Try this. Can you shut your eyes and envision your kitchen with pink walls? Can you NOT imagine a purple anteater? (Some experts believe that the subconscious mind can not process the word NOT.) How are you doing so far? Now try to recall a time when you drove to a familiar place, but you weren't really sure how you got there. Have you ever been so engrossed in a favorite activity that time flew by so quickly you could hardly believe the clock on the wall? Driving on autopilot, getting lost in a favorite activity and daydreaming are all perfect examples of being in an altered consciousness, and you may be surprised to realize that you go in and out of hypnosis several times every day. Hypnosis can be defined as a highly focused state of consciousness during which your focus is primarily internal instead of external. You will always be aware of what is going on, always aware of the suggestions that are being offered to you, and at any minute you are fully able to reject a suggestion you don't like, or even to open your eyes, stand up, and leave the session if you are in any way uncomfortable. My clients tell me that the hardest part of the session is getting out of the chair because they are so relaxed.
So let's talk about some of the myths about hypnosis ..... starting with .....
I CANNOT make you quack like a duck!!! At least not unless you want me to.
More common misconceptions are:
The hypnotist can make me do something I don't want to do.
You cannot be made to do anything you would not do in your daily life. You will not reveal any secrets you want kept private, even if you are specifically asked to do so (and an ethical Hypnotherapist would never knowingly ask you to reveal a secret).
I could get stuck in a hypnotic state.
While it may be true that feeling hypnotized is so relaxing and comfortable, you may not wish to return to your waking state, it is simply not possible to get stuck in a hypnotic state. When you let go of your daily stresses, and allow yourself to relax completely, your brain will flood your body with endorphins, and it's a state of mind that feels so good, so comfortable, so relaxed, that an hour can go by and it may seem to you that you were only sitting with me for 10 minutes! Often I have to switch to a louder and more commanding voice to convince a client to leave the comfort of this altered state, but eventually you will decide that it's time to leave your mini vacation and join the "real world" and become alert, just as you may fight getting up when the alarm goes off in the morning. But that said, if ever a Hypnotist walked away leaving you in an altered state for any reason, you would either spontaneously return to your waking state, or you would fall into a relaxing sleep and awake refreshed and fully alert.
Only weak willed people can be hypnotized.
Actually, the opposite is true. The greater your ability to imagine or pretend and the higher your IQ, the better subject you make for hypnotherapy. Any WILLING person can be hypnotized, although some are certainly more suggestible than others.
If I heard every word the hypnotist said, I was not hypnotized.
Although you may have an altered awareness of your surroundings, you will hear every word the Hypnotist says and you will be able to respond verbally or with hand signals.
But more importantly, how can hypnotherapy help me change my life for the better? Here are just a few issues that Hypnotherapy can help with:
Improved Study Skills
Self Esteem / Confidence
More relaxed dental visits
Enhance Sports Performance
Motivation / Procrastination
Call or text 757-514-1415 or use my contact form, to schedule your free phone consultation so that together we can discover how hypnotherapy can help you.