What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work?
Have you ever zoned out while driving a vehicle? Your mind was free to wander while your subconscious took over the task of driving. This is called “highway hypnosis” and it is very common. We can easily go into this state of consciousness when we fall asleep, when we wake up, and when we daydream.
Hypnotism is a very natural state that we already access several times a day. It is simply a state of consciousness in which the mind is more suggestible. Hypnotic suggestions from an experienced professional can lead you into this natural, familiar state to facilitate positive change, manage pain, or to simply relax.
Benefits of Hypnosis Include:
- Increased motivation and confidence
- Improved communication skills
- Better decision making abilities
- Increase in focus and concentration
- Deeper understanding of personal issues
- Altered states of consciousness
Hypnosis Can Be Life-Changing
The following information describes issues that I specialize in, but we can work together on a wide range of other topics. During your session, I may teach you practical skills that can help you outside of my virtual office including self-hypnosis, meditation, and EFT (emotional freedom technique).
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis feels like you are more relaxed and focused. It is a state of concentration and relaxation that allows someone to focus on a particular thought or idea. People who are hypnotized feel like they are in control the whole time.
Many people report feeling very relaxed and calm when hypnotized. You never lose consciousness when in a state of hypnosis. It’s similar but not quite as deep and dreamlike as sleep. You can still think clearly while floating on this sensation!
Yes, distance hypnotism is effective. It’s a form of hypnosis that doesn’t need the person to be in the same physical space as the hypnotist. Instead, the person is hypnotized remotely, often through video chat.
Distance hypnosis is an excellent option for people who want to try hypnosis but don’t feel comfortable meeting with a hypnotist in person. It’s also a good option for people who live far away from a hypnotist or who can’t travel due to health reasons. And since distance hypnosis is done remotely, it’s also convenient and affordable.
As a general rule, hypnosis is not against any religion. It can be a handy tool for self-reflection and personal growth, regardless of religious beliefs.
I grew up in the Bible Belt in rural Tennessee, so here’s an added comment for my local concerned friends.
Hypnosis is a natural, mundane, familiar state of consciousness. It does not “open a door” to negative influences.
If that were the case, then you’d have an “open door” as you fall asleep, as you wake up, when you daydream, when you zone out while doing a chore, when you get lost in good music, when you are gazing at an autumn bonfire, when you quietly enjoy the sounds and sights of the ocean waves…I could go on and on!
It is that place of quiet “flow.” You may be surprised to find that a light state of hypnosis feels suspiciously similar to a good worship service at church, a meditative state of prayer, or even the state of consciousness required to exercise spiritual gifts.
No. If you are in a very deep trance, you might feel relaxed and not want to come out of it. But, it is infrequent and only happens when someone is in a deep trance state.
If you feel stuck, relax and allow the hypnotist to guide you back out of trance. Most people will wake up on their own after a few minutes, but if not, the hypnotist can help guide you back to ordinary consciousness.
Hypnotism is a cooperative process between you and the facilitator. It’s like floating on your back in a swimming pool. Most people can float on their backs in the water with some practice.
The biggest hurdle for many people is “letting go.” Even though our minds are overthinking it, it is the same for bringing yourself into a relaxed state of hypnosis. Relaxing and quieting the chatter in your mind is easier than you think. We will test different techniques until we find one that you respond well to!