What Is Hypnosis?
Many people think that hypnosis is a mystical ability to manipulate people and make them do things they wouldn’t ‘normally’ do.
This couldn’t be further from truth.
Hypnosis is a natural state of our mind, like breathing or sleeping.
It’s simply an ability to accept information or ideas without critically analysing it.
Humans naturally go in and out of hypnosis several times a day without realising it.
What Hypnosis Is
If you are afraid of hypnosis and the potential negative impact, rest assured it’s just a result of myths and fears that an average person would have.
When in hypnosis you will:
Feel totally normal and usual, just
as if you were daydreaming
Understand everything that’s going on
Remain in control and choose how to react, what to say and do
Be able to stop the session at any moment should you wish so
after the session.
When in hypnosis you won't:
Lose consciousness and ‘black out’
Be under someone’s control
Say or do anything that you wouldn’t normally do.
If you would like to know more information about Hypnosis, please watch the
How The Mind Works
This video explains:
What hypnosis is
Examples of this every day hypnosis
Why humans go in and out of hypnosis at any time
How Does Hypnosis Occur?
Consensual hypnosis is a result of just two factors:
The guidance from the hypnotherapist
Your compliance with their guidance
The guidance uses simple language, "look ay my hand" , "close your eyes", "imagine there is a tree", etc.
I have never seen a person who was unable to follow the guidance.
When you follow the therapist’ instructions you go into hypnosis. If you carry on, then you will gradually go deeper and become receptive to new information and ideas
Exactly what’s needed for successful therapy.
People do better with practice, and after a few repetitions anyone can learn to go into hypnosis quickly and easily.
Emerging from hypnosis is even easier than going into it - you simply need to stop focusing on your internal experiences and start paying attention to the world around you.
At the end of the hypnotic session your therapist will emerge you from hypnosis, but if you wish you can do it all by yourself by simply opening your eyes — in a matter of minutes the hypnotic state will simply vanish.
One of my clients has volunteered to give her personal view on hypnotic experience:
Think for yourself, if hypnosis was dangerous or difficult to obtain:
Would police and court still need to exist — one hypnotist would be able to resolve even most complicated cases?
Would it be used by the British Medical Association since 1955?
Would it be used for pain relief in dentistry, surgery or even childbirth?
Would it be a part of a recommended treatment by NHS for digestive issues (like IBS, etc.), smoking cessation and obesity?
For a deeper understanding of hypnosis and how it functions, you can watch these four short videos
These videos talk about:
The levels of the human mind
Their characteristics and protection mechanisms
What 'critical factor' is and why working with it is essential for successful hypnotherapy.
we’re born with it, and it allows us functioning as physical bodies, using bio-chemistry to bring to life our experiences and emotions.
Starts forming after birth and serves as a huge storage of all experiences and memories that over time form beliefs and traits of character which are hard to change once established. It’s believed to take up to 98% of our mind.
It’s a logical reasoning that develops with age, until approx. 20 y.o. It’s very limited in its capacity, and its focus changes constantly. Hence why it’s very difficult to make any personal change only based on logic.
The Critical Factor
Protects the Subconscious and insures stability and status quo. Acts as a filter and has it’s own idea of what’s good and what’s not, often different from our’s. Hence it plays a critical role is the process of change
How Issues Appear
Watch this short video describing how the issues appear
The key elements of this video to take on board are:
The critical factor is your critical thinking function
Over time, the number of irrational beliefs may grow and, in turn, produce an issue
It constantly compares the new ideas and intentions with the existing ones that reside in your subconscious mind
All your conscious efforts to solve the issue may not work due to the critical factor, which will be protecting ‘the status quo’ by hooks or by crooks and resist changes.
If you already have any limiting irrational beliefs, then the critical factor will only allow for the information that supports and reinforces them
Hence, if you really want to change the state of affairs and get rid of the issue once and for all, you need to switch off the critical factor to make the desired change. And it’s done easiest in hypnosis.
Hypnosis is simply a focused state of attention; so focused that the usual critical thinking that takes part in any information processing or decision making gets temporarily bypassed.
When this happens, the door gets opened for the new useful ideas about self or to clean up the old and limiting ones.
When the limiting ideas disappear, they take the root cause of the issues away, so the problem disappears with all its symptoms.
The new healthy and useful ideas get installed into the subconscious mind and become an integral part of the
person’s identity — renewed and strengthened.