What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention. Although 100% natural and normal, it is quite an interesting phenomenon of the human mind. Our capability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to numerous possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change.
Hypnosis has been called by diverse names in different cultures and times and is renowned for thousands of years. It is used for numerous purposes as it 're-educates' your unconscious mind. By that, we mean your habitual reactions, or instincts.
For example, you might think of a person and feel anxious. How does that happen? You thought of someone, and even though they were not in the room, you felt anxious. How did you do that? Well, at some stage, a mini hypnotic state attached together in your mind that person and the emotion of anxiety. We can use hypnosis to change this reaction.
We can use hypnosis to change this reaction. We can take careful control of the way you feel by relaxing you and having you imagine things that make you feel good, and then have you practice being in the problematic situation while feeling the way you want to feel.
The hypnosis sessions work great in healing the body. Changing your emotional reaction - how you feel about something or someone.
Think of the below:
If you a smoke, change how you feel about cigarettes
If want lose weight, change how you feel about unhealthy food
About exercise, about achieving, about yourself etc.
The list really is endless and it can be changed from one 'simple' tool.
So if the unconscious mind learns so fast and so effectively, how can we use hypnosis to teach it new things? The first thing you need to understand is that the unconscious mind needs to receive a strong message about what you want from it.
This is the core of all hypnosis. Once this is understood you will understand the vital mechanism of almost all self-help approaches - positive thinking, visualisation, self affirmations-and so on. Well, How can you give your unconscious mind a strong message?When you can do something without thinking, you have allocated it to your unconscious mind - talking, driving, walking, eating, texting and so on. You do this without thinking because it is a repeated action.
But you can get there much more quickly by attaching emotion to it.
You have a frightening experience and afterwards, any situation similar to it makes you feel nervous
A movie made you laugh and afterwards, just thinking of the scene makes you giggle
The mutual factor with all these scenarios is ‘emotion’, that makes the 'pattern' stick. The more emotion, the more stuck it gets, and the greater the effect in the future.
This is why emotions are important to make a change in the unconscious mind as they can be used for better or worse. Emotion causes patterns to 'stick' in the unconscious mind. Using hypnosis trains your brain to focus on what you want, not on what you do not want, giving you control over the contents of your thoughts to create positive results.
When you enter into this absorbed state of hypnosis, you can use your thoughts, talents and experiences in ways that are usually not available. With the help of a trained practitioner, you’ll develop individual abilities that’ll enable making desired changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
How Does Hypnosis Sessions Work Well for the Body?
The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep, but this has been mis-named. Hypnosis is NOT sleep. We do tend to be in a relaxed state, but with sharp awareness. People who are hypnotized often talk with the hypnotist, and can both answer and ask questions, hear everything that is said and are well aware. There is no mysterious feeling to being hypnotized and our minds are not not controlled or taken over. You can at any time re-alert or decide to ignore suggestions. No one stays hypnotized forever – you will always “come out” of the trance within a short time.
The most fundamental use for hypnosis is changing your emotional reaction - how you feel about something or someone.
What Should I Expect During Hypnosis Sessions?
The practitioner may want you to message them before to discuss what you wish to talk about and they may also send you a short questionnaire. During the session, the practitioner will get you into the Relaxation/Hypnosis mode. During hypnosis, you will feel very relaxed but not so much that you fall asleep. You will be sitting or lying down on a comfortable chair or sofa and the practitioner will start their session.
How Many Sessions Would I Need and How Long Will it Take?
Practitioners usually would ask you to listen to an audio for homework after the sessions for 21/30 days. Normally, to form a habit, you need 21 to 30 days these affirmations on the audio will help you to change your thoughts in your subconscious mind. As for the sessions, you may need upto 3 sessions or more depending on the situation. Sessions are usually 60 minutes.
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