11 Truths About Hypnosis Series
#3 You Are Always In Control During Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is quite different from the most common perception of hypnosis, stage hypnosis. Personally, I love stage hypnosis. I have been hypnotized on stage twice and both were an amazing time. In both instances, I was a willing participant who followed the hypnotist’s instructions carefully. Though stage hypnosis is a great form of advertisement for hypnosis in general, there is a downside. For example, when I mentioned I became a hypnotist, one of my best friends asked me if I could make his wife cluck like a chicken. I told him that I could, but a better question is “Why would you want a wife that clucks?” Joking aside, ALL of the experiences I have had, and continue to have with hypnosis, are amazing but only hypnotherapy is life changing.
In my previous blog post, I mentioned that hypnosis is an agreement between the client and the hypnotist. I cannot simply make you do something because someone else wants you to change. A desperate parent cannot bring me their child who suffers from an addiction to drugs, video games or any other vice and have me “rescue” them. The client MUST want to change in order for hypnosis to work. In fact, in regard to quitting any addiction, I have found the best results come from clients who have already attempted to quit, and hypnosis is the “last resort.” These individuals have the drive and willingness but possibly not the strongest tools to maintain abstinence.
Permanent change comes with hard work. As a hypnotist, I am not “healing” my client. I am simply a facilitator, or coach. I have been trained in proper techniques to assist my clients into an optimal mindset allowing them to make changes with insight gained. Hypnotherapy isn’t “magic,” nor is it a “one-stop, cure all.” I see hypnosis as an adjunct to therapy and a bridge to Western Medicine. I am an advocate for the mind-body connection and how we need to stop addressing our problems singularly by symptom. For example, headaches are known to be caused by stress, hormones and emotions among other things. When you visit a doctor, you may be given medication for migraines or simply medicate with pain killers. Wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate the causing factor? What if, by simply addressing repressed emotions and having a strong tool for stress relief, your headaches become a fading memory and medication is no longer required? This might sound unbelievable, but relief from headaches can occur along with many other amazing changes; all from the power of your own mind.
I have also had several people state, “But what about mind control? I don’t want a hypnotist to know all of my secrets and make me do things I don’t want to.” While you are in a hypnotic state, you still have your conscious mind running in the background. If your hypnotist asks you a question you don’t want to answer, your conscious mind will kick in and you can simply say that you don’t want to answer. If your hypnotherapist is taking you in a direction you are uncomfortable, let them know. Keep in mind though that your hypnotist may need to get you through some “uncomfortable times” in order to get you the relief you desire. While hypnotized, you can also lie if you want to but what does that solve? If you are at the doctor’s office because you are having symptoms that you would like to eliminate, would you lie because you are ashamed or fearful? Your doctor might give you the incorrect medication or recommendations to find a cure. If you don’t trust your hypnotist to be professional with the information you are providing, you need to find another one or perhaps you are not ready for the process to achieve relief. Trust is paramount and all sessions are 100% confidential.
Another common concern for clients pertains to their bodily functions. It can be distracting if you are gassy or concerned about having to use the restroom. You will be happy to learn that you have full control over your body during hypnosis and can simply request a restroom break if needed. Your hypnotist will emerge you for the break and you can easily get back into the hypnotic state, once you have taken care of business. You can rest easy in the hands of your hypnotist and allow the process to take charge without fear of unknown physical factors.
If you are looking to address something that has taken over your life and you want to regain control, YOU have the power. Find a well-trained hypnotherapist near you or feel free to contact me with questions. If I don’t have the answers you are looking for, I will help you find someone who does. Hypnosis is a very powerful tool, if you are ready to wield it. Clucking like a chicken is optional.