What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis may be defined as an educational and communicative process that allows a person’s conscious and subconscious mind to receive the same message. The process produces an altered state of consciousness through physical and mental relaxation. The critical faculty of the mind is by-passed and the subconscious openly receives the communication. At this time, the senses are in a state of heightened awareness. The mind will accept only that which goes with the established morals and ethics. The person in the hypnotic state will respond only to suggestions with which he/she is in an agreement. Desire, belief and expectancy are necessary for this altered state to shape and influence the behavior of the individual, (IMDHA, definition).
A state of mind in which the critical faculty is by-passed and selective thinking is established (Dave Elman).
How does it work?
Stated simply, we create hypnosis by focusing the conscious critical mind into stepping aside and becoming an observer. It is there the conscious mind is listening, watching or sometimes thinking of something. The conscious mind doesn’t interfere with the flow of information to the subconscious mind. This state allows me, the clinical hypnotherapist, to guide you in making the changes you desire at the deep subconscious level.
The success of your hypnotherapy session will be enhanced by your willingness and desire to allow yourself to go into a deep state of relaxation and focus so that I can work directly with your subconscious mind. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Together, you and I are committed 100% in working towards your success.
Of the four mental attitudes you could take towards a suggestion, three will result in total failure, and there will be no change. The first of these three attitudes is, “Well, I don’t know – there’s just something uncomfortable about accepting that suggestion.” If there is even just a little bit of hesitancy or doubt, that suggestion is totally rejected, and there is no change. Therefore, there is nothing that the hypnotist can do or say that could make you do anything against your own moral code, or that would be embarrassing to you, or that would place you in any danger. Suggestions like these can never go into your internal organic computer your subconscious mind. Even in hypnosis, you are in total control, and if the hypnotherapist gave you an uncomfortable suggestion, you’d probably just spontaneously emerge yourself from the hypnotic state you were in, and instantly return to full mental awareness.
The next mental attitude you could have is if you’re neutral about the suggestion. You just do not care if you get it, or if you don’t get it – it’s no big deal to you either way. Well, there is just not enough energy behind that suggestion to cause you to want to make a change, and it is also rejected with no changes made to your internal computer. You may have talked to someone who said, “Well, I tried hypnosis before, but it didn’t do any good.” Well, providing that they really allowed themselves to go into deep hypnosis in the first place, they probably held onto the third possible mental attitude, and this mental attitude will cause everybody to fail with hypnosis every time. That attitude is simple: when they hear the suggestion, they say to themselves, “I like that suggestion… Boy, I hope it works for me!” Yeah, – HOPE is the twin sister of the word TRY, and to the subconscious mind, TRY means automatic failure. You can HOPE and HOPE and HOPE all day long for something to happen, but if you do not do something to HELP it happen, nothing will happen at all. If you say to yourself when you hear a suggestion, “I sure hope it works,” – it will not! And it will also be automatically rejected. The only way for positive changes to be made to your subconscious organic computer is for you to hold onto the mental attitude, “I like that suggestion, and I KNOW it’s going to work for me!” Otherwise, nothing happens.
Normally, people turn to hypnotherapy after they have exhausted all other options of therapy. Therapists hear clients say, “I am so sick and tired of being in this state” or “I have been stuck in this place for so long and I have tried everything but nothing worked” or “I am living in a rut, I want out, I can’t stand this anymore’’.
If you have been feeling this way yourself, then it is time for a change; a change that you will be directed from the depth of your subconscious mind. Remember you are the driver and I am the guide. Do not hesitate to start your process today, you will never look back. Now you understand more about why hypnosis is such a powerful and effective tool for working with the information and experiences stored in your subconscious mind.