What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is much more than swinging pendulums and trance inducing
spirals......What is hypnosis?
Ask a Consulting Hypnotist this
question and you will get many answers at many levels of detail
and descriptions. It can be generally agreed that the experience
of hypnosis is that of a state of light sleep wherein you are aware
of what is occurring in your immediate presence. Hypnosis is derived
from the Greek work Hypnos which means sleep.
This light sleep is referred to as a trance, and is
not actually sleep because you do not loose conscious awareness
unless it is a part of the session or suggested to do so. In this
trance, your conscious, awake state, has taken a back seat to your
subconscious. While you can still talk and listen to the Hypnotist,
it is not your primary focus. It is through the skill and experience
of the Hypnotist that you get to the trance state and to provide
suggestions while in that trance state to accomplish your goal.
The goal may be weight loss, smoking cessation, recalling
a past life, or suppressed memory recall. In the process your
subconscious is learning something or accepting a new way of performing
daily life activities that will help you with your issue of concern.
The subconscious is always awake and functioning, you are simply
not aware of it. When you fall asleep, you do not stop breathing,
perspiring, or digesting food because your subconscious is controlling
your bodies every function and needs to support life. When you
are awake and grab a pencil off the desk, you do not consciously
of every muscle movement and timing to accomplish that task, but
it is your subconscious that does that as a reflex action to your
Everyone is capable of being hypnotized, if they
desire, as well no one can be hypnotized against their will and
do something they would not do at their own discretion in their
everyday life. We enter trances many times a day. Sometimes we
call it "day dreaming". It may occur while driving down
a boring road or reacting to marketing strategies using subliminal
programming. Subliminal programming is giving suggestions to people
through their subconscious without the conscious really being aware
of the suggestion. Many of us then react to that suggestion in
conscious decision making without realizing we were persuaded to
make that particular choice.
So the hypnosis experience is an effort to break a
habit or improve our performance by going directly to the subconscious
and entering a suggestion that we are willing to accept for our
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