FAQ. Thought precedes all action
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the exclusion of other thoughts.
How does Hypnosis work?
Once the Hypnotic State is induced and the doorway to the Subconscious Mind is opened, with your permission, your therapist can provide information, in a language and form that the Subconscious can accept, to help you change the behaviors, feelings and thoughts that you want to change. The Subconscious Mind has the ability to accept what it imagines as real.
Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
No. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be a willing subject.
Will I be asleep?
No. When a person is in hypnosis, they is not asleep. You are very much aware of all that is going on. In actuality, in hypnosis, your senses become heightened and more acute.
Is it possible that a subject could not be brought out of Hypnosis?
No it is not possible. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis because you do not lose control when you are hypnotized. hypnosis is a cooperative relationship. When you are hypnotized, you retain full control over your mind and your body. Sometimes, people feel so relaxed and comfortable in Hypnosis that they may wish to remain in that state for a little longer. Most importantly, you can come out of hypnosis any time you want but you won't want to!
Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You retain full control over what you say. The therapist can't make you talk about something unless you feel comfortable and ready.
Can a person in Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
No. This is not what happens in therapeutic or clinical hypnosis. On the other hand, volunteers during stage hypnosis show, which is for entertainment purposes only, will typically go along with the stage hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun and for entertainment purposes. A hypnotized subject cannot be made to do anything he is not willing to do. A person must be a willing and cooperative subject for hypnosis to work.
What about the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable?
Nobody can be hypnotized against his will. If a person is not willing to cooperate, he cannot be hypnotized. However, the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable is incorrect. Some people may initially have problems with feeling that they may lose control in some unacceptable way. This may lead them to intellectually second guess and over analyze what is going on. Thinking too much will interfere with the process and your ability to enter trance.
Hypnosis is NOT about controlling you. It is about you gaining more control over yourself. Once you realize that experiencing hypnotic trance will (a) help you feel how you want to feel and do what you want to do, AND (b) actually give you more control and power than you previously had, you will stop over thinking, let it happen, and become a good subject.
Conscious vs Subconscious
Your mind is the spark for everything you do.
It is comprised of two systems: your subconscious and your conscious mind.
The conscious mind, which uses about 12% of our potential, is where we analyze, think, process, and plan. This is where our short-term memory is housed.
The other 88% is the subconscious mind which allows you to manage most of your life on automatic. You don’t have to be consciously aware of everything that's happening or everything you're doing, it just gets handled. Without the subconscious, the conscious mind would be overwhelmed by the large amounts of information processing required to function.
Everything you have ever experienced is recorded in the subconscious mind, it's the place of long-term memory, emotions and feelings, habit patterns, relationship patterns, addictions, creativity, spiritual connections, and intuition. Your subconscious mind holds every experience you've ever had. Let that sink in for a minute. And not only everything you've experienced, but also everything you've seen, heard, felt, induced, believed, and concluded.
Have you ever been driving and reached your destination without remembering the drive? Highway hypnosis is a trance-like mental state brought on by the monotony of the road. In other words, you’re zoning out, and while one part of your brain is still able to operate your car, the other half is in la la land. If you’ve ever driven a stretch of highway and have no memory of driving it, you’ve been in a trance. Sound familiar? Watching a movie, getting so focused on what’s happening that you experience emotions such as anger, sadness, happiness is another example of being in a trance like state.
None of these things are scary or have anything negative associated with them and anyone receiving clinical hypnotherapy is able to come out of hypnosis at any given moment. Any “suggestions” that might be given to you in a relaxed state can easily be rejected and in clinical hypnotherapy any suggestions given are client driven.
Changing The Unchangeable
The most amazing aspect of the subconscious mind is called the power of suggestion. The subconscious mind is willing and able to accept all types of suggestions. This is why advertising is so successful, it is aimed at reaching your subconscious mind, to implant suggestions, change your programming to accept and purchase particular brands. Most individuals are highly un-aware of why they do the things they do and why they feel the way they feel. Hypnotherapy is designed to uncover the underlying reasons in order to bring awareness and positive change. There are subconscious beliefs that we hold about ourselves and the world that influence our behaviors. These beliefs (e.g. I’m not safe), and how we decide to act based on them (I need to hide myself, or I need to be vigilant), are often completely out of our awareness. Based on these beliefs, we have established coping mechanisms that we may have been using for years, but no longer need.
We also may have emotions that seem to come out of nowhere, or our reactions feel totally over the top but we’re not sure why we react so strongly. Accessing the origin of these patterns through talk therapy and our conscious mind can be very difficult. You can’t talk about something you aren’t aware of.
Think of it like a computer. You computer is programmed to behave a certain way, and the same is with human behaviour. You are programming yourself from the minute you are born as each experience contributes to your specific programming. Unwanted behaviours that worked in the past when you were younger are no longer useful but still running in the background. Hypnotherapy can help reprogram your subconscious so that your programs are running the way you need them to today.
Your life experiences combined with what you were told by mentors, parents and others, we may take on such beliefs as “I will never be good enough”, “I have to work hard to live” or “No one will ever love me” or “I am always sick”. These belief programs will continue to run throughout our lives giving us the conscious thoughts and experience of “never good enough”, “hard work for every dime”, rejection, and “ill health”. If we have an experience as a child of falling out of a tree, we may “install” a phobia program that generalizes to “all heights are dangerous”.
When we are “triggered” by others and immediately react in anger, sadness, self condemnation, anxiety etc, the “trigger” input is just like clicking an icon on our computer to start a reactive program learned earlier in our life. Because of these limiting belief programs running in our subconscious mind, we may sabotage our relationships, our health, our prosperity or our spiritual growth. These belief programs just continue to run, feeding our thoughts and creating a blueprint in our life experience congruent with the underlying programs.
Hypnosis can equalize, neutralize and in many cases, completely eliminate unwanted behavior quickly and effectively. I have witnessed results and outcomes achieved with hypnosis that defy human belief.