Many of the techniques used in our empowerment programs are hypnotic in nature. This doesn't necessarily mean that I pull out an old pocket watch and get you to stare at it while telling your eyes to get sleepy. Real world hypnosis is quite different to that which you see on television and in the movies. The majority of the techniques I use are conversational hypnosis and is a way through carefully structured use of language, to access your unconscious mind. It is by communicating directly with the unconscious mind that the greatest potential for change can occur.
Hopefully the answers to these frequently asked questions about hypnosis will help put your mind at ease. If you have any further questions, please get in touch and I will do my best to answer any queries.
There are many descriptions of what hypnosis is. Many of them are myths or misinformation. Hypnosis in itself is not a state of being as many would suggest, as it is possible to be in any state while in hypnosis.
The simplest way to describe hypnosis is as a pure state of focus that resembles a state of mind similar to R.E.M sleep. R.E.M or Rapid Eye Movement sleep, is a cycle of sleep that happens roughly every 90 minutes when sleeping and allow powerful metaphorical dreams that help to discharge emotions from the previous day. Hypnosis is gaining a waking access to the R.E.M state where metaphor is extremely powerful and can bring about lasting change.
Hypnotising someone is the process of guiding them into a place of focussed attention and into this trance like R.E.M state, that allows specific communication with the unconscious mind for the purpose of creating changes in the way they think, feel, act and relate to the world.
Hypnosis is not a magic pill. Hypnosis does not do the work for you. There are no shortcuts to living an Empowered Life.
For hypnosis to be effective and make real and lasting change, a client needs to be in a state we call "threshold". Threshold is the point in a persons life when they can look at their situation and state and mean with complete understanding that;
- Something has to change
- It has to be me
- and it has to be now
When a person is at threshold a talented hypnotist will be able to give you a little nudge and guide them in the right direction to make change happen relatively easily.
If a person has not accepted full responsibility for where they are and is still blaming other people or events, they are not at threshold and no amount of hypnosis will create the change they are hoping for.
Yes absolutely. The so called "dangers" of hypnosis all stem from movies and books. You are always in control. No one can make you do anything you don't want to and you can always return to full consciousness at any time you choose.
Anyone can be hypnotised who is willing to be, can pay attention and will follow the hypnotherapists instructions.
Unfortunately no. The good news is that anyone can be hypnotised. If you can't be hypnotised it is actually that your are choosing not to be. Everyone goes in and out of trance all the time. When you are driving home and suddenly realise you have arrived without remembering the trip, it is because you are in trance. If you've ever been so deeply in to watching a movie that you didn't notice someone talking to you, it is because you were in trance. Hypnosis is exactly the same as these states, only you are choosing to go there for the benefit of your own personal growth and empowerment. If you are willing to be hypnotised, can pay attention and will follow the hypnotherapists instructions, you will be hypnotised.
If you are choosing not to allow yourself to be hypnotised because of fear of a lack of understanding of the process, I am happy to talk with you and address any issues you may be having.
Hypnotherapy works by using the process of hypnosis to interact with and give suggestions to the unconscious mind. It is repetition of these suggestions that allows your brain to change your neural-network which in turn changes the way you feel and act to specific circumstances.
The best qualities for the best results from hypnosis are the desire to be hypnotised, the ability to focus and concentrate, the willingness to follow the hypnotherapists instructions and a general trust in the process.
Absolutely not. This is a myth constructed for good story telling in books and movies. You will always have complete control. If at any time in the hypnotic process you want or need to be fully awake, you can simply open your eyes and return to normal consciousness.
Absolutely not. A person needs to consciously and willingly follow instructions from a hypnotherapist to be able to be hypnotised.
No it is not possible. You do not lose control while undergoing hypnosis. If at any time you wish to be fully awake, simply open your eyes and return to full consciousness.
First and foremost, make sure that the hypnotherapist is qualified in Hypnosis. Beyond that, Hypnosis is about the relationship and quality communication between the hypnotherapist and the client. Call them up and discuss your needs. You want to find a hypnotherapist that you find warm and friendly and you would be comfortable opening up to.
Make sure that you can understand them well as much of the process is about the language we use.
Lastly, you are going to be listening to the hypnotherapists voice a lot, both in sessions and probably on recorded CD's or MP3's, make sure they have a voice that doesn't irritate you or make you uncomfortable in any way.
Most good hypnotherapists will give you a free call or assessment first. Use this to assess if they are right for you and be aware that a good hypnotherapist will also be assessing you as a potential client to make sure that you are also a good fit for them.
Self hypnosis is a great skill to learn and a powerful way to create change within ones self while on a personal development journey. Self hypnosis, like meditation, when practiced regularly can have enormous benefits in your every day life. Like everything, the more you practice the better you become.
The short answer is no... Stage hypnosis is different to therapeutic hypnosis in its context. Stage hypnotists run their audience through a number of tests and carefully selects those who will give the best performance. The people they choose will perform all manner of crazy stuff because deep down they love the idea of performing and entertaining.
Hypnosis can not control you or make you do anything against your will.
Hypnosis can be used for a great deal of benefits. Some of the more common uses are:
- Quit smoking
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
- Improve sleep
- Eliminate fears & phobias
- Eliminate anxiety
- Empower your thoughts and mind
- Improve self confidence
- Treat depression
- Change habits
- Improve concentration
- Improve memory
- In surgery
- In dentistry
- In Optometry
- To stop bedwetting
- Develop skills and abilities
- Anger and mood management
- Many many more...
It is always good practice to make sure that the hypnotherapist you are talking with has a good track record with the specific requirements that you need.