Hypnosis – What is it?
When I ask people, as I always do, if they have experience hypnosis before most say they have not. This is a common misconception based on a lack of understanding of what hypnosis is. Most people imagine hypnosis only taking place if a pocket watch is swinging in front of them. However, as you will read in this and future articles, hypnosis occurs in many ways.
So, what is it? Hypnosis is a state of deep focused relaxation. It is similar to a meditative or trance-like state. People have described the feeling as, “feeling zoned out”. Jason Linett, a world renowned Hypnotist in the USA describes hypnosis as, “an automatic response despite conscious awareness”. In a hypnotic state your unconscious mind is highly suggestable. Which means you can receive suggestions easily to the unconscious part of your mind. You may be aware that it is being done as it takes place and may find you’ll act on it automatically. An example of this is when you are watching TV and a commercial comes on advertising a caramel filled chocolate. You see the delicious stream of dark caramel dripping out of the chocolate and you can imagine what it would taste like. At this point, you are aware you are watching TV. You are aware there is a commercial on that is trying to sell this chocolate. However, you are now craving that taste and want to eat that chocolate; it was an automatic response despite conscious awareness of your surroundings and situation. Chocolate may not be your preference but you can understand how this principle would apply to other advertisements as well.
Using the state of hypnosis is a remarkably effective way to access parts of ourselves that we are wanting to change like:
- Anxiety that is taking place without our being aware of triggers
- Food addictions or over indulging (not knowing when we’ve had enough)
- Substances addictions that there is a feeling no control over
- Chronic pain that has no medical reason for occurring
- Improved sleep
- More confidence and positive thinking