Most people simply don’t understand what hypnosis really is or what is does. Some people think of hypnosis and they immediately have an image come to mind of a sinister villain who puts them in a trace and controls their mind. The truth is that you are always in control and hypnosis can not make you do anything that you truly don’t want to do.
When you think of the conscious and subconscious mind, you can picture a glacier such as the one in this picture. The part above the water may be considered our conscious mind and the part below the water is our subconscious. The subconscious mind is where we hold our learned patterns of thinking, feelings and behaviors, and where habits are stored. Hypnosis helps you to break past the small barrier into the subconscious and therefore we are able to give direct positive suggestions to help with change and to access your own personal inner strength.
Hypnosis is a state where you have heightened focus and are more susceptible to positive suggestions. The actual state of Hypnosis can feel quite ordinary but it produces extraordinary results.
The best way for me to describe being in hypnosis for an example, is that state you’re in right before you fall asleep or right as you’re waking up, where you are fully aware of everything going on around you and you feel very good and are very relaxed. Almost everybody has already experiences hypnosis in their lives at some point. Some examples are “zoning out” while driving and not remembering the drive or missing your exit, or getting so involved in a movie that you don’t hear someone calling your name, or being engrossed in a task or a good book.
Hypnosis is becoming more and more well known for its positive results that have been clinically proven. Hypnosis is studied in major universities for both academic and scientific aspects. It is also used in many fields of practice including medical, psychological, dental, and law enforcement. Please see links for more information on proven results and the history of hypnosis.