What Hypnosis Isn't
There are a few misconceptions about hypnosis that are good to clear up at the start.
Let’s look at what it is not....
Hypnosis doesn’t mean you are allowing someone to control your mind with a click of their fingers or a 'special word'. No one is able to control our minds. What it does do is help us solve our own problems and answer our own questions. Trust your own strength and know your mind isn’t going to let just anyone take over!
Hypnosis isn’t sleeping either. While you move in and out of a hypnotic state as you fall asleep or wake up, hypnosis is that time between wakefulness and sleeping. Falling asleep during hypnosis often indicates the level of stress you are under - that you are having trouble relaxing, and the hypnosis-induced sleep is simply your body telling you that you are sleep-deprived and need to catch-up on sleep.
If you’ve been heavily distressed or abused it won’t make the memories go away, but what it can do is rearrange your filing system a little. It can put those bad thought patterns and memories in a place where they don’t pop out every time you open your mind‘s storage cupboard. Instead it parks it somewhere at the back of the highest shelf and puts the good thinking in the shelves within easy reach.
It’s like the way your mother may have put the lolly jar on the top of the fridge, when you were a child, you just couldn’t get it unless you put a pile of effort into it. The best thing about hypnosis is the lolly jar might have some mouldy old bread in it, but the hypnosis puts some sweet tasty good feelings within easy reach. You are far more likely to access the good bits before any of that bad stuff comes flooding back.
Hypnosis can’t make you do something you don’t want to. Your mind is far stronger than we give it credit for. We can’t be made to act or believe something we do not want to believe. This is also why some people may find hypnosis doesn’t have the expected result they were planning on.
Before you begin any hypnosis, think about whether the new thinking patterns you are working towards are actually what you want to believe and change.
For instance, some people say they want to give up smoking, but because they love the social side of standing with other smokers, or the way it makes them more relaxed in social situations, they don’t really want to let it go.
It’s important to find what it is you actually want to adapt, change and replace before you start for maximum effectiveness.
It’s Something You Already Do!
If you are having a hard time keeping focused on your goals, battling to give up an addiction or just trying to lose weight, or maybe you just want to achieve your goals then hypnotherapy could be for you. The techniques used in hypnotherapy are used by top athletes, successful business people or people wanting to give up smoking or stop raiding the pantry the world over.
Hypnosis or autosuggestion is something we actually do all the time. We just may not realise it. Our mind is a powerful thing.