You’ve seen it on TV, you’ve seen it in films, and you’ve possibly seen it performed during a Live
Hypnosis Stage Show, but if you’re like most people on the planet, you probably don’t know that none of that is what is done with clinical hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy.
For simplicity, let me first explain what hypnosis is NOT.
- Hypnosis is not sleep. You can and most probably will become very relaxed, and it is possible to fall asleep during a hypnosis session, however if you fall asleep, you are no longer experiencing hypnosis, you are simply sleeping.
Relax though, any professionally trained hypnotist understands how to recognize if a client falls asleep, and knows how to gentle awaken them back to a relaxed state of hypnosis and continue with the session.
- It is impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. In hundreds of years, there has never once been a recorded case of someone getting “stuck” in hypnosis. It just doesn’t happen.
- Hypnosis is not about “controlling someone’s mind”. It can certainly be about helping you learn to control (or manage might be a better word) your own mind, but you simply can’t control someone else with hypnosis. You can influence them, yes, but you cannot control them.So what *IS* hypnosis then?
Hypnosis is simply a relaxing state of mind that we achieve each and every day. It is a naturally altered state of mind, or trance like state where our conscious mind relaxes and allows our subconscious mind to become more focused, aware, and open to new ideas and suggestions. It is a very relaxed state of awareness. A state of greater clarity and calm.
Different people have different experiences with hypnosis, and some may go “deeper” than others, but “depth” really isn’t of significant importance most of the time. So long as you have a desire to change and or improve your specific thoughts and behaviors, hypnosis can help.
And just so you know, if you’re a living breathing human being, you’ve already experienced different forms of hypnosis. Just a few examples of times you’ve experienced different forms of hypnosis include;
- Driving long distances and notice how new ideas surface
- Just before falling asleep
- Getting caught up in a good book
- Enjoying a good movie
- Becoming absorbed in a project of task
- Listening to an instructor speak
- Watching television or listening to the radio while driving
- And much, much more…
So as you can see, hypnosis really isn’t what a lot of people think it is. If you’re interested in experiencing hypnosis, or hypnosis training, then I highly recommend you contact a Hypnosis & NLP Practitioner in your area, or even work with one via phone or Skype.