Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of mind that allows a person to relax in order to focus on and receive positive suggestions for positive change.
It's a natural, altered state.
Almost everyone has experienced even a slight trance state because it's natural to us. The most common occurrence is when you're driving for miles on the highway, and suddenly, you're parking your car in the driveway, with no recollection of those miles you just passed.
Another altered state occurs when we're "in the zone." You're doing something that you love to do, and all of your attention is on it. You have no idea that the clock is ticking, that someone is mowing the lawn outside, or that an hour just passed by in what seemed to be two seconds.
HYPNOSIS USES SUGGESTIONS TO PROGRAM POSITIVE CHANGE.
A person in hypnosis is highly responsive to suggestions for positive change. A typical session works to help deepen that hypnotic state so that he or she can receive the suggestions more easily and make positive changes based on those suggestions.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE IN A TRANCE?
A lot of people don't even realize they're experiencing a light trance state when they're first hypnotized. A trance state is not a state of sleep. In hypnosis, a person can hear everything. In fact, people in trance need to hear because the hypnotist needs to talk and listen to them while in trance. Typically, when the trance deepens, we find that the person experiences a wonderful relaxation—sometimes even a tingling sensation. Very often, the mind relaxes and thoughts slow down. It's important to remember that each person experiences the trance state differently. If your neighbor or coworker felt one way, you may or may not experience hypnosis in the same manner.
GET IN TOUCH WITH CERTAIN MEMORIES.
Hypnosis allows people to get in touch with a certain memory that led to the issue for which they've come to seek help—a memory that they have difficulty recalling in a normal, waking state. Often, even realizing what event led to an issue can solve the problem.
YOU'RE IN CONTROL.
If you want to cluck like a chicken in hypnosis, you certainly can. But we wouldn't recommend it. First, it won't help you with any positive change in your life. Secondly, you are in control when you're in a trance. You can accept positive suggestions, or you can reject them. A study done by William Kroger in 1963 shows that people do not act against their moral code in hypnosis. In fact, an experiment reported in Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman demonstrated that people in a very deep trance would let go of a lit match when it was put in their hands.
Can I be hypnotized?
Some people believe that they can’t be hypnotized because they’re too skeptical or analytical. In truth, the skeptics and analytical people can be hypnotized if they want to be hypnotized. The question isn’t, “Can I be hypnotized?” The question is, “Do I really want hypnosis to help me make a positive change in my life?” If your answer is yes, then yes, you can be hypnotized.
IT MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE.
Hypnosis has helped and can help many people with various issues safely and without the use of medications. There are many instances for which a regular physician, therapist or counselor may be appropriate as opposed to a hypnotist. If, in the course of working together, a larger issue is discovered, you will be referred to an appropriate health care provider.
Not sure if hypnosis is right for you? Let's make sure it's a good fit. Contact Jeanne for more information.