So what is Hypnosis? Some people think of Hypnosis as some kind of mystical state of mind. Others thing you can get stuck in Hypnosis. And even more think you can make people do your evil bidding. None of these are true. I’m going to dispel some of the myths around Hypnosis and then explain what hypnosis is.
Hypnosis is a relaxed and focused concentration
Is hypnosis dangerous?
No Hypnosis is not dangerous. It is a naturally occurring state of mind. A good example of a Hypnotic experience is when you are driving and you find yourself daydreaming. How many times have you been driving (if you drive) and you seem to go on auto-pilot? Your subsconscious keeps you perfectly safe. Has it ever occurred to you that…
You enter a hypnotic trance multiple times a day. Anytime you are mentally engrossed in some kind of an activity you are in a light hypnotic trance. Some good examples are reading a book, watching a movie, playing a video game, daydreaming, etc. When you are in a hypnotic trance you are so focused on one particular idea that you are mentally detached from everything else.
This doesn’t mean you don’t know whats going on. You can still hear everything, it just doesn’t bother you. Do you think if an life threatening emergency were to happen that you would stay engrossed in a book? Nope…You would do what you needed to get to safety. Same thing with hypnosis. Your subconscious will always keep you safe.
Can hypnosis make me tell secrets?
No hypnosis will not make you tell your secrets. Hypnosis can’t make you do anything against your will. In fact you can actually have content free hypnosis in some cases. For example, if someone has a phobia of snakes, I don’t need to know why they have the fear. I have certain skill sets that allow me to bring upon changes without knowing much of the persons “backstory”.
Can Hypnosis make me do something against my will?
Once again, hypnosis can’t make you do anything. A lot of people get this misconception because of Stage Hypnosis shows. Stage Hypnosis is an illusion of control. Not everyone in the world will be a good candidate for a stage show. Only about 20% of the population go into a hypnotic trance deep enough for a stage show. This is not to say that not everyone can be hypnotized. Everyone can be, just some are better at going deep right away.
If a stage hypnotist were to suggest something that went against someones morals they wouldn’t do it. A good example of this is when I do an impromptu style Hypnosis every friday night in Hanapepe. if you haven’t checked out the Hanapepe Art Crawl you need to! When I’m out there and people ask me this same question I jokingly tell them
“If hypnosis could be used to control people I wouldn’t have a tip jar out here…I could have people sending me $1000 a week. Since I can’t control them thats why I only have a few dollars in the tip jar ”
What if I don’t wake up?
I’m guessing that you have never not woken up from a dream. This is much like the same thing. Hypnosis at times can feel like a dreamy, mentally relaxed feeling. If the hypnotherapist were to simply stop talking you would either a) fall asleep and or b) come out naturally.
Will I forget everything during the session?
Sometimes amnesia of a session occurs naturally. Other times it doesn’t. Have you ever had that feeling where something was on the tip of your tounge, but you just can’t remember it? Possibly the name of a song, a friends name, etc? These are examples of naturally occurring amnesia. Usually what you couldn’t remember will pop back into your mind at a later time. This happens after a hypnosis session sometimes as well. Almost everyone has had the experience of knowing they had a dream when they wake up in the morning, but they just can’t remember.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. There are people who think they can’t be hypnotized. There is a difference between not wanting to be hypnotized and not being able to be hypnotized. Also, the smarter the person is, the easier it is for them to be hypnotized. It has nothing to do with will power. If you can follow simple instructions and want to be hypnotized then you can be hypnotized.
P.S. Have any questions about Hypnosis? Feel free to ask me a question in the comments section below.