What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is generally defined as a heightened state of suggestibility or an enhanced ability to focus, which allows one to easily accept suggestions. It is a natural and normal function of the mind. Light levels of hypnosis can be experienced when driving, watching a movie, or reading a book. We can becoming so relaxed and focused that we are less aware of what is happening around us and miss an event or something happening just outside of our conscious awareness. You might think of it as “being in a zone”, feeling “open minded”, or being a “little out of it”, which doesn’t mean that you are no longer in control, but it does mean you might miss your exit on the highway or your spouse talking to you as you are reading.
How does hypnosis work?
A hypnotist is able to work with someone who has created a mental state that allows suggestions to work on their subconscious. A hypnotist can bypass the critical factor, which is a mechanism that we all have which filters incoming information. And in so doing a hypnotist reaches the subconscious mind and there, is able to make suggestions to change habits and thoughts.
Who can be hypnotized?
Just about anyone who is willing can be hypnotized. Once experts believed that only a very small percentage of the population could be hypnotized, but recent practices prove that it is simply not true. Anyone of normal intelligence, who is willing to be hypnotized, can be.
Does the person being hypnotized have any control?
Yes, suggestions that are made that are not in agreement with a person’s moral or ethical beliefs will be rejected by that person. The client is also able to stop the hypnosis and become fully alert at any time (but who would want to end something so beneficial, right?).
Are there any side effects of hypnosis?
No, hypnosis is completely safe. It has been accepted by the American Medical Association since 1958. The only effects (and they are all positive) might be a relaxed drowsy feeling, lowered stress levels, and a better nights’ sleep. Some people have reported feelings of comfort, safety, and bliss. No one can get hurt doing hypnosis.
How does hypnosis feel?
Hypnosis is not a feeling. In fact a person in hypnosis might experience many different feelings. Hypnosis tends to allow certain feelings to resonate stronger and thus a person can become more emotional during hypnosis. This is normal and can be a very healing part of the help that the hypnotist provides. Some have described hypnosis as sleep, and the hypnotist might even use the word “sleep”, but it should not be confused with sleep. A person in hypnosis is not asleep. In fact, a good night’s sleep is required before seeing a hypnotist because there is always the possibility of becoming too relaxed and falling asleep in the hypnotist chair which would be a waste of opportunity and money.
Breaking through the myths about hypnosis
Many people have seen hypnosis on the stage or in the movies. This has created some very wrong and even silly thoughts on hypnosis. Contrary to some people’s beliefs, one cannot get stuck in hypnosis. A trained hypnotist knows just what to do to get you out of hypnosis. Also, hypnosis is not mind control. A hypnotist cannot make you do things contrary to your will and they do not make you lose your own ability to control yourself or your mind. They can however help you with many issues that involve the emotions, the mind, and the body. (Please note a reference from a medical doctor is required for all medical issues at Highland Hypnosis.)
What should you expect when you come in for a hypnosis session?
You should expect to be educated about hypnosis, be made to feel comfortable about it, have your questions answered, and feel confident about your hypnotist. You will sit back and relax in a recliner, be put into hypnosis using special hypnotic inductions that work quickly and effectively, and immediately begin to receive suggestions for the work you came in for. The hypnosis that is conducted at Highland Hypnosis usually requires 5 or 6 sessions of about 2 hours each. Each client is different, and so, many need a little more or a little less, but 5 sessions is a fair guess for most. Payment for these sessions is expected up front and you will book your session dates before hypnosis begins. This is to ensure that you receive the best deals financially and the best plan for carrying through with your sessions.
What is 5-PATH®?
5-PATH is a systematic process of hypnosis created by Cal Banyan. It has a series of steps that are used by the hypnotist to get to the heart of any issue and eliminate it, as well as deal with any of the emotions related to the issue. It has been proven to be successful through trial with thousands of clients and hypnotists around the world.Find out more
What is 7-Path®?
7-th Path™ is a system of self-hypnosis that was also created by Cal Banyan. It has spirit, mind, and body components that allows for one to change old belief patterns and gain new understandings while making changes in behaviors.
What do I do if I need to go to the bathroom while in hypnosis?
You can go, and you can talk and walk around while in hypnosis, then get right back to your hypnosis session.