Learn Hypnosis From the Inside Out
Most people have an idea of what hypnosis looks like from an outside vantage point because they have seen demonstrations of either clinical or stage hypnotism, but what is it like to experience hypnosis? Well, it is not the zombie state you might assume. You can still operate as usual except that you have implicitly agreed to operate in certain boundaries. You can still hear people speaking and moving about. In some cases, the hypnotist will use an eyes open technique and in this case you will be able to see what is around you also. If you take courses on learning hypnosis, you will be hypnotized often.You will find that you can go in and out of the state at will.
The state of hypnosis varies by degrees. And the state is often compared with sleep, but I think that "sleep" often fails to capture the nuances of the state. Think of a day dream...Sometimes it is so intense that it becomes reality. So the state can range in intensity from following a suggestion that your eyelids are heavy to an intense state such as an hallucination, where something appears that is not actually there or something that is there appears to disappear. In between, you may experience a state of anesthesia. This is useful in surgery or dentistry. In the subjective sphere, you will experience something like a day dream that you are willing to prolong and go deeper into its mystery.
Fear Blocks One's Capacity to Learn Hypnosis.
Above, we explored the idea that the common belief about the structure of the hypnotic state is often zombie like. This is rarely the case unless for some reason one wants to achieve a zombie like state. No, hypnosis and the hypnotic state is more like a willful daydream with various intensities possible. To achieve this one must give assent to the process; one must pretend that such and such is so...and then by steps move toward actually making it so. If fear is present. If you do not trust your therapist or you do not trust yourself, then you will have difficulty. For example, one common misconception is that if you go into a hypnotic trance, you may never be able to come out of it. Hypnosis is like a daydream that can turn into a dream...Or, it is like a light sleep...what we call twilight sleep. Recall how you are in this state in the morning as you move out of the sleep mode and into the waking mode. You are aware that you are in an altered state and the same is true of the hypnotic state. So what will happen is this: You will go from a state of twilight sleep ...the hypnotic state...to a state of actual sleep in which you may or may not dream and then when the sleep cycle is complete, you will awaken and feel refreshed. There is no danger.
To learn hypnosis, you must overcome certain urban legends. One more popular one is that a hypnotist is going to lock you into a permanent trance. There are cases, however, where there is a grain of truth about staying in trance for extended periods of time, but this is because the subject is enjoying the state. One way to bring the client out of the trance is to give them the suggestion that if they do not come out of the trance, they will not be able to go back into it. But the idea that some evil hypnotist is going to overcome your ethics and good judgment and in this way lock you into a zombie state is not credible. There is also the urban legend that the therapist is going to bring you out of such a state by throwing a tub of water on you. No certified therapist would sanction such procedures.
Another myth is that being hypnotized will weaken your will and after a while you will be a pawn to anyone giving you suggestions. But realize, you can be fed suggestions ad infinitum, but it does not mean you have to follow them. Being hypnotized is an ASSENT...it is deliberate on your part. In fact, you are doing the hypnotizing; your therapist is just there as a guide. If you do not accept the suggestions, they will have no influence on you. One way of proving this to yourself is to learn self hypnosis. Here you will completely eliminate the therapist.
Self Hypnosis is Useful to Help You Learn Hypnosis
So, how does self hypnosis work? And how must I overcome basic fears of self hypnosis? Such as the fear of getting into the state and not having anyone with me to help me come out of the trance later. There is no need to fear this will happen.First even if you stayed in trance longer than usual, the hypnotic state would turn into natural sleep and then you would awaken. But suppose you are on a tight schedule. How would you know when to wake up? Well, think of a circle. If we use a pencil and start at the top of the circle we move the pencil around the periphery of the circle and imagine that there is signal or a command at every point on the circle, telling us what we are to do next. So we move from one command to another until we come back to our starting point and here we are given the command to wake up. So the answer to the question of how we know when to wake up without a therapist present, is that we already accept a pre-arranged program and we know we are going to move through the program step by step. It is far from random. You carry the power to assent with you.
There are even more bizarre fears one may have about being
hypnotized, such as creating conflicts with their religious beliefs or being
invaded by alien forces, but these fears have no basis in a rational system of
In your search for applications of hypnosis, do not be confused by the variations in the titles of applications. For example, you may find variations in word order or subtitute nouns and noun phrases. Examples are: quit smoking hypnosis and hypnosis to stop smoking, covert oand overt hypnosis, instant hypnosis and progressive relaxation, smoking cessation hypnosis, street and clinical hypnosis. Be aware that though the end product will vary in these examples, the basic process of induction is the same; you are creating altered states of consciousness.