises your sense of safety, security and identity. Because the subconscious doesn’t understand the difference between fact and fiction, it will readily believe the suggestion that an onion tastes like an apple (for example), and because all our senses are constructed in the mind from electrical signals (imagine it as morse code coming in, and the brain decoding it), it’s easy to change the mind’s understanding of things.
The key to all this is in getting a feel for what each does. In short, the subconscious mind is enormously powerful and collects millions of pieces of information per second. It then sorts through them at a rate we can’t even imagine, and sends the most relevant 5 to 9 pieces out to the conscious mind, through which (for example) we become aware that a bus is coming, and our feet are getting wet from the rain, and we’d really rather be at home right now. What you are not aware of is far more powerful than what you are. When we dream, the subconscious goes through all the information we’ve collected during the day and catalogues it. Filing some of the more useful stuff (angry dogs bite) away for future recall. The rest is sent into the boon-docks of the mind.
What this means for you is simple. Through hypnosis, we are able to change the way you think about things (I can’t handle heights), your beliefs can be challenged and altered (I will always be overweight), and your reactions can be re-programmed (I get depressed when I get to work).
And the best part is, by cutting to the heart of the matter, and dealing with the part in charge (your subconscious) rather than the observer (your consciousness) we can make these changes quickly, effectively, and permanently.
What it isn’t
It isn’t sleep
EEG machines have captured images of brain activity during hypnosis and it is completely different from the results produced during sleep. In fact, the mind during hypnosis is hyper-aware. Your senses are sharper, and your focus is laser-like. Learn more here
It isn’t about losing control
You are in total control throughout, and you cannot be made to do anything that is either directly against your own best interests and/or detrimental to your well-being.
It isn’t magic
The mind is wired to go into hypnotic trance. It’s a natural state in which you go in and out of all the time without being aware of it. Watching a movie and becoming emotional is a typical example of being in trance. Having an emotional reaction to a song is another. Its a way to execute tasks that you’ve already learned while freeing your conscious mind to think about other things. Doing something automatically (such as drying yourself after a shower, driving your car, or tying your shoe laces) without having to think about all the steps involved, are all examples of times when your subconscious takes over for you and you enter into a trance.
It isn’t a trick
Stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy, while they both utilise the state of hypnosis, have very different ends. While both use the suggestibility available during hypnosis, one is only interested in entertaining the audience, while the other is invested in making suggestions that will change your quality of life.
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