The Truth About Hypnosis
Hypnosis, contrary to popular opinion, is not a sleep state nor is it even sleep-like. In fact it is completely the opposite. Hypnosis is an inner state of intense focus. While the body remains relaxed the mind becomes very concentrated and highly alert.
This concentration is usually focused in one area to the exclusion of all others. If you have never experienced a deliberately induced hypnotic trance then the best way to understand how it works is to think of the trance states that you enter into throughout any normal day!
Yes, it's true! You actually experience different trance states, that are similar to induced hypnotic trance, everyday! When you become involved in watching television, reading a book or just get lost in your thoughts. During these times, when you are focused on what you are doing to the exclusion of everything else, you are in a trance state.
It is not that you are unaware of what is going on around you, when you are in these states, it is just that your consciousness is very concentrated on the task at hand. You are highly susceptible to influence during these trance states. This means that you are more likely to accept what you are being told as being true and are more likely to agree with anything that is asked of you!
This is why marketing companies spend so much money on television advertising and why it is so effective!
The only difference between natural trance states and an induced hypnotic state is that during hypnosis you choose to enter the state and it is usually for a specific purpose.
Hypnosis has been used for centuries and a lot of scientific research has been conducted into its use.
Although the exact nature of trance is not fully understood and exactly how hypnosis works is not understood either it is so powerful a tool that it has been embraced by conventional science and medicine.
In fact the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals and as far back as 1958 The British Medical Association were using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool and for pain relief and now offer it free on their National Health.
Hypnotherapy, or the use of hypnosis for non-entertainment purpose, focuses on creating internal changes in an individual. By changing how you think and feel about situations, other people and yourself, it is possible to remove phobias, fears, unwanted emotional connections to past experiences, reduce stress and to instil confidence and high self-esteem in anyone through hypnosis.
As a tool for behavioural change hypnosis is one of the best, most effective and fastest working. By changing how you respond to situations, people and yourself and also how you act it is possible to completely change your life through the use of hypnosis.
For this reason many people embark on hypnosis training courses in order to change their lives and gain the skills needed to help others change theirs.
There is also the art of covert hypnosis were hypnotic techniques are used to influence others without their knowledge. Many of these techniques are frowned upon by hypnotists but they are highly effective.
Should you decide to try hypnosis, or self hypnosis (which is merely a term used to describe the hypnotizing of yourself or using a recording to enter trance) you should ensure you research the topic properly or use a recommended resource from a trust worthy source.