Most people when asked if they have ever been hypnotized reply “No”, and are mistaken. Everyone has, perhaps quite frequently, been in a hypnotic state without realising it.
In childhood, daydreaming which is so real to the child that the dream or imagined situation takes the place of ordinary reality, is essentially self-hypnosis. In adult life, many people still daydream occasionally, and most people will have episodes of absent-mindedness or abstraction at times, in which they are, as we say, “in a world of their own”.
For instance, when driving down a familiar road, you may suddenly realist that you have traveled several miles without being able to remember details of that part of the journey. However, while driving, you were perfectly competent, adjusting to road conditions, avoiding dogs and children, stopping at red lights and so on, and reached your destination safely. Yet you realist that you have no memory at all of the last few miles and probably cannot remember what you were thinking about during that period. Or at another time, you may be engrossed in watching a film on TV or reading a book, when someone asks you a question, and you answer them. Later perhaps, that answer you gave is mentioned again, you have absolutely no recollection of it. In these two states, much the same thing has happened as occurs in hypnosis. The consciousness of the individual concerned separates into two streams which are out of touch with each other. You are actually conscious and aware of only one line of thought and action at this time, while the rest is being done at an unconscious level. That is hypnosis! In formal trance-work (hypnotherapy), you do not cease, as a rule to be unaware or unconscious of what is going on around you.
You may actually be aware of noises outside, the tightness of your shoes, the background music, but your awareness of these things is somehow slightly distant or removed, as you are concentrating much more deeply on what I am saying to you, and on what you are using the hypnosis for.
My clients always report how pleasurable and enjoyable their experience of hypnotherapy is. The experience has the unusual characteristic of combining concentration with relaxation, which allows you to focus on your problem, anxiety or development-need and remain relaxed. This involves the process of splitting or separating different ‘lines of consciousness’. Such an experience can break the link between an idea, memory or thought and its attendant anxiety and tension. It can change what you need to change and develop what you need to develop.
Suggestions (direct and indirect) and other hypnotic phenomena, therapeutic interventions and language structures are made and utilized, so you can achieve something you want, or something that will benefit you, and in this hypnotic state, that acceptance goes even deeper than it would in non-hypnotic states. The control is with you, your own control of yourself, your mind and body.
Hypnosis allows you to control aspects of your whole being that normally you have no direct control over. You can only be hypnotized if and when you agree to it. You accept, comply and act on only those suggestions that feel right to you – suggestions that fit your moral and value systems.
You come out of hypnosis just as easily as you go in, like awakening from a daydream. Even in the most unlikely event of the hypnotherapist being called away or even dying (God forbid!) during an induction, you would simply drift into normal sleep or immediately awake. My clients always report an elated and cheerful feeling after the session that stays with them for the rest of the day.
Hypnosis on TV or in a night-club appears dramatic. At a party or in a club, with a few drinks inside you, and with your friends egging you on, you would be quite likely to do silly or even humiliating things quite willingly even without hypnosis. Because of the situation, and because you, and the audience, believe that the hypnotist can make you do things, you go along with whatever he or she suggests.
If the hypnotist is skilled and intelligent, he or she will not suggest anything that you would find really offensive, because it would not work and you would come out of the trance. Hypnosis cannot make moral people behave immorally. The hypnotist will suggest only the sort of things the person is likely to expect and accept, and so, as far as the audience is concerned, it works. As a hypnotherapist, I act as a clinical facilitator to mobilize a natural talent in practical and purposeful ways to improve physical and mental health, and improve the quality of life for you.
Hypnosis is not a truth drug either, it is actually just as easy to lie in a trance state as it is in a normal state. In hypnosis, you know what you are saying, and you will not do or say anything that contravenes your inner principles.
Hypnosis is not anti-christian or the work of the devil as some people sadly believe. All the major religions of the world including the Roman Catholic Church (the largest Christian organisation in the world) have investigated hypnosis, because of the false ideas in the past about It’s moral and mystical character, and have approved it as a medical technique.
However, it does share many features with mystical and religious experiences and is very like deep meditation. I access and utilize this side of hypnosis in my Transpersonal, Metaphysical, Past Life Regression and Shamanic work with clients. This is ‘deep’ or ‘higher’ Inner-Work. (For details of this – please contact me).
The clinical side of my work and the clinical application of hypnosis is thoroughly practical and down to earth and I use it to treat all kinds of disorders, both physical and psychological such as stopping smoking, building a positive self-image, living more creatively, conquering fear and phobias, losing weight, gaining success through personal and professional development, generating positive change, eliminating problems and influencing your health. It is undoubtedly the single most powerful and under utilized resource in healthcare and personal development today.