What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a process of being guided into a natural ‘trance’ state for a particular purpose.
This is generally done by relaxing the body and the mind to release the attention away from normal conscious function (with the ability to return to that function at any time).
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes. As stated earlier, everyone seems to go into a ‘trance state’ (even if only lightly) multiple times a day. If you want to be hypnotised and you follow instructions, you can be hypnotised
Some are better at being hypnotised than others though. The only limit is how much you’re willing to surrender to the experience. We obviously don’t know where the session will lead to, and if that stops you from fully letting go then your awareness will remain in your consciousness.
HINT 1 – Remember, you can surrender to the process and shift your awareness without surrendering control. Your always in control even if you don’t know what’s going to come up next.
HINT 2 – Relax and don’t expect anything, this just brings our awareness back to our conscious thought.
HINT 3 – stay curious and don’t analyse what comes up during the session, there is plenty of time for analysis afterwards.
Each time we go into hypnosis, we get more familiar with the feeling making for a better session.
The ‘trance state’
The ‘trance state’ is quite a natural state that we all go in and out of all the time without realising it. It’s a state where our awareness is separate to our normal conscious state.
Maybe you’ve been deep in thought or conversation with a friend while driving and later thought “I can’t remember driving to this point?”. Perhaps there has been a time where you’ve been so emotionally engaged in a movie, book or computer game that you feel like you’re in a different world once you disengage from the story again.
I use hypnosis to access this ‘trance state’ on a deep level with the intention of exploring or addressing whatever issue or subject you wish to address.
Control while in the ‘trance state’:
Hypnosis takes co-operation from the participant, so it is not a form of mind control or truth serum. At any stage the participant has the ability to open their eyes, get up and leave or even hold back and not communicate information that comes to their mind.
Although the participant may want to stay in the trance state, it’s not possible to get “stuck”.
What’s being hypnotised like?
It’s not sleep, it’s a deep inner awareness.
We are all so different, so hypnosis is different for everyone.
Some people are very visual and can get clear visual messages. Some people are quite sensory and may not see but just feel what’s happening. Others may have smells and sounds.
Either way, we start with a physical and mental relaxation, we divert our awareness from our conscious thoughts and then…
Well that’s the exciting bit, what’s meant to come through will come through.
You will remember what happened and you will feel in control the whole time.
How is it used for therapy?
Depending on what the issue or what the possible source of the issue is, hypnosis could be used a couple of different ways.
We can agree on a positive suggestion for you to take on subconsciously whilst in the hypnotic state to replace any current negative thought patterns that lead to behaviours or tendencies that are no longer desired.
GETTING OUT OF YOUR HEAD – TO DO THE WORK
It could also be a way of exploring what the source of the issue is and dealing with that rather than the symptoms you’re experiencing. This is done by connecting with yourself beyond the conscious level. You can then safely process and clear any emotional experiences related to the issue and even receive some inner wisdom and guidance for moving forward.
Issues Under the Surface
Symptoms of a deeper issue could be:
- Fear of public speaking or presenting;
- Self conscious and over analytical;
- Lack of motivated (exercise/career/business);
- Phobias (e.g flying / animals / needles);
- Relationship issues;
- Depression / Anxiety;
- Unexplained physical issues that modern medicine hasn’t been able to effectively treat*
There are many more, these are just some examples.
*medical issues would require consent from your medical team