A Guide To Hypnosis
What is Hypnosis? Is Hypnosis Magic, Mind Control or something diabolic or demoniac?
Hypnosis is a technique that takes you into the hypnotic state (some times called trance). In the hypnotic state the Critical Faculty (some times called Critical Factor) is put aside in a temporary way. You are able to access your subconscious mind more easily and you accept suggestions more easily.
At NLP Hypnosis Centre in London, Ontario, Canada we say …
If you can concentration, if you can use your imagination and if you can follow instructions you can enjoy the hypnotic state.
So hypnosis is basically total focused concentration with an intention .. a goal.
When we talk about putting aside the Critical Faculty. This is only temporary way … meaning the Critical Faculty is always there to protect in case of danger. For example you can be in hypnosis but if a fire alarm sounds you will be out of hypnosis right the way.
Being able to access our subconscious mind is powerful. Of course hypnosis like is a technique, a tool and it is important that the person using it knows what he or she is doing.
Many people are missing out on this powerful yet safe therapeutic tool because they are too afraid to use it. I hope to dispel these fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy and hypnosis.
Can I be hypnotized?
Again, at NLP Hypnosis Centre we says … if you can concentrate, use your imagination and follow instructions, yes you can be hypnotized.
Most places that talk about hypnosis or hypnotherapy will mention …
“Most people can go into a hypnotic state (hypnotic trance). The only types of people that cannot be hypnotized are … 1. Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder 2. A person with a very low IQ. 3. A person does not want to be hypnotized. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to. What is a hypnotic trance? It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day.”
As you can see the key here is what do you understand for hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
By the way … in many countries is important to clarify that hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapy and only Health Care Professionals can do hypnotherapy.
If we say … Hypnosis is total focused concentration.
It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey?
It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programm that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you.
Hypnosis is focusing.
Some examples are when you wearing your eyeglasses, but you are looking for them. Or you are looking for your car keys and have them in your hand. O you are in a place where there are several conversations going on at once. They may all sound like a mass of background noise. However if someone in one of those conversations mentions your name, you then consciously focus on that conversation. How did you know someone said your name? Your subconscious mind (which is far more powerful than your conscious mind) was listening.
It is important to understand that hypnosis is not relaxation. You can relax during hypnosis and hypnosis is a very powerful technique for relaxing and sleeping better, but hypnosis is not relaxing. Hypnosis is not sleeping.
Actually you can be running, with your eyes open, doing exercise, moving … and be in trance, in the hypnotic state.
A lot of people when they first experience a hypnotic trance move their fingers or hands in order to test whether they can move at will. Sometimes a patient or client can be a little difficult to wake up. Maybe he or she might take a few more seconds, or minutes but he or she will be out of hypnosis.
Let’s assume for a moment that I have you in deep hypnosis and I suffer a heart attack and die … do not worry, you will be out of hypnosis, you are going to be in hypnosis for the rest of your life.
No one has ever been stuck in trance. It is more a case that a patient or client just “can’t be bothered” to wake up as it feels so pleasant. However they soon become bored and will wake up pretty soon.
Is hypnosis dangerous? A hypnotic trance is actually a very natural state that almost everyone goes into several times per day.
Some religious people believe that it can be dangerous or cause demoniac possession but this has never occurred. The problem here is that the see hypnosis as something magic, a special power, as enchantment.
Hypnosis is total focused concentration, hypnosis is not magic, hypnosis is not a special power (anyone can learn hypnosis), hypnosis is not enchantment.
Can I be made to do things against my will?
As far as we know during hypnosis you cannot do anything that goes against your moral principles.
Of course you will see many videos in Social Media about hypnosis being use for mental control, or to make a person do something bad, but if you ask for verifiable information or data, they do not have it.
As far as I know, there is no scientific information that says that hypnosis can make you do something against your moral principles.
Can a person lie during the hypnotic state?
You can even lie when in a trance, which is one reason why testimony in hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court of law. It is only used by police to help with the investigation.
How long will it take before I notice a change?
At NLP Hypnosis Centre in London, Ontario Canada we say …
If you do not experience hypnosis you get your money back, 100%.
So, in your first session we show you how hypnosis work. We show how you can hypnotize yourself (self-hypnosis). We show why hypnosis works.
Some times we will do a rapid hypnosis, some times we will use hypnosis for relaxation.
In one session, you can expect to become more relaxed than you are right now. Most people do not relax enough, and some people never seem to relax! Being more relaxed can help most mental and physical problems that you may have.
If you are looking for relaxation, we can show you how to physically and mentally relax in one session.
At NLP Hynosis Centre we show how to relax in one session.
At NLP Hypnosis Centre we hypnotize you in one session.
Now, depending of the problem you want to solve, or the goal you want to accomplish it might take more than one session. For example for Stop Smoking with Hypnosis we set up two sessions of 2 hours each. Most clients quiet in the first session.
For us, at NLP Hypnosis Centre, our goal is that you experience the power of your mind and how you … yes you, can use it to create powerful and positive changes in your life.