What is Hypnosis?
What is called hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we all slip
into many times a day without really knowing we have done so. The
hypnotist guides the client into this state in a controlled manner so
that effective natural changes can be initiated at a subliminal level.
Hypnosis is a natural process we all experience every day, for example, when
driving or walking and not remembering the trip or watching TV and being
unaware of events around one. It is a pathway into the unconscious where
the information needed to heal wounds, solve problems, transform limitations
and release creative energy can be found. The hypnotic state is a very
intense concentration which blocks out all other sensory information. The
hypnotized person is not asleep but is fully aware, the concentration being
narrowed and focused. The brain waves of a hypnotized person are those of
a person who is awake. Hypnosis is a state of induced receptivity of the
subconscious mind. The hypnotist gives positive suggestions which the
unconscious mind takes literally. The conscious mind uses both deductive
and inductive reasoning but, to the sub–conscious mind, reasoning is
deductive. It is as if the conscious mind gives a request or has a belief
and the unconscious mind fulfills that request or finds a way to substantiate
that belief. When trust and rapport are established between the hypnotist
and the subject every suggestion that is accepted and acted upon initiates a
spiral of belief leading to conviction and positive results. It is well
known that any habit can be changed, with perseverance, in 21 days.
With due concentration and daily reinforcement from self hypnosis and audio
tapes, success can be achieved.
Perhaps the most persistent misconception is that the client will be
controlled in some way by the hypnotist. The truth is that no one can be
hypnotized against their will, nor can a hypnotized person reveal any innermost
secret about themselves or carry out any action against their moral or sexual
code. The hypnotized subject is in control and provides the impetus,
energy and power for the desired outcome. The hypnotist merely guides the
subject to that goal. Also, there is the concern that the subject will
not be able to come out of hypnosis. A person might ask, "What if I have a
heart attack while under hypnosis?" The answer is very simple:
"Open your eyes and call 911." Another misconception is that the
subject will lose conscious awareness. The subject does not lose
awareness nor fall asleep. The subject is alert and aware at all
times. This has been proven by studies employing the electroencephalogram
(EEG). And another misconception is that only weak–willed or
feeble–minded persons can be hypnotized. In fact, almost everyone can be
hypnotized if they so desire.
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Almost everybody can be hypnotized to some extent, but the best subjects are
intelligent, highly motivated individuals. The degree of success is measured by
the amount of subconscious acceptance and not by the depth of trance.
Some people go into a light trance, some go very deep but most are in the
middle range. Nonetheless anyone who achieves even a light trance can
realize positive change. The most important factor is the desire to
change. Everyone’s experience is slightly different but most find the hypnotic
state to be extremely pleasant and enjoyable saying that they have never felt
so relaxed and comfortable.
Hypnosis Horizons, Inc.
815 Sunset St.
Scranton, PA 18509