Understanding Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural, altered state of consciousness, which lies between awake and asleep; also known as being in a trance. The average person enters a state of hypnosis at least a couple of times a day, once just before falling asleep, and again just before waking. Remember a time when you were immersed in a good movie, or a book, and it’s as if the world around you faded away? In your mind you knew that you could think about other things, but for that select time period you were so focused that you just didn’t care. Being hypnotized feels just like that. When used therapeutically to correct an existing symptom or challenge, it bypasses the critical factor of the conscious mind. It is similar to meditation or deep relaxation, but different because it is goal-focused on a specific outcome.

During hypnosis, the doorway between the conscious and the subconscious is opened, memories become easily accessible, and new information is stored. In the hypnotic state, you are not really "thinking" in the traditional sense. You are experiencing without questioning, without critical judgment or analysis, which enables you to create positive changes in your mental, emotional and physical state.

Hypnosis is a safe and natural state of mind brought about by the use of various techniques. It enhances an individual's concentration, and increases their responsiveness to suggestion in order to make the beneficial changes that an individual may wish to make in their thought patterns, their habits and behaviors or their psychological state.  

In the state of hypnosis, you are consciously aware of your thoughts and surroundings, but feel so relaxed that the usual distractions seem to fade away. The most accurate description of the hypnotic state is a 'parallel awareness'. The hypnotized person knows who they are and where they are, but is also strongly focused on internal realities such as sensations, memories or imagination.  

People often describe hypnosis as a highly pleasurable experience - much like an enjoyable daydream.


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