What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work?
Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
Does hypnosis really work?
Yes! Hypnosis uses guided relaxation and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance.
You're conscious and present when you're listening to your customized hypnosis recording which means you can relax even more while listening.
Our minds are like an iceberg.
The conscious mind is represented by the tip of the iceberg comprising
10% of its total.
The subconscious mind is represented by the rest of the iceberg that lies underwater and represents
90% of its total.
The definition of hypnosis is a focused state of attention. That's all it is. Someone observed this focused attention in people and gave it the name hypnotism or being in a state of hypnosis.
You're are already hypnotized every day naturally as you focus your attention:
If you were watching a movie you were in a state of hypnosis.
If you were driving on the freeway and missed your exit because you were concentrating on driving, you were in the state of hypnosis.
If you were looking for your purse or your keys and they were right in front of you but you didn't see them, you were actually in a really deep state of hypnosis and having what's called a negative hallucination.
You're still conscious and present in the state of hypnosis, and you're totally in control the entire time, plus there is no right or wrong way to do it - it's not a test. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis because you're the one focusing your attention.
When you're focusing your attention, as we all do every day in some way, it creates a window of opportunity for positive changes.
And that's what hypnosis does. It helps your mind work for you instead of against you.
If you haven't reached your goals yet I want you to know that it's not your fault.
You have unhelpful patterns, emotions, and subconscious beliefs that have formed a blueprint in your mind that are keeping you stuck, and running you on autopilot.
It’s kinda like your brain is a computer and it’s running the wrong program. It’s just doing what it’s told to do.
That’s not your fault, and it can be fixed.
What does hypnosis feel like?
This is different for everyone. You will typically feel conscious, in control, and aware when hypnotized, but many people also feel quite relaxed. Hypnosis is not relaxation, it's focused attention. That being said you may move in and out of feeling relaxed, with thoughts that pop up in your head about what's for dinner. This is all quite normal and part of the process. Regardless of that, your subconscious mind is open to receiving helpful suggestions towards the change you want to make.
Is hypnosis safe?
It has been accepted by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association. It's very safe and it's highly effective.
The only time it's not safe is if you're listening to your recording in a situation that requires your full attention like driving, cooking, etc. This is because your hypnosis recording is commanding your attention when you should be placing your attention on the task at hand.
How will I feel when I'm hypnotized?
You will feel in control and aware. You may also feel relaxed and peaceful.
Can you get stuck in the hypnotic state?
No. However, you may feel so relaxed from your customized hypnosis recording that you don't want to emerge when it completes. That's all right. Simply open your eyes when you feel ready.
How does hypnosis work with the mind?
Your conscious mind is the most limited part of your mind and represents just 10% of the capacity of your mind. It's the rational and analytical part of the mind, and this is the part of the mind that most people use to try to accomplish their goals. It's like trying to accomplish your goals with your arms tied behind your back. New Year's resolutions are the perfect example of this.
Your subconscious mind is the largest part of your mind and represents 90% of the capacity of your mind. It is the imaginative, literal, and feeling part of your mind and it is where your internal blueprint lies.
Your internal blueprint is your ingrained beliefs and emotions that have formed from your past experiences since the time you were a baby until now. And this internal blueprint typically lies outside of your conscious awareness. It drives your current thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that have gotten you your present life results.
Your critical factor is a filtering mechanism within your mind that filters all of the incoming information, and files only the things that align with your internal blueprint.
The state of hypnosis (remember it's a state of focused attention) allows the critical factor to be bypassed so the subconscious mind can receive new information (suggestions based on your desired goals) which then creates a new internal blueprint, which creates new beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors which gets you what you want.
Can I be hypnotized?
Yes, most everyone can be hypnotized unless you have a brain injury or disability that totally prevents you from focusing your attention then you can be hypnotized. Additionally, each individual moves in and out of light and deep hypnotic states while being hypnotized. You don't have to be in a deep state of hypnosis for change to happen. Your subconscious mind is quite happy to help you make changes even at the lightest state of hypnosis.
Can being hypnotized make me do things I don't want to do?
No. You can't be made to do anything that you don't want to. A great example of this came from a famous stage hypnotist from the UK. He had a regular participant that came on stage and did everything he asked her to. She barked like a dog, clucked like a chicken, etc. until he asked her to dance and she outright refused. Perplexed, he carried on with his show and later asked her why she did everything else he ever asked her to do, but when he asked her to dance she refused. She told him that dancing was against her religion. So you see, no one can ever make you do anything that you don't want to in the state of hypnosis. If you'd like to bark like a dog and cluck like a chicken, let me get my popcorn first. :)
Is hypnosis evil?
No. This is a common teaching and it's erroneous. The state of hypnosis is a normal and natural human state. Remember, the definition of hypnosis is simply a focused state of attention, and there's nothing evil about focusing your attention.
Many pastors practice many of the principles of hypnosis without even realizing it.
They do an induction by reading passages of the bible which focuses the member's attention.
They use repetition of speech of a single message, known as a direct drive technique from a hypnotic perspective, to embed a suggestion into the subconscious mind.
They engage the imagination and emotion which are the language of the subconscious mind.
They "future pace" the members to see out into the future of a better time for more peace and comfort.
They bypass the mind's filtering mechanism, the critical factor, when they raise their voice to command the member's attention.