People can find themselves looking to hypnotherapy for a number of reasons.
Perhaps you have a bad habit such as smoking that you are trying to break. Or maybe you want to lose weight, tried all the diets and nothing has helped. Perhaps you are experiencing a relationship breakdown, a loss of some kind, maybe you have a health challenge that has you feeling anxious, scared or depressed.
You may be experiencing elevated levels of stress and none of the traditional methods of coping with stress are healing you. Perhaps you know you need to make changes and yet you are not finding the motivation you need to get into action.
All of the above are common reasons as to why someone may be looking for a hypnotherapist to help them with their life changes.
Hypnotherapy is not a new concept, in fact, it has been around since the beginning of time.
Some animals put themselves in a trance-like state when they go into hibernation and are able to go without nourishment for long periods of time.
While accepted as a valid medical procedure by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, remains shrouded in mystery. It seems that the image of that old man with a goatee and coat, swinging a pendulum back and forth to render his victims helpless, is really hard to shake off.
And the stage performances of hypnotists, making other people sing like Madonna, or walk around like a duck, etc., certainly don’t help hypnosis’ unfairly dubious reputation.
BUT what if you set aside those inflexible notions and focus on what it can really do for our well-being? Let’s answer some of the biggest and most common questions about hypnotherapy:
Really, what is Hypnosis?
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not, sleep. However, it’s a natural, really relaxed, and focused state of mind. It is usually characterized by feelings of well-being, increased muscle relaxation, predominating alpha brain waves, and more.
What it does is it puts you in a state where one gains the ability to accept new ideas and beliefs (and break older and negative ones) if they are sufficiently emotionalized and doesn’t go against your inner values.
In a nutshell, hypnosis is one of two things:
- An interactive and guided imagery.
- Highly focused and applied meditations while in various levels of trance, all geared towards a specific and worthwhile goal.
Will Hypnotherapy Help Me with My Life Changes?
While there is solid and measured proof showing that hypnotherapy can be a very effective tool in getting rid of addictions or taking on new health habits (like exercise or goal achievement), there is one very important factor that comes into play: your desire to change.
Hypnotherapy can’t make you do something that, deep down, you don’t really want to do!! You cannot hypnotize someone out of the blue to run a marathon unless they were already a runner.
Put it this way: hypnosis is like a hammer. On its own, it cannot drive a nail through a piece of wood. But with you and your desire moving that hammer, it’s a whole lot easier than just using your hands.
Will Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy Put Me in Danger?
The answer is a big NO. Matter of fact, the Council of Mental Health of the American Medical Association gave hypnosis its seal of approval as a safe practice, a valid medical tool that has no harmful side effects back in September 1958. To date, there are no reports of a subject getting seriously hurt with hypnosis.
This All Sounds Great, but Can I Be Hypnotized?
Studies reveal that almost everyone can be hypnotized. There are only three types of people that cannot be (and in some cases, shouldn’t be) hypnotized:
- Someone suffering from a thought disorder or psychotic process.
- Someone with a low IQ.
- Someone who just doesn’t want to be hypnotized.
If you want to be hypnotized, if you are willing to participate in the process, and if you can use your imagination or improvise, you can be hypnotized. When a person looks to a hypnotherapist to help them with their life changes or problems, although they will put in a very relaxed state, they are always going to be in control and aware of what is happening around them.
Hypnotherapy has helped many people with various issues both psychologically and behaviorally, and its results have been effectively demonstrated through medical research.
Hypnotherapy has helped people overcome common and uncommon issues that are faced in everyday life, offering release from pressures and conditions that seem to have a hold over them like bad habits such as smoking or psychological issues such as anxiety or depression.
Whatever life challenge or change you may be facing, hypnotherapy can have a positive effect and help you overcome these issues with grace and ease.
Are you ready to make personal and spiritual changes in your life? Consider a one on one private session with Moira or a reading to free yourself from limitations and open yourself up to greater possibilities? I invite you to open the door.
“Success on Purpose” Hypnotherapy can help to change and redefine your perceptions of your own abilities and resources, and change the negative perceptions you have of yourself. This can have a tremendous effect on the way you think and therefore the way that you behave, helping you to change your behaviour and achieve your goals. Anticipate success, and success can be yours!
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Moira Hutchison is a Mindset Cultivator, Energy Healer, and Tarot Card Reader. Her specialties range from helping people with broad goals such as accepting change, life planning, and personal balance, to specific goals like gaining motivation and overcoming issues such as procrastination, excess stress and self-sabotage.