Debunking misconceptions around Hypnotherapy

Many people think they are in control of their lives when in fact your unconscious mind  is really the one in control.  It keeps our bodies working automatically every day without us even thinking about it. Your subconscious mind is an loyal servant that works tirelessly day and night to keep you alive and to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your life conditioning, core beliefs about the world and yourself, your emotions, hopes, fears and desires along with our deepest secret selves that we dont want anyone to know. So events that happen around us are a direct cause of what is going on internally for us. You know the quote “You are the creator of your reality” –  Swami Vivekananda . This is true because what has happened to us from the moment we are born builds up an internal program and we live it every day. Is this internal program working for you or not ? If not then change needs to happen and Hypnotherapy can really be beneficial to a person who wants positive change in their lives.

Hypnotherapy is very often misunderstood and feared, it is seen as a form of mind control, something magical and mysterious. To eliminate some of the misunderstandings around Hypnosis I want to highlight a few misconceptions and bring a new awareness to what happens in hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a not a sleep state..

You are not asleep in Hypnosis but very aware of what is going on during the session.  Being under hypnosis is very similar to a dream state. Like the feeling you get just before you are about to fall asleep. Some people drift in and out of this sleep state because you are so relaxed but they are fully aware.

Hypnosis is not a form of mind control

While it may appear that way it is not mind control.  You are always aware of what is happening in a session, your subconscious mind is always in control of your safety and if anything went against your belief system you would not accept that suggestion. You cannot be hypnotised against your will in fact all hypnosis is self hypnosis. While it is true that some people are more suggestible than others hypnosis is a natural pneumonia and it happens to us every day of our lives naturally.  A level of trust needs to be established with your therapist. If you believe that you can be hypnotised, then you will be more responsive to the hypnosis.

There is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling..

Everybody experiences hypnosis differently. Many people say it feels like a very profound state of relaxation. People can experience heaviness, weightlessness, out of body feeling, tingling, time distortion. Its feels like a dream state where the feeling fades when you come back into normal awareness. But in trance memories can be very vivid and real. So working with regression you can go back into the experience and feel the emotions of what you felt.  In this place great resolution and healing can happen.

For myself as a practiced meditator, it can be a short cut to deep connection and stillness of mind and body. But where it differs is that you are using this state to access the unconscious mind to heal trauma, remove limiting beliefs, inputting suggestions for positive change. Changing the old programming with new ways of thinking and being. Where meditation is a state of being nothing to do, nothing to be achieved.

Hypnotherapy is not a new idea…

Hypnosis dates back thousands of years to the Vedas (Revered Sacred Hindu Books ) The practice of Yoga Nidra today stems from this practice and is very similar to the practice of hypnotherapy where you are releasing unconscious debris (Sanskaras) and freeing yourself from limiting beliefs that we have accumulated since we were born. Peeling away the layers to reveal our authentic way of being.

Hypnosis is a natural phenomena

While hypnosis may seem mystical and magical, it is, in fact, a very natural experience. It is a skill we can learn and use throughout our lives for our benefit. An example of this natural state is when our minds wander and zone out, like when watching TV, working or reading. The average person actually experiences hypnosis a couple of times a day.

The mystery around a Hypnotherapy session – what really happens…

It all depends on what you are looking to work on…

Sessions for Non Smoking, weight loss, are 1-3 sessions and use Hypnotic suggestion – Using an induction method and guided relaxation to bring into deep trance where you bypasses the critical thinking mind and go directly to your sub conscious mind. This allows suggestions to be received directly into the subconscious mind. These suggestions if accepted without resistance (maybe because of a limiting belief) work to reinforce positive affirmations and reinforce desired changes you wish to make.

For anxiety, depression for example you would use Analytical hypnotherapy   (Psychotherapy & Psycho Analysis) –  This is around 8-12 sessions. It is a two-way communication is established between you and the hypnotherapist. This technique gets into to the bottom of the problem, where it might have originated. Resolving trauma, removing emotional blocks, limiting beliefs and bringing positive suggestion for a happier life freer life from past experiences. These sessions brings huge self awareness and clarity to the person and they can see first hand where the healing and change need to happen. As part of this process we use Regression techniques. By going back into the forming childhood memories, memories long forgotten and repressed and shedding light on what might be troubling the mind and causing problems in peoples lives in the present.

Future Life Progression – You are guided to visualise the future associated with reaching their goal. Visualisation and goal setting is like planting the seed into rich fertile soil and watching it grow into the plant you want.

Past Life Regression – is a technique for the spiritual seeker who want to go into the realm of past lives to bring resolution, understanding and to access wisdom to enrich their current life experience.

Book a Hypnotherapy Appointment Today

Are you interested in booking a hypnotherapy session with me, or want to find out how hypnotherapy can help you? Call me on 087 6797830.

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