• 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 - Some are very open and receptive for hypnosis on will,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 it is unnatural and second that it is about losing one's control to someone else. Maybe these myths have gained their 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 is called theta brain waves which is a hypnotic state. When we are in this wonderful calming theta state we are moving deeper down beyond our rational and analytical mental 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 retains memories and feelings, and it also directs our beliefs and our behaviour.
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 hypnotic state, and either through suggestions or therapy work with the client to heal and transform distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Contrary to the second myth, even though we in hypnosis are beyond our analytical and critical mental conscious mind, we never lose our awareness, or do or say anything that goes against our will or moral beliefs. The mental conscious mind is bypassed, however, it is never disconnected. Rather it can be described as such; during hypnosis, the mental conscious mind is sitting in the far back seat of the bus instead of being in the driver's seat. The deeper the hypnotic state, the further back in the bus the mental conscious mind moves, but, it's always there.
Instead of losing control, hypnosis and hypnotherapy is a way to regain true inner control. Freeing yourself from distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviour which then allows you to live a more balanced, healthy and happy life, isn’t that if anything the sign of true power, insight and full control of your life?