The word “Hypnosis” is created from a name of a Greek God Hypno, meaning god of sleep and dreams. The was actually coined by an English physician, James Braid. Hypnosis is defined as a when an individual is in an Alert Trance state. While in that alert trance the client is in a state of expanded awareness similar to meditation in which the client is completely, and acutely aware of everything that is happening in their inner world. They may be greatly unaware of the normal stimuli of the physical environment, like the sound of the traffic outside, or the buzzing of a phone. In this relaxed but alert state, the client may experience very powerful intense memories. These memories emerge from the subconscious mind, including back to infancy, and further. While in this state I have experienced intense emotions with my clients. Within the general hypnosis field you will find different types of techniques used by hypnotist.
Hypnosis is a term that is often mystified, mis-understood, and made to be just so over complicated. It is used to describe a trance like state, however, we go in and out of mild trances every day. These are the times when our minds just seem to wander and daydream. You can say that hypnosis is a very normal, natural state that most of us experience every day. For example of daily hypnosis would be when you are driving your car and you realize that you don’t remember the last three or four streets you just passed or perhaps you drove right by the exit you needed to get off on. Another example would be a person watching television. When another member of the family enters the room and announces that dinner is ready, the person watching the television did not even blink an eye!! People usually say someone is “Zoning Out”.
When a person is hypnotized, they are not asleep or in some eerie trance state. They are in an awake state. The hypnotized individual is aware of everything that is taken place. When you are hypnotized your awareness is at a heightened level of suggestibility as well as focused awareness to what the hypnotist is saying. It is because the heighten state of mind is when you can use hypnosis to make changes to your self beliefs and the patterns of thinking naturally and safely. Even after being brought out of hypnosis, a person will be able to recall anything that took place during the session.
These are examples of a light hypnotic state. In both cases the conscious part of the mind had been distracted, allowing the subconscious part of the mind to take over.
During a regular hypnotic session, an individual will achieve a very deep relaxation but at the same time they are in a very suggestible state for the hypnotist to make changes in their patterns of thinking, in the most safe way for the client to accept it.
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