I, in fact think that many people consider hypnosis a mystery while some others consider it as a therapy which alleviates pain and would bring about recovery from certain diseases through the power of suggestions. You may find numerous television programs nowadays that administer hypnosis as a therapeutic measure for people suffering from fatal conditions such as cancer.
However, if you haven't been exposed to the subject in depth, watching a television program may not convince you or give you any insight. As far as the looks of it are concerned, some techniques used in demonstrative hypnosis can be mistaken to be quite illusionary due to its’ strange nature. I've seen people who float on top of their beds a few inches high, people who could lie between the arms of two chairs placed in a linear position without any other support and people who could be lifted from a chair with the force of two index fingers. If I did not know the underlying techniques of hypnosis, I would have thought they were some kind of magic and you would do!
So let's explore the general characteristics of this amazing practice. Hypnosis is a set of techniques designed to enhance suggestibility, minimize one's usual distractions, and alter one's thoughts, feelings, behavior, or physiological state in a subtle manner to bring about positive results. It is an altered state of awareness in its own right where the individual does not lose consciousness completely but tries to push the conscious awareness to a side. It is a means by which your inner-self or the subconscious is given the opportunity to manifest and work through your energy. If all that sounds like Greek to you, hypnosis can be explained in its simplest form as a state of trance.
Having clarified what hypnosis means now it's time to get rid of the myth. Although hypnosis is used as a therapeutic technique it is not a stand alone, psychotherapy in itself. Another common fallacy is that a person in trance loses control of self. To put in very simple words, I'd like to call it a state of extreme relaxation out of which one may not be able to come out within a fraction of a second. This inability however, is for the most part, self induced. So you cannot really blame the hypnotist unless otherwise he/she gives you inappropriate suggestions.
A hypnosis session should always be filled with understanding and trust. This is why you should always seek guidance of a professionally trained hypnotist. The relationship you build up with the hypnotist is important because only then will you be able to relax and let go of your conscious mind to dwell in imagination and relaxed freedom. Only in such state of mind can you achieve hypnosis and yield proper results. If the hypnotist uses unethical suggestions on you, you will always have a choice of resisting, if not in the hypnotic state, at least in the conscious state once you come out of trance. So remember to build that rapport before you wander far away in your journey of hypnosis.
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