Hypnosis FAQ

Hypnosis for Healing

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness similar meditative trance. Through a process of guided induction and deepening, hypnosis bypasses the rational, evaluating, judging part of the human mind—what we call the conscious mind.

Where Did Hypnosis Come From?

The practice of hypnosis can be traced back to ancient times, to the bible and the early Egyptians. Prophets and Priests guided spiritual seekers into trance states spiritual healing and for problem solving. In the hypnotic state, practical insights into daily living were discovered. Then, as now, some people experience prophetic dreams, intuitive answers to basic life questions.

Is Hypnosis Safe?

Contrary to popular social myth, a person cannot be hypnotized against their will. In effect, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis; the individual must be willing to enter into the trance state. It is that person’s willingness to engage in the process that makes hypnosis possible. It is the motivation to change that makes it successful. The level of awareness during a trance state is hyper-alert; the person is always in control—not the hypnotist. The worst thing that can happen to someone in a trance state is the experience of deep relaxation, or falling asleep.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

Actually most of us experience trance states every day, when we are really focused, in deep concentration, daydreaming, “spacing out,” or being “in the flow.” Surfing, writing, dancing, driving, and music too, can put us into a trance, as can the practice of  Reiki, yoga or healing prayer.

Who Practices Hypnosis?

Unlike the mysterious mesmerist with the pendant portrayed in old movies, or the flamboyant stage show exhibitionist who manipulates the audience to bark or quack on command, most hypnotists are well-trained, dedicated professionals motivated by the desire to help others.

Hypnotists work as consultants to a wide variety of licensed professionals; medical doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers, psychotherapists and holistic healers. Many licensed medical, dental and mental health professionals also incorporate hypnosis into their existing practices.

What Can Hypnosis Do For Me?

Hypnosis can be effective in the treatment of sleep disorders, smoking, weight loss, and pain management, PTSD, phobias, negative self-talk and performance anxiety. Hypnosis is a gentle catalyst for transformation and positive growth that actualizes your desire to change and reach your fullest potential.