Hypnosis is a beautiful, natural state of mind that’s been around for as long as humankind.
“Hypnosis” is derived from “hypnos”, which is Greek for “sleep”. However, we’re never asleep when hypnotised, and neither are we unconscious! In fact, under hypnosis, we’re more alert than ever; as we relax, we naturally create a heightened state of awareness within ourselves. Yet, despite this heightened awareness, people generally express feelings of profound relaxation and internal bliss after a hypnotherapy session.
So what is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy’s where a therapist helps a client change or improve aspects of the client’s life whilst under hypnosis with the use of suggestions.
Hypnotherapy is completely safe. It’s a beneficial therapy to overcome many issues: pain control, stress reduction, phobias, insomnia, smoking cessation, weight loss, anxiety and depression, and much, much more.
If you’ve ever thought that your problem is “all in your head”, then hypnotherapy may very well be your ideal solution. Your mind created the problem; therefore, your mind can also overcome the problem.
Because hypnosis is an entirely natural state, it’s unnecessary for you to ‘try’ for hypnotherapy to be effective. The opposite is true. The more a person is willing to ‘let go’, the better the session’s outcome will be.
Some people believe that it’s only possible to hypnotise weak-minded people. But, again, the opposite of that is true. The more intelligent an individual, the more successful their hypnotherapy session is likely to be.
Your Subconscious Mind
Whatever you’d like to change or improve in your life, hypnotherapy can help you achieve results quicker than counselling, as hypnotherapy works in a different part of the mind. Hypnotherapy works in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where your habits and feelings etc are stored. So hypnotherapy has a direct route to those habits and emotions to make those changes. Counselling works in the conscious mind, which is a very short-term part of the mind and nothing is stored there. So it’s only hypnotherapy that directly connects to those habits and feelings you want to change.
Some people believe hypnosis is dangerous, but it’s harmless in itself. However, it’s essential to work with a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist for your session to be successful. After all, your therapist will hypnotise you and give you post-hypnotic suggestions. Unwise or unhelpful suggestions given by a non-qualified person wouldn’t help with the problem you’re experiencing and could also create problems for you. Therefore, it is essential that your hypnotherapist fully understands the principles and disciplines associated with this kind of therapy.
Suggestions create images or feelings within the subconscious mind. However, the subconscious mind isn’t able to tell fact from fiction. If you’ve ever woken up from a bad dream with your heart pounding, it’s because your subconscious mind believed that dream to really be happening.
An interesting experiment you can try for yourself is as follows:
- Close your eyes and imagine you’re holding out in front of you a bucket in each hand.
- Imagine the bucket in your left hand is full of light, fluffy feathers, and the bucket in your right hand is full to the brim with water.
- Focus on the right-hand bucket filled with water. Create an image of the water, hear the sound of water droplets gently splashing and feel the weight of the heavy bucket.
- Focus on your left-hand bucket now, and notice how much lighter that bucket feels as it’s filled with light, fluffy feathers.
- After a while, open your eyes to see where your hands are now.
A skilled hypnotherapist will focus on the solution and results you want rather than the problem you’ve been experiencing. An experienced professional knows the importance of this and other disciplines associated with hypnotherapy for the best results. Work with a professional that will help you to empower yourself and enable you to use your mind to achieve the things you want to accomplish.
Suggestions Under Hypnosis
It’s also essential to understand that helping a person overcome challenges in life takes more than hypnotic suggestions. The client needs to be open and willing to receive those positive suggestions, or the subconscious mind won’t be aware of them. The subconscious, you’ll remember, is where our habits and feelings etc, are housed, and for change to occur, the client needs to be open and receptive to the suggestions given under hypnosis.
It’s strongly recommended you work with someone who’s completed appropriate training for the issue(s) you’re experiencing. Never work with someone who’s self-taught or has completed an online theory course. All professionally trained hypnotherapists will have attended classes and had their many practice sessions observed and supervised by a professional.
Always make sure you have a full consultation before you begin your first hypnotherapy session so that your therapist understands precisely the issues you’re facing. After your consultation, your therapist should agree on a plan of action with you. Only once you’re happy with how your hypnotherapist plans to proceed should you allow yourself to relax and begin your session. Be sure to mention any queries or doubts you may have before you start.
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