When I say that I use hypnosis to help people change the way they think and behave, I usually get two responses, and they are split pretty evenly. “I can’t be hypnotized, I’ve tried and it doesn’t work on me,” or “Are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?” To date, both have been proven wrong.
When people think about hypnosis, they generally think of “stage” hypnosis, which is done for entertainment. While laughter is great medicine, it’s not going to help you change the way you think. And for those who think they can’t be hypnotized, let me just say that you probably hypnotize yourself several times a day. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
Let’s talk about what hypnosis is really about. Hypnosis is nothing more than a method of relaxation. As a hypnotist, I help my clients to relax their body and their conscious mind so that I can work directly with their subconscious mind, where all those limiting beliefs live. You see, 95 percent of the thoughts your mind has, occur in the subconscious. You are only aware of about five percent of the thoughts that you mind has in any given day. There is no way you can affect the 95 percent of your thoughts when you can only control the other five percent. That’s where the magic of hypnosis comes in. By taping straight into your subconscious mind, I can help you to change or remove the blocks in you thought process.
“But I don’t want to be ‘out of it’; I like to be in control.” During hypnosis the client is in full control the entire time. You will remember everything that is said, and if you want to, you could get up and walk away in mid hypnosis. This isn’t about a hypnotist having control over you (because they don’t), it’s about you gaining more control over yourself.
Remember I mentioned hypnotizing yourself during the day? Have you ever missed an exit on the highway because you were deep in thought? Have you ever been so deep in thought that you couldn’t remember driving home from work? Have you ever daydreamed? Have you ever been super relaxed? These are all examples of hypnosis. It happens to all of us, several times a day. The difference between these examples and guided hypnosis is that I give your subconscious mind suggestions to change your thought patterns. You’re not checking out, you’re working on yourself; and it is very relaxing!
“But what if I do something bad or stupid?” Great news, a hypnotist can’t make you do something that you wouldn’t do normally. I can’t hypnotize you to rob a bank, unless you’re already a bank robber. Nor can a hypnotist trick your brain into falling in love with them, if you don’t love them already. Did I mention that you are in control the whole time?
For those of you who are wondering if hypnosis is really effective, well I’m going with yes it is. But don’t take my word for it. Multiple studies have been conducted over the years comparing success rates and the results speak for themselves:
Modality Average # of Sessions Success Rate
Psychotherapy 600 38%
Behavior Therapy 22 72%
Hypnosis 6 93%
Why is hypnosis so successful, after such a short amount of time? Because it targets the root of the problem. Think of your mind as if it were a computer. Somewhere in your hard drive there is some wonky code, and it’s affecting the operating system. Hypnosis lets us go straight in and re-write that bit of code, and just that bit. We don’t have to debug the entire system; we fix the one bit that is off, and it’s like you have a whole new computer.
It really is as simple as it sounds. Sure you have to be ready to make a change, but when you are, a few hypnosis sessions can change a belief that has been holding you back since childhood. So what is holding you back? Is it those extra pounds you can’t keep of? Maybe giving up those cigarettes is your challenge? Or do you lack self confidence (and let’s face it, we could all use a boost there!)? Maybe you want to deal with chronic pain more effectively. Hypnosis is a great way to change beliefs like these and so many more. Maybe it’s time you gave it a shot? What do you have to lose, besides some unhealthy patterns in your mind?