Myth-Conceptions About Hypnosis

Written by Linda-Ann Stewart, Ct.H.


Much of my initial work as a hypnotherapist is to dispel some ofrepparttar myths about hypnosis. Many people, even when they come in to see me, have a lot of misconceptions aboutrepparttar 131393 process. They think I'm going to wave my hand in front of their face, and they'll go into never-never land. Then they think I'm going to take control of their mind, and erase all their problems in one session. Some people want me to do this, and some are afraid of having me in control. Sorepparttar 131394 first thing I do is explain what hypnosis is, what it isn't, what it can and can't do. Periodically, I even hold a free hour long mini-class, open torepparttar 131395 public, to educate about hypnosis.

Some years ago, I was at a party. A man came up and we started talking. What do you do? he asked. I'm a hypnotherapist, I replied. Oh. Well, you can't hypnotize me, he said, as he began scanningrepparttar 131396 party for someone else to talk to. You're absolutely right. I can't hypnotize you. I don't hypnotize anyone. By following my instructions, they actually hypnotize themselves. That got his attention.

That'srepparttar 131397 first thing I tell my clients. All hypnosis is self- hypnosis. If they don't follow my instructions, they won't be hypnotized. And if they try too hard, they won't be hypnotized. It's sort of like falling asleep at night. If you try to will yourself to fall asleep, you'll just wake up even more. Hypnosis is a letting go. Letting go ofrepparttar 131398 details ofrepparttar 131399 day. Letting go ofrepparttar 131400 concerns. Letting your analytical mind let go of its hold on you. Just being inrepparttar 131401 here and now. Some people are afraid of letting go. They think it means that someone else will be in control. I reassure them that they are always in control ofrepparttar 131402 process, and that they only go as deeply as they feel safe doing. Generally, a client will drift into a light staterepparttar 131403 first time. The second time I see them, they go deeper because they realize that I'm not going to do anything weird, like make them cluck like a chicken.

In hypnosis, I'm merely a guide. I can lead a client where they want to go, but only if they want to go there. If they're not dedicated torepparttar 131404 change they want, then I can't help them. I've had smokers come to me and say, I'd really like to want to quit. But I still love smoking cigarettes, even though I know I should quit. Take awayrepparttar 131405 craving. I send them on their way and tell them to come see me when they've decided to quit. Hypnosis is a tool that can help them throughrepparttar 131406 process of quitting, but it can't make them quit. It's not a magic wand. I can help a client move from point A to point B, but they'rerepparttar 131407 one that gets to walkrepparttar 131408 path. Hypnosis can make it infinitely easier. It can make a mountain into a molehill, and make changes happen very quickly. Butrepparttar 131409 person has to really wantrepparttar 131410 change, and be willing to deal with all ofrepparttar 131411 other aspects of that change. For instance, a woman wanting to lose weight decides to reduce her consumption of sweets. After hypnosis, she loses her desire for them, but finds that it was an enjoyable part ofrepparttar 131412 meal with her husband. She gets mad at me because I took away repparttar 131413 enjoyment.

Many people erroneously think that hypnosis is some other dimension of consciousness. It's not. It's a very normal, natural awareness that we're moving in and out of allrepparttar 131414 time. When you're driving downrepparttar 131415 road on autopilot, and your mind drifts off, and all of a sudden you're aware that you've driven past your turnoff. Or when you're atrepparttar 131416 movie theater, and get so involved withrepparttar 131417 action onrepparttar 131418 screen that you're barely aware ofrepparttar 131419 rest ofrepparttar 131420 people inrepparttar 131421 audience. Or if you're an artist or writer, and when you get so focused on a project that time just speeds by, and outside distractions fade away. These are all examples ofrepparttar 131422 state of mind that we call hypnosis. It's just that I know how to help a person reach that level of consciousness deliberately, and know what to do once we get there.

Hypnosis is really just being able to focus on one idea. Back inrepparttar 131423 mid 1800's, Dr. James Braid coinedrepparttar 131424 term hypnosis after Hypnos,repparttar 131425 Greek god of sleep. But after more experience with it, he realized thatrepparttar 131426 word hypnosis was inaccurate. Dr. Braid then tried to rename it to mono-ideaism, for one idea. But it was too late. Hypnosis had already caught on, andrepparttar 131427 other really is a mouthful to say.

