What is hypnosis?
There many different opinions on exactly what hypnosis is. I like the following definition by Al Krasner which defines hypnosis as:
A process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through the imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.
Hypnosis involves a state of focus and heightened awareness. It may, or may not, involve being in a trance state. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Being absorbed in an activity such as reading a book, daydreaming or driving this is an example of a hypnotic state. In hypnosis, the imagination is activated in a controlled manner.
How does hypnosis work?
In order to change the results you get in life, you need to change your behaviours and this is done by changing your beliefs and tapping into more of your inner potential. Hypnosis is an effective way of doing this.
Hypnosis allows direct controlled communication with the subconscious mind which is the part of us that controls our desires, imagination and emotions as well as controlling our bodily processes. Direct communication with the subconscious mind allows us to change the way it patterns the reality we live in. Less desirable patterns can be changed to desirable ones. Once a pattern is changed more desirable behaviour begins.
What does being hypnotised feel like?
People experience hypnosis in different ways. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Some describe the experience as similar to the state just before dropping off to sleep when the body and mind is relaxed. A light trance often feels no different than comfortable relaxation.
Will I lose control if I am hypnotised?
No. You are in charge. You only accept the suggestions that are given that are consistent with your own internal values and beliefs.