What is hypnosis?

Hypnotic-SpiralIt’s not what you think!

Most people only know about hypnosis, through what they have seen in the movies or in a stage show, and based on what they have seen or heard, have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas about what it is. Some common misperceptions are that it is mind control, magic, sleep, that you become unconscious and have no control over your actions, that the hypnotist has some sort of power over them. Swinging watches and spinning spirals, and the oldie but a goodie, look into my eyes… you are getting sleepy!

These kinds of ideas are far from the truth, and I would like to clear up these types of misconceptions that people may have about modern day Hypnosis.

The truth about hypnosis

The truth is, Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention, and, even though it is a natural and normal state of mind, it remains one of the most fascinating and misunderstood phenomenon.

Hypnotherapy is a very powerful, natural tool that connects you with the subconscious part of the mind, which is the place where you hold thoughts, emotions, memories, habits and deeply held beliefs that determine your actions and behaviours.

The hypnotic state allows you to rapidly make the changes you desire, through the acceptance of new ideas.

The technical definition of Hypnosis is a state of focused consciousness, the bypass of the critical factor and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

But what does that really mean. To explain hypnosis properly, I need to go into a lot more detail. So here it goes….

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and there are 3 ways in which you can enter the state of hypnosis.

  1. Is to be guided by a hypnotist.  The process of guiding someone into hypnosis is called an induction. During the induction, the hypnotist will give you instructions to follow and when closely followed, will guide you into a beautiful state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is not something you have done to you. It’s like a dance, where the hypnotist leads and the client follows. Hence, hypnosis is collaboration, there needs to be co-operation on the part of the client, a willingness to experience hypnosis and to follow instructions.
  2. Is spontaneously. A common example of naturally occurring spontaneous hypnosis is at the cinemas, when watching a movie, you become so absorbed in the emotion of the story that you yourself become emotional, perhaps you laugh or even cry, and you forget all about your surroundings. That is what I mean about focused attention.
  3. Is to go into hypnosis on purpose by yourself, and this is known as self-hypnosis.

Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. By utilising hypnosis to change the habits, fears or behaviours that are holding you back in life. With hypnotherapy, you will learn ways to become happier, healthier and stronger, and more in control of how you experience life.