Why Learn Hypnosis?
Have you ever wondered what hypnosis is all about? Have you ever wondered if it could work for you to eliminate unwanted habits such as smoking? Or to help eliminate stress and improve mood? Do you work with clients already to help them with various life issues, and want to add something powerful to your toolbox?
I’m sure you’ve already heard about hypnosis and have some idea what it is. In most cases, the common conceptions about what hypnosis is and what it’s for are largely false and misleading. Because the terms ‘trance’ and ‘hypnotised’ have become synonymous with brainwashing in our culture, many people believe that hypnosis is in fact a form of control by the hypnotist over the client.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Hypnosis is merely utilising a natural state of mind that is accessed multiple times daily, to make changes to behaviour and internal state.
Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is just a certain level of relaxation experienced, based on brain wave activity, which we all naturally access during different activities. Some examples of trance are driving a car, reading a book, doing dishes, painting, listening to music, and of course, experiencing a formal trance induction in a hypnotherapy setting.
When the brain is in a state of trance, it is open to suggestions. This means that in this state, what’s called the Critical Faculty is bypassed and the unconscious mind can be impressed upon to influence behaviour and state.
The state of trance is being accessed everyday by everyone passively anyway during random daily activities. Hypnotherapy is merely the deliberate accessing of this state to create positive changes.
Another misconception is that you lose control or consciousness when in a state of trance. Actually, trance is completely comfortable and subjects can hear everything that’s going on, and maintain complete control the entire time.
What is actually happening, is the hypnotist is guiding the client to access deeper states of trance or relaxation, in order to create deep change at the unconscious level. Because the client is in charge of their mind, thoughts and body, the hypnotist is merely a guide, and is responsible for nothing except providing the opportunity to go into a state of hypnosis. The client (ie: the one listening to the formal trance induction) has the choice to listen and follow the instructions of the hypnotist or not. It’s entirely up to the client to create a state of relaxation in themselves by listening and following the instructions of the hypnotist.
Choosing to listen, and follow the prompts by the hypnotist such as ‘relax all the muscles in your body’ causes a state of hypnosis in the client.
The premise in all hypnosis session, is of course, that the client trusts the hypnotist to be their guide into this relaxing and powerful state of hypnosis.
Why hypnosis is effective in creating change is that it utilises the unconscious mind to create change. Your unconscious mind (that part of your mind that is responsible for everything you’re not consciously aware of – like running the body, keeping you safe, and your emotions and memories), is where all your behavioural patterns are located. If you had to run all your patterns consciously, you wouldn’t be able to do very much in a day other than trying to remember to run your organs and consistently do things such as eating, brushing your teeth, driving, doing dishes, speaking, and so on. All this stuff is left up to the unconscious mind.
You’re conscious mind is only responsible for about 10% of everything going on. This is why trying to change consciously is so difficult, and takes longer. Have you ever tried to will yourself to stop eating something you wanted to stop eating? How much energy did that take up? How much time did you spend thinking about how much you needed to stop eating that one thing? And then what happened when you were distracted, tired or stressed? You went right back to doing that thing you were trying so desperately to stop. This is because 90% of the time, you’re governed by unconscious programs. When your conscious mind gets distracted, which is bound to happen, you’ll go back to the unconscious pattern that you have been running, like eating that food you’re trying to give up.
This is why you need to access the unconscious programming to make lasting change, and the way to do this is through trance.
Our weekend Hypnotherapy Certification Training is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about hypnotherapy for themselves or others. We’ll take you through the history of hypnosis, the mechanics of what’s involved in a typical induction, how a hypnosis sessions are structured, specific techniques and tools for quitting smoking, weight loss, stress reduction, performance enhancement, pain control and self hypnosis.
The most important part of this training is the practical exercises where you’ll get to experience various inductions at the hypnotist and the client so you gain a personal understanding of hypnosis and how powerful it can be.
If you have any doubts as to the efficacy and importance of hypnosis going into the course, I guarantee that they’ll be gone by the end of this 3 day training.
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