Talking to a friend about my hypnosis experience I have been asked: But what is hypnosis for? Not being able to give a full answer I set up this post with the intention to do so.
In order to answer this question I made up this post of five parts:
- What is hypnosis?
- What happens during hypnotherapy?
- How hypnosis can improve your life
- My personal experience with hypnosis
- Can Everyone Do Hypnosis?
What is Hypnosis
Basically it is a state of mind that is commonly referred to as trance at which your body is in a state of deep relaxation but your mind is fully awake. There are however different levels of trance that can be reached and the deeper you go the easier it is to reprogram your subconscious mind because then our conscious mind does not interfere all the time.
How your mind is setup
The two basic things you have to understand about your mind is that it consists of the conscious and the subconscious mind.
Your consciousness is the component that is in control when you are awake, allowing you to think and analyze. It is the controlling part as long as you are awake
The sub consciousness stores and records all your memories, beliefs and skills but does not think reasonably. It is like a machine or computer that is waiting for input and functions as programmed before. This input is you and your conscious mind giving commands that will be received and put into action.
Now here comes the problem:
Your current commands may contradict formerly saved thoughts that have been taken root long time ago and grown ever since.
These older thoughts form your habits, belief systems and even your personality or the way you react to certain situations.
And as we all know that human tend to be naturally lazy and unwilling to move out of there comfort zone you will subconsciously oppose change of status quo.
This goes along with emotions such as disbelief, discomfort and fear that are intended to keep you within the self-set boundaries of our internal program. See it as an error response of a computer program which is caused by overstepping the capabilities of the underlying code.
But what if your “code” is toxic and keeping you blocked to move forward in life and achieve what you want? There are all sorts of blocks and beliefs that prevent us from unleashing our full potential.
But there is a chance to change this situation:
You got it:
During Hypnosis you rewrite (and upgrade) the program
When you are in trance, your conscious mind is asleep which forces your subconscious mind into obedience and follow whatever message it is that you want it to receive. This is an absolute game changer in all of your efforts to heal, explore and change yourself in countless ways and possibilities. You name it, and you can work on it, there is almost nothing you cannot address during a hypnotherapy.
What Happens During Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos which means sleep but it is not the same at all. In both cases your body is in a relaxed state but during hypnosis you have a higher level of awareness with focused attention and an increased suggestibility.
You basically enter a different state of mind that is totally natural. You have to see the hypnotist as a door opener to your inner self. It is not the hypnotist that has the answers but it is you. All answers and all your potential is already within you. Hypnosis just helps you to uncover and activate it.
Here are the basic parts of any hypnotherapy session although this has not to be in this order but it is what I have been using so far most of the time.
It may take 20 min to 1 hour for one session. The tracks I am listening to are in the range of 30 to 40 minutes which are well invested.
Getting relaxed and your mind into state of hypnosis most often in a relaxing scenario like imagining laying on a beach. This will bring you into a hypnotic state called “Alpha” where you become less aware of your surroundings and more of your thoughts with your subconscious mind becoming 200 times more suggestible. If you do not know what the Alpha state is, you may want to read more about what brainwaves are.
Going into a deeper trance state of “Theta” or even “Delta”. From outside you look like you are asleep but your mind will be completely zoned into the messages you are listening to. This state of trance is what makes hypnosis so powerful because you cannot achieve this state by “convincing yourself throughout your daily life”
Customized Script to your problem
Erase negative beliefs, break destructive patterns, reprogram positive affirmations and thoughts, and so on
Intended to make your conscious mind forget what has been said or at least not remembering the exact details because it is part of the problem. When you let’s say imagine that you already stopped smoking and how good it feels then your subconscious mind will remember this feeling and help you to achieve it. But then your mind could say: “Wait a minute, I still like smoking, where is the lighter?”, and therefore contradict your efforts. Therefore it is better to “forget”, even it will be still stored in your brain.
Being brought out of hypnosis in a gentle process.
Note that you can end the hypnosis at any time by yourself because you are always in control.
How Hypnosis Can Improve Your Life?
Since hypnosis is a treatment that directly affects and reprograms your subconscious mind. You can access the root cause of your problems. These changes you could not achieve with pure will power, this simply does not work.
