Having been in practice as a psychotherapist & hypnotherapist since 1976 I have now gone into semi-retirement now working mostly on the Internet through my articles, blogs and my website. My main work has been to help people, realize their goals and improve the quality of their life, in face to face hypnotherapy sessions, in self-development groups and with the use of written courses. I am also a Zen practitioner and combine the power of Zen with self-hypnosis that makes for some powerful results.
In this article my aim is to address those who have never used hypnosis before but are considering using hypnosis, whether self-hypnosis or with a therapist
Whilst working with a therapist can yield faster results to begin with, all hypnosis is really self-induced and with self-hypnosis, results can be realized if the subject is prepared to exercise discipline to practice on a daily basis. The time needed can be for as little as 15 – 20 minutes each day.
From here on for the sake of brevity, when you see the word hypnosis, you can take it to mean self-hypnosis – practiced alone where appropriate – as well as hypnosis with a therapist.
What is Hypnosis?
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis and the way a hypnotist works, so the best way to begin is to tell you what hypnosis is not…
Hypnosis is not... being rendered unconscious (A hypnotist does not send his subject to “sleep” so that they lose consciousness)
Hypnosis is not... being subjected to another’s will (A clinical hypnotist does not force his will on his clients. Rather he discovers what his client’s will is and supports him/her in asserting his/her own will over his/her own negative thought processes).
Hypnosis is not… Sleep
Hypnosis is not… Occult, paranormal, black magic, spiritism, etc. etc. (A hypnotist is just like any other regular person and does not use the paranormal)
An altered state of consciousness that enables the subject to replace negative thoughts and behaviour patterns with positive ones. It is also a ‘tool’ to enable a subject to recover lost (repressed) memories that are causing unwanted conditions in life. We all have such buried negative thoughts, and I have uncovered many in myself that have been subtly interfering with the way I live my life on a day-to-day basis. I must admit, that although I have felt uncomfortable from time to time when this has occurred, it has been extremely fascinating to witness the working of the mind in this way.
What can hypnosis used for?
Hypnosis can be used for habit control: To help stop smoking; stop overeating (more on that in a future article), nail-biting and many other unwanted habits. Also…
- Hypnosis is an effective tool for stress management.
- Hypnosis helps with phobias, fears, nervous asthma, sexual problems, relationship problems, blushing, examination nerves, learning difficulties, business stress, grief, fear of flying, spiders, snakes, sports performance.
- Hypnosis helps improve salesmanship, and so on, and so on…
Hypnosis is a powerful process to help increase motivation and really powerful way to help develop many skills, and increase general confidence. Also techniques of hypnosis are taught to those who wish to enhance self-awareness and inner development that has been the main focus of my work.