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What is Hypnosis

Misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy abound. Many of these fallacies can be traced back to the unfortunate early use of non-ethical demonstrations of hypnosis as a form of entertainment on stage and television. Leaving aside that rather specialised form of hypnosis, the best way to view hypnosis is as a state of intense relaxation and concentration, in which your mind becomes remote and detached from everyday cares and concerns. In this relaxed state the subconscious part of your mind is best able to respond creatively to suggestion and imagery.

It can focus on the things you wish to change and on the ways you can best do that, free from anxiety or analytical thoughts. Hypnosis is a natural state entered on a regular basis when relaxing, daydreaming, watching the television. You are, definitely, not asleep nor are you rendered unconscious. You are in an altered or alternative state of consciousness in which you,allow things to happen, through your subconscious mind rather than trying or forcing them to happen with your conscious mind. So given that hypnosis is a natural state, accessing that state is not difficult.

What is more elusive is the art of utilising that state in a creative and beneficial manner. Whilst in a state of hypnosis you are more likely to accept suggestions given to you and act upon them subconsciously, this is a powerful tool in hypnotherapy. How readily the subconscious mind becomes predisposed to new ideas depends on the skill and integrity of the therapist and the commitment of the client. Posthypnotic suggestions are those that will be carried out by you with your subconscious permission, when you come out of the hypnotic state.

 
 
 
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