A lot of people ask how they can tell when they’re hypnotised. It’s not an easy question to answer. If you’ve ever day dreamed, you’ve already hypnotised yourself but most people wouldn’t think that they were in a hypnotic state whilst they were day dreaming.
The same goes for going on a car journey where you remember leaving somewhere and getting somewhere else but don’t remember much – if anything – about the journey. You were “elsewhere” during the journey but you were aware of what was going on around you and if there had been anything serious that you needed to react to, your conscious mind would have instantly come back to help you.
But during the journey, your mind was elsewhere most if not all the time.
The same goes for being hypnotised in an arranged hypnotherapy session.
You are in a different “place” every time you undergo hypnosis.
Our minds are busy things and it’s rare for us to be in the same place in our mind twice. It’s a bit like every snow flake being unique – the same happens with our minds. You might think you’re feeling exactly the same as you have felt on a previous occasion but there will be subtle (or not so subtle) differences that mean your mind will react differently.
This means that every hypnosis session is a very individual thing.
In some sessions, you will feel as though you haven’t been hypnotised at all. If you ever got to talk with some of the people who feature on Derren Brown’s shows they’d claim they hadn’t been hypnotised by him. Derren Brown would probably claim the same.
But their subconscious mind was definitely reacting to the various conditions and suggestions that were placed there.
Which is what happens when you’re hypnotised, so to all intents and purposes that was the case for the people in the show, regardless of what they thought.
In other sessions. you won’t consciously remember what happened in the session. You’ll remember arriving for it, possibly remember closing your eyes and the start of the induction process and then the next thing you’ll consciously remember is being brought back to the real world at the end of the session.
A bit like some of the films you watched as a child when you were totally engrossed in what was happening on the screen.
By the nature of things, your hypnosis session can be anywhere between those two extremes.
So you might notice near enough everything that’s happening, near enough nothing or anywhere in between.
The trick is not to worry too much about whether or not you’re hypnotised!
In fact, that’s a very good approach.
Because the mere act of not worrying about it will help you to become more relaxed and open to the hypnotic suggestions that are being planted in your mind.
Just chill out a bit and go with the flow.
Regardless of your precise state of mind, it’s normally an enjoyable experience and the end result is definitely worth getting.