What is hypnosis and why does it work?

Hypnosis does not happen because of some specific belief, procedure or technique – it’s actually a natural state of mind – one where our conscious critical factor is more relaxed and our imagination is more active or focused.  Most of you might be imagining a swinging watch.  Well that’s a bit old school but it does work to focus the mind.  And a focused mind quickly looks to relax.  Typical inductions for clinical hypnosis are progressive relaxation.  Stage hypnosis inductions are typically more instant, radical, and dramatic techniques.  Those suggestions have minimal lasting power and the audience is pre-vetted for more participatory candidates.  In stage hypnosis the momentum of suggestibility is heightened when we see others ‘being hypnotized’ as it subconsciously seems to be accepted as the norm for the situation and so the inhibition of some people drops and they participate on stage without conscious analysis or consideration of consequences like the feeling of embarrassment.  The same is true for group hypnosis and in private hypnotherapy the client and hypnotist often share rapport and trust so the hypnotist is able to relax, command, or bore the client into heightened suggestible states.  The client may be awake and aware the whole time and remember the entire experience or the client may relax and feel asleep and forget consciously the conversation or imagery.   If we think about it in terms of brain waves – when our minds are actively aware and analyzing information we are in the Beta brain wave state.  But it takes a lot of energy to stay in this focused state and so naturally to preserve energy – our minds relax into a brain wave state called Alpha.  It has been proven that in an alpha brain state – we are over 200x more suggestible.  Think subliminal messages. But don’t worry even though our conscious minds are relaxing they are still able to detect threats and so you will not accept suggestions – no matter how relaxed you are – that go against your morals.  You can lie under hypnosis – you can withhold information – you are still in control of your mind the entire time.

Your thoughts have physical powers – and practiced thoughts become the beliefs that run your life, your biology, your good fortune and wealth. 

Since hypnotherapy is no specific method or script many people are unaware that they already have felt the hypnotized brain wave focused state in themselves and from other people.  A trained hypnotist is simply using skill sets in conversation, imagery, and language as a spatial form.  Such as suggesting to a relaxed client, “This solution now is replacing that problem there”.  The client’s subconscious hears this suggestion and can gain context for the information because it is in spatial form in the good is here and now available.  The subconscious will then accept the suggestion as true because it supports the overall goals of the client.  The mind is always seeking information to get better.  Often we just consciously practice mentally reciting fears, excuses, blame and this practice distracts the subconscious from other conflicting thoughts.  In hypnosis, you typically hear suggestions in the first, second, and third person tense so the subconscious mind feels that you are fully supported in this opportunity for improved emotional or behavioral change.  Once the body is free from stress, guilt, and fear, recovery can occur for even serious concerns, quickly.  The only possible side effects for hypnosis are that perception of memories can be altered.  This can be a positive effect for most people but untrained hypnotists who ask leading questions are at risk of implying false information that imprints onto a client’s experience with that memory.   

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