Information About Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a powerful,
effective and 100% safe, natural part of your mind.
The ability to go into hypnosis is
as much a part of being a human being as speech.
If you couldn't go into hypnosis, you wouldn't be able
to learn, to sleep, or to get yourself nervous by doing
'negative self hypnosis'. (You know when you imagine
things going wrong and it makes you feel anxious? Well
that's actually hypnosis!)
Over the last century thousands of pieces of research
have been carried out by highly trained professionals
into clinical hypnosis, the most powerful tool we posess
for improved performance and change.
At last, hypnosis is moving out of the realm of wizards,
magicians and magic and into the clear light of modern
science and medicine - exactly where it belongs.
|Youíve seen the stage
acts where a hypnotist selects someone out of the audience and
when he claps his hands, the unwilling participant struts
around the stage clucking like a chicken. Youíve also seen
movies where the hypnotist waves the pocket watch in front of
the subject as he utters, ďyouíre getting sleepy Ö very
sleepy.Ē Hypnosis is a little more than what Hollywood or
Vegas make it out to be. Below is a brief overview.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of
consciousness in which the critical faculty is bypassed (mind
in the conscious mode) and acceptable selective thinking
established. Wow! Thatís a lot of technical jargon! Simply
put, this means that the reasoning, evaluating, judging part
of your mind (conscious) is bypassed.
Hypnosis deals with the subconscious. Have you ever driven to
work or home or anywhere, arrived at your destination but then
had little to no recollection of the drive? Your reasoning,
evaluating and judging parts of your mind were still intact
and functioning (read: you safely arrived at your location)
but your cognizant mind was bypassed. Hypnosis feels very much
like that. Itís the same or similar feeling as when you day
dream. People under hypnosis know exactly what they are doing.
What about control? Many people fear being hypnotized because
they falsely believe they will have to give up control of
their mind. Not true. Think about when you are so engrossed in
a movie and you find yourself in tears. If youíve ever
watched Saving Private Ryan, the Titanic or the Passion of the
Christ you know this scenario all too well. During these
movies you were so involved that you actually felt emotion.
You were literally in a hypnotic trance. Most importantly,
though, you still had the power to emerge from that state if
Your mind may be guided by a movie, self-hypnosis tape, or
hypnotist, but you still have the power to resist. If you
fully believe and acknowledge that you have the power to
resist any control of emotions, then hypnosis is nothing to
fear. Unfortunately, some people seem to give up partial
control of their minds because they misunderstand who has the
power. Unquestionably, someone can be fooled into believing
that he has given up control in some forms of stage hypnosis
or other experiments. That is likely what often happens in
stage shows. But just because someone was tricked doesnít
mean it is right or that it will happen to you that way.
Think about it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are the one
who allows your mind to be placed into deep states. You are
the one who has the power to resist any unwanted suggestions.
Itís really a misnomer when people say they were hypnotized.
What they really mean is that they allowed their mind to be
hypnotized or they allowed a hypnotist to give suggestions
that they chose to follow.
Just remember that no one controls your mind unless you first