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What is Hypnosis, what can I expect

What is Hypnosis, what can I expect

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What Is Hypnosis? Hypnosis Is A Naturally Occurring State of Mind. Everyone Has Already Experience d Hypnosis, By Accident or By Design. Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heig htened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of " losing yourself" in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other though
What Is Hypnosis? Hypnosis Is A Naturally Occurring State of Mind. Everyone Has Already Experience d Hypnosis, By Accident or By Design. Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heig htened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of " losing yourself" in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other though

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What Is Hypnosis?Hypnosis Is A Naturally Occurring State of Mind. Everyone Has Already Experienced Hypnosis, By Accident or By Design.Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tuneout most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.In the everyday “trance” of a daydream or movie, an imaginary world seems somewhat real to you, in the sense that it fully engages your emotions. Imaginary events can cause real fear, sadness or happiness, and you may even jolt in your seat ifyou are surprised by something (a monster leaping from the shadows, for example). Some researchers categorize all such trances as forms of self-hypnosis. MiltonErickson, the premier hypnotism expert of the 20th century, contended that people hypnotize themselves on a daily basis.What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?Hypnotherapy is the deliberate application of the hypnotic state to effect positive change in a person's life, changes for self-improvement and to release problems. We bypass or push aside the conscious critical mind, and allow the subconscious mind to find and harness those resources within you to effect the desired changes.In conventional hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, oryour own ideas, as if they were reality. If the therapist suggests that you aredrinking a chocolate milkshake, you'll taste the milkshake and feel it coolingyour mouth and throat. If the therapist suggests that you are happy, you may feel excited or start to smile. But the entire time, you are aware that it's all imaginary. Essentially, you're "playing pretend" on an intense level, just as children often do.In this special mental state, people tend to feel uninhibited and relaxed. Thisis because they tune out the worries and doubts that normally keep their actionsin check. You might experience the same feeling while watching a movie: As youimmerse yourself in the plot, worries about your job, family, etc. fade away, until all you're thinking about is what's up on the screen.In this state, you are also highly suggestible. That is, when the therapist suggests you do something, you'll probably embrace the idea completely. This is whatmakes stage hypnosis shows so entertaining. Normally reserved, sensible adultsare suddenly walking around the stage clucking like chickens or singing at the top of their lungs. Fear of embarrassment seems to fly out the window. The subject's sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience, however. A hypnotist can't get you to do anything you don't want to do.Simply stated, hypnosis is nothing more than a way to access a person's subconscious mind directly. Normally, you are only aware of the thought processes in your conscious mind. You consciously think over the problems that are right in front of you, consciously choose words as you speak, consciously try to remember where you left your car in the parking lot.But in doing all these things, your conscious mind is working hand-in-hand withyour subconscious mind, the unconscious part of your mind that does your "behindthe scenes" thinking. Your subconscious mind accesses the vast reservoir of information that lets you solve problems, construct sentences or locate your automobile. It puts together plans and ideas and runs them by your conscious mind. When a new idea comes to you out of the blue, it's because you already thought through the process unconsciously.
 
