Have you ever got into your car, driven to your destination, but unsure of how you even got there? Or been so enthralled by a conversation that you felt mesmerized?
If so, you’ve been in trance. Being in a state of trance is part of the process of being hypnotized. Most of our waking hours consist of being in a state of trance by the people, events, occurrences around us, thus being in a state of hypnosis is natural and a part of every day life. We are, and can be hypnotized by the rhythms of music, conversations, Tv, actions of others, nature, etc. To be hypnotized is to be susceptible to suggestions from others.
Let’s look at an example:
Have you ever been waiting at a red-light for the light to change and the car next to you got the green light and thus proceeded forward, which triggered an action of movement in you to move forward, although your light was still red?
If so, you were in a state of trance. Trance is natural state. A state in which you’re unconsciously taking in information around you and acting on it. Do you see how this awareness of what you take in consciously and unconsciously may be of value to you? To your loved ones? Our daily communication affects others at a very profound level, thus communicating in a way that is effective and positive is ideal. Unfortunately, most of us were never taught how to communicate, nor that we should guard our minds from ineffective communication, thus we are programmed in ways that are less than ideal.
Hypnotherapy: What is it?
Hypnosis is an effective way of communicating that creates change and overrides old programming, habits, and patterns at an unconscious level; where change must happen to be effective and lasting. It is simply a state of consciousness characterized by focused imagination and heightened receptivity.
How does Hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by bypassing the critical faculty of the mind and making suggestions that favor a new desired behavior/habit. The critical factor is like a guard at the gate between your conscious and unconscious mind. It passes judgment on any-and-all thoughts and suggestions directed toward the individual because it sees change as a threat to the nervous system. It’s job is to protect the body by staying within it’s comfort zone; thus any conscious attempt at change that doesn’t match the existing programming automatically gets rejected. The only way a real change can take place is to get the new programming into our subconscious mind. We can do that by continued repetition (affirmations, could take years) or unconsciously via hypnosis, NLP, and similar techniques, where real and immediate change can be made.
In hypnosis the body and mind are equally suggestible, operating as a harmonious unit. Hypnosis has an effect on the unconscious as well as the conscious mind, creating change from the inside, out.
What if I’m not hypnotizable?
Everyone is hypnotizable and some people find it easier to relax and go into trance faster. Whether it takes you 1 session or numerous sessions is the real question. During the first session you may find it easy to relax or it may not. Either way is fine. It’s proven that the more you’re hypnotized, the deeper into trance you go. I personally self hypnotize myself and find it convenient to use for relaxation, sleeping on planes, dental work, and a multitude of change work that I like to do on myself. So the question is rather how long can it take you to relax and change, because it can happen for anyone.