What is Hypnosis?


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Have you ever been driving down the highway and soon realize that you have just gone 2 miles and don’t know how you got there? Well congratulations, you have just been hypnotized. When you get hypnotized you are actually in a meditative and relaxed state of consciousness. Hypnosis is the processes of obtaining a consciousness of focused attention that eliminates or reduces the outside influences to allow the subconscious to obtain new suggestions. Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years and is considered by some to be a mystical subject. Many of those that perform hypnosis like to refer it in this way as it adds power to the sessions. Let’s take a look at what hypnosis is and isn’t. Hopefully by the end of this article you will have a better understanding of the many benefits that come with hypnosis.

Let me first say that while in a hypnotic trance you are always in control of you and your surroundings. You can not be lead to do anything against your will. Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years and is simply a very relaxed state of being. Many times people can be in a relaxed state and be hypnotized not even knowing they are. Much like the highway hypnosis example above, driving the car put you in a very relaxed state to which you lost track of time. There is also common misconception about being hypnotized that leads many people to being afraid of being hypnosis process. The fear that they will lose control or be easily suggested to do something against their will stops them from even attempting hypnosis. There is no danger when being subjected to hypnosis. There are no drugs used. You will not be left or trapped in a trance like state forever. This type of hypnosis is generally for entertainment and heightened by Hollywood movies. It is also known as stage hypnosis and done for parties or high school graduations. The real truth is that you can stop the session any time you want by simply opening your eyes. Coming out of a hypnotic session is much like waking up from a nap.

clock hypnosisThere is a common question that asks “Can everyone be hypnotized?” and the answer to that is yes. With that being said, it is extremely difficult to hypnotize someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They have already altered their state with the drug use so it is almost impossible to put someone further under. The other thing that is important to understand is that someone who is adamant that they do not want to be hypnotized will not. Their belief system will not allow them to be.

The goal of hypnosis is to achieve an altered state of consciousness, which then allow new suggestions to enter the subconscious to help change a current thought pattern. The fun part about understanding hypnosis is to understand we go in and out of what is referred to as Normal States of Consciousness (NSC). Under NSC we are aware of the external events that are happening in our lives and we have a knowing of the emotions that lie within us. Hypnosis is what is referred to as an Altered State of Consciousness. During this altered state it is easy for the subconscious to accept new suggestions to help change patterns in ones life.

Hypnotherapy is the actual session and is a way for health care professionals to perform hypnosis on people who are suffering from many different afflictions. Hypnosis can be used for such things as anxiety, weight loss and control, smoking cessation as well as relieving painful body aches and afflictions. Many hypnotherapists have study extensively and performed many hours of sessions before they are actually certified to perform hypnosis on someone for medical purposes. It is always a good idea to have an initial session with a hypnotherapist before embarking on any sessions. This will give you time to get a feel for how they work and you can see if they are a right fit for your particular needs. By relating and feeling comfortable with your therapist you will get the most benefit from the work the two of you do. So what does happen while under hypnosis and can you actually do self hypnosis?

Once you are comfortable with your particular hypnotherapist your next session will go something like this. The therapist will normally go through a series of questions to find out what your current beliefs are around the problem or affliction. Once they recognize the old beliefs and patterns they can then create new words and beliefs that they will use during the hypnosis session. To begin the session the hypnotherapist will provide you with a comfortable environment and get you in a very relaxed position. This is usually done either having you lie down on a couch or sit in a comfortable chair. The hypnotist will take you through some deepening techniques to get you into a very deep, relaxed state in which the subconscious mind is more easily accessed. Once you are in the hypnotic trance, the therapist will introduce new thought patterns to your subconscious. After all the new suggestions have been planted into the subconscious the therapist will begin to awaken you, by slowly bringing you back to your awaken state. Hypnotherapy sessions can be as short as a few minutes or last up to an hour, depending on the needs of the client.

Costs for hypnotherapy sessions will vary between practitioners depending on your current location, the experience of the therapist and the length and nature of the session itself. Make sure to thoroughly check out several different therapists before making your final decision. Don’t allow money to be a major factor in your decision. Make sure you feel comfortable with your therapist before selecting him or her. You can usually obtain a good feeling during the initial free consultation. You can always try self hypnosis at home first to see if it is something that feels good to you. There are many hypnosis videos, hypnosis Mp3 and relaxing guided meditations out there for free that can help you attain that meditative trance like state.

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Mark Flory has his degree in Mind/Body Transformational Psychology. Mark is also a certified identity coach and hypnotherapist. He specializes in helping people find clarity in their lives through his intuitive and empathic gifts. He is the founder of rediscoveru.net, a self help program to bring clarity and direction to peoples lives through thought provoking exercises. Mark is an empath and identity coach who loves to fly fish, play golf and just live in the moment of life. To work with Mark in finding clarity in your life contact him here mark@markflory.com.
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