What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation where you have focused attention and a heightened sense of awareness. In this powerful state, your intensified concentration and attention will allow your subconscious mind to get to the root of the problem quickly.
Healing a wide range of issues at a much quicker and deeper level than traditional talk therapy, hypnosis is highly effective in treating early trauma, abuse, phobias, addiction, unhealthy relationship patterns, emotional eating, and grief and loss. In fact, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been endorsed and used by the medical community since 1958 to help patients decrease pain, create anesthesia, control epileptic seizures in children, overcome infertility, and manage or eliminate many other medical issues.
When hypnosis techniques are applied to the field of therapy and counseling, it is called hypnotherapy. By accessing the resources within the subconscious mind, clients can learn new, positive ways of thinking and eradicate problematic beliefs and behaviors.
Hypnosis allows the subconscious mind to utilize internal resources to promote natural healing and balance from within. Because of this, hypnosis can be used within the therapy process to help clients access the deeper, more vulnerable parts of themselves. This allows clients to discover the subconscious reasons for their symptoms, behaviors, or habits, which can be extremely empowering!
How Does Hypnosis Work?
What sets us apart from animals is that our minds are very analytical, we can problem-solve, and we can store information in the mind until it’s needed for later. When humans are exposed to new information, our highly developed minds automatically compare the new information with the old information stored in the subconscious mind. This comparing mechanism is called “the critical factor”, and the improved awareness and concentration during hypnosis allow us to bypass this analytical part of the mind.
Although this comparing mechanism is actually a protective part of the mind, this is why our willpower and “knowing what my issues are” are not always enough to make lasting changes. During the heightened relaxation that occurs during hypnosis, that overly critical part of our mind is at rest and we are able to accept new and healthy suggestions, while releasing what is no longer benefiting us. This powerful change in the subconscious mind immediately allows us to update old patterns and problematic habits with newer, more positive beliefs and behaviors.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
Hypnosis is a perfectly safe and normal state of mind that we actually go into all the time, so it will feel natural to you. You often enter a hypnotic state when you are daydreaming, watching a good movie, reading a book, or falling asleep at night. During these activities you remain consciously aware and in complete control, just like when a hypnotherapist guides you into hypnosis during a session.
Have you ever been driving and you realized you missed your turn or your exit on the freeway? Perhaps you were completely focusing your attention on something else; this is another perfect example of naturally entering a state of hypnosis. This is called highway hypnosis!
During the hypnosis process, you will hear what the hypnotherapist says, and you will be awake, alert, and remember everything that has occurred. People are usually pleasantly surprised and deeply touched by what they uncover in themselves during hypnosis, which is why this deeper level of work can be truly transformational.
Will I Be Asleep When I Am In Hypnosis?
No, hypnosis is not the same as sleep, even though it may look like someone is asleep when they are in a deep level of hypnosis. During hypnosis we may have slowed breathing and muscle relaxation, and many clients even report after a hypnosis session that they can think clearer and they feel more relaxed or calm.
Sometimes a hypnotherapist may use the word sleep, but “sleep” just means go deeply relaxed quickly. It’s actually really important that you don’t go to sleep, as you need to be alert and attentive so you can follow instructions; your hypnotherapist will gently guide you into a heightened state of awareness and focus.
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?
Absolutely. As long as you are of normal intelligence and are willing and able to follow simple instructions, you will go into hypnosis easily so we can incite all the changes you are wanting. As we’ve discussed, you are actually in and out of hypnosis every day without even realizing it, so it will feel very natural and relaxing for you. It used to be thought that only a small percentage of people could be hypnotized, but it’s been discovered that the low rate of success was due to poor skill and technique of the hypnotist.
What Is Self-Hypnosis?
If you have ever experienced hypnosis, you know how powerful it can be in making changes in problematic habits and behaviors. 7th Path Self-Hypnosis is a revolutionary practice of mind, body, and spirit that utilizes the transformative powers of hypnosis right in the comfort of your home and when it’s convenient for you. It has all the benefits of regular hypnosis, but may offer you a chance at some deeper work that you can complete in the privacy of your own mind.
When 7th Path is added in addition to regular hypnosis sessions, clients report even more dramatic changes in self-esteem, self-confidence, improved relationships, development of positive habits, increased work performance, better sleep, more balanced moods, and reduction in stress. Of course, 7th Path can do all these things on it’s own, but the effect is much more pronounced when it’s combined with the in-person hypnosis sessions.
This one of a kind version of self-hypnosis was developed by Cal Banyan, the authority on hypnosis, and the “go-to” resource for many hypnosis professionals. I had the pleasure of training with him for both my hypnosis training and self-hypnosis training. He is amazing and a true inspiration!!
Through many years of Cal’s own study and practice of various spiritual approaches, coupled with his knowledge of how the mind works, he created a self-hypnosis program that is simple to implement and is based on each client’s own belief system. Because of this, it becomes unique and meaningful to you and it can evolve as you evolve. Even if your spiritual beliefs change, your self-hypnosis practice can grow and change with you. This results in the most revolutionary form of self-hypnosis experience available today.
It is actually taught while in a state of self-hypnosis, and you will be given all the information you need to take your practice home with you so you can be successful on your own. You will learn to re-program yourself for success by eliminating limiting beliefs, erroneous programming, and emotional baggage from the past.
If you are doing hypnosis with me in our sessions together, learning the 7th Path self-hypnosis concurrently can intensify your results to a whole other level. It is one of the most beneficial things you can be doing in between hypnosis sessions or even regular therapy sessions to see the most promising and long-lasting results. If you are interested in changing your life through hypnosis, I would love to hear from you so we can get started!!