Hypnosis is something we all do naturally when we day dream. Almost anyone can be hypnotised.
That’s all very well to know but often there are questions buzzing around your mind about precisely how hypnosis works.
Which is perfectly natural – our minds are naturally inquisitive and like to be reassured when something new happens.
At it’s most basic level, hypnosis works with your subconscious mind to change how you react to various prompts that occur.
Your subconscious mind deals with all the day-to-day details that keep you and your body functioning.
We’d never cope if we had to ask our heart to beat umpteen times every minute or remind ourselves to breathe in fresh air. Let alone ask our hair to grow, our cells to renew or any of the thousands of other things that our body takes care of automatically, night and day, whether we’re awake or asleep.
Hypnosis works by influencing your subconscious mind to shift your behaviour and then lets your subconscious take over the task of making sure that those things are added to the extraordinarily long list of things it does.
There are various ways that this can be accomplished.
Forget what you’ve seen on television or stage shows – the people who are up on stage, clucking like chickens or talking like aliens have been specially selected from the audience.
There is a small percentage of people who are very suggestible – those are the ones who are chosen to take part in those shows. Derren Brown often shows you the selection procedure he uses and you can often tell how many people he has to check before finding the one or two people for the show.
But even if you’re not in that small group, hypnosis still works very well.
It just means that instead of the hypnotist clicking their fingers and saying “sleep”, the process of going into a hypnotic trance takes a few minutes.
Hypnosis works best when you are relaxed and your conscious mind is set aside – some hypnotists use stories to do this but my preferred technique is to help you reach a deeply relaxed state where other people may even think that you’re asleep.
Whilst you’re in a deep hypnotic trance, your subconscious mind comes closer to the surface.
During the hypnosis session, you’ll receive a number of hypnotic suggestions.
They’re just that – suggestions – you can’t be asked to do anything under hypnosis that you wouldn’t normally do or that would be against your ethics. That’s just not possible as we have a lot of built-in systems to make sure that doesn’t happen.
But so long as the suggestions are things that are congruent with what you want to happen in your life, they’ll be taken on board by your subconscious and it will begin to make sure that they actually happen.
Most of the time, this can be done in one session.
Even habits that have been with you for most of your life can be dealt with using hypnosis because it works in the background to bring your subconscious actions in line with your conscious thoughts.