Hypnosis is defined as, “A trance-like state in which a person becomes more aware and focused and is more open to suggestion.” Many people get the wrong connotation of what that means, assuming they’ll be enticed to quack like a duck or beep whenever someone says a particular word they hear.
This is what you see on TV for entertainment – it’s not how hypnosis really works for people using it decrease stress, stop smoking, or encourage weight loss in their lives. You don’t stare at a swinging object and instantly lose consciousness. It’s done in a controlled, relaxing manner to help put you into a daydream like state – while you’re awake and fully aware of what’s going on around you.
The trance-like state is more of a relaxed time when your mind is free from other thoughts and open to a new way of thinking. People who use hypnosis tap into their subconscious mind to alter their usual thinking patterns.
For instance, if the craving for a cigarette is overwhelming, they might use hypnosis to change their thinking so that smoking is no longer a priority – that it’s a negative action that repels them.
During a hypnosis session, you’re simply planting seeds of thought into your subconscious mind so that they’ll take root and grow from there. The more often you do it, the stronger those thought patterns will become until your behavior is changed for the better.
Hypnosis is something that can naturally occur for everyone. Have you ever found yourself so engrossed in a book that you’re focused on the pages and half an hour later, you realize that you didn’t notice anything going on around you?
You may have also found yourself in a zoned out state where you’re so focused on one thing that you have no idea someone is talking to you at that moment.
Hypnosis is akin to a zoned-out state of consciousness.
The person is well aware of what’s happening, but they are only focused on the hypnotic attraction and not on any other environmental stimuli going on around them.
When you’ve successfully reached a hypnotic state, you – or a hypnosis specialist – can plant alternative thoughts into your subconscious to help change your thinking patterns.
Hypnosis is not something that will cure your problem in one session. It’s something that takes place over several sessions in order to become successful, even though many people report feeling different (better) after just one session.
You need to be open-minded to the process in order for it to work. If you go in with too many doubts, it either won’t be successful, or will take longer to achieve the kind of results that you want.