So many people think that hypnosis is magic. Strange things happen with hypnosis. If a subject is told that an ice cube is a hot coal, a blister appears. A person is told that they're stiff as a board, and their head is placed on one chair, and their feet on another. Then several people stand onrepparttar 131428 person's stomach, and he doesn't collapse. These things look like magic. They aren't. All that happens in hypnosis is that we access abilities we naturally have, but that we don't seem to be able to connect with while in our normal analytical state. For instance, a stage hypnotist may ask a shy woman to perform by singing "Overrepparttar 131429 Rainbow." Generally, she'd shrink into a corner. However, because her self-imposed inhibitions have been circumvented, she belts outrepparttar 131430 song. The critical part of us that says, "I can't do that" moves onto a shelf inrepparttar 131431 corner, and letsrepparttar 131432 power within us come out to play. Hypnosis simply frees us from self-imposed limitations. Hypnosis is a process of allowingrepparttar 131433 subconscious to be more in control than our conscious mind. Our subconscious isrepparttar 131434 storehouse of all our thoughts, actions, beliefs, attitudes, memories, decisions. In other words everything. It's been programmed like a computer. We've been conditioned with our beliefs that "I can't." Our conscious mind isrepparttar 131435 logical part of us. It sifts and analyzes information, draws a conclusion on that information, and then passesrepparttar 131436 conclusion torepparttar 131437 subconscious mind. The subconscious then processesrepparttar 131438 information, comparing it with allrepparttar 131439 other information it has. Thenrepparttar 131440 subconscious takesrepparttar 131441 strongest, most powerful idea, and acts on that. For instance, two smokers want to quit. The first one decides "That's enough. I don't want to do this anymore. I have a lot of reasons to quit. No matter how difficult it becomes, I'm done smoking." He's made a final decision to quit, and knows that nothing is going to talk him out of it. He throws out his cigarettes and that's that. He has very little trouble. We've all heard of people doing this. The second smoker wants to quit, but thinks "I want to quit, but I really like to smoke. And it's going to be so difficult. I don't know if I can do it." He puts his cigarettes in a drawer. As soon asrepparttar 131442 craving hits, he's digging them out.

The Ducks - Did They Forget?

Written by Monique Rider


In Michigan we were having an unusual warm spell. For about six weeks, since November, it had been inrepparttar 40's, 50's, and evenrepparttar 131392 60,s - with rain, not snow. That was quite unusual and we were all expecting to get blasted with a blizzard any day. But until then, people were still mowing their grass, doing yard work, and taking walks without coats on it was great. Especially for me, because I really detest Michigan winters. I love nature andrepparttar 131393 outdoors, but inrepparttar 131394 winter I become a recluse. I also become very afraid to drive onrepparttar 131395 ice, slush, and snow packed roads. So, I was totally thankful for our weather situation. Especially knowing that we would be in Utah in two weeks and they already had over a foot of snow inrepparttar 131396 mountains. We live acrossrepparttar 131397 street from beautiful Lake Bella Vista. From our second floor master bedroom we have a gorgeous view and can see allrepparttar 131398 way torepparttar 131399 other side ofrepparttar 131400 lake. It was one of those 50 degree days andrepparttar 131401 water was so blue you'd think it was still summer. The sun was out and shinning down onrepparttar 131402 water, making it sparkle. A slight breeze was causing small ripples inrepparttar 131403 lake and it really felt peaceful. However,repparttar 131404 entire sight was really weird for December! It kind of seemed like a movie where someone spliced inrepparttar 131405 wrong scene. My mind was telling me it was December but my eyes were seeing something from, maybe, July! I stood there (in a bit of confusion) watchingrepparttar 131406 scene, trying to get either my mind to agree with my eyes; or my eyes to agree with my mind. Then I noticed a whole flock of ducks swimming so pleasantly, as ducks do. Not looking at all in a hurry, just relaxing and swimming rather close to shore. Meandering in circles, floating around like there's nothing better to do. Just soaking inrepparttar 131407 sun, breeze, warmth..........

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