Considering that hypnosis probably dates back to when, for the first time, someone gave another the “evil eye”, it’s surprising how much misinformation there may be and how little it’s utilized.
As long as someone wants to experience a deep sense of relaxation they might be guided into hypnosis and takes less than five minutes to do so.
In fact, a famous hypnotist, Dave Elman, who spent his career teaching hypnosis to medical personnel, always insisted that if his doctors couldn’t hypnotize someone in one minute it was valueless to them. Be assured, you might lead someone into hypnosis in a single minute and you don’t need a pocket watch.
Let me clear away some misconceptions.
People who wist to might be guided into hypnosis and might utilize its value; a person’s suggestibility is not the issue because there is no such thing as being “hypnotized”- all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. As long as the subject wants to participate, absolutely everyone might experience hypnosis. The participant is always aware, in control and simply must be motivated, willing and focused during the process.
Being in hypnosis feels much like having a daydream; a state one goes into in an instant, very peaceful, extremely relaxing, essentially having a private conversation with oneself. Ever drive by your exit on the highway because your mind was wandering? The conscious mind, analyzing and sorting information, is busily absorbed in thought; the subconscious mind, on autopilot, is driving the car, you never are asleep, distracted perhaps but definitely not asleep; a good example of road hypnosis.
The subconscious mind receives and retains all the messages and conflicts gathered from our daily experiences, hypnosis might be a means of easing communication between our conscious and subconscious mind so we might be able to make the desired improvements or the changes we seek.
Hypnosis is best described as an altered state of consciousness where selective thinking enables you to better understand the connections between some of your long term memories and conclusions derived from them, rightfully or wrongfully, and thereby potentially change the way you view yourself and your world. Guided into a specific area of concentration or, in the case of self-hypnosis, guided by trained individuals themselves, one essentially has a managed daydream. Whether engaging in hypnosis for childbirth, to wish to heal faster, want to reduce pain, lose weight, stop smoking, deal with non-organic sexual or other difficulties, self-hypnosis might be a fabulous life skill.*