Hypnosis is a natural state that most people enter into many times in the course of a typical day. When we daydream, we have entered into a state of hypnosis. When we mindlessly perform functions that are so routine that we don’t even think about what we are doing, and often times were unaware that we even actually did it, we have entered into a state of hypnosis. (Sometimes referred to as “highway hypnosis” in the case of traveling between two places that is done so routinely that we lose conscious awareness of the second to second effort and actions that got us from point A to point B!) Hypnotherapy is nothing more than deliberately altering one’s typical active brainwaves for the purposes of quieting and bypassing the conscious mind for the purpose of accessing the expansive subconscious and unconscious realms. Such bypass allows one to reach the deepest levels of relaxation while focusing on some desired outcome. A trained hypnotherapist uses guided imagery and offers carefully crafted post-hypnotic suggestions that entrain a change in the manner in which the recipient processes thoughts and behaves to more healthy and functional ways. We’ve all heard the credos “see it to be it!” and “change your thinking, change your world!”! Hypnotherapy can be used for many purposes, including quieting and focusing the mind, attracting more productive, desired circumstances and ways of being, anxiety reduction, pain mitigation, deeper self-awareness and self-atonement, exploring personal insights and rational emotive modification, (identifying and altering triggers and habitual patterns of behavior), and accessing one’s own intuition, as well as a myriad of other beneficial changes!
*Note: Contrary to what “stage hypnotism” might suggest, you will never do anything while in a hypnotic state that you would not otherwise do. Hypnosis can not make you break any laws, bark like a dog, put you under someone else’s control, or do anything inconsistent with your moral beliefs and standard code of conduct! It just does not work that way thankfully.