What is Hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. Normally, when placed under hypnosis, an individual responds to suggestions given by the hypnotist. A hypnotist is not always needed as there are methods that can be used to achieve self hypnosis where you hypnotize yourself and give yourself the suggestions. Hypnosis can be used for a variety of different things, all depending on what the individual undergoing hypnosis wants to achieve. It is believed that during hypnosis, a split consciousness is experienced. One part of the consciousness responds to suggestions and the other part processes information through the subconscious mind.

What is Self Hypnosis?

As mentioned above, self hypnosis involves hypnotizing yourself and passing suggestions to your subconscious mind. It is easier to use a trained hypnotist but self hypnosis can be learned and practiced by anyone. Not only can you do it in the comfort of your home, but it is also MUCH cheaper. I am not going to go into depth here as I have a full page dedicated to self hypnosis that you can access HERE or by clicking the link on the sidebar.

What Does it Feel Like to be Hypnotized?

The effects an individual feels vary from person to person. Some people feel that the actions undergone under hypnosis occur outside their conscious mind. Some may feel extreme relaxation while others may still be fully aware of everything and act totally normal and carry on conversations. Some people cannot be hypnotized at all.

How do I Know I Will Respond to Hypnosis?

You really don’t know for sure until you try. Studies show that 15% of individuals respond very well to hypnosis. Even if you are not part of that 15%, you may still respond to hypnosis on some level. Only 10% of people have no response at all to hypnosis. If you are a type of person that can easily become absorbed in fantasies or thoughts, chances are, you will respond well. I find it interesting that children are shown to have a much more likelihood of responding well to hypnosis than adults. This lends credence to the fact that those who can easily become absorbed in fantasies are more likely to respond well to hypnosis. I also believe that this is due to the fact that children have not yet been exposed to all the teachings of modern society and been told everything that is possible or impossible according to science.

What Are the Common Uses of Hypnosis?

There are endless uses for hypnosis so I am going to outline some of the common ones with a little of my own feedback.

Treatment for Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been used for a long time to treat chronic pain issues. There is proof that hypnosis can help a person reduce or get rid of their issues with pain. Researcher Ernest Hilgard did a lot of research in this area. Individuals were hypnotized and instructed that they would not feel pain. They were then asked to place their hand in ice water and instructed to remove their hand when the pain became too much to handle. The individuals who were not hypnotized removed their hand within seconds while the hypnotized individuals were able to keep their hand in the ice water for several minutes without experiencing any pain at all.

 Pain Control During Medical Procedures

I was very intrigued by this one. I knew that hypnosis could be used to control pain, but not to turn off pain receptors all together. I had watched a documentary on NetFlix that demonstrated some amazing results. I don’t remember the name of the documentary but will post it here as soon as I find it. Basically, individuals went though hypnotic sessions prior to any major or minor surgery and where given suggestions to turn off their pain receptors. When going in for the surgical procedure, they had their hypnotist with them to ensure they maintained hypnotic state through the procedure. They were given no pain control medication and were not put under at all. These individuals were able to go through any type of surgical procedure without feeling pain whatsoever. One lady underwent childbirth without a single cringe, cry or scream and said she felt no pain. Another went though a major hip replacement surgery and was awake and alert though the entire procedure. Again, they showed no signs of pain.

Alleviation from Skin Conditions

Take a look around on the net and you will find many people that were able to eliminate or greatly reduce skin conditions after undergoing hypnosis. Take warts and psoriasis for example. I found many stories where people were able to totally eliminate these conditions after taking suggestions from their hypnotist. Those that did not see their symptoms eliminated, did see a great reduction with their condition.

Cancer Control

Again, do some research online and you will find many cancer patients who have had great benefit from hypnosis. While, in most cases, it does not eliminate the cancer, patients do see a reduction in pain caused by cancer, cancer growth & nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy. I read a story some time back about a kid with a brain tumor. He underwent hypnosis sessions and was told to imagine a “packman” eating away the tumor. Slowly, the doctors saw a great reduction in the tumor size and it eventually went away. Keep in mind that while these types of cases are rare, they do occur and I believe more research must be done.

Addiction Control

Why I have this example listed last..well, I am not sure since this is actually one of the most common issues that hypnosis is used for. Chances are that you know an ex-smoker or ex-addict that has seen great benefits from hypnosis. I have heard from many ex-smokers that have had great results quitting after seeing a hypnotist. My first experience was when I was on vacation and outside near a lake where some of my friends were smoking. We were approached by an older lady who told me that she had been a smoker for 40 years. Just 3 weeks prior to our conversation, she had gone to see a hypnotist to see if it would help her quit. Boy, it sure did! She explained to me that she was a 2 pack a day smoker and since seeing the hypnotist, she had not had a single cigarette and had not even had a single craving!

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