Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation. sometimes also referred to an altered state of awareness during which suggestions are made to create beneficial changes in ideas or behaviour. Hypnosis therapy is a totally natural state of mind. When you are hypnotised, you will feel very relaxed; just like that wonderful feeling when you are tired lying in your bed and you drift into a wonderful, comfortable feeling of utter relaxation. It is a trance state characterised by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's not really like sleep because you are alert and remain in control all of the time. It is most often compared to daydreaming or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thoughts.
There are many misbeliefs surrounding hypnotism. Hypnosis is nothing more than a psychological tool, allbeit an amazingly efficient one. Hypnosis can help to achieve change and healing, it can move you and soothe you. It is suitable for anybody who chooses to use it.
You cannot get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis or become in any way unconscious
You cannot at any time be made to do things you do not want to do
You are totally aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times
You do not have to have your eyes closed and you do not go to sleep
You are not in anybody’s power and nobody can take control of you
You can voluntarily leave the hypnotic state whenever you wish to
You cannot leave your body or lose your mind
You cannot be ‘possessed’ in some way
Our brain comprises two hemispheres which are made up of four distinct areas that are responsible for everything we think and do. The cerebrum or cortex is the largest part of the human brain and is associated with the higher brain functions such as thought and action.
Science has long proven that we only utilise a small part of our brain consciously. The predominant school of thought on hypnosis is that it is a way to access a person's subconscious mind directly. Normally, you are only aware of the thought processes in your conscious mind (above the surface) . You consciously think over the problems that are right in front of you, consciously choose words as you speak, consciously try to remember where you left your keys.
Much of the brain is still not explained by science, however science has long accepted that many of our habits, thought patterns and beliefs are not consciously controlled, but seem to happen automatically almost unconsciously.
Your subconscious takes care of all the stuff you do automatically (beneath the surface). You don't actively work through the steps of breathing minute to minute -- your subconscious mind does that.
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focusing. It works to calm and subdue the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process. In this state, you're still aware of what's going on, but your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows us to work directly with the subconscious, opening a channel that allows us to access the vast part of your brain that lies beneath the surface of your consciousness.
In reality the elements of our minds intermingle and overlap, creating complex neurological pathways. However, if for this purpose we illustrate elements as separate entities, we can better understand how and why hypnosis is so effective.
Put simply, hypnosis bypasses the critical factor allowing access to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagined experiences. This is why, during hypnosis, when we visualise and imagine what we want to achieve and how we might we do this, we can learn to look at things from a different perspective. The subconscious mind uses those experiences to reprogram its patterns and it is this that brings about wonderful positive change.