Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed, calm state that is pleasant and safe. A naturally occurring state, we all enter hypnosis falling off to sleep, and are still in it when we first awaken.
Hypnosis (whether on stage or in clinical practice) is not a form of mind control. While under hypnosis, you retain your will. No one can make you do anything under hypnosis that you do not want to do. You are free to come out of hypnosis at any time.
You can walk, talk, and otherwise move your body, and take action while under hypnosis. Whatever you do during hypnosis is your choice. If you want to come out of the trance for any reason, you are fully able.
In hypnotherapy, the therapist induces hypnosis to gain access to your subconscious, where almost 90% of total mind power resides and positive changes originate. While under hypnosis, your subconscious is directly accessible and immediately suggestible to ideas, images, metaphors, and guided visualizations that nourish your self-esteem, self-image, and self-respect.
Various therapeutic techniques are applied to desensitize your fears, quell your anxiety, and replace feelings of stress and overwhelm with relaxation and calm. You learn to use these techniques yourself in between sessions, and others that stimulate your self-confidence and motivation to take constructive action in behalf of your goals. By repeated listening to the reinforcement audios you receive each session, you also develop the perseverance needed to do what it takes to complete your goals.
During the induction, your eyes close and your focus turns inward as you become extremely relaxed — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Initially you are aware of what the therapist is saying, but after a while your conscious awareness tends to drift off, so that you may not remember some or even all of what is said. When this happens, your conscious mind retreats, allowing access to your subconscious where positive change originates.
While in a hypnotic state, your subconscious hears, remembers, and accepts only positive suggestions and statements presented to it in support of your overall well-being, and the specific goals that we discuss during the Q&A segment prior to the hypnotic induction.
Hypnosis works according to various psychological laws, such as the Law of Repetition, according to which the mind learns from repeated behavior and exposure. Thus, for best results, it is recommended that you listen repeatedly in between sessions to each MP3 audio I create of the hypnotic material presented in session. This further reinforces in your subconscious the positive feelings, emotions, beliefs and other attitudes that bolster confidence in your ability to achieve your goals, while also heightening your desire to do what it takes. Hypnotic techniques to desensitize your fears and develop the courage and trust to rise above them are deployed. You learn to replace negative thoughts and feelings with positive, supportive ones.
By influencing your mindset this way, you become more motivated in your everyday life to break through your resistance and take consistent, constructive actions leading to the realization of your goals. Armed with tools and techniques for overcoming any residual resistance, a new empowered sense of self takes root, develops, and then manifests externally in the desired changes you were seeking.