• Natural- It is a comfortable condition of deep relaxation, increased awareness and inner focus.
• Daily occurrence - Daydreaming, “loosing” yourself in a movie or book or driving home from work on auto-pilot are all examples of the state of mind called hypnosis.
• Hypnosis is really self-hypnosis- You can only enter hypnosis on command if you want to. At any time if you want to emerge from the hypnotic state regardless of the reason, naturally and instantly you will open your eyes and become fully alert.
• Everyone can be hypnotised - For some it’s very easy and for others, it requires a little bit of training.
• Energy boost - Seven minutes of hypnosis is equal to one hour of deep sleep.
MYTHS OF HYPNOSIS
There seem to be two main myths about hypnosis; first that its unnatural and second that it’s about losing one's control to someone else. Maybe these myths have gained its strength as it’s more entertaining to use on a stage or in a movie, surely it holds great dramatic effect and even laughter many times.
Though, unlike the first myths, the state of hypnosis is very comfortable and a daily occurrence. The short period just before we wake up or go to sleep are called theta brain waves which is a hypnosis state. When we are in this wonderful calming theta state we are more moving deeper down beyond our rational and analytical conscious mind, and instead as our brain waves are slowing down, our mind becomes highly relaxed and open. Theta brain waves are considered to be the subconscious mind which retain memories and feelings, and it also directs our beliefs and our behaviours.
This is also why working directly with the subconscious mind is so highly effective. A hypnotist or hypnotherapist helps the client to enter and stay within the theta brain waves, and either through suggestions or therapy work with the client to heal and transform limited thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Contrary to the second myth, even though we in hypnosis are beyond our analytical and critical conscious mind, we never lose our awareness, or do or say anything that goes against our will or moral beliefs. The consciousness mind is bypassed, however, it is never disconnected. Rather it can be described as such; during hypnosis the conscious mind is sitting in the far back seat off the bus instead of being in the driver seat. The deeper the hypnotic state, the further back in the bus is the conscious mind, but, it's always there.
Instead of losing control, hypnosis and hypnotherapy is actually a way to regain true inner control. Freeing yourself from limited thoughts, feelings and behaviours which then allows you to live a life in harmony with your deepest wishes and desires, isn’t that if anything the sign of true power, insight and full control over the course of your life?