What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a word that is confused by so many people…
From the stage hypnotists, Hollywood films, tales of people with Svengali like powers over people…
to Black Ops and Brainwashing…
The Truth is Hypnosis is Natural and Safe
In fact, to varying degrees, trance states are something we all go into everyday.
We’ve all ‘zoned’ out during a conversation, become focused on our own thoughts and become completely oblivious to the world around us, reading a book and you suddenly realise you have been staring at the same paragraph but not actually reading, when you’re waiting for the lights to change and then you suddenly ‘snap’ out of it, you were in a daze…
So, you’re nodding your head to some of these, right? Of course, we all do it.
Hypnosis is just a more guided version of this, ultimately, you are still in control.
Common Questions about Hypnosis…
Q: Is Hypnosis safe?
A: Yes, it’s a totally natural state.
Q: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
A: No, no more than you could get stuck asleep.
Q: Can anyone be hypnotised?
A: Yes, but it depends on the situation. Maybe you wouldn’t want to be hypnotised by a stage hypnotist and ‘made to look a fool’ so you wouldn’t follow the instructions. If you needed an operation and there was no anaesthetic but a hypnotist on hand, you would want to be hypnotised so you wouldn’t resist it. You are ultimately in control.
Q: I didn’t feel like I was in trance, I mean I was aware of things…
A: Sometimes you hear everything other times you may drift deeply away, or maybe you drift in and out, aware of some bits and in a daze for other bits… The suggestions go in either way.
If you lose awareness of feelings, sight, sounds, tastes and smells that’s not hypnosis, that’s death!
Hypnosis Gives YOU a Heightened Awareness and More Control
Hypnosis or self-hypnosis is similar to meditation and indeed the trance-like states that we all go into when our minds drift off. When people stare out of a window and don’t hear someone call them, that’s trance. Staring into a fire you suddenly realise you had become unaware of all else, you had been in trance. These kind of trance-like experiences are natural.
So what is the difference between Meditation and Hypnosis?
A question I get asked all the time, most people associate meditation with sitting cross-legged, chanting ‘Om’, incense, candles, statues of Buda and things of that nature.
Hypnosis on the other hand is commonly associated with cartoon images of men with goatee beards and cloaks with swirling patterns or hypno-darts coming from their eyes. The other perception is of course the stage performers and people walking like a chicken.
Stage hypnosis is entertainment, although some people do drop into a deep somnambulistic trance instantly, the peer pressure of being on stage and social conformity do help to create some of the entertainment you see.
The descriptions above may very well be true for some and inline with their beliefs but the truth is that for most people the experiences of meditation and self hypnosis are very different.
Both meditation and hypnosis take us from our daily lives to somewhere different, a place to grow and improve our lives.
Hypnosis is normally associated with remedial change work like removing fears and phobias, or generative change work like goal setting and the enhancing of abilities. While meditations are normally associated with relaxation and creating spiritual connections.
I have, however, experienced hypnosis techniques that explore ‘Big Mind’ (the space beyond…) and meditations that are about releasing anxieties and fears. So there really are no set boundaries and if there were, we would want to explore what was on the other side of the boundary anyway, wouldn’t we?
Interestingly there are schools of thought that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis
There were in the past entertainers who used a dog to put people into trance! Where the dog was meant to be capable of hypnotising people who stared into their eyes. Now these dogs were no more hypnotising the person than the flickering flame of an open fire is entrancing a person. It is the person who stares into the dog’s eyes or flames that is going into trance by their own volition.
MEDITATE: to contemplate, to reflect upon
HYPNOSIS: A state of focused attention
Some Historical Figures of
Franz Anton Mezmer a Physician in the late 1700’s coined the term ‘animal magnetisms’ he is also where the word ‘mesmerism’ and ‘mesmerize’ come from. Mezmer used trance states to heal people.
It was James Braid, a Scottish surgeon almost 100 years later who developed ‘mesmerism’ and called it ‘Hypnosis’. The first time the word was used.
In the last century another doctor Milton H. Erickson MD pioneered a conversational or indirect style of hypnosis called ‘Ericksonian Hypnosis’. This was a big distinction from direct hypnosis.
The Swinging Back & Forth of the Watch
Direct ‘authoritarian’ hypnosis is the kind of hypnosis a stage performer’s might use. This is a very directed form of hypnosis with the ‘power’ of being very much attributed to the stage hypnotist. Stage Hypnosis is Entertainment and relies on a number of factors such as social compliance, trickery and a host of other shenanigans. It also offers a platform for extroverts to shine.
The fanciful swinging of a watch that is seen in the films is about ‘fixation’ of the attention. A stage hypnotist or practitioner performing overt direct hypnosis will have a person fixate their attention on an object and then continue to direct the person with suggestions to close their eyes, relax their body, walk down a set of stairs etc.
And You Didn’t Even Realise It…
Indirect hypnotism relies of the fact that information ‘goes in’ in order for you to understand something you must have first read, heard, seen or experienced it. Then the conscious minds makes decisions about what you just heard or saw.
Think of it like a lecture vs. a film. During a lecture you may or may not believe everything the lecturer says based on what you believe to be true. But watching a film or reading a story book there is no critical factor making judgments about whether it’s true or not, the ideas just go in…
Has Anyone Ever Told You Something and
You Believed Them?
Well of course they have and of course you did. They offered a suggestion and you accepted that suggestion.
A hypnotist will offer a suggestion that smoking is bad, the suggestion is accepted and the person stops smoking.
There is no difference between somebody telling you that a film is good and you believing that suggestion, and a hypnotist suggesting to you that feeling confident is good and you accepting that suggestion and acting upon on it.
A competent hypnotist will know how to pitch the suggestion just right so that it is accepted… and so, for that matter, will a salesman!
A close friend of yours can tell you something he or she has learnt and believes. With it thwy bypass any resistance from your conscious mind, resulting in your unconscious mind accepting the suggestion.
We are all using hypnosis on each other all the time…
…whether we realise it or not. Even when we do not verbally respond we are still communicating volumes.
So What Do I Think ‘Hypnosis’ Is?
Well, I think it is all of the above, the direct, the indirect, the purposeful and the purely by accident… But in the terms of my hypnosis products…
- A State of Deep Relaxation
- Intense Focus
- A Natural State
- One of the Most Amazing Phenomena of the Mind
- A Medium for Making Positive Changes
What Will Hypnosis Do For YOU
Hypnosis is an amazing way to bypass the critical thinking part of the brain and introduce new concepts.
…to go deep into your subconscious to bring out hidden talents, new ideas, and increased abilities you never had access to before.
Hypnosis is a way to gain more control over your emotions. Gain more control over your thoughts and behaviours.
It’s a way to bypass your limiting beliefs and short cut to becoming a better you.
So, Are You Ready To Try Out Some Hypnosis For Yourself?
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