Learn About Hypnosis

Remove fear, and one hundred people out of one hundred will enter hypnosis easily.
Dave Elman, hypnosis instructor to medical professionals

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which you are:

  1. In total control and,
  2. Can accept or reject any suggestions you hear

Hypnosis is not:

  1. Being controlled by someone else
  2. A loss of self control
  3. A state of unconsciousness
  4. A state of sleep

 

Origins

Use of hypnosis or trance healing began thousands of years ago in traditional shamanism. It was popularized in the nineteenth century by Charles Mesmer and was used extensively by field doctors in the American Civil War in place of chemical anesthetics

Freud also made extensive use of hypnosis in his early career. This is the origin of the "therapist's couch."  


Hypnosis as a Recognized Modality for Healing

Hypnosis was recognized as a complimentary healing modality by the British Medical Association in 1955, by the American Medical Association in 1958 (there are "definite and proper uses of hypnosis in medical and dental practice"), and by the American Psychiatric Association in 1961.


All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis!

You are always in control of your mind and your body while in hypnosis. You choose to enter hypnosis, stay in hypnosis, accept the suggestions, and emerge from hypnosis at all times.

Examples of everyday natural hypnotic states are:

  • Driving the car
  • Riding the elevator
  • Watching TV, movies, computer screens or video
  • Being bored by another person
  • Waking up and going to sleep
  • Daydreaming

 

Why Use Hypnosis?

In hypnosis you access your subconscious, the more powerful part of your mind where real, lasting change takes place.

You may have heard it said that we only use 10% of our brain. Hypnosis is a way to get access to the other 90%

 

Who Can be Hypnotized?

Any person of normal intelligence can be hypnotized. All that is necessary is imagination and a willingness to cooperate. The ease at which someone can hypnotized is dependent upon their ability to relax and simply listen.

The best subject is a person who has a good reason for hypnosis and a strong motivation to accomplish a particular need or desire. 

Roberta De Silva, CHt, gave this example:

If you were going to learn to play the piano, your teacher would point to a particular key and say, "This is middle C." To you, that is a suggestion. You either accept or reject the fact that the note in question is middle C.

If you accept, you will undoubtedly go on and learn to play the piano. If you reject the suggestion, you may eventually learn to play, but it will be a long, hard and confusing process. If you approach hypnosis with confidence, rather than fear, you will achieve your desired goals.