What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness and increased suggestibility, often accompanied by deep relaxation. In hypnosis, we can bypass the conscious mind’s critical judgment and tap into the power of the subconscious mind.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
If you can pay attention and follow directions you can be hypnotized. In fact, you’ve probably been in a state of hypnosis already today, and will be again before the day’s over. When you get engrossed in a good book or a movie, lose yourself in a daydream, or miss your exit on the highway because your mind was somewhere else … you’re in a light trance.
So you already have the ability to be hypnotized; and you’ve already been doing it easily and automatically by accident. Now, you’ll learn to use that ability on purpose to help you achieve your goals.
But what about strong-willed people like me?
Some think hypnosis is only for people who are weak-minded or gullible. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Skeptics can be the best clients because of the enhanced “aha moment” when they see the first automatic change. Anyone who can pay attention and follow directions can be hypnotized.
Can a hypnotist take control of my mind?
You are completely in control of yourself during hypnosis, aware of your surroundings, and capable of making decisions. You remain selective: you take in suggestions that foster your goals, but reject suggestions that aren’t a fit for you. So hypnosis can’t make you do something against your principles or moral beliefs.
Hypnosis is like being unconscious, right?
Wrong. In hypnosis, you hear everything that’s being said, and you’re quite aware of what’s going on around you. Right now, as you sit at your computer, close your eyes for several seconds and then open them again. Back? That is very much what hypnosis feels like. You should not expect to black out.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
Not a chance. You may find hypnosis so pleasurable that you’re reluctant for it to end. But, you will return to your wide awake and alert state, feeling relaxed and refreshed.