What is Hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a relaxed state of being that bypasses the conscious mind, so you tap into the unconscious mind (also used interchangeably, the “subconscious” mind). 

Everyone is capable of hypnotizing themselves. Have you gotten in a car and driven somewhere and you don’t even know how you got? That’s hypnosis. 

Have you been so focussed at doing something that you had completely zoned everything out? That’s also hypnosis. 

Do you sleep? Well, that’s hypnosis.

Believe it or not, you have officially hypnotized yourself without even knowing. Congratulations. 

Do you remember when you were a child, your mind and spirit were carefree and you had that heightened sense of awareness? Like you intuitively know certain things. For example, if someone spoke in a different language, you seemed to intuitively understand the context of it without even knowing that language?

As strange as it may sound, our childlike state was in "hypnosis" and that hypnotic state is actually our most natural state of being. We were actually operating out of our unconscious mind. 

So what happened along the way? 

Basically, our conscious mind (also known as our rational and thinking),  mainly due to expectations and social conditioning from families, friends and society got in the way. It created a barrier between us and our most natural state. 

In other words, most of us have been conditioned out of our most “natural” states, and we exist mostly in our conscious mind, constantly thinking, planning, moving, doing, etc. We rarely have the time, and sometimes environment to allow ourselves to exist in our most “natural” state where we have a sense of relaxation, intuition and heightened awareness. 

Our most “natural” state, also known as the unconscious mind is like a recording device. In the background, it records every memory, conversation, movement and sensation without you being aware of it.  When you are caught most off guard, all of a sudden, feelings and memories may resurfaces and you had no idea where they came from. 

Hence, it is called the “unconscious” mind or state. It is where deep-seated beliefs, values, attitudes and memories reside.

The conscious state is our state of existence during the waking moments of our everyday life. It dictates what you think, plan, reason, rationalize and do. It certainly has its place and purpose. 

However, if we allow ourselves to constantly be consumed with living solely in our rationale conscious state, then the tendency for our natural intuitive, unconscious state will often get blocked. 

To help you into getting into that relaxed state where you can access your unconscious mind, it is important that you allow yourself to be open to the Grief Recovery hypnosis process. 

Can anyone be hypnotized?

If you can follow simple instructions, like close your eyes, relax and breath, you can be facilitated into a very relaxed “dream-like” state, where your all-knowing unconscious mind resides. 

Will I lose control of myself?

No. You have 100% control of the experience and can snap out of it anytime you feel uncomfortable. The hypnotherapist is only the facilitator of the process. 

Many people have reported feeling so relaxed, they often want more.  

Is hypnosis mind control?

If hypnotherapists have that super power, there will be a world domination by hypnotherapists by now and this ancient practice would have been outlawed long ago. The answer is no. 

Why does television make hypnosis look like it's a form of mind control?

Just like those magic acts done by magicians like walking on water, sawing people into halves and disappearing acts on television, some hypnotists have chosen to craft their profession into an entertainment stage show. 

Often, these audiences have been preselected to cluck like a chicken, bark like a dog or spin around in circles on command. They are mainly for entertainment and comedic purposes. 

Unfortunately, perpetuated by entertainment and mass media, these stage show “hypnotists” have given a notorious reputation to hypnosis being a form of mind control. That is completely untrue. 

No one can control your mind or force you to do anything you do not wish. You are 100% in control of your experience. The hypnotherapist is there to facilitate the Grief Recovery Hypnosis process only. 

Why is hypnotherapy not used in the medical community?

Hypnotherapy is an ancient practice that stems as early as 2000 BC in Egypt and India. 

In the 1800s, hypnosis was actually used to put people in a deep sleep (also known as trance) prior to surgical procedures to ease their discomfort. However, right around that time, the medical community was also divided. There were a group of doctors incorporating hypnosis into their practice and another group of doctors who were highly skeptical of the process and had deplored its effectiveness. 

Doctors who incorporated hypnosis into their medical practice were highly shunned by other fellow doctors and were regarded as witchcraft. As a result, those doctors have either stopped practicing hypnosis or had gone underground. Hence, the medical community is as of what it is today. 

The good news is that there have been hundreds of research dedicated to the field of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is finally making a return and gradually being recognized in the modern medical community.  

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