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People experience hypnosis when both
their mind and body are willing to relax

How hypnosis worksAll humans are unique, and thus how hypnosis works will be different for each of us. Some will naturally anticipate enjoying it, while others may feel a little nervous at first.

Some clients are hesitant to allow their thoughts to slow down, because their critical mind is acting as a sentry, guarding them from relaxing and accepting new approaches to achieving their goals. Often, clients are more relaxed by the second session.

A good hypnotist will never push a client to become more relaxed. We’re not biologically designed to speed up certain processes in the mind/body matrix. We’re incapable of forcing someone to go to sleep more quickly, for example. In fact, doing so creates resistance, and produces the opposite effect. Learning to relax your mind involves implicitly accepting that for a certain amount of time, you’re willing to suspend other concerns. That’s how hypnosis works.

The more your cognitive mind becomes distracted,
the greater your receptivity to hypnotic suggestions

During a normal day at work, you may, for example, tend to be focused on tasks that involve computation, planning, making decisions affecting production of a product, designing a brochure, or expanding a business. In short, you’re utilizing your cognitive (conscious) mind to accomplish these goals. How hypnosis works is to distract your conscious mind. It’s unable to process information in its customary, analytical manner. This creates an opportunity to engage your subconscious mind.

How hypnosis works is that you’re
always aware while in the hypnotic state

Just to clarify: you are never unconscious during a hypnosis session. That is to say, you never lose consciousness. You’ll always hear the hypnotist’s voice, though it may begin to seem distant once you’re deeply relaxed. If a client falls asleep they will still be receptive to hypnotic suggestions, because their subconscious is listening.

How hypnosis works is to uncover your true potential for change

Gradually your mind accepts the fact that you no longer need to exert conscious control of your thoughts and feelings, as you subconsciously become aware of what the hypnotist is saying, while feeling relaxed and somewhat detached.

For example, the hypnotist may suggest you reflect on a painful circumstance you experienced in your past. Possibly memories or feelings which you’d long ago forgotten might surface, or you might perceive the experience very differently than how you’d remembered it. This is completely natural and normal.

The hypnotist might engage you in conversation to help you reframe your feelings towards this event in a more positive light. Later, as you reflect back upon your session, you’ll likely notice that a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, causing you to feel more confident and at peace. Yet, how hypnosis works is always different for everyone.

Many different circumstances lead people to seek a hypnotist

The reasons people seek hypnosis vary widely from one person to the next. Fear of leaving the home, fear of not reaching one’s monthly sales quota, lowering alcohol intake and a desire to discover the most suitable career path are just a few examples. Hypnotherapy can be an important tool to increase your self-confidence in a myriad of ways. Remember, a little change in one area of your life can dramatically affect the entire spectrum of your life.

One of the extra bonuses I provide all of my clients is an MP3 or cd recording of each session. Being diligent about listening to your session recording a few times a week will definitely help with your daily progress.

Are there any other questions lingering in your mind that you’d like to ask? If so, post them below, and I’ll respond to them shortly or call me and schedule a complimentary session.

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