What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a relaxed state where you have heightened awareness. It’s essentially the state between being asleep and awake. No one can make you do anything you don’t want to do under hypnosis.
If you have ever been in a car and passed an exit because you were daydreaming, you were in hypnosis. You’re actually in the state of hypnosis seven to ten times a day.
Emory University did a study of the brain frequencies of children birth to nineteen years of age. What they found is that hypnosis is a natural state of being for children, it’s how they absorb everything so quickly and they become “programmed” with their beliefs at a very deep level.
Everything from your culture, religion, parent’s beliefs, peers influence, and difficult experiences all become implanted into your mind at a very deep subconscious level.
Delta – Very deep dreamless state
Infant’s brains are at this frequency state
Theta – deep meditative state
Toddlers and middle school children are generally at this state
Alpha – right brained relaxed dreaming state
Teenagers are generally in this state of frequency.
Beta – Adult left brain cognitive function
As an adult when you talk about your issues you are in your left-brain /Beta level. Your programming is stored much deeper into your brain and one of the ways to access this information is through hypnosis.
Hypnosis will help you access memories of difficult events in your life and programming that is holding you back without you knowing it. Once accessed through hypnosis we can begin to remove them.
Time Line Work
Your subconscious mind will access the negative events from your past that have been holding you back. Take those negative feelings and put them in a box and blow them up and replace those feelings with how you wish you could have felt at that time. It’s not that the events didn’t happen, you just reframe the events so that you change the way you feel about them. Once the events are reframed they will then no longer run your emotions and trigger you.
Communicate with your “inner saboteur”, the part or parts of you that appeared at a very young age to protect you. This part or parts may have caused you to eat, procrastinate, beat yourself up or carry anger among many other self-destructive behaviors.
We “talk” to that part of you and communicate how at one time it did a really good job protecting you. But now it’s holding you back and its time to let go. We then ask that part if it would be interested in taking on a new job. My client will explain to that part the new behaviors that he/she wants in their life and the part will now take that on as a new role.
“A Person Under Hypnosis is Asleep or Unconscious.”
This is probably the most common misconception about hypnosis. You never lose your full sense of awareness or fall asleep in hypnosis. On the contrary, you are actually more awake. All levels of hypnosis are characterized by increased attention. It’s this heightened concentration that increases your receptivity to suggestion.
Along these lines, there is no such thing as a “hypnotized feeling”. It’s most likely you will enjoy a feeling of deep calmness and relaxation. People will sometimes get up and use the rest room in the middle of a session, come back and continue their work under hypnosis.
“A Person Doesn’t Remember Anything that Happens While Under Hypnosis.”
You’ll be aware of everything while hypnotized and afterward, it’s possible that you’ll have a “dreamy” feeling, or feel as if you are drifting back and forth between sleep and wakefulness throughout hypnosis. It’s normal for your mind to wander at times. Depending on the person, some people after hypnosis have a fading memory of the session, similar to emerging from a deep daydream or a nap. Others may have very detailed memories of their experience.
“A Person Can Be Hypnotized Against Their Will.”
Most “stage hypnotists” are skilled at creating the illusion that they possess a magical and mysterious power over other people. There is, in fact, no such “power.” Hypnosis is a state of consent and cooperation. I cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. I will simply guide you into a state of relaxation, and then suggest the thoughts and imagery for your healing experience, much of the suggestions are provided by you. Throughout the process you can end your state of physical relaxation and mental concentration at any time.
“A Person Surrenders Their Will Once They go Under Hypnosis and Can be Made to do Things She Does Not Want to do.”
You are capable of making normal decisions at all times under hypnosis. You can’t be ‘made’ to do anything under hypnosis that you would find objectionable under normal circumstances.
“Not Everyone Can be Hypnotized.”
Hypnosis is a natural state that you go into 7 – 10 times a day. It’s not a matter of whether you can be hypnotized, but whether you’ll allow yourself to be helped with hypnosis. Most people go into hypnosis easily once they understand that you remain conscious and do not surrender your will. Some people won’t allow themselves to be hypnotized, but once they are comfortable with the process with me, it’s surprisingly easy.
I will simply HELP YOU to enter this receptive state purposefully to help you achieve your goals.
“A Person Under Hypnosis Might Reveal His Deepest Secrets”
You don’t lose control or reveal personal secrets under hypnosis unless you wish to do so. A HYPNOTIST CANNOT MAKE YOU DO OR THINK ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO.
“Hypnosis is Contrary to Religion.”
The only major religious groups objecting to hypnosis are the Christian Scientists and the Seventh-Day Adventists. Pope Pius XII approved clinical hypnosis as a valid tool for healing in 1956. Most religious objections are based on the idea that hypnosis deprives humans of freedom of the will. This is an outdated view of hypnosis formed when hypnotic phenomena were still in their earliest stages of understanding. Today we know that hypnosis is not surrender of the will at all.