I think an article by Exploring the Mind at www.exploringthemind.com sums it up best. They wrote an article about a woman who had a tumor removed from her brain and how she recovered so fast that the doctors were surprised.
If you don’t know already, your unconscious mind is pretty much “at the helm” when it comes to creating your experiences and your reality.
Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn puts it best: “Top-down processes override sensory or bottom-up information. People think that sights, sounds, and touch from the outside world constitute reality. But the brain constructs what it perceives based on past experience.” Simply put your reality and the way you experience it is created by your brain and the unconscious. It’s what explains things like the placebo effect.
If the mind is so powerful to be able to act as an anesthetic during major surgeries… help patients heal faster, with less need for drugs… and able to shut down major areas of the brain at will… then the sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your goals.
All it takes is giving yourself the right “programming” and overriding the beliefs that are creating limitation.
Only 8% of people who make New Year Resolutions succeed. One tool that can make it easier for people to keep and succeed with their resolutions is Hypnosis. Many people are using it to eliminate negative beliefs, create positive ones and increase motivation and succeed with their resolutions.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.
It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.” In fact, people experiencing hypnosis are usually aware of everything that is going on. Some examples of the spontaneous hypnotic state are similar to playing or listening to music, reading an enjoyable book or watching television. It is wildly popular with the general public for successful weight loss, quitting smoking and stress reduction.
The reason it’s so tough for people to keep their resolutions is that their subconscious programming sabotages them. Hypnosis can help you to change those negative beliefs to much more positive ones, so that it becomes easier to achieve your goals, whatever they might be.
As more and more studies show that hypnosis helps patients with many common medical problems, interest in hypnotherapy for medical issues is greater than ever before.
The use of hypnosis for medical issues is not exactly new. Back in 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized that hypnosis is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses and a valid medical procedure. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2003 that hypnosis “is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine” and in 2012 that “scientific evidence is mounting that hypnosis can be effective in a variety of medical situations.”
A 2016 study done by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine confirms that hypnosis is indeed a real thing. The study was conducted with functional magnetic resonance imaging, a scanning method that measures blood flow in the brain. It found changes in activity in brain areas of hypnotized persons that are thought to be involved in focused attention, the monitoring and control of the body’s functioning, and the awareness and evaluation of a person’s internal and external environments.
Yet, hypnosis is still underutilized for medical issues. In 2016, Pierre-Yves Rodondi, a doctor at the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, said: "If hypnosis were a medication it would already be in all hospitals, but it is an approach, and thus it must overcome cultural barriers."
adopted from my friend Bruce Bonnet
People answer questions under hypnosis truthfully no more or less than they do when they are not under hypnosis. Hypnosis cannot compel people to do things they don't want to do, and it can't force them to be truthful either. Suggestions given during hypnosis can deliberately or inadvertently affect memories, and for this reason, hypnotically-assisted memory recall is not admissible in court in most countries. There is such a thing as Forensic Hypnosis, however that is used with the permission of court attorneys to help victims more clearly recall events of a crime against them. This practice is highly regulated and an individual must be court certified to practice it.
You cannot be compelled to tell your deep dark secrets either. You are in full control of everything you want to say and will only talk about those things that you think may pertain to the goals you intend to reach.
No…Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you would not already be inclined to do. As an extreme example: If it were suggested to you under hypnosis that you were to go rob a bank and then bring me all the money. Your basic concepts, your morals and values would reject the suggestions. However, if you were already predisposed to robbing banks you might go out and rob one, but you certainly would not bring me all the money you took.
In another example, years ago, I was doing a demonstration to show how powerful the subconscious mind is. I was in a room with several people, some of them were family. I had one of my family members stand up. They were put into a trance state and the suggestion was given that when they opened their eyes everyone in the room would be naked. Upon giving the direction to open their eyes, they began laughing and hiding their face. They asked why some of the people in the room had no clothes on. It was determined that they could only see people naked that were not part of the family. All family members in their eyes had on clothes.
Hypnosis feels different for everyone. Some have described it as a state of deep relaxation, usually deeper than they have ever experienced in the past. Others have stated that they felt no different than normal. In my practice, no clients leave the office without knowing for a fact that they were put in a trance state as I use specific techniques to ensure they know they were hypnotized. Many people describe the sensations as like day dreaming. All of them express deep pleasure and even a feeling of pure bliss.
Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair, laying back, eyes closed, breathing comfortably. You let all thoughts and worries simply melt away as you concentrate only on the sound of my voice. The more you listen to my voice the less you become concerned about anything else as the world seems to melt away. Your muscles relax in your entire body and the more relaxed you become the deeper you go into a relaxed state until your conscious mind simply drifts off and your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions that will bring about the changes you want and that are in your highest good. You hear every word I am saying and you are in control at all times as you relax deeply and give yourself this time to take back control of your life.
