Part of the beauty of the phenomenon known as "hypnosis" is that it is part of our birthright. We are born with the capacity to reach profoundly relaxed and focused states of mind that can be guided to produce wonderfully beneficial changes in our perceptions, our experiences, and our health.
Hypnosis is a scientifically-proven collection of techniques for relaxing and focusing the conscious mind, and then gently giving instruction to the subconscious mind for the purpose of promoting beneficial changes in mental, emotional and physical well-being.
By conscious mind, I mean everyday thoughts and mental preoccupations - the inner dialogue that we carry around with us each day. The subconscious mind is that part of mind outside of everyday awareness that is home to the 'software' behind our unwanted fears and negative habits, but also to our greatest inner strengths, our imagination, our creativity, and other positive and invaluable inner resources.
Some people mistakenly regard hypnosis as an activity of magic and mystery. In actuality however, the process of hypnosis is a safe and effective form of effortless mind training that helps the brain to establish new neurological pathways, resulting in new patterns of thought and behavior.
The word "hypnosis" is from the Greek hupnōtikos which means "to put to sleep". Hypnosis is not a state of sleep, however. It is more akin to daydreaming, where one is in a pleasant condition of relaxed and flexible awareness. A more accurate and descriptive term for hypnosis that I have come up with is "Intentionally Guided Awareness" because hypnosis is an activity of conscious intent that directs awareness for therapeutic purposes.
There is nothing "woo-woo" about hypnosis - it is a clinically-verified modality that makes use of the remarkable and fortunate ability of the conscious mind to dialogue with and influence the subconscious mind. Hypnosis in various forms is used safely and effectively by tens of thousands of professional hypnotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, doctors and nurses, police departments and emergency medical personnel around the world.
Far fewer sessions are necessary for accomplishing meaningful change when using hypnosis than when using other disciplines such as traditional "talk therapy". In addition, hypnosis is effective for many conditions that talk therapy simply cannot touch, because talk therapy by and large only engages the conscious mind, while hypnosis engages directly with the subconscious mind, where that actual process of change takes place.
Hypnosis Has Been Scientifically Proven to Help:
Alleviate fears and reduce stress;
Stop negative habits (for example smoking and overeating) and replace them with positive habits;
Increase memory retention and improve test performance;
Let go of old emotional wounds and resentments and regain joy in and engagement with life;
Change unwanted personality traits and bring forth positive and beneficial traits;
Retrieve memories that have been forgotten including the memory of lost objects that have been misplaced;
Develop enhanced abilities in sports, business, creativity and the performing arts;
Increase calmness and optimism before surgery, reduce or alleviate pain, and greatly accelerate the healing process;
Enhance fertility, and significantly reduce discomfort during pregnancy and childbirth.
Hypnosis and Spirituality
A natural consequence of hypnosis is a gentle yet profound quieting of the everyday thought process, leading to feelings of deep calm and serenity that many of my clients report as being supremely peaceful and even spiritual.
For clients interested in exploring and enhancing the spiritual aspects of their lives, a hypnosis session can be intentionally designed to facilitate inner experiences that are deeply meaningful and transformative, including: feelings of unity with a Higher Power; a sense of all life being sacred and interconnected; insights into present motivations and actions that reveal their origins in what appear to be past lives; and a great clarity and inner coherence that feels both natural and unprecedented.
Hypnosis can also be utilized to clear inner obstacles that stand in the way of one's meditation, contemplation or prayer practice, resulting in a much deeper experience of one's spiritual life.
Hypnosis Fiction and Facts
The "mind control" portrait of hypnotism that you may have received from Hollywood movies or television or misinformed people is not based in fact. This means you will never lose self control while in hypnosis, you will not be spontaneously overwhelmed by your deepest fears and regrets, you will not be made to do or say things against your will, and you will not be taken over by the devil.
And contrary to stage hypnosis claims, hypnosis cannot make you quack like a duck either (unless you consciously want to do such a silly thing in front of a group of people)!
The truth is, the hypnotic state is an extremely pleasant and deeply relaxing condition that can help you discover and enhance inner strengths and abilities. And because a vital part of your conscious mind is still active while under hypnosis, you can come back to a normal everyday waking state whenever you choose.
"I just wanted to thank you again for the hypnosis sessions we have had. It is amazing how deep we go and the dramatic changes I can actually feel. After yesterday's session I slept extremely deep and woke up with a clear mind..no tapes running. I keep nourishing the seed we planted. Compassion!"