What is Hypnosis?

  • Hypnosis is a tool that can help you just like it has helped millions of other people to take back control of their lives.
  • Whether you are trying to overcome an old habit, or wanting to incorporate a new healthy habit, hypnosis can be used for your personal and professional achievement.
  • Hypnosis is used to help you reach goals when nothing else has helped.

The U.S. government defines hypnosis as follows: It is the bypass of the critical factor and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

But here at Higher Mind Hypnosis, we like to keep it simple. So we describe hypnosis like this: It is simply a state of heightened suggestibility or a state of focused concentration.

Hypnosis is a consensual state, which means that it takes two willing participants. You might want to think of your hypnotist or hypnotherapist as a coach who will be guiding you into this wonderful state of relaxation. Or, imagine two people doing a ballroom dance – you cannot have both people leading, and you cannot have no one leading. But when one person (who is know-ledgeable about the dance) leads and the other follows, you will see some beautiful results. Terry will assist you in learning how to achieve this state by guiding you into it.

Once you are in hypnosis, you will then receive what are called hypnotic suggestions. These suggestions will enable you to use the power of your mind at a very deep level (subconscious and unconscious) so that you can then make the positive changes you desire.

Scientists, psychologists, medical professionals (nurses, physicians, etc.), and hypnotists have been using hypnosis for over 200 years. Hypnosis was accepted by the American Medical Association in 1958 and is used regularly in this arena. It can help patients overcome chronic pain, create anesthesia, and heal psychogenic illnesses, just to name a few. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis have been shown to be very effective in reducing stress and stress-related illnesses. Hypnosis can also help mothers give birth to their children with little or no pain.

7th Path Self-hypnosis is a wonderful mind-body-spirit approach to self-hypnosis and can be a wonderful part of a good personal growth or self-help program. See 7th path section.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is totally safe. It is very similar to experiencing a daydream. Another example of naturally occurring hypnosis is when you lay down to go to sleep at night. It is that state when you are not totally asleep, but not fully awake – it is that in between state. Hypnosis is a very pleasant experience; usually you will feel very relaxed when in hypnosis. It is a time out of your day that is just for you, a time to let go of the other thoughts of the day, and enjoy the wonderful hypnotic relaxation.

Common myths about Hypnosis

You can get stuck in hypnosis. It is impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. You can emerge yourself at any time if you choose to.

The hypnotist or hypnotherapist has control over you. You have total control during the sessions. If a hypnotist ever did suggest something that you did not agree with, for whatever reason, you would simply dismiss the suggestion. If the hypnotist continued to suggest things that you were not comfortable with, you would actually emerge yourself. You have total control during hypnosis. Note: in order for you to succeed with hypnosis, you must be willing for it to work and you must allow the experience to happen.

You will tell your deep, dark secrets. At all levels of the mind (conscious, subconscious, and unconscious), there are protective functions at work for your protection.

Hypnosis is the same as sleep (or it is okay if you fall asleep during hypnosis). Although during hypnosis you will be very relaxed, you are not asleep. Hypnosis and sleep are two totally different states of being. It is not uncommon for clients to occasionally drift off into sleep. But when I notice that, I will bring them back into hypnosis.

I can’t be hypnotized. Not that long ago, it was believed that only about 20% of the population could be hypnotized. But now we know that pretty much everyone can be hypnotized. As long as the client is of normal intelligence, and is willing and able to follow instructions, she/he will do fine. And, the more you do hypnosis, the more easily it will be for you to go into hypnosis (and the deeper you will go).

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the applied use of hypnosis. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, therapy is defined at the treatment of bodily, mental, or behavioral disorders. Therapy can also be defined as anything that is done to move someone toward health and wholeness. Thus, hypnotherapy is nothing more than the use of hypnosis to help a client move toward health and wholeness.
Note: if you want to work on anything that is medically related, I would need to have a doctor’s referral.

Can I be hypnotized?

Of course you can! Anyone of at least normal intelligence, who has the willingness to follow instructions can experience hypnosis and use it to improve his or her life. This includes children and teenagers.

And guess what? You already have been hypnotized, many times. Hypnosis is a normal state of mind that everyone has experienced on several occasions. In fact, hypnosis is such a normal state of mind, often times people don’t even realize when they are hypnotized. Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and lose track of time, or, when you are focusing on a book or television program, and you don’t notice what is going on around you. So, yes, for most people, it’s easy to be hypnotized. All you need to be is WILLING and able to follow the instructions of the hypnotist, and you can make wonderful, positive changes in your life.