There is no magic to achieving success with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration – a state of mind and body in which we communicate suggestions to our subconscious mind. This part of our mind influences what we think, how we feel and the choices we make. The subconscious mind can control pain, help us clear our minds to focus on goals, help to break habits we might have developed, relief stress and anxieties and so much more. Anyone who so chooses, can reach a state of deep relaxation and redirected focus.
Your experience might be similar to daydreaming or the focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book, your favorite movie, or staring at a fire. In that state you are conversant and in good spirits – totally relaxed and completely in control. You will experience an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, without fear, tension or stress. You are always aware of your environment and have power over every situation.
Occasionally people have misgivings after hearing myths about hypnosis.
”I am afraid to get stuck in hypnosis.”
This just does not happen. Should the practitioner stop talking, one of two things would happen: the client would simply slip into a natural sleep for a few minutes or the client would naturally be alerted by the absence of the practitioner’s voice”I am afraid that financial or family secrets will be revealed.”
Since the client is aware throughout a hypnosis session, it is he or she who controls what will be revealed. Hypnosis is not a “truth serum.””I am afraid that the practitioner or my partner will be in control of my mind.”
The client is totally in control, can hear everything that is said, and can respond verbally and physically. The body relaxes as if asleep, but the mind remains even more alert.”I doubt my ability to go into hypnosis.”
Almost anyone who wants to be hypnotized can achieve the relaxed state of hypnosis. Since hypnotherapy is a therapy of consent, the client usually comes to a session anticipating that hypnosis will take place.”I am afraid that I will do things that will be humiliating.”
Since the client is fully in control, nothing will occur unless the client wished to act in a particular (or peculiar) way. Stage hypnotism has left us with this myth.”I am afraid that I may do something that is against my moral standards and I may even be convinced to do criminal acts.”
This is a common misconception on the part of clients. This too, is a myth. A person will not do anything under hypnosis that he/she would not be inclined to do normally. Since the Hypnotherapist does not control the client’s mind or behavior, there is little likelihood of any betrayal of morals.”I am afraid that my mind is “too sharp” to go into hypnosis.”
The idea of someone being “too strong willed” or “too sharp” is a myth. Actually the more the person is able to use both sides of the brain, the better the subject (he/she) is. Creative people are usually better able to visualize and follow guided imagery.“I am afraid that hypnosis can cause a person to enter another realm.”
Since hypnosis is simply relaxation, the usual application of hypnosis will not bring the client “into outer space” or “out of mind or body.”“How much will I remember?”
You will remember everything. However since most clients receive a great deal of information from their subconscious during hypnosis it might take a few days or weeks to really process all of the internal information.“What if I am under a Doctor’s care or taking medication?”
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask your doctor. The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time, it tends to “potentiate” medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favor it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.