The word conjures images of a Svengali-type figure who has magnetic control over his subjects. The truth is, hypnosis is nothing like how it’s portrayed in movies.
Hypnosis is a natural state of deep physical and mental relaxation. We pass through the hypnotic state daily as we go to sleep at night and awaken in the morning. During the day our brains go through roughly 90 minute cycles between beta wave rhythms of full waking awareness and alpha rhythms of light trance states. If we doze in the afternoon we may drop into the theta state of deeper relaxation and even the delta state of normal sleep.
We are in a light hypnotic trance when we are engrossed in reading a good book, watching a movie, on the phone or computer, etc. A common example of this is highway hypnosis: when you lose your awareness of time and distance while driving. Have you driven 5 miles and not remembered doing this? Yet you arrived safe and sound.
No one can hypnotize you against your will or make you do anything that goes against your moral or ethical beliefs. You will not tell your deepest, darkest secrets. You still have your thoughts during a hypnotic trance. The difference is, your imagination is also engaged, and you are more spontaneous.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for self-improvement because it helps you tap your inner resources. Each of us has answers within. Hypnosis creates a bridge from the conscious mind to the subconscious, accessing your inner guidance and wisdom.
The number one fear people of hypnosis is being out of control. If I could use hypnosis to control others I would have millions of dollars and bring about peace on earth! What really happens is, you are more in touch with your deeper mind, thus more empowered to make positive changes.
Hypnosis gives you more access to your thoughts, feelings, memories, perceptions, and bodily functions. You have more control than you may realize! Many people use hypnosis for physical healing, stress reduction, controlling pain, and even directing blood flow to certain areas of the body.
Hypnosis is helpful for almost any issue. It is not just for weight control or smoking cessation, although it is tremendously successful for both of those. Other uses include:
And many more….
Take a moment now to think of something you wish to improve. Why not consider hypnosis?