Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy & Conversation
When you think "hypnosis", what comes to mind? A stage show? People doing silly things? Mind control?
What about "hypnotherapy"? A low, slow voice chanting "deeeeperrrr" into the ear of someone seated in a reclining chair?
Well, you wouldn't be completely wrong, as Truth is present in all things. However, you are certainly not completely right either! Allow me to explain some things about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and how I use these techniques to help others...
Hypnosis is a natural process of the mind. Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic application of that process.
Hypnosis is happening all the time, and it has been happening since you were born. All of the beliefs you have now — the ones you are conscious of and the ones you don't know about — are the products of the hypnotic process.
In a way, hypnosis is part of the learning process, though we can still make some distinctions between "learning" and "hypnosis". This is because learning does not imply the formation of beliefs. For example, you can learn how to solve a math equation or how to speak another language without changing your beliefs. It's just factual information, which does not require belief to understand and apply. Much of our learning is like this.
Now, going a little "deeeeeeperrrr..." After learning more math or how to speak more of the new language, you may very well form some new beliefs, or change old ones, about yourself. For example, you may come to believe that you are actually a very intelligent and capable person, and that you can learn anything you put your mind to. Notice how this is not directly connected to the content which you were learning. And notice how it is not "factual", but more of a personal conclusion that you have chosen to accept and integrate into yourself. This is hypnosis. It is still an extension of learning, though also a process apart from it.
Even though hypnosis is an integral aspect of our human experience, it mostly happens unconsciously (along with many other behaviors, as humans today are collectively not very aware, though this is changing as our focus becomes more directed toward compassion and the cultivation of our spirits). And, unfortunately, most of the beliefs that we come to (unconsciously) accept as our own are not very healthy nor supportive.
I read the other day that the average American will spend 15 years of his life watching television... FIFTEEN YEARS! Wow... Just think of all the garbage information that enters into your mind while watching that screen. Most of it is the (Bad) News and advertisements. Yuck.
Unless you are very aware while watching television, you are probably in a nonvoluntary trance state, which means that your unconscious mind is very open and receptive to new information, healthy or unhealthy. And you don't need to be a rocket surgeon to see that much of what's playing on television these days is not healthy stuff. Anyway, this article isn't about television. It's about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. So! Moving on.
Hypnotherapy is the conscious, intentional, therapeutic application of the hypnotic process. It is empowering by design because it gives you more control over your mind (in this way it is "mind control" — you controlling your own mind!) It allows you to change beliefs which no longer support your development and create new beliefs that do. And the vast majority of us have beliefs we would do well to change, many of them dating back to our younger years.
The traditional method of hypnotherapy is for the hypnotist to guide you into a relaxed trance state, then deliver therapeutic suggestions, also called positive affirmations, to your unconscious mind, which, while in trance, is more receptive. They are called "suggestions" — as opposed to "commands" — because it is ultimately your choice whether you "let them in" or not. At no point during the hypnotherapeutic process do you have a lack of control. You have more control, because you are more aware of the content of your mind. While in this relaxed trance state, many other methods besides suggestion therapy are possible, such as guided journeys and exploring body sensations. And while this is the traditional approach, it is not the only one, nor necessarily the most effective.
Hypnotherapy can be conversation.
My preferred method is conversational hypnotherapy, which is exactly what it sounds like. We talk, and your beliefs change, if you are open to that happening. Think of it like this:
It's essentially my job to convince you that you are good enough, strong enough, able enough, or whatever-it-may-be enough, for you to do what you want to do.
If I can do that, it's hypnotherapy. Of course, it's not a one-way street. You need to be open to changing your beliefs, and hopefully, that's the reason you want to work with me!
By simply sharing a conversation, full of motivating, supportive, positive energy, you can feel better about yourself, your life, and your ability to create something amazing out of it. Marvelous! That's my goal. I want you to be able to live the life you want to live, creatively, healthfully, constructively, and happily.
Of course, sometimes the traditional approach is the way to go, depending on the person and depending on their situation and goals. A good way to experience that method is to use a hypnosis recording like Hypnosis for Relaxation 1, which, as a member of this newsletter, you can download for free. I'll include a link below.
So that's all I've got for this article. I hope this gives you a better idea about what hypnosis and hypnotherapy actually are. There is so much to say about it that I'll probably write many more articles on the topic...
Thanks for reading. Until next time, farewell.