What is Hypnosis …exactly?
…well now, let’s get technical for a minute, and then I’ll break it down for you.
There are Four different states of consciousness
- Beta – Wide awake state
- Alpha – Relaxed / Learning State
- Theta – Meditation / Hypnotic state
- Delta – Sleep state
Everyday we’re are constantly in and out of the four different states of consciousness.
You see everyone must go through the Theta (Meditation/Hypnotic) state each and every night before they can reach the Delta (Sleep) state.
When people say that they can’t be Hypnotized they probably don’t realize that they go in and out of the Theta (Hypnotic) state between 5 & 10 times a day.
You also go from the Delta (sleep) state back to the Theta (Meditation/Hypnotic) state right before waking up each morning as well.
Hypnosis is a natural state of being and once you understand what it is you realize that hypnosis is a very normal, naturally occurring state. And literally everyone experiences it from one to many times a day.
…other ‘everyday’ hypnotic experiences include:
- Book reading
- Television viewing
- And while playing a sport
So you see, hypnosis is a useful method that helps many individuals overcome unwanted habits, improves and boosts self-confidence, releases unnatural fears and phobias and enhances all of your healing processes, whether it’s your heart that needs healing or your body, your powerful mind can and will help you if you allow it to. Hypnosis permits us to bypass our conscious filters to gain control over our own ‘unconscious’ processes and shifting thought processes guides where you then choose to focus your potent life energy.
Hypnosis can have a very positive effect on our emotional state, our ability to relax and even on body functions, such as lowering blood pressure and much more.
The optimal hypnotic state is actually a state of highly focused attention.
In daydreaming, your attention is filled by your memories and imagination and your physical and external reality simply fades away… as your attention goes within.
So, for instance, when you drive for long periods of time, we tend to daydream. Your subconscious is doing the driving in this instance.
You are not paying a lot of attention to where you are geographically, and you are still driving safely. Your subconscious mind is designed to protect you, so if you’re keeping a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you, you are subconsciously paying attention to the oncoming traffic. You can literally arrive and not remember how you got there, or what you did along the way (this is called hypnotic amnesia).
Reading or watching television absorbs your attention and you notice nothing else around you, it’s the same principle as a person having an operation while under hypnosis. Your attention is so absorbed and distracted by something else that the actual pain is not perceived or felt.
The same occurs when playing a sport, again, your attention is absorbed by the game at hand. The accompanying crowd noise, physical pain or any other element just fades from your awareness.
Do you see now just how powerful your subconscious is?
AND … Just to be VERY clear…
Your subconscious mind will protect you when you are in hypnosis, you will not do anything that is against your personal or moral convictions.
If a suggestion were given that was against your personal or moral convictions, you would either ignore the suggestion or you would bring yourself out of hypnosis.
You are always in TOTAL control.
My job as your hypnotherapist is to be a guide to your inner world, to be there to support you during your inner work and transformation while keeping you both safe and comfortable.