What is Hypnosis?
HYPNOSIS FACTS Excerpts from “Hypnosis Facts” by Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, PhD
Good Citizen, the following hypnosis facts are offered for your edification and elucidation:
Hypnosis is a legal self-regulated self-help, alternative wellness modality that uses the mind’s natural ability to create a positive attitude that supports life, joy, goals and health care. It reduces stress and relaxes the nervous system. Hypnosis is fun and easy to learn and belongs to all of us. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis came with the package of your consciousness. You regularly hypnotize yourself with self-talk. You can easily learn to hypnotize (or de-hypnotize) yourself or another in less than ten minutes and can learn from exceptional books.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Help a Lot of People
Hypnosis is used to enhance happiness, focus, motivation, learning and memory skills for work, school and sports (Tiger Woods uses hypnosis to stay in the zone). It is also used by advertisers, salespeople, athletes, religious leaders, motivational speakers, parents, students, teachers, politicians and, of course, by and for yourself.
Hypnosis techniques like visualization, progressive relaxation, suggestion, reinforcement, mental rehearsal and more enhance your natural resources for a more positive outcome. Hypnosis demonstrations are educational and entertaining.
Hypnosis is used medically to reduce pain and for more rapid rejuvenation. More and more licensed medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and dentists refer clients for these complementary services. They know that a patient who learns specific non-medical techniques relieve pain, fear, panic, anger, stress, change negative patterns and habits into positive attitudes, sleep better, lose weight, become more motivated, optimistic and joyous and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal. Just what the doctor ordered.
Forensic hypnotists work closely with law enforcement and enhance the accurate recall of victims and witnesses to crimes and civil cases. Hypnotists work on the movie sets with actors for stress reduction and serve as advisors on major motion pictures. These hypnotists are members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Hypnosis Is Recognized By The American Medical Association
Hypnosis was formally recognized by the AMA in 1955. Blue Cross of California mails a recommended certified Hypnotherapy list to their members twice yearly. An occasional doctor, dentist and psychologist make it their business to go to hypnosis school to be certified as a Professional Hypnotherapist. Yet, most of these well-versed professional, do not have time to practice hypnosis. That is why so many hypnotically educated licensed professionals refer patients to certified professional hypnotists.
HYPNOSIS QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Who Can Do Hypnosis?
Anyone who has the mind to, and even those who don’t, can and do, do hypnosis. If you can concentrate for a few moments you can easily learn the steps it takes to induce a self-hypnotic trance. You practice hypnotism every day with the things you say to yourself and others. You hypnotize yourself with repetitive actions and thoughts. This is called autosuggestion.
Mothers and fathers are master hypnotists and their verbal and nonverbal conditioning often stick for life. Advertisers use hypnosis in all their work and so do religions.
Professional hypnotists receive special training in the technique and use of hypnosis before they achieve certification. To choose a professional hypnotist, find out what training and experience they have and if they belong to a hypnosis organization.
Professional groups offer training and opportunities to keep skills updated. A psychotherapist may have only attended a lecture or a one-day class in hypnosis and then present themselves as hypnotists. If you want psychotherapy, go to a psychotherapist. But if you want hypnosis, go to a professional hypnotist. Hypnosis is a Professional Hypnotists main focus and training.
How Does Hypnosis Feel?
Familiar! The by-product of all hypnosis is relaxation where muscles, nerves and mind relax. Some describe it as feeling passive, placid and mellow, others as filled with light or surprised by new perception: “I saw strange pictures for the first time, felt new feelings, thought new thoughts and understood things I never could before. It’s difficult to find the words to describe the hypnotic experience.”
When in hypnosis there is often a distinct experience of automatic, spontaneous or involuntary thought or action as compared to the feeling you get with conscious choice. Returning to regular “room awareness” makes everything more peaceful. One friend says that after a hypnosis session, “My heart went around grinning all day.”
Hypnosis is definitely a common and varied experience. Each hypnotic trance may be different from what you expect, or from the last one you experienced. This makes sense considering you are not the same person you were the last time! Your experience of trance will differ from another’s. Sometimes part of us can be hypnotized while another part is not. For instance, if you are driving a car and having an animated conversation with your passenger, the part of you driving may be unaware and hypnotized and the part of you talking, fully conscious.
Hypnosis, like sex, looks different than it feels. From the observer’s point of view, the subject might appear caved in or passed out and, therefore, we might presume that the subject is unconscious. Actually, subjects are super-conscious and keenly aware of everything going on around them. This keen focus may leave the subject feeling like they aren't doing anything particularly unusual.
Why Do Some People Have Doubts About Hypnosis?
Since hypnosis looks different than it feels, it is often misunderstood. Once you feel it, the apprehension goes away. The media cliché “Look into my eyes you are in my power” and the stage performance “Cluck like a chicken” have sometimes misrepresented the value of hypnosis.
Some doubt the value of hypnosis because they themselves have not experienced its benefits. And there is a tendency for the conscious mind to judge new unfamiliar ideas harshly. Once they experience hypnosis for themselves, they know how safe and rewarding it is.
Fears and Superstition
Some folk’s fear that hypnosis will force them to “go out of control” and then they’ll reveal some buried truth that they're "not supposed to" or that they’ll lose control. Or, even worse, look foolish.
While in trance your inner wisdom is your guide and that wise part of yourself will tell you the truth. Such truth offers insight and a tremendous relief. And, you needn’t worry; your subconscious mind will only reveals what you choose to reveal.
In a trance, any suggestion that violates morals or self preservation is greeted with a natural “cancel, cancel, cancel.”
Can Hypnosis Be Dangerous?
Hypnosis is no more dangerous than natural slumber. Practiced by yourself or a qualified Hypnotist, hypnosis is safe, satisfying and self-empowering. Not learning hypnosis can be dangerous. If you allow all suggestions to accidentally enter your mind during your natural trance states, you may buy things you don’t want and act in ways that harm you. Advertisers use hypnosis to sell products. If you are hypnotized to smoke, for example, you could kill yourself smoking. If you are “hypnotized” by parents, teachers, mates or your own self-talk to believe you are “less then,” incompetent, or a failure,, that harms you too.
Self-hypnosis lets you decide which suggestions to embrace or discard. It puts you in the driver’s seat of your behaviors and emotions. When you learn to choose which suggestions you receive or act upon, you take back control of your life. If you don’t control your subconscious mind, it will definitely control you. It’s ironic that some folks worry that hypnosis will make them lose control, because hypnosis gives them back control.