What is hypnosis?
Today is World Hypnotism Day. A day to create awareness of the power that hypnosis can bring to your life.
So what do you think hypnosis is - and what do I do as a hypnotist?
There are a whole heap of myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis.
Firstly, let's set the record straight.
Quite simply - a highly focused attention which harnesses the power of your imagination. I ask you to imagine something, and you do it to the best of your ability. You don't need a special imagination, just a willingness to concentrate and follow instructions.
We all drift in and out of hypnotic trances several times a day; it's natural to all of us, and therefore we can all be hypnotised to some degree or other. In fact, you're in a 'trance' right now, just reading this!
Hypnosis makes it possible for the unconscious to be given and accept suggestions that will alter unhelpful thoughts, feelings, emotions, behaviour or beliefs - ultimately creating the positive change that you need in your life.
Best of all, it's a really pleasant experience - a bit like a daydream or a guided visualisation.
It's a collaborative experience between the two of us. The power to change lies within your hands at all times, though.
My role is as a guide, to gently lead you into hypnosis and help you establish a line of communication with your unconscious mind - the place where all your deep-seated beliefs and memories reside. This is where the magic happens!
Hypnosis is NOT:
Mind Control - You remain perfectly aware and in control throughout. You may have seen stage hypnotism, where people act out crazy suggestions such as believing they are Elvis. This is because they are there to willingly engage in the spectacle, and have been chosen for their own particular skill at going into hypnosis. I would not be able to hypnotise you against your will.
Hypnosis is NOT a Dark Art, but it is a powerful force for change.
Sleep - You are not asleep in hypnosis. You can bring yourself out of it at any time you choose - a little like when you are daydreaming or meditating. You will not get 'stuck' in hypnosis. Ever.
Relaxation - although this is often a natural by-product of therapeutic hypnosis, it is not needed for you to be hypnotised.
You will not disclose any of your deepest darkest secrets as you are always in control. They are quite safe from me (and to be honest, I don't want to know them!)
So for anybody who would like to experience hypnosis, I hope this sets your mind at ease. Hypnosis has enriched my life - and it can for you, too.