Welcome to Hypnotically Speaking. In this column, I will share information about hypnosis and the powerful ways you can influence your life. Can you imagine changing negative emotional states into positive ones? What about the feeling of making – or breaking – habits faster than you thought possible? Just the process of imagination can get you started as you learn about hypnosis.
If you’ve never experienced hypnosis before, you may be curious about what exactly hypnosis is. Many might look at it as it is depicted on TV and conjure up images of mysterious, magical control by some outside figure. The popular depiction of hypnosis can certainly be deceiving. Here’s the truth: the only person in control is you. That’s right; you are always in control because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. It’s always up to you to find your success with hypnosis.
What, then, is hypnosis? The truth is you experience hypnosis every day. Hypnosis is a very focused state of awareness.
Imagine you walk into a movie theater, take a seat, and focus on the screen. You watch in anticipation for the movie to start. As the movie begins, you are drawn into the story, and before long are part of the experience. You notice yourself beginning to experience the movie through all your senses, because the subconscious believes what you see. While we know the movie isn’t real, it seems so real we easily become a part of it, at least for the time being. The same is true for watching TV, reading a book, or playing a game on the computer.
Or perhaps you’ve had this experience: have you ever been on vacation, lying on a beach in your own little world, yet you can still hear sounds around you, and if someone calls for help, you are able to respond? Or perhaps you’re driving to a familiar destination and when you arrive, you wonder how you got there. Your conscious mind had drifted off and your subconscious mind took over, enabling you to get to your destination safely.
These are all examples of how easily we experience states of hypnosis during the day. Hypnosis is, rightly conceived, a natural state of being. It is a state of focused awareness that bypasses the critical factor of the mind.
We go in and out of trance all the time. In fact, when people come to see me in states of what I call dis-ease, anxiety, stress, fears and phobias they are already in trance. My job is to help them move into a better trance. In order for you to have success with hypnosis, your most powerful tool will be the desire to change. Hypnosis will support your decision to change.
Over the next couple of weeks, take notice of some of the hypnotic trances you go into during your day. You may begin to notice that some are voluntary, and others are may happen quite accidentally. Learning to be aware of some of the trances we enter, and when, can be the first step into the broader world of hypnosis.