What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, normal state of mind in which the body experiences a state of deep physical relaxation while the mind remains clear, alert and focused. In this altered state of awareness, the unconscious mind becomes open to desired suggestions. A person naturally enters this state many times during a normal day – however, most of us have never realized that we were. How many times have you been thinking about something while driving your car and suddenly realized that your exit was 3 miles back? Have you ever gone to the movies and gotten so caught up in the drama of the story that you forgot that you were watching a movie? Perhaps you can remember watching TV when you were tired and your eyes closing, but you weren’t asleep because you could still hear everything happening in the room, but you weren’t really awake either. These are all naturally occurring hypnotic states.
How can I tell when I'm hypnotized?
It depends on the individual. Some people are more aware of changes felt in their bodies than others. It also depends on how deep into the hypnotic state the person has allowed himself to drift. You may experience sensations of feeling very light or floating, very heavy, tingling sensations, or just pleasantly relaxed.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized? - Does it feel good?
It feels great! Most people feel wonderfully relaxed and enjoy the hypnotic state very much. Often people describe their hypnotic experience as the most relaxing experience they’ve ever had.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. Any person of at least average intelligence and ability to focus and concentrate can go into hypnosis. The better one can concentrate and focus and the more intelligent a person is, the easier it is for him to enter hypnotic trance. Above all, the person must be willing. No one can hypnotize you if you don't want to be hypnotized. Your natural defenses in your mind will prevent this from happening.
Will I be asleep or will I know what is going on around me?
You are definitely not asleep, though to an observer, your body appears to be sleeping because you are in a state of deep physical relaxation. Usually you are completely awake and aware of your surroundings. You may hear everything or you may find your conscious attention drifting at times.
How does the hypnotherapist help someone experience hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and the power comes from within the mind of the person being hypnotized. The hypnotherapist is merely the guide who uses his voice and words to gently lead the person into a pleasant hypnotic state.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
No, hypnosis is not dangerous. It is a natural state of mind utilized by the hypnotherapist to help the individual create desired changes in habits or patterns of thought and behavior. Hypnosis works because the hypnotherapist is suggesting what the client wants in a better way than the client can for himself. Therefore the client cannot be made to do anything that is undesired.
Is hypnosis "mind control"?
No, hypnosis is not mind control. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist cannot make you do or say anything you ordinarily would not do. If anything it is the skillful hypnotherapist who can get himself out of the way to better honor the wishes of the client. You will always remain in control during the hypnotic experience.
Will I lose control when I'm in the hypnotic state?
No, you will not lose control while you are in the hypnotic state. You are always in control. The mind would reject any undesired suggestions automatically.
Aren't people who can easily be hypnotized
just gullible, stupid or weak-minded?
Quite the opposite! A gullible, unintelligent or weak-minded person is less capable of maintaining the necessary focus and concentration to successfully achieve the hypnotic state.
Won't being hypnotized make me become weak-minded
or cause me to develop a "weak will"?
No, hypnosis is often used to boost a person's concentration and will power. Great athletes use self-hypnosis to improve their will and intention.
How much will I remember when I wake up?
Will I forget everything that went on?
Many people remember everything that went on while they were in hypnosis, but sometimes, if they went into a particularly deep state, they may forget what happened. I always suggest that the client remember whatever is in their highest and best good to remember, and this is usually the case. Interestingly, people often remember things later that they were not consciously aware of at the time.
How deep into a trance will I go?
That depends entirely on how willing the individual is to enter into the hypnotic state and how far he is willing to let himself go. Some people are naturally able to enter a deeper hypnotic state (somnambulists), while others are capable of entering into deeper states because they have been hypnotized in the past, or practice yoga or meditation. It is not important how deep you go, just that you are willing to give hypnosis a chance to work. The depth of trance does not seem to affect the results in any way.
Does the hypnotherapist have any special "powers"?
Absolutely not! He has special, highly trained skills. The hypnotherapist is just an ordinary person like you or me. He has had special training to learn how to speak directly to your unconscious mind in a way it understands. There are no Svengalis or hypnotists like you see in the movies. The hypnotherapist has no mystical or supernatural powers. Anyone with the same training can learn to hypnotize others.
Can the hypnotherapist make me do things against my will
- like in the movies?
No! A hypnotheapist cannot make you do anything against your will, morality or ethics. What you have seen in the movies is fantasy. Your mind has natural defenses against harmful suggestions. It will always protect itself.
Will I wake up afterwards - What will happen if I don't?
Yes, people who are hypnotized in person will come out of the state when brought out by the hypnotherapist. On occasion, when listening to a hypnosis recording at home, someone will choose to remain in the hypnotic state because they either entered a particularly deep state or it feels so good they want to remain in hypnosis. They will drift into a natural sleep state and wake themselves up naturally.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be utilized in many ways. I have used hypnosis to help people lose weight and develop healthy lifestyle habits, stop smoking, alleviate pain, overcome fears and phobias, relieve anxiety, reduce stress, gain better study habits and test performance, maximize sports performance, improve memory and overcome many other normal human problems and limitations.
Can hypnosis help me?
Yes, definitely! Hypnosis can be used to make positive changes in your life. Some examples are: stopping smoking, losing weight, improving self-esteem and confidence, improved motivation, better test performance and memory retention. Practically any bad or destructive habits or behaviors can be removed via hypnosis. It can help ease fears and phobias, improve relationships and communication - the list goes on and on.
Can I learn self-hypnosis?
Yes, anyone can learn to do self-hypnosis since you naturally do it anyway. Most of the time, however, we are giving ourselves negative suggestions (self-talk) instead of positive, uplifting ones. You can learn self-hypnosis from a trained hypnotherapist or you can purchase Alan’s Self-Hypnosis CD.