Can Hypnosis Work for You?

I’m sure you’ve all been in a hypnotic state rather often; in fact most of us visit this state every day.

 … You’ve been driving and suddenly realized you passed the freeway exit?

   … So focused watching a movie or television program that you missed someone calling your name?

   … Ever been so deep in thought that you almost had to be shaken out of it:  Hello!!? Is anyone home?!!”

     … Or, have you ever daydreamed?

Every one of us does things like this on a daily basis. This is what it is like being hypnotized. When in hypnosis, you hear everything going on around you, you can hear all of the suggestions you’re being given and I’ve had people say to me, “It didn’t feel as though I was hypnotized.” When asked why, the reply is usually, “Because I heard everything you said.”
This is one of the misconceptions of hypnotherapy. It is always an error to place someone under hypnosis for the first time without an explanation regarding expectations of a session.
The subconscious mind accepts these suggestions and creates the behavior changes or body changes in order to achieve the given suggestions. When in trance, the subconscious mind is 88% more alert than in a conscious state. Your expectation at Engle Hypnotherapy should include an explanation of the hypnotherapy process in detail so that you can participate in your program.
When in hypnosis, you can bring yourself out whenever you truly desire. People have asked, “What happens if the hypnotherapist walks away or something happens to him and I’m in hypnosis?” Don’t worry…you will either gradually go deeper and then wake up or simply begin to rise out of the hypnotic state to a fully conscious state.
There are various definitions for hypnosis though they all mean the same thing. Simply put, hypnosis can be explained this way. When a person is in a relaxed state, the conscious mind is able to be bypassed in order to directly make suggestions to the subconscious mind. That’s basically it! That’s all you need to understand in order to grasp the objective of hypnotherapy. The subconscious mind then accepts these suggestions and creates the behavior changes or body changes in order to achieve the given suggestions. When in trance, the subconscious mind is 88% more alert than in a conscious state.

BELIEF ~ DESIRE ~ EXPECTANCY

The most important factor regarding the application of hypnosis is a combination of three things. Belief, Desire and Expectancy. You must Believe it will work…have a genuine Desire for it to work and…Expect that it will work. If these three factors are in place, then you are willing and open to suggestion.
Some changes require a different approach, understanding and strategy, but all can be achieved through hypnosis.
We are all victims of habit. Most of us hardly ever recognize our positive habits, like exercise or a healthy diet, because we look at those as expected. We do however; focus on our negative habits, like overeating and smoking. There are two things to understand, habits are a conditioned response in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between a “good” habit and a “bad” habit. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination.
If you do something enough times, the subconscious mind begins to believe that this behavior pattern is what you want and therefore stores it for you and makes it part of your natural behavior. Then, no matter how much you try to consciously change that behavior pattern (using what we label “will power”), your subconscious mind wins the mental tug of war and you return to that “stored” behavior pattern. This is why I refer to “will power” as a downfall; for it will not work for the vast majority of people in a permanent or even sometimes short term period. The only way to effectively and permanently make a true change in your behavior pattern is to change the remembered pattern in the subconscious mind.
There are four levels of brain wave activity, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. The top level, Beta, is complete consciousness and the deepest level, Delta, is deep unconscious sleep. The middle two levels, Alpha and Theta are simply more relaxed states than total consciousness, but above deep sleep. This is what is referred to as the hypnotic state of mind, simply being relaxed.
Alpha is a daydream or when you drive the freeway and drift off slightly; Theta is when you are in a dream state, above deep sleep. This light relaxed state of Alpha is all that is necessary to achieve in order to make behavior changes. This is why most people do not think they are “hypnotized” because we have all been misled as to what hypnosis really is.

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