What hypnosis is

Hypnosis is a way to by-pass the conscious mind and talk to the subconscious mind.  It uses the imagination in order to reach the deeper levels of the mind.  The conscious mind either steps aside or quiets itself enough for the subconscious mind to speak readily through thoughts, feelings and images.  Enough of the conscious mind remains to translate the messages to the hypnotist as they are received.

What hypnosis is not

Many common misconceptions exist about hypnosis, including the following:

  • “When people are hypnotized, they are unconscious, and they do not remember anything when they come out of hypnosis.”  Actually, in hypnosis, people are far more aware than they are in an awakened state, and their memories function exactly the same.
  • “When people are hypnotized, they give up control.”  You actually hypnotize yourself, and the hypnotist plays the part of a guide.  You respond to the suggestions only when you agree to them.  Your inhibitions may be lower, as you are more relaxed, but you remain in control at all times.
  • “Only fools can be hypnotized.”  In reality, because hypnosis requires concentration, the most intelligent people are the most easily hypnotized.
  • “People can be forced to tell their secrets under hypnosis.”  You are aware of everything you do under hypnosis.  You are even capable of lying.  Of course, since we are trying to get at the cause of your issues, you may find that it is to your benefit to open up.  I suggest not bringing anyone with you that you are not completely comfortable opening up in front of about all of your thoughts and feelings.  But know that you are always in control, and even in a hypnotized state can refuse to disclose information which makes you uncomfortable.
  • “If I’m hypnotized, I may not be able to come out of it.”  Since you actually hypnotize yourself, you can easily wake yourself up at any time.

Prior to a session, you will want to do the following:

  • Try to schedule the session for a day that you can allow yourself to over-sleep afterward.  Once in a while a person goes through such a strong adjustment that he finds himself completely exhausted later that night.
  • Fill out some forms that I will send you.
  • Get enough sleep.  You do not want to fall asleep during the session.
  • Arrange your food schedule so that you will not get hungry or feel overly active physically or mentally.  Perhaps cut back on carbohydrates to help your mind relax.  Most people will not have a problem with this, but this suggestion will be helpful to some people who tend to over-think.

During a hypnosis session you will want to do the following:

  • Remember that you hypnotize yourself, and you will be healing yourself.
  • Do not think, worry, analyze or judge.  If you are too caught up in what is happening, or too skeptical, you will pull yourself right out of hypnosis.  It is easy to remain in a conscious state.  The challenge is to let go and allow this unique experience.
  • Relax, trust and allow.  Go with the flow.
  • When I ask you a question, say the first thing that comes to your mind.  I may be speaking with your conscious mind or your subconscious mind, which is either a buried emotion or  a foreign energy, speaking through you.  Allow this part of you to speak, as that is the one we need to connect with in order to release your problem.

Following a hypnosis session, you will want to do the following:

  • Drink a lot of water to cleanse yourself out.  Some people will find that they are excessively thirsty.
  • Keep a log of every change that you notice, however subtle.
  • Keep a positive attitude, and expect good results.



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