There are many misconceptions and skepticisms associated with the phenomenon of Hypnosis. Quite understandably, since Hypnosis is mostly known from entertainment and horror-movies.
The hypnotic state has been known for centuries and in fact was instrumental during the birth of the science of Psychology in the 17th century, because it was the hypnotic state, which pointed the first Psychologists in the direction of the 2 minds; The Conscious and the Subconscious – the Rider and the Elephant!
The Hypnotic state is a very natural state for us humans and we are all in a light hypnotic state during the day. In fact we prefer to be in this state, where we do not have to really think too hard about problems or things we have to do tomorrow.
Hypnosis is a combination of our ability to focus and lock the outside world out and our ability to not “think” (ie analyze) about what goes on. The latter is what we experience while we sleep and the mind and body can rest. Hence Hypnosis is named after the Greek god for sleep, Hypnos.
It is a very pleasant state and a good example is when you watch television. You are focused on what happens on the screen, yet very relaxed and you are not paying close attention to what else is going on around you. And for most of the content, you do not have to think too much, hence you relax.
Daydreaming, reading a good book, letting your mind drift as you drive are other, common examples of being in a light hypnotic state.
Your conscious mind, The Rider on the Elephant is designed to do the “real thinking and analytical problem solving” and therefore, we want the Rider to get out of the way – or step off the elephant for a break to be able to access your subconscious, the elephant.
During a Hypnotherapy session, I will induce this state in you by talking to your subconscious mind, getting you to relax and feel calm, yet focused on the process.
Your job is just to relax, listen and follow some simple instructions. Your Rider will step off the elephant and we can now talk to your elephant and change the locked ideas. This need only take a few moments and you will be surprised of what your own mind is capable of and how you already hold all the resources necessary to reach your goals.
We keep learning new aspects of Hypnosis and you may want to search Google Scholar, should you want to look into the vast amount of serious research into Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.