Q: What is hypnosis and how does it
Hypnosis is a very natural process of
entering a state of deep relaxation. During this state of
relaxation your subconscious (or unconscious mind) becomes more
attentive and receptive to suggestion, and, thus, more open to
Q: How do I know if I can be
Hypnosis is a natural, though
altered, state of mind. Most people experience hypnosis every
day without realizing it, such as when you are driving and pass
your turn-off or watching TV and don't remember what happened.
Everyone goes through these natural, altered states before they
fall asleep, and as they awaken.
Q: Can a hypnotist make me do something I don't
want to do?
All hypnosis is actually "self-hypnosis." When
hypnotized, you remain completely aware and can easily reject
any inappropriate suggestions offered by the hypnotist. It is
you who are in control, not your hypnotist. Your subconscious
mind will only accept suggestions that are in alignment with
your personal and moral values.
Q: Can I get "stuck" in the hypnotic
No, you can't get stuck. At the end of
each session you are brought back to complete awareness by
counting you "out". If for some reason counting did not happen,
you would either come out of the hypnotic state on your own, or
fall asleep due to the relaxing and pleasant feelings youÕve
experienced in hypnosis.
Q: Will I reveal too much when I am
No. Since you are in charge, and
letting yourself be hypnotized, your own mind determines how
much or how little you wish to contribute to a hypnosis
session. You can just as freely answer and not answer questions
in a hypnotic state as you do in a wide-awake one.
Q: What's the difference between the conscious
and subconscious mind?
The subconscious mind
is where we store all our beliefs and values. It holds all of
our memories. It also controls all of our automatic bodily
functions, like breathing, and acts out all images, thoughts
and ideas that have been there for over 21 days.
The conscious mind judges, critiques, and approves or
disapproves of what gets stored in the subconscious mind.
Learning occurs in the conscious mind. It rejects or accepts
ideas and beliefs, analyzes all the ÒdataÓ that is taken in
through the senses, and makes decisions based on the data.
Q: Is hypnosis dangerous?
as with every other modality, hypnosis is safe if used properly
and wisely by a well-trained hypnotist. What most clients
experience at the end of the session is a sense of relaxation
and a feeling of peace and harmony.