Hypnosis is a relaxed state of mind where the mind is hyperfocused and open to positive suggestions that are incongruent to the desired results. It is a natural state of mind that we all experience several times a day without being aware of it. For example, you are in hypnosis while driving, while reading a book, while watching a movie or while listening to your favorite song with your eyes closed. It is a state where the critical faculty /conscious mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind is open and interacts directly with you and the hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy involving hypnosis and hypnoanalysis that focuses on the person’s subconscious to help bring about positive changes, resolve trauma, process unsettled emotions and feelings, or change in behavior. Together the hypnotherapist and patient discover the root of issues or obstacles on the way to recovery by talking. Sometimes, important core issues and unmet needs (love, safety, care, or emotional support)from childhood are also discovered under hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy works on the subconscious level, where actually the needs are generated based on our childhood and trauma stores. Many times your conscious mind fails to understand the kind of behavior or life choices that you opt to select in life, for example, staying or going back to an abusive partner. Consciously you would know what is good and bad for you, yet you will succumb to the needs that are created unconsciously and choose to be in toxic and abusive situations.
Hypnotherapy allows you to see and remove those self-sabotaging invisible patterns that are created by your subconscious. Since these invisible patterns are created and made to follow unconsciously, the conscious mind fails to recognize and change them.
Under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist interacts directly with the client’s subconscious and suggests favorable changes that are required to break the negative patterns. Unmet needs (mostly from childhood) on the other hand are removed through convincing the client’s subconscious with hypnoanalysis or are fulfilled by finding a resource within.
Hypnotherapy is the most effective and fastest way of recovering from childhood or/and adulthood traumas as most of the work is done on a subconscious level by the subconscious of the client. Hence, the conscious mind, which at the time of need is mostly anxious, stressed and doubtful is given a rest which it desperately requires.
Hypnosis is caused by the power of the hypnotist
Every hypnosis is a self-hypnosis, done and achieved by consent and with the power and will of the client who wants to be hypnotized to heal. A hypnotist is only a guide who will help you by giving the right suggestions that will help you process, understand and release the unresolved traumas.
Only certain kinds of people can be hypnotized
Anyone can be hypnotized provided the willingness to get better. We all experience some degrees of hypnotism throughout the day. Be it reading, listening to music, writing, driving, watching a movie, or doing meditation. Anything that requires and grabs your undivided focused attention can be called a hypnotic state.
Anyone who can be hypnotized must be weak-minded
On the contrary, people who go into a hypnotic state easily are found to be creative, confident, and open to healing. Hypnosis has nothing to do with the weakness of the mind or your level of willpower, it is simply about focusing and following the instructions and suggestions given by the hypnotist.
Once hypnotized, one can no longer resist & the hypnotist can make you do anything they want
As mentioned earlier, every hypnosis is self-hypnosis and every individual has the power to reject negative suggestions or come out of hypnosis at any given stage. The client always stays in control and can not be made to do anything they do not want to do or change.
How come stage hypnotists make people do silly things then?
The stage shows are for entertainment and the attendees who volunteer want to enjoy and make the most of it. The hypnotist only brings their inner personalities out with their consent and cooperation to make the show entertaining. Volunteers have full control to reject the suggestions and come out of hypnosis at any given time.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Hypnotherapy is one of the safest and best techniques available for the most effective and instantaneous healing results. It’s been used in therapy since the 18th century. Franz Mesmer, a German physician started using hypnosis in the treatment of patients in Vienna and Paris. He is known as the “father of modern hypnotism.” Hypnosis was initially called “mesmerism” after Mesmer, and the word “mesmerize” is derived from his last name. Hypnotherapy is safe and reliable provided the person seeking help does not have any psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. It is advised to be open about your mental health before signing up for hypnotherapy.
Can hypnotherapy be done online?
Yes, I have been taking hypnotherapy sessions online for a long time now. In fact, being in the comfort of your home my clients find it easier to relax and go into deep hypnosis faster than being in my office. It is the most convenient form of healing therapy that can help you heal fast and at the comfort of your home and at your time.