What is Hypnosis?

This may appear to be a loaded question given that the misnomers and misrepresentations about Hypnosis are so far reaching.  Often, for people new to the world of Hypnosis, beliefs are shrouded in memories of stage shows where the hypnotist has people clucking like chickens against their will, or perhaps it conjures old television images of a sinister villain swinging a pocket watch in front of an unsuspecting and hapless victim. Neither image could be further from the truth.

Many people believe the client under Hypnosis is unaware of his surroundings and is not in control. This is absolutely not the case. In fact, the client is more receptive, and more alert with a heightened sense of himself and his surroundings. Hypnosis requires voluntary participation on the part of the client and there is nothing that a hypnotist can say or do that could compromise a client’s morals or values.

Hypnosis is simply a process that produces a very calm state of relaxation and increased awareness and concentration, where the Unconscious Mind is open and receptive to heightened suggestibility. In a Hypnosis session, the skilled practitioner will offer suggestions to your Unconscious Mind that are most in keeping with the changes you want to create in your life.

The Unconscious Mind is the doorway to all success in Hypnosis. The Unconscious Mind is the part of you that governs and manages all of your bodily functions; it is the part of you that stores all your memories; it is the domain of the emotions; it is the part of you that preserves your body. The Unconscious Mind does not distinguish between what is real and what is imagination. Therefore, any suggestions given to the Unconscious Mind are accepted and integrated immediately.

Think about that for a moment. If your Unconscious Mind is accepting everything as true, then what kind of messages are you sending it on a daily basis? What kind of self-talk are you normally engaged in? Do you have happy, positive self-affirming thoughts?  And what about the images you repeatedly run in your mind?  Are you running success films or disaster films?

Milton Erickson, one of the 20th century’s most notable hypnotherapists, said that clients are clients because they are out of rapport with their own Unconscious Mind. Anyone who has established positive rapport knows that the Unconscious Mind is a willing participant in the transformation process. Hypnosis offers such advantages and is widely accepted as a profound and effective method for making positive changes at an Unconscious level.