Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion is a trance-like state in which U have heightened focus and concentration. We perform hypnosis with the help of a therapist via verbal repetition and mental imagery. When U R under hypnosis, U tend to feel calm, relaxed and more open to suggestions.
People have been thinking and arguing over hypnosis for more than 200 years, but science has yet to explain how it works. This puzzle is a small piece of a much bigger puzzle: of how UR mind works. It is highly unlikely that scientists will arrive at a definitive explanation of the reason in the foreseeable future. So, it’s a good reason; hypnosis will remain somewhat of a mystery.
Levels Of Consciousness
Every day, we traverse through different levels of consciousness. Some researchers categorise every such trance as forms of self-hypnosis. Milton Erickson, a famous hypnotism expert of the 20th century, contended that people hypnotise themselves daily. However, many psychiatrists focus on the trance state brought about by intentional relaxation and concentrate on exercises. This style of hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between sleep and wakefulness.
Here are a few levels of consciousness
Beta brainwave state is when our mind is active and wide-awake.
Alpha brainwave is when we are relaxing with our eyes closed.
Delta brainwave state is when we enter a much more relaxed state, just like a deep sleep state.
For example, you get into a hypnotic state when you are engrossed reading a book. You are not even aware of your surroundings, and you get jolted if someone taps your shoulder. The same happens when you are watching a movie. The movie has a hypnotic effect on you.
It All Begins In The Mind
Our conscious mind governs our active thinking and decision making and our subconscious mind, is responsible for our daily unconscious behaviour. Did you know that we operate only 8-10% out of our conscious mind; the rest of the activity comes from the subconscious mind?
For instance, we wake up in the morning, brush our teeth and driving our car, while our thoughts are engaged in other activities. Our subconscious mind stores all the experiences that we’ve gone through from our birth. Deep down, our mind also stores the memories of our past lives, which is accessed through past-life regression therapy. When there are separate incidences in life such as; relationship issues, fights, or accidents, the memories of the subconscious get triggered, and the stored emotions surface. RE-ACTION is a replay of the emotions that we’ve experienced before.
How Hypnotherapy Works
People generally consult a hypnotherapist’s when they are not able to deal with certain situations in life. There could be emotional issues such as; depression, anger, fears, phobias, low self-confidence or relationship issues. It can be used for behaviour changes and assist with the healing of diseases such as; cancer, migraines and others.
The hypnotherapist takes them through a light trance-like state where you can access the subconscious mind, done by a hypnotic suggestion. The person does not lose control over themselves and follows the instructions of a hypnotherapist. During the Hypnosis session, its essential for any individual to be aware and active. During the session, the individual is regressed to the source of the issue, which is usually present during childhood, and it is attempted to be resolved through hypnosis. Positive suggestions are instilled, and the client is brought back into a full state of consciousness.
There is a special connection between the mind and body. Most of the diseases are psychosomatic, which insinuates that our beliefs play a significant role in creating our reality. Whatever the reason is affirmative about it becomes true for us. So, if a person believes he can heal irrespective of what’s told to him or her, the body can heal itself. Hypnosis is an ideal method which has the potential to change any negative, self-destructive belief patterns into positive healing beliefs. With guided imagery under hypnosis, you can boost the immune system and help the body heal diseases such as; cancer and other immune system-related health issues, by working on the mind, as the human body responds to what our mind thinks.
Students can also use self-guided hypnosis to improve their performance, focus and concentration. Suppose someone has exam fears or at the time of exams goes blank because of anxiety and fear. In that case, a few sessions of hypnosis can help instil confidence with creative visualisations and positive suggestions. Athletes can use hypnotic suggestions to boost their performance and any individual who wants to improve their skills.
Even though it is a safe and effective technique, it is vital to go to a qualified clinical hypnotherapist if you want to work with deeper issues like relationships, childhood abuse, trauma and more.
Facts About Hypnosis
● When the word hypnosis is mentioned, it is generally confused with stage hypnosis, which is usually done for entertainment. In hypnotherapy, a hypnotherapist uses the assistance of the individual so they can heal.
● In hypnotherapy, the individual does not lose total consciousness and control. If that would be the case, the individual goes deeper into a sleep state, which means the hypnotherapist cannot attempt the therapy.
● You can not hypnotise someone who doesn’t want to be hypnotised. The individual must achieve an altered state of consciousness, which only happens with the willingness of the person. If the person is resistant, the conscious mind will not be able to access the subconscious mind.
Any hypnotherapist can’t make you do or say things that you don’t want to share. As mentioned earlier, the client is completely aware of his or her surroundings and has total control over their emotions. Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective means of contributing to the wellness of an individual, and this can be easily added as a complementary therapy to the list of mainstream treatments.