Pretty much everyone is familiar with the concept of hypnosis or hypnotherapy but odds are that your understanding of what this means and how it works is associated with the images that appear in popular media.
You know the images: swirling spirals, a watch used like a pendulum, a turban…
However, these representations reflect a very inaccurate understanding of hypnosis, what it is, how it works, and what it might be good for.
What do you think about hypnosis?
What do you know about it?
If your thoughts stray to fairs and magicians, then keep reading!
We are going to take a look at what hypnotherapy is in reality and why many people may find it useful, and how it could benefit your life as well.
Hypnosis has a long history and has been identified as a promising approach to the treatment of various problems and concerns and its therapeutic work.
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is an approach that induces a state known as trance, which is a different state of awareness.
In a trance, the person’s attention is focused on very specific things, usually specific thoughts, memories, or experiences to the exclusion of everything else.
During this state, you may be better able to explore your inner experiences and make changes that draw upon the power of your subconscious mind.
The popular image of a trance is that it involves a zombie-like state of complete vulnerability.
A person in a trance might be induced to do something bad or act like a chicken.
But this is another exaggeration.
During a trance, a person’s attention and consciousness are altered, in the same way that they are altered when someone meditates or even just becomes very focused on a video game they are playing, for example.
However, the person cannot be forced to do anything against their will.
People in a trance-like state are more vulnerable to suggestions, which are usually employed to promote behavioral change, for example, reducing smoking.
During a trance, the person has enough awareness to explore their inner experiences, which is also used during hypnotherapy, for example, to touch upon painful memories or understand what the individual is going through by allowing them to focus fully on something specific.
Hypnotherapy is used for a variety of purposes and, while it is somewhat controversial, it is used in clinical practice.
It is often used as a form of therapy to treat various problems, like anxiety, substance abuse, bad habits, and others.
Sleep hypnosis is frequently employed to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia.
Hypnosis is also frequently used for pain management and is even used as an adjunct type of therapy meant to help with certain medical concerns.
In addition to this, hypnosis is frequently employed to help improve the overall quality of life and connect with the power of your subconscious mind in ways that make a tangible difference in your daily routines and habitual behaviors.
The existence of the subconscious has been clearly established.
It is well-known that this part of our mind is essential and that it is constantly engaged in different essential processes that determine the decisions we make, the ways in which we act, and how we feel.
However, the content of our subconscious is not easily accessible in daily life.
Hypnosis provides a more straightforward way of understanding ourselves and connecting directly with this aspect of our mind.
Hypnotherapists study for the job role just like all other professionals.
If you seek out a consultation, you are going to find that the session plays out like a therapy session where the hypnotherapist helps establish an environment that feels secure and relaxing.
The therapist will guide the person into a trance and work towards the goals that are established collaboratively before this.
It is important to address some misconceptions.
During a hypnosis session, the person being hypnotized usually does not fall asleep unless they are totally relaxed, but even in this state, their inner mind hears everything it needs to for self healing and repair work.
This is one aspect of “mind power”.
The client is not made to be unconscious, or lose control of themselves.
They do not become helpless in any way.
The person retains awareness of what is happening.
This is important to note.
Secondly, while many hypnotherapy sessions offer suggestions to the person, taking advantage of the trance state, this doesn’t mean that these suggestions work like Hollywood movies show.
It is impossible to program a person in this manner to do things that they do not want to do or are morally opposed to doing.
The hypnotherapist’s suggestions become more convincing and are more likely to lead to behavioral change but only if they align with what the person wants in their life.
Later on, the individual will decide whether to act upon it or not.
Hypnotherapy is controversial but there is evidence suggesting that it works.
There are professional associations and reputable training programs that form hypnotherapists.
It can be used for a variety of problems and is usually employed as a supportive treatment when the person is undergoing another form of therapy.
Many medical practitioners have now embraced hypnotherapy as a supportive aid to existing health and wellbeing concerns.
Hypnosis is a way of connecting with our subconscious mind directly.
It allows us to focus our attention on what truly matters and truly engage the incredible power hidden within us.
Being able to access things that are normally hidden from us and harness the great potential that we have is very valuable.
In addition to this, hypnotherapy can be used to help the person not only explore but to improve themselves.
Many successful individuals love to use hypnotherapy to maintain a certain state of mind in other words use “change management techniques” and bring more positive behavioral shifts into their life, to live their best life possible, with more joy, happiness and wealth.
You could be surprised what a shift in behaviour and mindset can do to transform your life.
With the help of a hypnotherapist, individuals can change their habits and reduce the stress and anxiety they feel.
Hypnosis has also known to be used as a natural sleep aid for certain sleeping problems and may be used for pain as well.
In general, this is a very promising approach that you may consider.
Connecting with the power of your subconscious mind can yield many benefits for your life.