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That is (ad) the premise of hypnosis, to draw out that which is within you.
Your own capabilities and strengths are innate, yet sometimes there are obstacles to achieving your highest potential.
Hypnosis is not what the movies have made it out to be. In reality, hypnosis is the act of achieving an induced state known as Alpha.
Everyone enters a hypnotic state every day, several times per day. It’s that state you are in when you are watching TV, reading a good book, playing video games, and yes, sometimes even when driving.
The lightest state of hypnosis (Alpha) is achieved easily.
Alpha is the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. You are not fully conscious, but you are not fully unconscious either.
In this state you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake (Beta).
Many people, when they hear about hypnosis, say, “Well, I can’t be hypnotized”.
These people have been misinformed, mostly by television shows, about what hypnosis is and is not.
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Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it.
Hypnosis is not unlike the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. It’s not that you are oblivious to everything, it’s just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. Your focus is the road.
While driving in that Alpha state, if something were to happen which required your attention, such as a car trying to pass you, your body and mind would be able to properly respond. Also, you would be able at any time you chose, to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past.
Another example of hypnosis is playing video games.
Some people can play video games for hours in one sitting. If someone were to talk to you while you were in a video game session, you would be able to respond.
A third good example of a hypnotic state is being on the computer.
People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing, yet can intelligently answer the phone when it rings.
So, hypnosis is no different than driving a car, playing video games or working on a computer. Most people engaged in these activities would not think they are in a trance, yet they are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha.
Reading a fascinating article (like this one) is another form of hypnosis…surprise! You’re in hypnosis!
Most people have either driven a car, played a video game, worked on a computer, or read a really good article; therefore, to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state.
In alpha, your mind is slowed down just a little, your focus is narrow, your breathing is slow, and you are relaxed.
It is also the perfect time to impose suggestions that can mean real differences in your life.
You are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of alpha, so anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (i.e. programming someone to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome fear of flying, etc.).
You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of and able to recall every word spoken by the hypnotherapist.
Interestingly, your hearing is “on” 24/7, taking in information and recording it. In hypnosis, this is to your advantage, so even if you fall “asleep” during a session, your brain is still recording all of the information, in your subconscious mind.
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