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Hypnosis bypassing conscious communicating subconscious

What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is the bypassing of the conscious mind and communicating with the subconscious mind.

How the hypnotic process works?

Basic explanation:

The hypnotist will want to meet with you personally to determine what it is that you want to accomplish or change about yourself and to explain all about hypnosis. Your hypnotic abilities will be evaluated to determine how hypnotizable you are. The next step is to schedule you for a hypnosis session or time permitting the hypnotist might go right into the session. The actual session consists of an induction where the hypnotist gets you into the trance state. The hypnotist will then test you to see how deep you are in the trance state. The suggestions that you both created during the interview are spoken back to you while in this state of trance. The hypnotist will often give a post-hypnotic suggestion to the client. These post hypnotic suggestions are later triggered by an event or something that is said that sets in motion the changes that you the client want to happen in your life. Then finally the hypnotist brings you out of the trance feeling refreshed, and wonderful all over. After the hypnosis session you and the hypnotist will discuss what you remember from the session, sort of like a debriefing.

More “involved” explanation:

It starts with a pre-talk or interview between you the client and the hypnotist. You will be asked to fill out a personal history form and questionnaire. From the forms the hypnotist will understand what brought you to them or why you are there. It could be you heard about hypnosis from a friend and you want to lose weight or quit smoking, maybe you have a fear of public speaking, or you are having surgery to remove a tumor and you are stressed over the possible outcome. During this pre-talk both of you will get acquainted and become at ease with one another. Engaging the client is part of the process. The hypnotist might ask you questions like “How will losing weight, quit smoking, less stressed about surgery make you feel?” Gaining information brings about better understanding of who you are. You might want to quit smoking for your kids’ sake more than your own. The practitioner will use this information and his knowledge to phrase suggestions that you will believe and that are acceptable to you. The hypnotist will get you involved in phrasing these suggestions so that they are your ideas. So looking ahead to a time when you might remember a thought that you had, that said, “the hypnotist can not make me do something against my will”.

Now that you have developed these suggestions together with the hypnotist they become palatable and believable. When he presents them back to you while you are in the trance state of hypnosis they become accepted. When this happens a habit, a mind to body pathway of neuro receptors, stored in the subconscious is changed and replaced with a new mind to body pathway. This is how change occurs and old habits are replaced or removed. Sometimes it is a subtle change that occurs over several sessions as in weight loss or it can occur rather rapidly in a few sessions such as stop smoking or removing stress and worry related to the fear associated with surgery. There is always a fear of dying associated with any major surgery plus the fear of the unknown as in the surgery might not work or the cancer has already spread or I might die from the chemotherapy or radiation treatments or whatever. So if hypnosis is used pre-surgery, there are often less complications related to the surgery and the anesthesia because stress, worry, and fear are mitigated. Then after the surgery the healing and the recovery go faster and better. It is a win-win health wise and financially because faster recoveries cost less.

Will: Can the hypnotist make you do something against your will? The answer is, “No”.

What is unique to hypnosis and no other modality is that while in hypnosis the subconscious mind is very open to suggestion. It only accepts suggestions that are congruent with the client’s beliefs. This is why a hypnotist can’t get the normal person to go out and rob a bank or give up their passwords or pin numbers. It is also why to be highly successful at hypnosis and to have a great outcome for the client the hypnotist needs to interview the client. Case in point for a smoker there is a part of them that wants to quit while there is another part that doesn’t want to let go of the stimulus to the brain. This is why for the hypnotist the pre-talk is such an important part of the process because the hypnotist needs to find the right words that will relate to the client.

Client Shift and Hypnosis:

There is a process that you must go through as you become aware of what a hypnotist can help you change and improve in yourself. As you gather more information from books and the Internet, you become more knowledgeable about hypnosis and yourself. Your disbelief tend to soften and go away with understanding of the information and knowledge that just maybe there is something real to this phenomenon of hypnosis.

As you do a pre-talk the hypnotist learns of your goals and the changes that you want to make in your life, and as the two of you work together on your suggestions for change, these words gather acceptance to you. Subconsciously you are building convictions in your suggestions and you become ready to take the “plunge”. Your opinion of hypnosis has started to shift. Your perceptions change during the “trance state” to a commitment to follow the suggestions to reach your goals. Your perception shifts as you accept the whole hypnotic process. This is accomplished at the subconscious level right away. You become more and more committed to changing with each session especially as you see progress. It is somewhat later that you realize and acknowledge the fact that  “hypnosis works”. Like the credits at a movie recognizing that “hypnosis works” tends to come at the end. The evidence-based information is extensive and all one needs to do is read it with an open mind.

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