When it comes to creating positive change in our life, what we believe is possible for us has a huge impact on how successful we are in creating the results we crave. Our beliefs about our selves and the world around us shape the way we perceive and experience our situations.
Hypnotherapy has been a useful and effective tool helping people create success in the areas of personal development, habit-cessation, athletic, artistic and scholastic performance, and health & wellness. Hypnotherapy works by allowing a person to relax while they use the unlimited power of their imagination and their concentration to imagine, think about or picture a situation or belief in their minds in a more positive and beneficial way. This allows the subconscious mind to experience the positive changes before they actually occur. There is less resistance to change when we are more familiar with the benefits that come with the change and have an opportunity to “try it on first”.
Hypnosis can also support transformation of limiting or sabotaging beliefs. This can create freedom from unconscious, habitual, negative thinking in a safe and profound way. Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility and when used in a therapeutic way, positive suggestions can become embedded in the subconscious mind to create positive belief systems that promote positive change on the level of behavior.
Common myths about hypnosis are that the person who is being hypnotized will be out of control and that the hypnotist can “program” the client without the client’s consent. In truth, the hypnotist is only a guide – the client is always in control and aware of what’s happening, even when in trance.
Another myth about hypnosis is that it acts like a “truth serum” and that the client will disclose secrets. Again, the client is always in control and will never do or say anything against their will when in a hypnotic state.
There is also a myth that only some people can be hypnotized. While it’s valid that some people are more suggestible than others, anyone of normal intelligence who can concentrate, use their imagination and follow simple instructions can experience a state of hypnosis.
The third myth is that a strong-minded person cannot be hypnotized and that only “weak-minded” people can be hypnotized. Actually, a strong-minded person is an excellent hypnosis subject because hypnosis requires you to use your mind in powerful ways.
The scariest myth is that a person can go into hypnosis and fail to emerge from trance – that they will actually get “stuck” in hypnosis. This is impossible. A person can relax so deeply that they fall asleep and will wake up as from a nap, but will never get stuck in hypnosis.