What is hypnosis?
As a hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy trainer, I often get asked: What is hypnosis?
And so over the next few weeks I’m going to talk about hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and psychotherapy.
1. It is no easy thing to succinctly define hypnosis. In some ways it easier telling
you what it is not. Hypnosis is tricky to define. Firstly it isn’t new. Hypnotic or trance states have been utilised in rites of passage or celebration by communities and tribes since
humans collected together in social groups. It was accepted that people could go into ‘altered states’ or ‘trance’ under the influence of music, chanting and drumming.
Why use this ‘trance’ state at all? What skilful hypnosis does is use this naturally occurring human ability in targeted and meaningful way. The part of the mind below the surface (the
unconscious) is best able to respond creatively to suggestion and imagery. A
hypnotic trance can by-pass the (often necessary) self limiting faculty of the
conscious mind, with the result that unwanted behaviours and habits can be
modified, self defeating thoughts transformed and even the body’s autonomic
healing functions can be influenced.
More on how this will benefit a ‘client’ later this week.
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