You can treat literally anything with hypnotherapy like:
- weight loss
- smoking cessation
- treatment of stress
- pain and depressions
Beside treating illnesses or bad habits it can also be used to set up your mind more positively about learning, wealth generation, memory improvement and your psychology and behavior.
Who did hypnosis?
Did you know that it is a common thing among athletes, film stars and other successful people to use hypnosis to improve whatever they need in order to become more successful?
Stop Smoking – Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Aaron Eckhart, Mark Knopfler, Drew Barrymore, Ashton Kutcher, Charlize Theron
Weight Loss – Orlando Bloom
Overcoming Stuttering – Bruce Willis
Overcoming Insecurities – Reese Witherspoon
Almost everything what you can think of being a problem that you have or something that you want to achieve can be overcome or at least improved by hypnosis:
Fears, anxiety, learning, memory, individual abilities, stress, depression, habit disorders, physiology, perception, etc..
My Personal Experience With Hypnosis
I came across hypnosis just recently. My goal was to get a change in my belief systems and belief patterns concerning money and wealth generation. I realized that I was conditioned in a way that made me believe that making money has to be related to hard work.
Conditioned to work hard
And the truth is that I worked very hard for my money all the time since I was 12 years old. I started to distribute newspapers and advertisement every Saturday for six years until the age of 18 when I finished school. Except for a few times (single digit number) I never missed it. And to be honest, the money was bad, but it was money after all. But unfortunately I didn’t save any of it.
I started to work at the age of seventeen at a beer garden after school until past midnight with next day going to school again to finance my first vacation without parents. During military service I always carried the MG because it was too heavy for the other guys and I could endure it better.
After that I worked in a club as dish washer and bar assistant and even cleaning toilets and working 10 to 18 hours over night at the weekend or public holidays. To university I commuted by bike and train for about 1 hour one direction every day for 4 years straight until I had no more lectures.
Summer breaks I spent either in a mine, on the drilling rig or on a four weeks hiking trip (voluntarily to relax from university). For my thesis I fell into kind of a depressive state doubting everything and my work at the company got me nowhere.
I think you get my point, whatever happened to me is no coincidence and it felt always kind of hard and requesting so much willpower and endurance of me that I don’t like to look back and wonder how I could do all of this.
Changing my beliefs about money and hard work
I always wondered how others could get along seemingly easily, not needing to care so much for money and being more relaxed at the same time. And losing my job drove me over the edge. I felt like I had to do something to change my inner beliefs because I was kind of attracting these situations.
I realized that the problem lies within the subconscious mind and that I had to find ways to reprogram it unless I just wanted to work harder and harder. That is when I found Dr. Steve G. Jones and Total Money Magnetism (See also “Is Total Money Magnetism a Scam?”).
Although there is apparently no outward change so far, I feel much different within, which is being more at ease and peace. Further, I am much more creative and have a different perspective of the things happening around me.
I get hunches and ideas every day on how to generate an income and even how to implement them. For now it is too early to pinpoint down hard evidence but I am convinced that I simply need to move on the new path that I took and that it will lead me to new levels of abundance and inner satisfaction.
Why hypnosis works for me
Right now I am more than half through the hypnosis tracks that were part of the package and I feel that many doors have opened where I could see only closed ones before. And seeing what I achieved in the past two months makes me very hopeful for the time to come.
Don’t get me wrong, hypnosis alone will not change anything unless you commit yourself to radical action to change whatever it is you desire.
But it is the reprogramming of your subconscious mind that will tremendously support you in changing your focus, noticing things you never saw before (like the cat down the road) and follow your plans with more determination.
For the future I will definitely consider other hypnosis tracks in other areas of my life like being more self-confident and also in doing presentations and so on.
Can Everyone Do Hypnosis?
About 85% of people can go at least into a light state of trance.
But even those who cannot reach this level may still benefit from it, because it may assist their relaxation and improve their suggestibility to constructive suggestions and comments
Children can do hypnosis as well because they are naturally more imaginative which will help them to naturally and easily benefit from it.
Where to do hypnosis?
You can either go to a certified clinical hypnotherapist in person or download a self-hypnosis track which you can listen with your headphones before going to sleep or after you wake up.
I hope that you enjoyed reading. Please feel free to ask your questions or share your experience with hypnosis.
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