Your subconscious also takes care of all the stuff you do automatically. You don't actively work through the steps of breathing minute to minute -- your subconscious mind does that. You don't think through every little thing you do while driving a car -- a lot of the small stuff is thought out in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious also processes the physical information your body receives.In short, your subconscious mind is the real brains behind the operation -- it does most of your thinking, and it decides a lot of what you do. When you're awake, your conscious mind works to evaluate a lot of these thoughts, make decisionsand put certain ideas into action. It also processes new information and relaysit to the subconscious mind. But when you're asleep, the conscious mind gets out of the way, and your subconscious has free reign.The deep relaxation and focusing exercises of hypnosis work to calm and subdue the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process.In this state, you're still aware of what's going on, but your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows you and the hypnotist to work directly with the subconscious. It's as if the hypnotism process pops open a control panel inside your brain.The subconscious regulates your bodily sensations, such as taste, touch and sight, as well as your emotional feelings. When the access door is open, and the hypnotist can speak to your subconscious directly, he or she can trigger all thesefeelings, so you experience the taste of a chocolate milkshake, the satisfactionof contentment and any number of other feelings.You can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been preventing you from movingtoward a more healthy and happy you.So now you know that you can be hypnotized.You have done it literally thousands of times. You did it yourself when you weredaydreaming and missed that turn (self-hypnosis), you have been hypnotized whenyou enjoyed a television program (being hypnotized by someone else), and you have followed hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions when you preferred some brandname that you saw repeatedly on television (hypnotic compounding of suggestion).What should it feel like being hypnotised?There are so many physiological variations to the trance state. For this type ofprocedure the first thing you need to understand is that you will be able to hear everything the hypnotist says to you. In fact, it
’s important that you can, otherwise you won’t know what you need to do whilst hypnotised. Secondly, you will beable to remember everything that went on. During the quit smoking session thereis no need to create a situation whereby you need to forget anything. It’s quitea significant experience and one you are likely to remember for the rest of yourlife. Thirdly, you will be able to talk to the hypnotist. The hypnotist needs to know what is going on so s/he can guide you through your experience, which will be unique to you.Everyone experiences trance in their own way and even the same person will experience variations from one trance session to the next. What does it feel like? Close your eyes, and then open them. Back open? That
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s what it feels like. Lightlevels of trance may feel precisely like your waking state. You still are hypnotized. Deeper levels, you may feel extremely relaxed, peaceful, euphoric even.You may feel a sense of heaviness in your limbs and/or body or alternatively youmay feel light or floaty. You could feel warm or hot or you could feel cool orcold. You may experience numbness or stiffness or a tingly feeling. You may feelnothing more than deeply relaxed. Either way, it feels GOOD!! You
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re not uncons
 
cious. You
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re not "asleep." You
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re hyper aware. You
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ll notice that some of your abilities may be enhanced during hypnosis, your ability to imagine, your ability to create, your ability to remember. You
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ll also be much more responsive tosuggestions.The depth or type of trance is inconsequential as long as you are able to do the work you are there to do… It’s the work that’s important, not the trance itself.What should happen when I’m in trance?We are going on a journey inside your unconscious mind. The hypnotist will be ascurious about what will happen as you are. Every session is different because every mind is different. The technique itself is the same but the hypnotist expects your experience to be different from anyone else’s and that is the only similarity from one person to the next. The short answer: who knows? Let’s find out!What if I
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m too intelligent for you to be able to "put me under?"Intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. The more intelligent youare, the more easily you can be hypnotized. People of a below-average IQ find itdifficult to go into a hypnotic state. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic state of Alpha most of the time and therefore enter hypnosis easily. This accounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind totheir waking like and bring to the world their creations.I’m a bit nervous about it. What if it’s horrible?It won’t be. There is absolutely nothing to be nervous about. Having said that, many people have very strong emotional experiences during this process. Crying orsobbing is common and is, by the way, a very good thing. The thing is though, that the crying comes from negative emotions being released and is extremely therapeutic indeed. I’ve seen it so often that I don’t even blink when it happens, and ithappens a lot! On the other hand, there are tears of joy, or tears of relief ortears of happiness depending on the client and the situation. There are also smiles of joy and happiness or laughter of relief or understanding. For some people it’s very straightforward and matter of fact. Some people don’t particularly likethe feeling of trance but they are rare and whilst I’d prefer that they like the feeling, I go on with the process anyway and just get the job done. What I’ve neverseen is ‘horrible’.I’ve been to a hypnotist before and it didn’t work. Why should this be any different?At least a third of my clients were in the same position. They all, one for one,no exceptions, come out of trance and say… “well, that was different!” It’s different because it is. If you went to a New Zealand hypnotist before the time of this writing then you can be fairly assured that the hypnotist did not use this approach. This is the only approach whereby the hypnotist expects to know by the end ofthe session that the job has been done and dusted. I will not sit here and say that I have a 100% success rate but I will say that I know, and more importantly,the client knows, that the job is done.Will I "spill the beans" and tell all my secrets during hypnosis?No, not unless you would anyway while in your normal waking state. Hypnosis isnot a truth serum.

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