What Is Hypnosis? (and other commonly asked questions)
Hypnosis is a state of mental and physical relaxation accompanied by a highly focused awareness. During hypnosis the subconscious or unconscious mind is highly receptive to communications that are acceptable to that individual's moral, ethical and emotional standards and level of comfort.
How Does It Work?
Hypnotic communication bypasses the intellectual, critical, conscious mind and targets the subconscious mind. When communicating directly with the subconscious, new ideas and new ways of thinking and behaving are accepted and assimilated in a highly potent way.
What is the "Subconscious Mind"
The "subconscious mind" refers to any part of a person's thinking that is not usually within their awareness. We all have thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes that are within us and that drive our conscious thinking and behavior. It can be quite EMPOWERING to harness these subconscious energies and have them work for us!
How Can Hypnosis Help?
Many times it happens that our subconscious thoughts and attitudes do not support our current life goals and objectives. Old fears or patterns of thinking and behaving are difficult to change unless we are able to reach their roots in the subconscious mind. Through hypnosis we are able to affect real change by working with our client on a subconscious level.
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a cooperative effort and gets easier with practice. As long as the client is making an effort to follow the suggestions that the Hypnotherapist is offering, a light hypnotic state can be reached fairly easily. Some people have a natural talent for entering into trance, while for others it takes a bit of time to learn. It really comes down to a matter of intent and trust. If your intentions are good (you are really trying to follow the suggestions) and you trust your Hypnotherapist (you feel comfortable enough to "go with the flow"), you should be able to reach a satisfactory level of trance fairly easily.
What If I Can't Get Into Trance?
The beauty of hypnosis is in its effectiveness in achieving results. Not every person will feel as though they were in a "deep trance", but their therapeutic outcomes can be excellent! On the other hand, there is the possibility of achieving a deep trance and having only limited therapeutic success. Depth of trance and achieving your goals are two different things.