WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Thanks to Hollywood's interpretations of hypnosis over the years, the word hypnosis conjures up images of mesmerizing eyes, the swinging pocket watch, and people clucking like chickens while under the “control” of the hypnotist. The truth is, all hypnosis is self hypnosis, and if you wanted to come out of hypnosis for any reason, you could. While in a state of hypnosis, you are aware of your surroundings, and aware of what is being said. Hypnosis is simply a heightened learning state for the mind.
Hypnosis is an easy state to achieve, and there are many different ways to induce that "trance" state. In fact we go into hypnosis multiple times a day without even being aware of it. When we drive or do other monotonous or mundane activities, our "auto-pilot" or subconscious mind takes over and repeats the usual routine effortlessly. So the next time you forget to stop at the grocery store on your way home from work, you can become aware of just how powerful and automatic your subconscious mind is.
While in a hypnotic rest, the conscious mind recedes and becomes secondary, and the subconscious mind becomes primary. Once in that pleasantly relaxed hypnotic state, positive suggestions are made to the subconscious mind. The suggestions are designed to fit with the individual's motivating factors so they resonate deeply with their beliefs and perceptions.
Since the subconscious mind wants to help, hypnosis is a powerful tool to correct/release past bad behaviors and absorb and integrate new healthy behaviors. The best part is that once your mind and body understand that wonderful state of hypnosis, it is much easier to go into hypnosis next time!