Last updated: 15 December 2015
What is hypnosis?
While hypnosis is not a word we hear every day, it is a word that many people seem to have a preconceived definition for, most commonly, that hypnosis is an altered state of mind that brings the subject to a trance like state.
What is less well known is that this subject is also open to suggestions that can change their lives for the better.
However hypnosis entails more than just the trance like state you see depicted in many movies and television shows. It is a deep and complicated relationship held between hypnotist and subject that begins with a desired set of goals, a purpose to the interaction.
Hypnosis is an altered state of mind. When a subject is under hypnosis they are much more responsive and as they experience their inner world, the subject’s thoughts and ideas become more vivid and actionable through the art of suggestion and hypnotic language.
The responsiveness in a hypnotic trance is much more sensitive than that of a normal state of being. Thoughts and suggestions presented by you, the hypnotist, will become part of your subject’s inner world creating a pallet for you to work with and mold into the desired outcome.
This is important to remember, because as you sharpen your skills as a hypnotist you will always be affecting your subject, everything that becomes a part of your client’s inner world will eventually become a part of their outer world as they put your hypnotic suggestions into action.
Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind, it is not magical or strange and many people spend a large amount of their days in hypnotic trances. As you learn to hypnotize people you will start to notice those around you who are experiencing hypnotic trances in everyday life.
An example of an everyday experience that can often result in a hypnotic trance is driving. Many times we get behind the wheel, and suddenly we are at our destination. We don’t recall the details of how we got there or any of the events that happened along the drive, this is a hypnotic trance.
The rhythms we are used to, such as the feel of the car, can relax us to the point that our subconscious takes over and does the work for use while we, as many like to call it, ‘zone out’. This may sound strange at first but when you really consider all the activities we do every day without thinking, you realize that we have been conditioned all throughout our lives to enter hypnotic trances.
Have you ever watched a movie and later realized that the only thing in your mind and field of vision was the 32 inch screen, obviously you can see the rest of the room, the other people, the cat and dog, but while looking at the screen the focus and subsequent trance that is produced makes it seem as though the only thing that exists in the room is the contents of the screen and the events therein.
Reading a book, we often get lost in the story and never realize what the ‘real world’ is doing around us. As you read you experience changing emotions, happiness, fear, suspense, sadness and tears. This interaction with the words and information being relayed to you alters your state of mind and becomes a hypnotic process in itself. The approach of the hypnotist to achieve a change in their subjects’ mood, ideas and ultimately the way they live their lives is very similar.
This emotional response is unconscious and change for the better is one of the fundamental and guiding themes when learning hypnosis. You have no choice in your emotions, you do not get to choose how you feel about a thing, it is simply a conscious response by your unconscious mind as a reaction to the suggestions you are presenting to yourself.
Hypnosis can and usually will result from any repetitive task you enjoy engaging in. Runners experience runners high, an altered state of mind. While their body exercises, they feel healthy and alive; it is a trance-like experience. Entering this altered state of mind is a form of self hypnotherapy which is a very powerful place to be in, and a powerful thing to be able to accomplish for yourself.