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, t o the near exclusion of any other thought. In the everyday “trance” of a daydream or movie, an imaginary world seems somewhat r eal to you, in the sense that it fully engages your emotions. Imaginary events c an cause real fear, sadness or happiness, and you may even jolt in your seat if you are surprised by something (a monster leaping from the shadows, for example) . Some researchers categorize all such trances as forms of self-hypnosis. Milton Erickson, the premier hypnotism expert of the 20th century, contended that peop le 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 posit ive change in a person's life, changes for self-improvement and to release probl ems. We bypass or push aside the conscious critical mind, and allow the subconsc ious mind to find and harness those resources within you to effect the desired c hanges. In conventional hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, or your own ideas, as if they were reality. If the therapist suggests that you are drinking a chocolate milkshake, you'll taste the milkshake and feel it cooling your mouth and throat. If the therapist suggests that you are happy, you may fee l excited or start to smile. But the entire time, you are aware that it's all im aginary. Essentially, you're "playing pretend" on an intense level, just as chil dren often do. In this special mental state, people tend to feel uninhibited and relaxed. This is because they tune out the worries and doubts that normally keep their actions in check. You might experience the same feeling while watching a movie: As you immerse yourself in the plot, worries about your job, family, etc. fade away, un til 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 sugg ests you do something, you'll probably embrace the idea completely. This is what makes stage hypnosis shows so entertaining. Normally reserved, sensible adults are suddenly walking around the stage clucking like chickens or singing at the t op of their lungs. Fear of embarrassment seems to fly out the window. The subjec t's sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience, ho wever. 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 subconsc ious mind directly. Normally, you are only aware of the thought processes in you r conscious mind. You consciously think over the problems that are right in fron t of you, consciously choose words as you speak, consciously try to remember whe re you left your car in the parking lot. But in doing all these things, your conscious mind is working hand-in-hand with your subconscious mind, the unconscious part of your mind that does your "behind the scenes" thinking. Your subconscious mind accesses the vast reservoir of inf ormation that lets you solve problems, construct sentences or locate your automo bile. It puts together plans and ideas and runs them by your conscious mind. Whe n a new idea comes to you out of the blue, it's because you already thought thro ugh 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 subcons cious mind does that. You don't think through every little thing you do while dr iving 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 d oes most of your thinking, and it decides a lot of what you do. When you're awak e, your conscious mind works to evaluate a lot of these thoughts, make decisions and put certain ideas into action. It also processes new information and relays it to the subconscious mind. But when you're asleep, the conscious mind gets ou t of the way, and your subconscious has free reign. The deep relaxation and focusing exercises of hypnosis work to calm and subdue t he 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 ta kes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows you and the h ypnotist to work directly with the subconscious. It's as if the hypnotism proces s pops open a control panel inside your brain. The subconscious regulates your bodily sensations, such as taste, touch and sigh t, as well as your emotional feelings. When the access door is open, and the hyp notist can speak to your subconscious directly, he or she can trigger all these feelings, so you experience the taste of a chocolate milkshake, the satisfaction of contentment and any number of other feelings. You can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been preventing you from moving toward 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 were daydreaming and missed that turn (self-hypnosis), you have been hypnotized when you enjoyed a television program (being hypnotized by someone else), and you ha ve followed hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions when you preferred some brand name 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 of procedure the first thing you need to understand is that you will be able to he ar everything the hypnotist says to you. In fact, it’s important that you can, oth erwise you won’t know what you need to do whilst hypnotised. Secondly, you will be able to remember everything that went on. During the quit smoking session there is no need to create a situation whereby you need to forget anything. It’s quite a significant experience and one you are likely to remember for the rest of your life. Thirdly, you will be able to talk to the hypnotist. The hypnotist needs t o know what is going on so s/he can guide you through your experience, which wil l be unique to you. Everyone experiences trance in their own way and even the same person will exper ience variations from one trance session to the next. What does it feel like? Cl ose your eyes, and then open them. Back open? That s what it feels like. Light levels of trance may feel precisely like your waking state. You still are hypno tized. 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 you may feel light or floaty. You could feel warm or hot or you could feel cool or cold. You may experience numbness or stiffness or a tingly feeling. You may feel nothing more than deeply relaxed. Either way, it feels GOOD!! You re not uncons



