What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work?
Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
What is hypnosis?
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.
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 get 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. :)
What will my custom hypnosis recording be like?
It will start off with an induction to help you focus your attention, then there will be suggestions that are customized to your challenges and desires, and then you will emerge.
Your custom hypnosis recording is paired with music with binaural beats to help entrain your mind to a hypnotic state which accelerates your results. The music has an even cadence to help you relax more to achieve better results.
Each custom hypnosis recording is usually about 30 to 40 minutes and comes in mp3 format.
How long will it take to receive my custom hypnosis recording?
Once you joined the Jumpstart Program or the 60 Days to Become Wildly Happy, Confident, and Relaxed program you'll be sent paperwork to electronically sign via email. You'll be input as a student into your online learning program and sent a custom hypnosis questionnaire to fill out.
Once I have your questionnaire I will likely have to follow up with questions. I will reach out to you by phone or by email to write you the best hypnosis script possible to get you what you want. This process takes a few days because I like to mull things over and make tweaks to your script until it feels just right. Then I record it and edit it. This process typically takes between 7 to 10 days after I get the questionnaire and all the follow-up questions answered. While you're waiting you'll go into your online learning program and start the process of learning to help yourself.
Once I have your finished recording I will send you a link to download your recording to your devices. Make sure you save your recording because I do purge my past client recordings periodically.
How long will I have to listen to my custom hypnosis recording to get results?
You will need to listen to your recording for a minimum of 30 to 45 days to see the maximum benefit. You can listen to it up to twice per day, and it's designed to go along with the programs I offer that have the online learning component. This is what will get you the best result possible.
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.