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 in a state of hypnosis than we are in our regular conscious state.
A person in a state of 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 enter the state of hypnosis, we regain 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 small portion of our mental capabilities. Hypnosis is one of the most powerful techniques available to regain 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, our lives, alter our automatic responses, resolve self-sabotaging behaviors and, ultimately, enhance our well being, peace of mind and quality of life.
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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 (such as close your eyes, take a gentle breath in, exhale, imagine walking down a forest path, etc.)
Staying Stuck in Hypnosis
Don Mottin, of Mottin & Johnson Hypnosis, often shares the story of a respected physician who had come to seek his help with hypnosis and stopped him, just as he was about to start the session, with a panicked look on his face:
"Wait! I have one more question!" the physician exclaimed. "Do you know how many people have gotten stuck in the state of hypnosis?" Don smiled at the physician and responded with another set of questions:
"Well, Doctor, you've been a physician in the E.R. for what? Twenty-some years?" The physician nodded. "Let me ask you this," Don continued. "How many people have you seen admitted in the E.R. for a state of permanent hypnosis?" The physician laughed and relaxed.
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 our driving continues to effortlessly guide us toward our destination.
If a person were to be placed in a state of hypnosis and the hypnotherapist would suddenly leave the room, the person would likely simply open their eyes or, if they were tired and felt 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 Board Certified Forensic and Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner who consults locally, nationally and internationally. A published author, she serves as President of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association and is Board Certified and a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists.