Myth is abundant when it comes to hypnosis. Due to stage hypnosis, Hollywood, and that like, there is a lot of myth surrounding hypnotherapy that isn’t necessarily true. In fact, one of the biggest reasons that people avoid hypnosis and hypnotherapy is due to fear. Fear that they’ll lose control of themselves and they’ll be made to believe or due something they don’t want to.
The following titbits of information in and of themselves should help a person to feel more comfortable about hypnosis and hopefully persuade some new people to give hypnotherapy a try.
Facts About Hypnosis
The truth is that all of us have at one point or another been in the state that is more commonly known as hypnosis. In fact, it’s fairly common for people to experience various degrees of the hypnotic state off and on throughout their day. For example, when a person is lost in a daydream, this is a hypnotic state. When a person is driving and they lose all sense of time and arrive at their destination before they know it, that is yet another form of a hypnotic state.
Additionally, when we sleep we cycle through various states of mind (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Deep-Theta, and Delta) and many of these mental states are linked to hypnotic states. The most common hypnotic states are found in the Alpha and Theta states. Alpha is also the state of mind that a person traditionally finds themselves in when they meditate.
Other forms of the hypnotic state occur when a person is deeply into a movie, book, or hobby. When a person is watching a movie, reading a book, or doing some hobby and they find themselves aware of nothing else but what they are involved with, this is also considered a light hypnotic state.
There is much debate about hypnosis vs self-hypnosis. The thing is, ALL hypnosis and hypnotherapy is self-hypnosis. A person is always fully in control of their experience when they are performing any type of hypnosis. This is true in the case of self-guided hypnosis mp3s, sitting one on one with a hypnotist by phone or person, or even when it comes to stage hypnosis.
It’s important for people to remember that they can’t be hypnotized against their will. A person also won’t do anything which they don’t have a fundamental belief in. I.E., a hypnotist can’t hypnotize someone and give a command for them to kill another person, if the person that is being hypnotized truly believes that killing another person is wrong.
It is true that the more a person trusts the hypnotist and the process of hypnosis, the deeper a hypnotic state they will enter into. Likewise, the more often a person works with hypnosis, the more rapidly they can access the hypnotic state and the more acclimated their conscious mind will become to accessing the commands given to the subconscious mind. This is one of the major reasons that people should listen to a hypnosis session multiple times. I minimally recommend once a day for 28 days. This allows the subconscious commands to become second nature and habit forming.
Hypnosis can be achieved with either the eyes closed or opened. Traditionally, the eyes are closed in order to block out external stimulus and make it easier for the individual to relaxed. When the eyes are closed it also is typically easier for a person to “get into” the moment and experience it better.
Hypnotherapy vs Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is a special type of hypnosis that is aimed at helping a person to either overcome something or improve something. Examples of hypnotherapy would be stop smoking, abolish alcohol, eat healthy, eliminate fears, etc.
Hypnosis is the process of going into the hypnotic state and receiving commands. All hypnotherapy involves hypnosis, but not all hypnosis involves hypnotherapy. For example, stage hypnosis has little to nothing to do with hypnotherapy, but it has a lot to do with hypnosis.
Hypnosis vs Meditation
This makes for a rather interesting discussion.
There are many types of meditation. Most guided visualizations, which fall under the meditation category, are indeed a form of hypnosis. Anything which involves taking you on a journey or includes a lot of imagery, is hypnosis.
Meditations that involve clearing the mind or focusing the mind on a single thought, such as the word love or one’s breathing, may or may not be a form of hypnosis. That is up for debate. The fact is, however, that any meditation will cause a person to enter to the alpha brainwave state. Some will even take a person into a theta or deep-theta state. These are the same brainwave states that hypnosis works best in.
Who Uses Hypnotherapy?
Many people. There are more people that should probably try using hypnotherapy as opposed to avoiding it. Anyone looking to improve their life and who is open minded will nine times out of ten benefit from at least some hypnotherapy sessions.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
A traditional hypnosis session will involve four parts. The introduction and relaxation, the deepening, the suggestion, the return. Some will say you need only three of these (Intro, suggestion, return), but most hypnotist will use all four parts in a session.
The introduction and relaxation reminds a person what hypnosis is and the purpose of the session. It then typically will start to lead a person into a relaxed state through various processes.
Deepening, when used, is the process of taking that relaxed state and through the use of images, words, sometimes touch or other mechanism, leading that person into an even deeper state of mind.
The suggestion, sometimes called the hypnosis experience, varies depending on the purpose of the session. This is the point, however, that a person’s subconscious mind absorbs the suggestions that the conscious mind will later have access to in order to make positive changes or gain information.
The last part, known as the return, is when a person is guided back to normal waking beta consciousness. They go back to normal life, only now the suggestions that have been given to the subconscious mind are accessed by the conscious mind and the person begins to act on the suggestions to typically improve life in some way.