During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnotized subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions. Hypnosis usually begins with a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion… Hypnosis for pain management “is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals.” “
Although this definition is an overview, it really doesn’t share a personal view of hypnosis. After 30 years of experience in hypnosis, I have seen #hypnotherapy transform lives, allay fears, help people quit smoking after 3 packs of cigarettes a day for 30 years, and help weightless clients lose up to 150 pounds. Could this be you? Can anybody be hypnotized?
This why you must see exactly what the “therapy” part of hypnotherapy does. Do you have to act like a chicken or bark like a dog to be hypnotized in a therapeutic setting? That’s stage hypnosis, which has nothing to do with this process. The answer to the aforementioned question is quite frankly—NO! In fact, you can be relaxed, listening, drifting into sleep, or even thinking of something else and the end results will likely be the same. Your subconscious mind will hear everything and be most vulnerable to what is being said because you are not in your deductive mind (the mind that can add and subtract and consider your grocery list). This deductive mind is the place we want to avoid while in trance. The Inductive Mind is our subconscious and the very important place we go when we pray, meditate, and even dream during sleep.
The subject or client simply must be willing and open to the suggestions of the hypnotherapist. In a great session, the therapist will spend the first 30 minutes asking you what you want to happen, how you relax, what are you beliefs and fears, so that he/she may avoid subconscious negative triggers and move toward a place that you have designed.
This is all that needs to happen. The other factor we have to consider is that the client must not be taking any drugs that cause hyperactivity. This hyperactivity often leads to frustration, because you can’t get comfortable enough to even listen. If you don’t have either of these two prerequisites fighting against the process, you will be able to have a therapeutic hypnosis session. How effective will it be is dependent on you.
You are in control of the entire process. You can wake up at any time you feel unsafe. No one magically controls you—at least, not someone who honestly wants to help you. My primary focus, as should any good hypnotist, should be to help you feel safe and secure. I tape the session so that the client can know exactly what has been said while under hypnotic trance.
What is trance and what does it feel like?
Trance is the state of mind you feel when you just awake, press the snooze button on the alarm clock, and drift back into a lucid dream. Psychology Todaydescribes it like this:
Hypnosis is a mental state of highly focused concentration, diminished peripheral awareness, and heightened suggestibility. There are numerous techniques that experts employ for inducing such a state. Capitalizing on the power of suggestion, hypnosis is often used to help people relax, to diminish the sensation of pain, or to facilitate some desired behavioral change.
Therapists bring about hypnosis (also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion) with the help of mental imagery and soothing verbal repetition that ease the patient into a trance-like state. Once relaxed, patients’ minds are more open to transformative messages.
I am going to write much more about this process. Keep following this blog. I want people who are interested in hypnosis to be very aware of the process and perhaps learn help to self-sooth and do self-hypnosis.