Are your bad habits becoming increasingly irksome? Wouldn’t you love to erase the mental blocks that are keeping you from achieving the success you desire? The good news is that you can get on the fast track to becoming the person you want to be by engaging a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis can help you reduce pain, eliminate stress, overcome fears, break your bad habits, and achieve your greatest desires by working to change subconscious patterns of behaviour.
- What is my subconscious?
- Can I do something I don’t want to do when I’m hypnotised?
- Will I tell secrets?
- What if I don’t wake up?
- Will I be able to be hypnotised?
- If I say something to the hypnotherapist will it be kept confidential?
- Will I remember what happened?
- Is what I’ve heard all myth?
- What are the misconceptions about being hypnotised?
- Are there degrees of being hypnotised?
- What is the history of this therapy?
- What is the benefits of going to a hypnotherapist?
- Are there any negatives of hypnotherapy?
What is my subconscious?
Hypnosis works because it allows you to tap into the part of the mind that controls 90% of your beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and actions – your subconscious. Your subconscious is like your autopilot. It runs things without you having to consciously think of every command. Your subconscious directs your habits and other actions based on information it has accumulated and stored throughout your life. It even causes conscious thoughts and physical sensations based on that same data. Since your subconscious mind is your control center, hypnotherapists can save you a lot of time by letting you speak directly to your subconscious. If there are things about you that you’d like to change, the fastest way to go about it is to use a qualified hypnotherapist.
Can I do something I don’t want to do when I am hypnotised?
The short answer to this is no. During the session, you’ll be fully aware and I sometimes tell my clients that if I say anything they don’t like they will be able to ignore it or even simply get up. Often the point of hypnotherapy is to get clients to do something they feel they are incapable or reluctant to do. For instance to take more exercise, and suggestions are given to this effect. However, in this case it is something that they really want to do.
Will I tell secrets?
No. See above. If the hypnotherapist asks you something you don’t want to answer then you don’t need to answer it. As with any therapy, secrets may come out but they will be by you own volition. All sessions are strictly confidential between the client and Dr Pierce.
What if I don’t wake up?
For some reason this seems to be an issue with people who have never been hypnotised. You will wake up. Even if the worst should happen and the hypnotist passes out in the middle of the session, you will wake up because you are not asleep. You are in a hypnotic state and are aware of what is happening.
Will I be able to be hypnotised?
Almost certainly. Some people are able to be hypnotised to a greater degree than others, and practice makes perfect. If you do meditation or relaxation exercises than this helps, but anyone can be hypnotised to some depth eventually.
If I say something to the hypnotherapist will it be kept confidential?
Absolutely. The hypnotherapist is bound by the same protocols as any other therapist and unless there are exceptional circumstances everything said will be kept within the confines of the therapy room.
Will I remember what happened?
Most probably. Occasionally the subconscious mind will blank out some memories that may have been uncovered in order to protect you until you are ready to assimilate the memory, but this is rare. usually you will remember everything.
Is what I’ve heard all myth?
Before we talk about what hypnotherapy is, let’s take a look at what it isn’t. If you’re like most people, what you’ve heard about it is actually based on myths, fantasy, and fiction. Part of the reason for these myths is the way it is portrayed in the movies (“You’re getting sleeeeeeepy.”) and by attention-seeking stage hypnotists (“Run around the stage flapping your wings and clucking like a chicken.”) – ridiculous stuff. Nothing to do with Clinical Hypnotherapy.
What are the misconceptions about being hypnotised?
1. Hypnosis is magic. False. Hypnosis doesn’t use any type of magic or spells. It works naturally with the way your body and your brain already operate.
2. Hypnosis puts you to sleep. False. When you’re hypnotised, you’re fully awake and conscious. Your brain is in a very relaxed state, but, rather than being asleep, you’re actually extremely focused.
3. People can hypnotise you against your will. False. The only way you can be hypnotised is if you want to be hypnotised and actively participate to make it happen by entering into a fully relaxed state.
4. Others can control you when they hypnotise you. False. This is a very common misconception. Although the effect of your limiting beliefs in your conscious mind is minimised, you’re still very much in control.
