What is hypnosis? Ask 200 experts and you will probably get 200 different answers ... all of them correct, yet full of contradictions. All the beliefs contain common threads; some of which almost always present in anyone's definition.
Hypnotherapy involves the use of hypnosis to access the subconscious part of our mind, considered by many as the root or source of many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes and motivations. A hypnotherapist is not a psychologist or medical doctor, but rather a professional who has completed specialized training to use the power of hypnosis to help people achieve their personal self-improvement goals.
In the past, hypnosis was cloaked in mystery. "Look into my eyes." "You are in my power." Today, it is embraced as a science. Most people have a lot of questions about hypnosis. Answering them clears confusion, educates and puts the conscious mind at ease, letting go of the myths, misconceptions and fears about hypnosis.
Hypnosis can be amazingly effective and often is directly responsible for major changes in individual's life pattern. But it must be stressed that it is not a guaranteed method of chasing away private demons. Just as all people do not respond exactly the same way to the same medical prescriptions, all people will not get identical results from the same hypnosis induction. One person may be rid of a lifelong fear in a relatively short period of time; another individual with the same fear may need to work on stress and self-esteem.
The by-product of all hypnosis is relaxation where muscles, nerves and mind relax. Some describe it as feeling passive, placid and mellow. Some feel so light they could float; others so heavy their arms and legs feel like heavy weights. Hypnosis is personal and may feel differently every time a person is hypnotized, depending on their frame of mind at that particular time in his/her life. Most people just feel pleasantly relaxed through their body; the mind may feel a bit lazy or drowsy and will wonder from time to time, but in spite of whether the subject felt hypnotized, the change will be there.
If for example, the subject was overeating, he may leave the session with a sense of disappointment in that he did not "feel hypnotized," but as time goes by, it will dawn on him that he is not eating as much as he used to, regardless of whether he felt hypnotized. The lighter stages of hypnosis are every bit as effective as those implanted in the deepest of trances.
Hypnosis can be used to improve or help to change any area of your life. Your conscious mind is 12 percent of your mind and your subconscious is 88 percent of the mind. To make changes in your life patterns, we need to reprogram the subconscious mind. Without exception, and contrary to popular belief, the power of hypnosis is within everyone, and everyone can be hypnotized. As a generality, the best subjects are intelligent people. They seem to more open-minded, willing to learn and have a good ability to concentrate.
A complete litany of the known uses of hypnosis could fill volumes. But here are some highlights: increased mental agility; anyone can learn to think more rapidly, clearly, creatively, logically and effectively. Memory improvement: better retention and recall. Sensory perception: sharpening our hearing and smelling or being more aware of smells and sounds. The practical use is pain management, from arthritis and child birth to before and after surgery. Of course, the list goes on and on: weight control, nonsmoking, drinking, fears, phobias, exercise, self-esteem, stress management, motivation, athletic performance and enhancing creativity.
Hypnosis as a tool can be used to help improve any area of your life or achieve any goal you have set for your future.