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Learning Self-Hypnosis

Hello, , I’m here to offer you a big welcome for joining us to learn about Self-Hypnosis and what it can do to help you in very many of life’s situations.

First of I would like to give you an overview of this course.

Next this is what we hope to cover in this our first posting.

Topics to be covered in this post

What is Hypnosis

What is a Trance

What are ‘Suggestions’

The conscious and subconscious mind

The standard structure of hypnosis sessions.

Questions and answers

There are a number of printed documents available which although not strictly necessary give a deeper understanding of the material by the use of questions and answers.  These will be sent to you by request in the form of emails so do please keep a lookout including you junk and other folders.

Before we get into the detail of Self-Hypnosis, I would like to first define what is Hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

First off note that Clinical Hypnosis is nothing like people who have witnessed a Stage Hypnotist demonstration, think it is.    The stage hypnotist will typically use what is termed a Rapid Induction technique, putting the volunteers in a trance as quickly as possible.  Professional Hypnotherapists including myself believe this to be a very dangerous practice and would never use it without a considerable knowledge of the individual client’s mental condition.  Clearly in a stage performance this, criteria cannot be met.

Concentrating on a swinging object or gazing at a whirly pattern is NOT hypnosis it is ‘Mesmerism’

Mesmerizing can be used to help reach a hypnotic state but it is by no means the only or easiest way to achieve it.

Next let us consider the terms ’Hypnotised’, ‘Hypnotherapy’    what these really mean is that of a method or system as in ‘to be hypnotised’ rather than the state of hypnosis and is referred to as a ‘Trance’    So to be clear a Trance is something achieved through Hypnosis.

OK, well what is a Trance you may be asking.?    A Trance is a state of mind that almost everybody has experienced at some time in their lives and maybe were unaware of it.  To illustrate this just think of what it means to be ‘entranced’ it means you are so captivated by the object or focus of your mind, that you are in a very high state of concentration and excluding all other thoughts.    Remember when you were so involved in something that you did not hear your mother calling you for your tea.  A Trance may last for a long or short period of time, and during a deep trance you may even be unaware of time itself.   It is closely similar to the experience of dreaming while asleep.    However, a Trance is not the same as being asleep, it lays somewhere on the spectrum between awake and asleep.   During clinical hypnosis this is the state we are trying to achieve.    And the reason for this is while you are in a trance your mind and in particular your subconscious mind is open to suggestions. 

Suggestions? What are these suggestions you didn’t mention them before?  It is what We hypnotherapists call the ideas we try to place in the subconscious during hypnotherapy, but they are not and can never be commands or instructions.   The reason is that everybody has free will and can choose whether to accept a suggestion or not even under the deepest of hypnosis.   You cannot be made to do anything you do not wish to do when hypnotised.  You are always fully in control.  When in a trance and under hypnosis you can elect to terminate the session yourself by a very easy method as we shall see soon.   Also, the same is true of entering a hypnotic state you can do this yourself, once you know how.    But for now, we must get some understanding of the mechanism, how you can achieve it and what you can do to put it to good use in your life.

Here I would like to explain what is meant by the term ‘subconscious’ and where this fits into the grand scheme of things.  Because if you intend to use Self-hypnosis you need to understand something of how your mind is organised and functions.    How it is connected to the physical body and the power and authority it has over your everyday bodily functions.

I could explain the numerous experiments that have been undertaken throughout a long history of investigations into the causes and effects of the mind and body actions. But I will refrain here and just provide you with a brief outline of the working and interconnections between the Brain, the mind the conscious and subconscious and the effects as witnessed on the physical body.

Let us get a wide view first, I’m sure you will agree that our bodies could not possibly function without our having a brain?    This very basic fact is true for all the animals on land, sea and in the air.   The next thing we should notice is that we can divide our minds into two distinct parts namely the conscious which we are all fully aware of every minute of every day. It enables us to direct our limbs and thoughts and is the interface to the rest of the world.

Then there is the subconscious part of our minds, this portion is in many ways remarkable since much of its functions continue uninterrupted 24 hours a day every day and night of our lives and unseen.  It interfaces with the physical body in a mirid of ways being the decision maker and trigger of very complex systems including senses, hormones and reflexes. It is capable of storing memories of everything we witness at every minute of every day and never forgets them.  The subconscious defines who we are, our characteristics.

It is also responsible for the full maintenance and operation of many of those body functions we are unaware of such as heart rate, temperatures, control of glands and the hormones produced and when.   In short everything that keeps us alive without our even having to think about it.

In hypnosis we need to get past the conscious in order to address the subconscious and we do this using very simple but nevertheless very effective techniques which have been established over many years by thousands of hypnotherapists.   As mentioned earlier we avoid using tactics that are aggressive or likely to cause harm.  The method is the same whether being hypnotised by a professional or attempting Self-Hypnosis.

For all constructive hypnotic sessions there is a common and recognised structure or format and it is this which will enable you not only to hypnotise yourself but to configure programmes to deal with a very wide range of conditions including but not limited to: Phobias, Anxieties, Stress, Confidence, substance abuse, Smoking, really the list is endless.

Next time we are going to tackle the issues people have with hypnosis, how and why it works and what if anything can prevent someone from being hypnotised.

Please remember to return here often and see what we have to offer in the next issue.

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