There are varying degrees of being hypnotised. Becoming engrossed in a good book or movie is a type of natural hypnosis. You tend to tune out everything and become mesmerised by the story.
Extensive testing on people in a hypnotic state has shown us the following:
1. When hypnotised, a person puts out the brain wave frequencies of the most relaxed state before sleep.
2. In this state, the left cerebral cortex, which controls reasoning, deduction, logic, and learned inhibitions, shows very little activity.
3. On the other hand, the right cerebral cortex, which controls imagination and creativity, shows heightened activity and electrical impulses.
These tests corroborate with scientific methods that during a session, we can virtually bypass the limiting beliefs of our conscious mind to relay our desired ideas and behaviors directly to our subconscious. Once our subconscious accepts these new ideas, it can then direct our thoughts and actions to conform to the new data, attitudes, or beliefs.
History of This Therapy.
Hypnosis was “invented” in the late 1700s by Franz Anton Mesmer in his search for a new method to heal his patients of diseases. Although his methods were very different from what we now use today, he was the pioneer in the field of hypnotism.
His methods were known as “mesmerism” from his last name, and became popular – so popular, in fact, that this is where we got the term mesmerise.
In 1843, James Braid, a surgeon, renamed this field of study hypnotism. The word comes from the name of the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos, because of the sleep-like qualities of hypnotism. His research provided a new impetus into the study of hypnotism for healing disease. In the 1920s and 1930s there was another renewed flurry of research. Then, in the 1960s and 1970s a researcher named Milton Erickson brought the field into its own, providing many of the methods that are popular and effective today.
Erickson brought hypnotism into the mainstream, showing us how we can use it to accelerate desired changes and promote our physical and mental well being.
What are the benefits of going to a hypnotherapist?.
Hypnosis can help you overcome fears, pains, stresses and anxieties. It can help you break bad habits and develop good ones. It can reduce the symptoms of disease. Hypnosis can help you eliminate your mental blocks to success and encourage successful actions. In short, it can help catapult you into living the life you desire.
1. Reduce your pain.
Do you have a physical condition that causes you a lot of pain? Are you suffering adverse side effects from your pain medication? You can reduce or eliminate your pain with hypnosis. Some doctors and physical therapists today recommend this over taking drugs for effective pain control.
2. Overcome your fears and anxiety.Perhaps you have a fear of flying or you’re nervous about speaking in public. These types of fears can affect many aspects of your life and career. Many fears can even result in nightmares, but you can free yourself through mental suggestions.
3. Eliminate your bad habits. Eliminate your bad habits. You can lose weight and keep it off, stop smoking, stop biting your fingernails, avoid procrastination, and get rid of all your pesky habits.
4. Sail past yoiur mental blocks to success. Do you find that you’re always coming up just short of success in every endeavor? What’s stopping you from succeeding? It may very well be you! Discover your mental blocks to success and stop them.
5. Get rid of your stress. Has too much stress bogged you down lately? Stress can cause serious health issues. Hypnosis can help your mind deal with stress in positive ways so you feel refreshed, energetic, and healthy again.
6. Conquer your addictions. Do you have an addiction to nicotine, caffeine, sugar, soda, or more serious drugs? Hypnosis is an effective tool in overcoming addictions so you can take back control of your life!
7. Find your lost memories. If you’re unable to remember something of great importance, perhaps a traumatic experience has blocked your access to it, try hypnotherapy. Your subconscious mind is where those memories have been stored, and this can be your key to unlock them.
Are There Any Negatives of Going to a Hypnotherapist?
The biggest problem you may encounter with this therapy is that you have to want the desired change to occur in order to enjoy permanent results. For example, do you really want to quit smoking? If you don’t, then even the best hypnotherapist can’t work to stop your addiction. Sometimes you will have to work on increasing your desire for the change before you engage a hypnotherapist to lock in the change.
Hypnosis is an effective tool that you can use to strengthen your strengths, minimise your weaknesses, improve your health, change your behavior, and help you be the best you can be. It can enable you to find self-fulfillment, peace, and happiness. Embrace it, and live with joy!