Hypnosis is a natural state of being. In fact, you, and millions of people like you, experience natural hypnotic states every day.
Have you ever been driving to work and once you reached your destination, you couldn’t exactly remember how you got there? Ever been watching TV and didn’t hear or even notice your phone ringing, even though it was sitting right next to you? These are only a few examples of the light states of hypnosis you experience naturally.
When undergoing hypnosis for therapeutic reasons with the help of a trained hypnotherapist, the process is referred to as “hypnotherapy.”
Hypnosis, however, is not:
- Mind control
- A loss of control
- A way to put you to sleep
- A way to control you
- A way to get you to do something you wouldn’t usually do
- Hypnosis is something that you choose to do. Nobody, not even a trained hypnotherapist, can make you do or say something under a hypnotic state that you wouldn’t be comfortable doing or saying.
Think of it this way. A switch gets flipped at your house, and the power goes out. You need to check the breaker box. It’s dark down in the basement. Think of a hypnotherapist as your flashlight, but you’re the one leading the way to the breaker box, checking the breakers, and turning the power back on.
Everything in a hypnosis session is under your control. A hypnotherapist is your helper, not your controller.
How can hypnosis treat addiction, mental health conditions, or help you lose weight?
Everyone’s experiences in life are different, and they can significantly influence the way a person thinks about themselves and the world around them.
Did you have a difficult childhood, or maybe you experienced a traumatic event when you were young? These things can inform your belief system. If you, deep down, tell yourself the world is a dangerous place, this deeply held, prevailing belief will influence your behaviors and the choices you make – decisions which can be detrimental to your health and stability. In your fully conscious state, you don’t even realize that these metaphors for life are influencing your actions.
Because everyone’s experiences are different, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to people’s deeply held beliefs. But what hypnosis does is help you to uncover your beliefs and the metaphors you’re using that influence your actions. If these beliefs and actions are detrimental to your health, then with hypnosis, you have the power to change them for the better!
NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, is the language of your mind.
NLP is based on the connection between your neurological processes, the words you use, and the actions you take. Different parts of the human brain and our varying states of mind directly influence how we communicate and act. The “linguistic” part of NLP refers to our states of mind that we convey either through our words, or body language. “Programming” refers to our power to change our physical and mental states.
A therapist who is trained in neuro-linguistic programming knows how these different parts are structured in the brain. The therapist can help you tap into these programs and processes through language, and thus, help you alter your actions to help you achieve your goals.