Hypnosis For Healing
Healing Power Of Hypnosis
Hypnosis is an often misunderstood alternative for healing. The term is derived from the Greek word 'hypno' which means sleep. Yet, hypnosis is not sleep.
The power of hypnosis lies in communicating with your unconscious mind to quickly bring about change in your life.
- Weight Loss - When you use hypnosis to change your eating habits, weight loss will naturally occur.
- Stop Smoking - Your unconscious mind holds beliefs about how hard it is to quit smoking. Using hypnotism, you can change these beliefs to become a non-smoker.
- Stress Relief - The hypnotic state is very relaxing and you can use hypnosis to easily relieve stress. This includes stress that leads to nail biting, teeth grinding and more.
- Phobias - Hypnotism easily and quickly helps to overcome phobias. Some of the most common are fear of flying, spiders or heights.
Some Common Medical Uses Include:
- Pain Management: Hypnosis is used in dentistry to replace Novocain . It is also used in obstetrics as a form of natural childbirth called Hypnobirthing.
- Headaches - The hypnotic state of deep relaxation can instantly relieve a headache.
- Addictions - Since addictions are a result of unconscious habits, hypnosis can get to the root cause and bring about change.
- Depression - While in an altered state of consciousness, the hypnotherapist can deal with the cause of depression to help overcome it.
It can be use to build confidence, manage anger, and improve relationships. It is also used to improve sports performance. The list is endless.
What Hypnosis IS
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring mental state of focused awareness. Though it is wonderfully relaxing, it is not sleep. It is the feeling of deep relaxation that you feel right before you fall asleep and right before you wake up.
Everyone has naturally experienced a hypnotic state countless times. It is being absorbed in a good book, watching a movie or daydreaming. You are aware of what is going on around you, yet you are completely focused on what you are doing.
The hypnotist will guide you into this relaxed state of trance with the intention of bringing about the change that you want.
The conscious mind, which is the critical part of your mind, is relaxed. This allows for direct communication with the unconscious mind, which is now in a state of heightened suggestibility.
This means that suggestions for change are accepted deep within the unconscious mind. These positive suggestions become new beliefs which allows you to begin to make changes in your actions and get the results you want.
What Hypnosis Is NOT
Hypnosis is not about losing control. Many have seen a hypnotic stage show and left with that impression. Other sources of this misconception include the media, movies and television.
When you are hypnotized, you will not lose control. It is not a truth serum and you will not suddenly reveal all of your secrets.
You will not violate your deeply held code of ethics. You will not suddenly begin to act silly, unless you want to. Stage hypnotists bring out silly behavior in the participants mostly because they are there to have fun.
Short History of Hypnosis
Hieroglyphic records from more than six thousand years ago depict evidence of what we now call hypnosis in the Egyptian and Greek cultures. Sleep temples were used to promote self healing.
Those who went into the temples stayed for up to ten days while priests whispered suggestions or prayers into their ears.
There was no further written record until around 1730 when physician Anton Mesmer began to study it. He became famous for the strange things taking place, as he miraculously was able to heal people. To this day, we still use the term "mesmerized".
In 1841, Dr. James Braid coined the term neuro-hypnosis meaning 'sleeping of the nervous system', which conveyed a sense of deep relaxation. Over the years, we dropped the word, 'neuro' which leaves a mistaken connection with sleeping.
Later on, Sigmund Freud used hypnosis to generate his theory of the unconscious mind which became the foundation for modern psychology.
More recently, Milton Erickson is famous for his use of indirect suggestion in which the client is not aware of the suggestions on a conscious level. With his vague language and skilled use of metaphors, he was able to reach the unconscious mind to get results.
Dave Elman is known for pioneering many techniques that are now used in medical hypnosis to relieve pain in the place of or in support of anesthesia.
It is easier to use a hypnotist or hypnotherapist to guide you through the process, whether in person or listening to an audio recording, but it is not necessary. Hypnosis is very easy to do on your own.
Self hypnosis begins with setting one single goal to focus on for your session. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and begin to relax.
You'll need a hypnosis script to follow. You can either read it out loud in the first person or record it in the third person to listen to later.
It works either way but it is more effective to close your eyes and listen to the recording.
You may feel some resistance the first time you practice how to hypnotize yourself.
It will get easier each time you practice and you will likely find it to be a highly pleasurable experience. You might begin to sense the clarity and insights found in the unconscious mind through your self hypnosis experience leading to the change you desire.
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