Hypnosis is a state of consciousness where your mind is open and receptive to suggestions.
The hypnotic Induction is a format of getting to that state of consciousness. It is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind.
Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change.
Hypnosis and positive change
When we enter into the absorbed state of hypnosis, we can use our thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to us. With the help of a trained analytical hypnotherapy professional, we can develop innate, individual abilities that enable making desired changes in our thoughts feelings and behaviors possible. For reasons that are as yet not clear, the focused state of hypnosis allows changes to intentionally be made “automatically”, changes that we could not ordinarily make. (Source: North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis)
One of the best-known theories is Hilgard’s neodissociation theory of hypnosis.
According to Hilgard, people in a hypnotic state experience a split consciousness in which there are two different streams of mental activity. While one stream of consciousness responds to the hypnotist’s suggestions, another dissociated stream processes information outside of the hypnotized individuals conscious awareness.
Hypnosis through the years
Hypnosis has been in use for thousands of years. There is a great deal of evidence to support the belief that Hypnosis was being used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans – for therapeutic benefit – as far back as about the fourth Century BC.
Egyptians had very popular ‘sleep temples’ in which people were asked to lie down and listen to somebody chanting to help cure illness and problems as far back as 1550BC.
Hypnosis translated from Greek (Hypnos) means ‘to sleep’ and, while in the state of hypnosis, a person is very, very relaxed.
While a person is in this more relaxed state, they find it easier to accept beneficial suggestions (e.g. “you are now a non-smoker”).
How many sessions will I need?
3-6 sessions is the average most clients need to achieve their goals, with ten sessions being the maximum (usually if there is childhood trauma and a complex negative self-belief system).
Truth About Hypnosis
You will generally remember everything that occurred while you are hypnotized.
Despite stories about people being hypnotized without their consent, hypnosis requires voluntary participation on the part of the client. A therapeutic hypnotist cannot make you perform actions that are against your values or morals. You will remain in control. Your conscious mind is still aware, just much less active.
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