In order to answer the question “What Is Hypnosis?”, let’s first discuss what hypnosis IS NOT.
- NOT sleep
- NOT a magic pill/bullet/wand
- NOT mind control
- NOT unconsciousness (you are still aware, conscious, able to hear and respond and always in control. You WILL, and should, hear what is being said by your hypnotist)
HYPNOSIS or Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool with which to empower yourself and if you are ready to take control of your life and make changes, Hypnotherapy is a powerful and effective way to assist you to do so!
Let’s put it this way – with hypnosis we can show you the door and even open the door for you but ultimately you must make the decision to walk through the door…….and then walk through it! Hypnotherapy is an effective and powerful method to deal with your smoking addiction.
We often hear – Can everyone be hypnotised? or What happens if I can’t be hypnotised? or even I have been told I can’t be hypnotised or I’m hard to hypnotise. Our response is this – Yes, everyone can be hypnotised! The only reason you may not be hypnotised is if you resist, or don’t allow yourself to be! Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, a relaxed state of mind and your hypnotist will lead you to this state, however you can choose not to allow yourself to be hypnotised. However, if you wish to be hypnotised you absolutely will be!
Wikipedia states the following:
“Hypnosis is “a special psychological state with certain physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state.” According to “state theory”, it is a mental state, while, according to “non-state theory”, it is imaginative role-enactment.
While under this state of mind, one’s focus and concentration is heightened. This individual is able to concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out all possible sources of distraction. Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject, or may be self-administered (“self-suggestion” or “autosuggestion”). The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy“, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis“.
The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word hypnos which means sleep. The words hypnosis and hypnotism both derive from the term neuro-hypnotism (nervous sleep) coined by the Scottish surgeon James Braid around 1841. Braid based his practice on that developed by Franz Mesmer and his followers (“Mesmerism” or “animal magnetism“), but differed in his theory as to how the procedure worked.
Contrary to a popular misconception—that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep—contemporary research suggests that hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness. Subjects also show an increased response to suggestions.
However, in plain and simple terms, hypnosis is:
A state of deep relaxation, a relaxed state of mind, that is typified by focussed attention and heightened awareness and suggestibility. The experience or sensation of hypnosis, or the trance like state, can vary quite dramatically from person to person. Some hypnotized individuals report feeling a sense of detachment and/or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state, while others even feel that their actions seem to occur outside of their conscious volition – meaning for example that they may be aware of one of their fingers moving in response to a question from the hypnotist even though they did not consciously move the finger. Other people may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis.
Other explanations of hypnosis:
Hypnosis is not a magic wand and cannot make you do something you do not want to do. However, it can be likened to falling into a hole and someone throwing you a rope – it is up to you whether or not you take the rope and climb out.
Hypnosis assists you to tap into your own self repairing mechanism – that is the part of your mind/body that knows what is wrong/out of balance/amiss and the part of your mind/body that knows how to fix/change/rebalance/correct – it is a powerful tool that is a short term influence effecting long term change and benefit, and as such is a very successful way to quit smoking.
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*Please note – hypnotherapy may not be a suitable for every person or every condition and as such we reserve the right to refuse our services or refer you to another practitioner if your requirements are deemed by us to be outside of our current skillset.