There are many misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. A simple definition of hypnosis is that it is a state of increased suggestibility and concentration. Do not expect to go to sleep or lose touch with reality.
You are safe and in control at all times.
When you are in a hypnotic state, you are deeply relaxed physically, yet mentally you are many times more alert than in your normal state of awareness. You hear and respond to everything, and you are an active participant in the therapy. You have greater control over what you will or will not do, and could instantly reject any suggestion that you might find uncomfortable. When we like and want the suggestions being given, we allow the suggestions to enter into our subconscious mind. This part of us is like a computer and responds to our suggestions.
We are all what the programming in the subconscious mind perceives us to be. If this part of the mind views us as fat, we become fat. If it perceives that we smoke, we smoke, and so on… Yet, if the mind perceives that we are a non-smoker or are slim, then we become that which we perceive. Using Hypnosis, we are able to access the subconscious computer and re-program ourselves to be whatever we wish to be. Just imagine all the wonderful things you could do and be.
People often have questions about a professionally controlled hypnosis session. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions Peter has encountered.
Can I be Hypnotized?
If so, then you can be hypnotized. However, you cannot be hypnotized if you do not wish to be. In that sense, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Our minds work on two levels—the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Yes, absolutely! Hypnosis is completely safe. Hypnosis is a completely natural method of absorbing information. In fact, we all enter hypnotic states every day in our waking lives. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis.
Can a Hypnotist Make Me Do Something I Don’t Want To Do?
NO! The suggestions given to the subconscious have to be in agreement with your moral belief system; otherwise the suggestion will be rejected. You are always aware while you are in a hypnotic state. You are always in control.
Will Hypnosis Work for Me?
Generally speaking, every normal person is “hypnotizable”. By that I mean, people with an IQ of a least 70, and no severe mental disorders. Therefore, literally anyone can achieve success results using hypnosis.
How Will I Know If I'm Hypnotized?
Most people cannot tell the difference between the hypnotized and waking states. Some people feel relaxed and lethargic, others feel a lightness. One thing that people do notice is an inexplicable change in their daily behaviors.
How Long Does It Take For Hypnosis To Work?
Hypnosis often produces dramatic results in as little as one session. However, it can take days or a couple of weeks before the changes are truly implemented at a deep level of the mind.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
When you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, mentally, and emotionally. You have great control over what you will or will not do and could reject any suggestion you might find to be uncomfortable. When you like and want the suggestions given, you allow the suggestions to enter into the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis is a very powerful tool. The effectiveness depends on a person's ability to take responsibility for themselves and their ability to be ready for change. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real. My goal as a hypnotherapist is to assist you in achieving your potential, your goals, and improve your performance in your work and your personal life.
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