Hypnosis has got a bit of a reputation for being a powerful mind control thing. TV and films would have us believe that if you would just look into my eyes then I’d have you acting stupid on a stage, with everyone laughing at you, or that I’d be able to persuade you to rob a bank, or do something else that’s illegal.
But the shocking truth about hypnosis is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis – and nobody else can control your mind without you saying so.
Hypnosis is actually communication between the conscious and subconscious mind. It’s a relaxed state of mind that you can put yourself into; or, somebody else can help you to relax deeply, (like a hypnotherapist.)
Hypnotic suggestions are just words chosen carefully so that they appeal to the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis is actually a naturally occurring state of mind, which means that you are already familiar with hypnosis. It’s a bit like those moments when you’re just day dreaming or staring into space. But you cannot be hypnotised if you don’t want to be.
When I was working as a hypnotherapist people would chat to me in the pub sometimes and say,
“Oh, you’re a hypnotherapist! I bet you couldn’t hypnotise me! I bet you couldn’t make ME give up smoking!” And I would say,
“No I couldn’t, not if you don’t want me to. And I can’t put you into hypnosis if you don’t want to go into hypnosis. Because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.”
When you’re in hypnosis:
- You still have control
- You can speak if you want to
- And you can hear what’s going on around you
So the shocking truth about hypnosis is;
You cannot be hypnotised if you don’t want to be.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
But if you don’t know how to hypnotise yourself, or what to do with yourself once you’re there in hypnosis then it’s nice to get a hypnosis download to help you along.
If you want to hear a little sample of me doing a bit of hypnosis then check out this short sample of my hypnosis download Massage for Your Mind. It’s a 20 minute relaxation recording that promotes more mental calmness, confidence and better quality sleep.
And who doesn’t want a bit of that?