a totally natural state of mind, a state of consciousness you enter and leave naturally all the time during your day-to-day experiences. If youve ever drifted off while thinking about a loved one or reliving a happy memory, if youve forgotten large chunks of a car journey or 'gone somewhere else' while reading a book, youve experienced a natural hypnotic or trance state.
It is characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It feels very much like daydreaming or like the state between sleeping and waking, but it's not really like sleep, because you are alert the whole time. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you.You are totally relaxed and feeling wonderful, yet you are consciously and completely aware of what is going on around you at all times.
Consider the example of driving on a routine trip, one that you have made hundreds of times. You pass by the same exits every day and often dont remember seeing the signs. Your eyes are open, and you can respond to someone beeping their horn or trying to pass you. This form of daydreaming, studied by police departments and motor vehicle bureaus, is called "highway hypnosis." You were never for one moment out of control, and you were in a perfectly safe, pleasant and natural state of mind.
All forms of daydreaming are natural levels of hypnosis. They are characterized by focused concentration, relaxation, lack of movement, and an increase in sensory reception. You can never be hypnotized against your will. Nor can a hypnotist EVER make you do something you don't want to do while under hypnosis. Those people you see on television doing silly things are willing participants. I must stress here that I am purely a hypnotist. I personally have no interest in stage hypnosis and do not hypnotize people for entertainment.
It is a two-way process between the hypnotist and the client. Working together with the hypnotist before entering the trance state, you create suggestions for positive changes you want to make in your life.
The hypnotist then guides you into the deeply relaxed state described above. When youre in this state (also called "alpha"), you are more open to suggestion. The hypnotist is able to guide you to change negative patterns into positive patterns of behavior by repeating to you your own suggestions. The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making changes in your life.
Hypnosis is simply a way of relaxing and setting aside the conscious mind proper, while at the same time activating the subconscious mind so that suggestions can be made directly, enabling you to act on these suggestions with greater ease and efficiency.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist does not project hypnosis onto you. You decide when to accept this hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is a complementary tool, and should never be used in place of qualified medical advice. Never start or stop any medication, therapy or treatment simply because you are trying hypnosis. Read this important DISCLAIMER.
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