What is Hypnosis?
What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of consciousness characterized by heightened focus and concentration.1
We often experience altered states of mind at various times throughout our day. If you've ever driven somewhere and suddenly realized you are at your destination without any recollection of the details of the drive, you were in a hypnotic like state.
If you have ever been so focused on a movie or a book that you didn't realize someone had been talking to you, you were in a state of focused concentration - a state of trance.
Everyone has the potential and ability to enter altered states of consciousness and, we do so quite often. Some examples are meditation, prayer, daydreaming, etc..
"The use of the altered state to create change has been used for literally thousands of years to help people solve problems and reach goals."
You can use this natural state on purpose and use it as a tool to facilitate change. Hypnosis, the deliberate use of the altered state to create change, may be the most powerful self-help system known to humanity. The use of hypnosis in this way involves a deliberate choice to enter this state of consciousness and have a specific goal. When this is done you are more able to focus your concentration and use suggestion to promote positive change*.
Hypnosis is perhaps the most powerful self-help tool we have available for creating changes in our behavior.
It is effective*, safe, all natural, and potent way to transform your life. It has no negative after effects and there is no possibility of overdose.
Definition of Hypnosis
A natural state of mind where the part that is resistant to change is relaxed allowing the subconscious mind to more easily accept new ideas and behaviors.
Can I Be Hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a natural state and everyone has the ability to be hypnotized. It maybe, however, easier for some than others. One thing is certain though, if you don't want it to happen, it won't happen.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, hypnosis is safe for all normal people who are coping with life's everyday challenges.
*Individual results may vary.
Hypnosis is not some mystical phenomenon that only happens to weak minded people.
It's sometimes mysterious because it is not understood but the reality is that it is a natural state of mind we all experience every day. It's mysterious because of the way it has been portrayed in the media. I'm sure that if you were a fan of Saturday cartoons that you can bring up memories of a hypnotized Scooby Doo or someone swinging a pocket watch? There have been many movies picturing hypnosis negatively and stage hypnotists have hypnosis associated with barking like a dog or some other embarrassing act. It's not surprising that it is misunderstood and seems mysterious. Here are some of the more common myths associated with hypnosis and the real truth.
Myth: You can be hypnotized against your will.
Reality: Despite stories about people being hypnotized without consent, hypnosis requires voluntary participation. Hypnosis is a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. When you’re in hypnosis you have control. You won’t lose your personality, your free will or your personal strength.2
Myth: The hypnotist has complete control of your actions while you’re under hypnosis.
Reality: Hypnosis is a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. When in hypnosis, free will is not lost. Nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do. A hypnotist cannot make you violate your morals or do things that are against your values.
Myth: Hypnosis can help people remember the exact details of past events.
Truth: While hypnosis can be used to enhance memorization. Our memories are often not stored as facts. They are stored as our perceptions of events and sometimes our perceptions that follow an event may lead to false or distorted memories.
Myth: You won’t remember anything that happened when you were hypnotized.
Reality: Amnesia is typically only associated with very deep levels of hypnosis. People generally remember everything that occurred while they were hypnotized.
You Are In Control
Nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do. You cannot be made to violate your morals or do things that are against your nature.
You Can't Be Hypnotized!
If you believe you can't be hypnotized...you're right. No one can make you do anything you don't really want to do.
All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis.
Hypnosis practitioners are only guides that are trained and certified to facilitate a process to help you achieve maximum personal benefits.
1. "Definition", Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hypnosis/basics/definition/prc-20019177
2. "What You Can Expect", Mayo Clinic. Retrived from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hypnosis/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20019177
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