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Should I be Afraid of Hypnosis?
Have you ever been so involved with a task where you have lost track of time?
Have you ever been driving on a long trip and suddenly realized that you were thinking of something else for the previous 30 minutes?
Have you ever been engaged in exercise and “zoned out” for a period of time, not remembering what happened in the interval?
If so, you experienced hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a pleasant, natural state of physical and mental relaxation which is naturally experienced on a daily basis by everyone.
Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states: “Hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the hypnotist.”
A good technical definition of hypnosis is: A state of relaxation and concentration at one with a heightened awareness induced by suggestion.
A good working definition of hypnosis may be this: a direct message line to your subconscious.
Hypnosis has been described in literature as a state of deep relaxation. Yet, modern scientific research has proven that hypnotic trance is not merely a state of relaxation. Sophisticated medical imaging techniques such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans reveal distinctly different patterns of brain activity depending on the state of sleep, relaxation, meditation or hypnosis.
The hypnotic experience has the unusual characteristic of combining concentration with relaxation, which allows you to focus on your problem, anxiety or habit while remaining relaxed.
In addition, the skills you will learn for relaxation and hypnosis will benefit you for the rest of your life. This deep relaxation allows your unconscious mind to communicate with your conscious mind.
In this state of relaxation you are more open to suggestions:
- Your confidence soars
- you are oblivious to outside distractions
- You feel no performance anxiety
- Your total body relaxation allows you to move with effortlessness and athletic grace.
A suggestion received under hypnosis relaxation is nine times more powerful and stronger because your subconscious mind is 90% of your mind power.
When you are hypnotized, you feel very calm and relaxed as though nothing else matters but being in this deep peaceful relaxation.
What is meant by hypnotic relaxation is a deliberately directed process that interrupts the circle of “mind disturbing body and body disturbing mind” syndrome. In the Hypnotic State, the doorway between the conscious and the subconscious is opened, memories become easily accessible, and new information is stored, without conscious “filters” acting in a judgmental manner.
The World Health Organization says 90% of the general population can be hypnotized. To those people who wonder if they can be hypnotized, the answer is most probably: YES.
Hypnosis is not something to be afraid of, quite the contrary. You must realize that deep within you resides the power to make your brain happy or sad, afraid or confident, healthy or sick. Who among us doesn’t want to give ourselves a “mental tune-up?”
Some things that you can accomplish with the help of hypnosis are:
- Change your eating habits: through the power of suggestion, you find yourself craving healthier foods.
- Increase energy: hypnotic relaxation is very healthful in restoring energy and vitality.
- Hypnosis is also a powerful agent for
- relieving stress
- managing pain
- speeding healing
- faster recovery from surgery
- releasing phobias and anxiety
- lifting depression
- facilitating healthful sleep
- letting go of bad habits and instilling good habits
- reducing blood pressure
- totally (and finally) managing weight
- easy motivation for exercise
- addressing skin conditions that do not respond to standard therapies
- childbirth: bringing babies into the world in a peaceful and relaxed way
- and so much more.
I have found that the easiest, most relaxing way to fit hypnosis into my busy schedule is using audio hypnosis files (either CD’s, Tapes or MP3 digital audio).
I can start my iPod when I leave the house and listen to healthy, relaxing messages while exercising, driving, working or going for an evening walk! Obviously, some audio hypnosis is not suitable while driving, but hypnosis files are usually accompanied with instructions for their use.
Whichever method is right for you, I encourage every person to use hypnosis, at least try it out and see if you could benefit from this natural, relaxing way of communicating with your subconscious.