What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a natural state of focus and relaxation in which we are capable of accessing more of our mental abilities.
Contrary to popular myths and legends, and to the dramatization often portrayed by the movie industry, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness in which we lose our self-control or enter an eerie trance similar to a sleep-walking state. On the contrary, we are more aware of our surroundings and in better control of our decisions while under hypnosis than we are in our regular conscious state.
A person undergoing hypnosis is acutely conscious, fully aware of everything taking place around them and in complete control of every one of their words and actions, including their physical, mental and emotional states. Rather than losing control, when we are in a state of hypnosis, we gain control over pieces of our lives, actions and behaviors we did not have control over before.
Most of us go through life using at best a mere 3 to 5% of our mental capabilities. Hypnosis is one of the most powerful techniques available to gain immediate access to more of the potential of our mind. Being able to access more of the potential of our mind enables us to create instantaneous and lasting changes in ourselves, in our lives and, ultimately, to alter the direction of our paths.
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Everyone Can be Hypnotized
Everyone is capable of being hypnotized, as long as they have the desire to be, and the mental ability to focus and follow simple instructions.
Staying Stuck in Hypnosis
No one can stay stuck in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state of being, which we go in and out of often during the course of the day, for instance when we are engrossed in a movie, a lecture or a book, or when we are driving and our mind drifts off while remaining fully focused on our destination. If a person were to be placed in a state of hypnosis and the hypnotherapist would suddenly leave the room, the person might simply open their eyes or, if they are tired and feel comfortable with their surroundings, they might fall asleep for a moment, as naturally as they would at night, and wake up on their own.
© GMB ~ Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Genvièv Martin-Bernard is a Forensic and Clinical Hypnotherapist who consults locally, nationally and internationally. A published author, she serves as Vice-President of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association and is a professional member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.