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A Brief Understanding of Hypnosis

The subject of hypnosis is very often frightening and misunderstood.  It evokes visions of an unusual sleep-like state in which the hypnotherapist has complete control of the subject.  It is associated with Swami, Svengali-like trances, mind control and dark and evil happenings.  But actually hypnosis is a phenomenon that occurs frequently in everyday life, and has been extensively studied scientifically throughout the years.  It can be a powerful force for positive change, opposed to being a force for evil.

In 1956, the British Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a valid medical and dental tool, and in 1958, the American Medical Association formally followed suit.  It took years of serious consideration for these two bodies to arrive at this decision, thus laying to rest the doubts about the validity of hypnosis.

Throughout the years, hypnosis in psychotherapy has had its ups and downs.  Modern day methods and applications are helping it to become a trusted and valued member of the healing arts, with professional uses that have been of major benefit to many people for many years.  Hypnosis can be utilized in medicine, psychology, dentistry, counseling, sports, habit-control, and in any area of self-improvement.  It is not a cure-all, but merely a method to help a person achieve the result desired.

Like the practice of medicine, self-improvement guidance, hypnosis and self-hypnosis are not absolute sciences.  There have been no known instances where any individual has ever been harmed in any way by their application and use of hypnosis or programs directing such a process.  There is documentation though of thousands of cases where individuals have benefited from their improvement with guidance, hypnosis and self-hypnosis.  It should be noted that any advice or instruction received from these programs will be within the parameters of instructional information.

 Facts About Hypnosis:

A specific definition of hypnosis might be: "An altered state of conscious awareness," not sleep as has been thought by so many for so long.  It is difficult to be precise, because no one really knows what goes on inside a persons head when they are in hypnosis, but what we do know is that our minds do possess a tremendous amount of power which we can lock into and use, with the proper training.

Hypnosis is not magic.  People cannot be made to do things that they would not normally, morally do.  The person being hypnotized either in person or through these programs is not "under the control" of anyone.  You still retain complete control of yourself, and if any adverse suggestion were given, you would either refuse to comply, or simply bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.  The ego cannot be detached under hypnosis, so secrets will not come out or surface while in a relaxed state of hypnosis.  The best subjects are not unintelligent people, but actually the opposite.  The more strong willed, intelligent and imaginative an individual is, the better subject that person usually will be.   And last, hypnosis has never caused any mental illness, nor has anyone ever been "stuck" in hypnosis.  If for some reason the subject is left alone, they would very simply open their eyes and come out of hypnosis after a few minutes.  If they are physically tired, and able to do so, they might simply fall into a natural sleep and awaken when they were sufficiently rested.   These thoughts and ideas about the process are all part of those myths and misconceptions that ethical hypnotherapists are working so hard to overcome.

 The Mind Levels of Hypnosis:

There are two basic mind levels that each person possesses.  The conscious and the subconscious.  Everything that we do, every action that we make, comes from one of these sections of our mind.  It has been reported that consciously we use between 5% and 10% of our actual mental capacity.  This leaves the majority of our power and abilities untouched, simply because we have not learned how to channel them.

Our conscious mind is used daily in decision making, physical activity and, in general, in our entire thought process.  Our subconscious mind is the true power house of our mind.  It handles the bodily functions we perform daily, without our having to consciously think about them.  These functions include our heartbeat, respiration, feeling pain, etc.  Our subconscious acts as a sophisticated computer, controlling very efficiently all these functions.

The subconscious also controls our habits.  Habit reactions are accomplished without conscious thought process.  It is the subconscious mind that comes into play when hypnosis takes place.  The subconscious will accept any suggestions presented to it, as long as the suggestions are positive and are agreeable to the subject.  When positive suggestions are accompanied with visual imagery, as in hypnosis, the results are amazing.

 Medical practitioners and researchers have, based on cycles-per-second of activity, divided brain-wave activity into four levels:

 

           BETA-----A full conscious awareness level.

 

          ALPHA---The process of falling asleep at night or awakening in the morning.  Hypnosis and meditation.

 

          THETA--Early stages of sleep.  Deep hypnosis and deep meditation.

 

          DELTA--Full sleep, during which a monitoring process still continues, allowing any important sounds or suggestions to be accepted.

The levels of Alpha, Theta and Delta are all considered altered states of conscious awareness, and it is to these altered states that hypnosis allows a person to go.  For many, hypnosis is a mid-range of Alpha activity, and in this stage you will remain fully aware of all that is going on around you and definitely be experiencing hypnosis.  With hypnosis, as with meditation, the process is a setting aside of the conscious mind and a narrow focusing of your attention on one specific thing.  In this altered state, you can communicate directly with your subconscious.  In this state of hypersuggestibility, the programming received is extremely effective in creating positive changes.

 

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