What is hypnosis?
During hypnosis, the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed, natural state, while the subconscious mind remains awake and receptive to suggestions for positive change. It is a natural state of consciousness. The key word is consciousness, not unconscious.
How does the subconscious accept hypnotic suggestions?
Hypnotic suggestions bypass the conscious mind, called the analytical or intellectual mind, and works directly with the subconscious mind, which is the seat of all memory, imagination and emotion. The subconscious mind will accept a suggestion if it is within the boundaries of your belief system or code of morality and will accept it literally as a new reality.
Can any person be hypnotized?
Yes, if you are of average intelligence and you are willing to enter this altered state of consciousness. You cannot be hypnotized unless you want to be. The depth of hypnosis varies with a person’s ability to respond. If you are not a naturally responsive subject, you can improve your receptivity to hypnosis with practice.
Who is in control?
Hypnosis is an agreement between the client and the hypnotist. The client is doing the internal work. They hypnotist is the facilitator, not dictator. You are in control at all times because you are in a conscious state. All you have done is shift control from one hemisphere of the brain to another. It is your brain and your control.
Are the results of hypnosis permanent?
Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely and others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are practiced and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become.
Hypnosis is helpful in a variety of areas including: