It’s that time again. I get a call from a prospective client, or I’m at a party, and someone finds out that I’m a hypnotists. What happens to me, your friendly neighborhood hypnotist? Panic? No. Open up the hypnosis part of brain and start toungue flapping? Yup.
A large part of what goes into a successful session (whether entertaining people at a party or bar, or in a serious consulting room setting), is the client’s understanding of just what is about to happen.
Often people ask me, “will I have to speak Martian or dance like a chicken?” Only if you really want to!
What follows is a part of what I explain to clients, or prosective, party-going chickens about the process of hypnosis. May you enjoy, be informed, and prosper fom the information.
What can hypnosis do for me? Almost anything! Well, almost.
The application of hypnosis can range from remedial (changing a habit, eliminating a phobia or anxiety, mind-body healing), to creating and maintaining excellence and peak performance (study skills, business applications, creative abilities, sports performance, peak states for everyday life).
How does it work?
The process is profoundly simple. Hypnosis works on you by allowing you to go into a relaxed state. This allows the body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and lessen that activity of the sympathetic nervous system. In a nutshell, you shut down the stress hormones and nervous activity, and thereby open up your bodies natural healing powers. This sense of relaxation also lessens the chatter of the analytical or conscious mind.
How will it affect me?
Your mind and body are in a constant state of dialogue. While relaxing the body and quieting the analytical portion of the mind, the unconscious or subconscious mind (the creative mind) is free to open up to suggestions. It is then that you can naturally and easily change an old habit or create a new, empowering state.
How long does it take?
My sessions usually run anywhere from one to two hours in length. Most programs run at a minimum of three sessions, one session a week. The contents of the unconscious mind change quickly with repetition. For further reinforcement, I provide the client with a cassette tape of each session. With it, my clients have the ability to go into trance whenever and wherever the want—to make those changes happen fast!
Will I fall asleep?
No. Some clients may experience partial or full amnesia for portions of the first session. That is perfectly natural. In fact, that is usually a sign of natural aptitude for the process of hypnosis. However, experiencing amnesia is no proof of hypnosis occurring. Most people find that they recall everything during the session. That is also natural, and hypnosis is still effective for them. With time and further sessions, those people also find that they experience partial or total amnesia during the sessions. Hypnosis is really a concentration of attention, not a dulling of consciousness.
Can I be forced to do anything I don’t want to during a session?
No. A client will never do anything against his or her own will. The client will only act on those suggestions that coincide with their personality and wishes.
Is Hypnosis a Magic Wand?
No, but the quickness with which it can instigate changes in personality and beliefs can sometimes seem like it.
What are the helpful side effects?
The human being has a central nervous system (brain and spinal chord), and a peripheral nervous system (limbs and organs). The peripheral nervous system is broken down into the autonomic nervous system which is then divided into sub-systems—the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system is our fight-or-flight mechanism of consciousness. The parasympathetic nervous system controls our sense of relaxation and well being. Our modern world with all of it’s many stress inducing elements keeps our sympathetic nervous system active. Hence, many stress-related illnesses are seen in people today. Utilizing hypnosis or self-hypnosis on a daily basis greatly reduces stress. Harmful hormones such as chortisol are reduced in the system. This results in a greater of sense of well being, health, and even a reduction in fat cell storage.
Is hypnosis a natural state?
Naturally, yes. Psychologists have studied the process of daily, biological rhythms in the human being. We run on circadian rhythms—24 hour daily cycles. We also run on ultradian rhythms. These ultradian rhythms are an activity-to-rest ratio. Usually every 90 to 120 minutes, the human body goes into a rest period. The cycle of rest is when we are most apt to create alpha or theta brainwaves. Basically, we daydream.
Daydreaming is important.
You may have heard that if a person does not dream during sleep, they will go mad. Likewise, daydreaming is an important aspect of our waking life. While you daydream, experiencing the ultradian period of rest, you relax and rest your body and mind for a brief healing period. With me, daydreaming is the natural tool for change and new direction.
Hypnosis is like dreaming consciously to reach your highest dreams.