What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a very natural altered state of consciousness (an altered state of awareness), one we have all experienced from time to time in which the mind remains clear, alert and focused on a single thing. Have you ever “become really absorbed” while watching TV? Or driven to work on “auto pilot?” That’s a similar kind of altered state as hypnosis.
Some misconceptions about hypnosis is that it could be frightening or eerie, or that it feels very weird, but it’s actually very normal and very pleasant. Some people ask if they’ve really been hypnotised, just because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange. The zombie-type states you see depicted in movies and on TV are pure fantasy.
The Subconscious Explained
When we learn something conscuously like driving a car, it can feel difficult at first because we are working out how to balance the clutch, whilst looking in numerous mirrors, being sure that we obey all the rules of the road and ensuring we do not put a life in danger. Once we have leant how to drive, we no longer think how to drive, we just do it…that is now a subconscious programme running in the back of our mind.
We of course have thousands of these programmes running in our minds which helps us function through life. Can you imagine the confusion life would be if we had to relearn something every time we wanted to do it. We would have to relearn how to open a door everyday, how to tie our laces, how to dress ourselves..we would never get anything done or evolve as human beings.
Why do I have to be in an ‘Altered State’ for hypnosis to work?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness in which the critical faculty is bypassed (brain in conscious mode) and acceptable selective thinking established. This simply means that the reasoning, evaluating and judging part of your mind (conscious) is bypassed.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
You have probably been hypnotised several times during your life without the awareness at the time. Ever driven to work and realized you could not remember the journey? Daydreaming is also another hypnotic state. Hypnosis is very relaxing and feels like you have just finished a well deserved holiday as the mind gets to switch off.
When I am Hypnotized, will I know what is going on? Will I be asleep?
You will NOT be asleep or unconscious. If you were asleep, you would not be able to have a dialogue of conversation with your hypnotherapist. In fact, during hypnosis you are even more aware of what is happening around you than you would normally be – but now you can be selective about it (which you can’t during a waking state). While under hypnosis, you are in a very relaxed and pleasant state.
Is hypnosis in your Clinic like stage hypnosis? Will you make me dance like a chicken?
Hypnosis as used in a our clinic is a healing and solution process. The client’s welfare is the sole focus of the procedure and the work is focused towards helping the client. Stage hypnosis is a show where people perform acts that are used to entertain and please a crowd. The purpose is usually to hold the audience’s attention to entertain them. The subjects are carefully selected and screened before the stage demonstration begins.
Will I remember anything after the session?
You will remember everything unless the hypnotherapist has good reason to delay the recall until the therapist feels it is safe and beneficial to the client. This would be particularly true of uncovered early memories of traumas, neglect or abuse. You will remember only what you are ready to remember.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Everybody can be hypnotised provided that they wish to be. Anyone who would like to hypnotised can be. People with short attention span can also be hypnotised but requires special attention to detail by the hypnotherapist.
What if I can not go deep enough into hypnosis?
A light hypnotic state of awareness is often satisfactory to achieve the desired outcome for the session. All people will achieve a trance deep enough to allow the process to take place. Hypnosis is only one tool in the tool box of a great hypnotherapist to uncover the information for the client to move forward.
Is it possible to have ideas implanted in my mind?
The possibility to influence someone to do something against their will exists. There is no doubt that individuals can be manipulated into doing things against their will & also against their values and beliefs. However although this is possible, they are not in the world of clinical hypnosis and the ethics as practiced in clinical scenarios.