Even more than acupuncture, when you hear about hypnosis, you cringe a little, right? Maybe even a lot.
You are not alone! That’s perfectly normal response.
We get creeped out by the ‘unknown’. Worst yet, we get creeped out feeling like we are completely out of control. This is because for most people, their only exposure to hypnosis is ‘stage hypnosis’ where a stage hypnotist seems to have all the control buttons. He snaps, and people on stage respond by going into a deep trance, and doing whatever the hypnotist tells them to do. Totally creepy.
The truth is, that is pure entertainment. There is a small amount of reality to it, but a small one. Usually, these situations are perfectly staged. The people are perfectly chosen, and perhaps even paid to perform.
Hypnosis, in truth, is not too different from relaxation, or meditation. When used as a therapeutic modality, hypnosis is a state of relaxation with intentional guided suggestions.
Everyone can be hypnotized. In fact, we perform self hypnosis throughout the day.
For instance, if you listen to music while driving, reading while eating, painting or sewing while daydreaming… You are most likely in a trance for part, or all of that time. Eye-fixation is a very effective way of going into a trance… which really is just a relaxed state of being.
During this state of relaxation, the subconscious becomes dominant; this is where long term patterns, habits, memories are kept and operated. We are much more suggestible in the subconscious realm, and that is how hypnosis can help take away old negative thoughts, habits, or patterns, while creating new, long-lasting positive ones.