What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness and heightened responsiveness to suggestion. It results in the gradual assumption by the subject of a state of consciousness in which attention is withdrawn from the outside world and is concentrated on mental, sensory and physiological experiences. Hypnosis can produce a deeper contact with one’s emotional life, resulting in some lifting of repressions and exposure of buried fears and conflicts. You can learn and practice hypnosis yourself and apply it to your life on a daily basis. It's a lifelong skill that once learnt can bring about profound changes.
Definitions of Hypnosis
All Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis
You allow yourself to enter the trance; your hypnotherapist is the navigator. You may emerge at any time, should you wish to do so. Hypnosis will be a success if you have a desire for, and belief in the treatment.
Hypnosis is an Altered State of Consciousness
You will enter into a state of relaxation where such things that usually go unnoticed will suddenly become more prominent than usual. For example, sounds and feelings may be more pronounced, as all the thoughts of the conscious mind are put aside, allowing your unconscious mind to come forward.
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Hypnosis involves bypassing the critical factor of the mind and the establishment of acceptable thinking (US Federal definition)
This is probably the most accurate definition of hypnosis. Your ‘critical factor’ was formed once your very first thought was formed. Assuming we are all born with a clean slate, our first memory will be imprinted in our minds and used to set up our belief systems; likewise with subsequent memories. By the age of three, our personalities have been set; by age four, our self-image has been formed. The conscious mind cannot take in every single piece of information we encounter, so the Reticular Activating System in the brain filters out all that the subconscious is not prepared to accept: If one with low self-esteem is told she is beautiful, the statement will not be accepted as it does not fit in with her own belief systems. Hypnosis is used to get past this critical factor and into the subconscious. In bypassing the critical factor, better belief systems can be set. The more a suggestion is made, the stronger it will become – this is known as compounding.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of issues including stress and anxiety, lack of confidence and self-esteem, smoking, emotional clearing, symptoms of depression, and more. In a session, you will be guided through techniques to access your subconscious mind when it is highly suggestible, allowing us to make changes. You will also be taught self-hypnosis, something you can use for the rest of your life and can apply to practically any issue.