cious. You re not "asleep." You re hyper aware. You ll notice that some of you r abilities may be enhanced during hypnosis, your ability to imagine, your abili ty to create, your ability to remember. You ll also be much more responsive to suggestions. The depth or type of trance is inconsequential as long as you are able to do th e 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 as curious about what will happen as you are. Every session is different because e very mind is different. The technique itself is the same but the hypnotist expec ts your experience to be different from anyone else’s and that is the only similar ity from one person to the next. The short answer: who knows? Let’s find out! What if I m too intelligent for you to be able to "put me under?" Intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. The more intelligent you are, the more easily you can be hypnotized. People of a below-average IQ find it difficult to go into a hypnotic state. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnot ic state of Alpha most of the time and therefore enter hypnosis easily. This acc ounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind to their 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, ma ny people have very strong emotional experiences during this process. Crying or sobbing is common and is, by the way, a very good thing. The thing is though, th at the crying comes from negative emotions being released and is extremely thera peutic indeed. I’ve seen it so often that I don’t even blink when it happens, and it happens a lot! On the other hand, there are tears of joy, or tears of relief or tears of happiness depending on the client and the situation. There are also sm iles of joy and happiness or laughter of relief or understanding. For some peopl e it’s very straightforward and matter of fact. Some people don’t particularly like the feeling of trance but they are rare and whilst I’d prefer that they like the f eeling, I go on with the process anyway and just get the job done. What I’ve never seen 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 b ecause it is. If you went to a New Zealand hypnotist before the time of this wri ting 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 of the session that the job has been done and dusted. I will not sit here and say t hat 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 is not a truth serum.






Now let s use hypnosis to make your life better. What can you do to make sure you get the most from your first hypnosis session? This is a very good question, because it is an important one for those seeking h ypnosis or hypnotherapy services. An entire book or at least a chapter could be written on this topic. In this discussion I will narrow it down to two main fa ctors that contribute to you getting the most out of your first hypnosis session . The Hypnotherapist Should Help You To Feel Comfortable About Doing Hypnosis By T elling You All You Need To Know About Hypnosis The first important factor determining your success is your choice of hypnothera pist or hypnotherapy provider. Providing you have made a good choice and your h ypnotherapist is well trained (i.e., A Certified Hypnotherapist), he will know h ow to help you to be prepared for your first session by providing you with a suf ficient amount of information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, his experience and c redentials, as well as what to expect during the session; basically everything t hat you need to find out to put you at ease. For most people, receiving this kind of information is an important part of the process because, as any experienced hypnotherapist can tell you, proper preparat ion of clients prior to the hypnosis session improves success. It improves succ ess because preparing a client for the session helps to reduce concerns about th e hypnosis process and set up an appropriate expectation of what to expect the h ypnotic experience to feel like. Any fear of being hypnotized will always reduce the probability of success of any hypnosis session. An individual who has a re alistic expectation of what the experience of being hypnotized will be like, wil l feel more comfortable and satisfied with the experience, during and after the session. What You Can Do To Get the Most Out Of a Hypnosis Session The next main factor that will contribute to the success in your first hypnosis session of course is you, and how you mentally approach the session. Presuming that your hypnotherapist has done his job well as discussed above, and you have asked all the questions you feel you need to ask, you should feel comfortable wi th experiencing hypnosis. Here is what you need to do; you need to adopt an easy going accepting attitude for following instructions. Almost all hypnotic inductions contain some suggestions for relaxation. Even th e instant and rapid inductions have some kind of suggestion for relaxation. How ever, contrary to popular opinion, physical relaxation is not required for hypno sis to occur. It is the opinion of some hypnotists, that the physical relaxatio n is only encouraged (through suggestion) so that a kind of mental relaxation ca n occur. This mental relaxation is a major part of what helps you to experience the benefits of hypnosis. In fact in this mental state, it is as if the person in hypnosis is hanging on t he hypnotist’s every word. In the Dave Elman-type inductions, there comes a point where the client is asked to relax her “mind until the numbers fade away.” When th e numbers have faded away, as a result of relaxing the mind, we have guided our clients into this highly relaxed state of mind, and as a result, they can become highly suggestible, and be able to experience virtually every kind of hypnotic phenomena, from catalepsy to hypnotically induced anaesthesia. The hypnotist or hypnotherapist cannot relax your mind. S/he is in the role of


a coach or teacher. The hypnotic induction is a way of helping you to first (ge nerally), relax your body, and then use that relaxation as a model for relaxing your mind and creating the hypnotic state. When you follow the instructions of the hypnotherapist, your conscious mind becomes less critical of the instruction s and suggestions given. Once this has been accomplished your hypnotherapist can help you become successf ul for whatever you came in to see a hypnotherapist for. So, it is essential th at you do not over analyze the instructions. Analysis and mental criticism is t he opposite of the mental relaxation you want to create. Just as muscle tension is the opposite of physical relaxation, mental work such as rationalization and analysis is the opposite of mental relaxation. If you are doing mental work, you are not relaxing the mind and not relaxing the mind will inhibit you going as deeply into hypnosis as you could otherwise. Th e deeper you allow yourself to go into hypnosis, the more benefit you will recei ve from each hypnosis session. So, what can you do to make the most of your upcoming hypnosis session? Sit dow n and have a little talk with yourself, and then decide to adopt that easy-going accepting mental attitude, and to follow all of the instructions of your hypnot herapist without rationalizing or analyzing, really let your mind relax like you r body can relax, and you will have done your part! Then you will get the very most out of your hypnosis session. That is my advice. Let Hypnosis be the force for good in your life. Let me help you to achieve the results you desire. Call 03 2173478 for that appointment Now. www.theeleganthypnosisclinic.com

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