I work with many clients using Skype and Hangouts.
People can be anywhere in the country or even from anywhere around the world as long as they have a good internet connection and a webcam connected to Skype or Hangouts - Hypnosis works.
Again, this idea is a Hollywood creation to spark the imagination of its audiences. I saw this in the now cult comedy The Office where one of the characters went to a hypnotist and was hypnotized. While under hypnosis the Hypnotist dies. This scenario plays on the fears and lack of knowledge of the general public. In reality, if for some reason the Hypnotherapist were to leave the room and not come back the client would do one of two things: They would simply come out of trance and leave the room or they would fall asleep for a short time, wake up feeling refreshed and leave the room.
Most people spend a good part of their day in some form of trance and there have been occasions that I have had to count someone up from trance before working with them.
Occasionally you can find a report here or there online about some kids getting "stuck" in hypnosis. Usually this means that the hypnotist isn't skilled enough to bring the people back or the people are choosing to stay in this peaceful state of total relaxation longer then the hypnotist anticipated after trying to bring them up.
In any event, because hypnosis is a natural state, no one stays in trance for long.
I have had a couple of clients over the years delay coming to see me because of this exact fear. They were afraid of losing control. Of what, I never understood, but this is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what's going on as long as you choose to. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep), and likely much more often than that. Studies have shown that the average person goes into a trance state an average of 7 times a day. If at any time you are in a trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can either shake yourself out of it or you can just count to yourself "1 - 2- 3" and open your eyes.
It is no different then being in a strong daydream.
So set your worries aside about losing control and get the help you need to make the changes in your life you want.
Let me guess: you've seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood's movies and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sat down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don't believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog. These people are not faking being under a trance. They are simply complying with suggestions made by the hypnotist.
Hypnosis cannot make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don't want to do. That's why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.
Since beginning my Practice years ago and still today I always get the same questions about Hypnosis, What is Hypnosis? How does it work? and What is it used for? along with another 150 other questions.
I decided that it might be fun to create a blog to answer many of the questions that I get to answer every day so that not only the people I talk to in person but anyone who might want to know around the internet can learn too.
Hypnosis is a very powerful technique that helps people in many aspects of life. It could be mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual. So as this blog progresses, feel free to comment, ask questions and share your input and experiences if you have them. Always remember to be kind, respect each other and be friends. I will write in straight forward, simple language and try to share to the best of my ability. Look, I know we are all busy these days and really just want a quick answer to a simple question. If the answer intrigues you, I encourage you to do deeper research to satisfy any lingering curiosity. Can you say "Okay Google, Tell me more about..." I hope the info is useful to you. If you ever have questions you'd like to ask me directly, feel free to fill out the contact us form or just email me at RonLake@academyforlifeempowerment.com
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So.......What is Hypnosis?
As long as I have been practicing, it still surprises me how many people have either never heard of hypnosis or have heard of it but really don't know what is and how affective it can be to make positive change in their lives.
Many people who do know something about hypnosis, recall a Stage show they attended in High School or College, where the Stage Hypnotist made people do silly things in front of a crowd as in barking like a dog or clucking like a chicken. I don't think any Stage Hypnotists do this anymore but the stigma still exists. Those shows are fun and quite entertaining. Yet I think all too often, they create a fear in the skeptical person about hypnosis' ability to solve real world problems and can alienate a certain part of the population from seeking out the help they could actually get from hypnosis.
So one of the first questions I get from people when they find out what I do and are Oh So Impressed.....lol
Is what is Hypnosis?
And of course I immediately recite the dictionary definition leaving them stunned, amazed and in awe of my knowledge.
Okay...no I don't leave them in awe nor would I ever recite a dictionary definition like this....lol
It is a trance state characterized by deep relaxation, heighten focus on a single subject and a extreme suggestibility. In this mental state it is also easy for the imagination to be more active as well. The word "Hypno" meaning sleep refers only to the sleep -like state the subject is in. At no time is the subject actually asleep. While the subject may be so relaxed they choose not o open their eyes or move their body they are still very much awake and alert the while session.
I often tell those who don't know that the feeling is much like a day dream, where you are aware of everything around you but you are so focused on your thought that everything else seems to move to the background.
Think of the last time you were engrossed in a great book or an exciting movie. Hypnosis is a very natural phenomena. Everyone goes into hypnosis at least twice a day. Once just before you go to sleep and once just before you are fully awake in the morning. Studies have shown that the average person actually goes into some form of hypnosis or trance at least 7-8 a day.
Think back to that movie or book or remember that time you go into you care to go somewhere and suddenly realizing you were there but don't' recall the trip at all. We call that "Highway Hypnosis"