How Deep Should You Go?

Three Stages of Hypnosis

Traditionally, hypnosis has been viewed as having three distinct and separate stages. The question often arises which stage is the best. The general consensus of opinion is the deeper the stage the better. However, we find in the practical application that all stages of hypnosis can be useful and effective in establishing and reinforcing good habits. In addition, these stages often overlap with one stage leading to another. It is possible to move from light to medium to deep hypnosis or to move between the stages. While clearly there is no one level of hypnosis appropriate for every different type of session, still it is interesting to have a general understanding of the three stages.

Light Hypnosis

Typically, a person in light hypnosis may feel drowsy, but may not believe that he or she is in fact in a state of hypnosis. This person has complete awareness of the surroundings, the words being used and nuances of lighting, sound, smell, and sensation. Often this person may feel very relaxed and comfortable and will comply with simple suggestions, but not those of a more complicated type. The hypnotist may observe the physical manifestations of a drooping head, deep, regular breathing; the client will retain the ability to be distracted by outside influences. Even during a light trance your hypnosis session can be very effective.

Medium Hypnosis

During medium hypnosis, the subject does not resist compliance and will quickly and willingly comply with suggestions. He or she has the ability to hear, understand and to relive suggestions. Sensory propositions are readily accepted and experienced. Those sensory proposals can quite easily be removed by suggestion. Light amnesia may be introduced at this stage. The subject can experience significant pain relief. The physical manifestations of profound relaxation and regular breathing are a bit more pronounced. Almost anything which can be accomplished in hypnosis can be achieved during the medium stage.

Deep Hypnosis

In this stage, the relaxation is so deep and profound and the subject may be hesitant or unable to respond quickly to suggestions as they did in the medium stage. This is a very useful stage for the induction of anesthesia for major surgery. The physical manifestation of this stage is profound relaxation to the point of immobilisation. The ability to be distracted by outside influences is extinguished.

The Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has the ability to guide you to the appropriate stage of hypnosis. The stage of hypnosis will vary depending on your goals and your individualised therapy. Hypnosis like most other things become easier with practice. It is common for people upon their ensuing inductions to enter deeper stages of hypnosis.

Two Minds

The Two Minds of Mankind

We tend to think in terms of our brain, but within our brain, reside two separate minds that cooperate and sometimes compete with each other. The interplay and communication between Conscious and Subconscious Mind is a fascinating study. Increasing our knowledge of the way in which our brain functions has the potential to bring enlightenment and more efficient and effective functioning of our brain enabling us to accomplish our goals more quickly and with less stress.

Two Distinct Ways to Process Information

The first thing that our brain does is gather input from the senses. What we hear, see, taste, smell, and feel are gathered from the proper body part and transferred to the mind. This is where we interpret all that sensory input. The purpose of all these mental manipulations is to determine what is actually happening. The second wave of cerebral activity is to determine what we do in response to what is happening. Electrical, chemical and mechanical impulses are exchanged for the purpose of directing specific parts of the body to take prescribed actions. It is important to note that these two distinct processes occur in both the subconscious and conscious levels of the brain. Thus, a great deal of communication and coordination between these two minds occurs.

Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the area in which awareness occurs. It is where analysis, comparisons, and evaluations are made. Here in the conscious mind is where all voluntary muscular movement is managed. It is where we choose to delete or focus on specific information that we retrieve from our senses. The conscious mind makes the conscious decisions. Given all the amazing functions and responsibilities of the conscious mind, it is astonishing to note only 10 percent of our mental activity takes place in the conscious mind.

Subconscious Mind

We tend to think that our conscious mind is the boss telling the unconscious mind what to do, but when we sleep, the subconscious mind takes over. The subconscious mind holds all the memories of everything that has happened to you in your lifetime. It is in control of all your involuntary actions. It controls your breathing, digestion, the circulation of your blood throughout your body. Every involuntary action from the blinking of the eye to feeling cold, hungry or thirsty is initiated into the subconscious mind. In addition, the subconscious mind is a problem solver that never sleeps. This is why we often discover the answers to our problems in the morning after we have had a good night sleep.

Although the two minds have distinct and vital roles, neither can function without the other. When you come to Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast for weight loss, you are brought there by your conscious mind. However, when you leave with the desire to eat healthy, nonfattening foods in just the correct amounts while enjoying exercising more than ever before, those suggestions are stored in and emanate from the subconscious mind.

Avoiding Hypnotic Traps

Purposeful, self-directed hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to promote positive change in an individual’s life. It can be effectively used for weight loss, stress relief, overcoming phobias, insomnia, eliminating negative thinking, and changing bad habits to good ones.

Unfortunately, in everyday life, there exist many hypnotic traps. These snares are so cleverly interwoven into the fabric of our normal life activities that the average person is unaware of their potential to ensnare and create undesirable results. The consequences of falling into this traps can lead to obesity, health problems, and financial ruin. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of the hidden traps that are set for you each day. If you know where these deceptive devices are placed, you can easily avoid them.


Hypnosis is created through relaxation, concentration, and suggestion. The image of a person staring at a swinging watch or a burning candle while a hypnotist gives suggestions of relaxation in a dulcet voice is a very common one. The light from the television, the music and the suggestions given in a melodic voice almost perfectly emulate the hypnotist. However, there is one big difference. The hypnotist has designed your therapy session to enable you to break bad habits and establish new ones, while the designers of television commercials have one goal – making money for the client. Often the television suggestions encourage to overeat and eat fattening foods, to drink too much, and to spend excessively. Drifting off while watching television puts your critical filter into abeyance, which in turn causes you to become hyper suggestable. The Greg Thompson at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you to develop the habit of watching television purposively and critically evaluate the commercials.


The simple act of driving your car can be a hypnotic experience. If you have ever driven at night on a long road trip, you may have experienced road hypnosis. The lights from yours and oncoming cars can fatigue your eyes and create a relaxation and if the radio is playing, you may become too susceptible to the radio stations messages or even the lyrics of the songs to which you are listening. Not only can this experience create suggestibility to developing and maintaining bad habits, more importantly, it is dangerous to the point of being life-threatening.

I have barely touched base on the types of environmental hypnosis to which you are exposed each day. Boring lectures, reading billboards, the sound of rain, the crashing of waves, the howling of the wind are all potentially hypnotic events. Once you have experienced a hypnotherapy session at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, you will be aware of the feeling of being hypnotised and will be much better at avoiding hypnotic traps. In addition, you will realise that you can influence your own behaviour by deciding in a purposeful way which suggestions you want to embed deeply and strongly into your subconscious mind.

Enjoy Life!

Enjoy Life More Through Hypnosis

Life can be hectic and filled with problems and responsibilities. At times, we may feel as if we have more burdens than we can bear. Each of us has important roles that we must play: son/daughter, husband/wife, brother/sister, employee/employer and parent to name a few. It may seem as if we have little time for pleasure, always rushing here and there to put out the next brush fire. It is no wonder that so many of us have forgotten how to enjoy life. Perhaps we even feel guilty for our moments of gratification. We have coined the phrase, “guilty pleasure”. First, it is important for us to realise that finding more joy enhances all areas of our life. Our work, our relationships and our ability to cope effectively with problems improve when we add more satisfaction to our lives. As children, most of us knew how to play and laugh and take pleasure in the small things that are available to us each day. This article is written for those that feel a need to increase the happiness of our daily lives.

Barriers and Bridges to Enjoyment

The Roman orator Cicero said, “A happy life begins with the tranquility of the mind”. The major barrier to our enjoyment is our feelings of stress and worry. Stress can be a positive thing which motivates us to accomplish worthwhile tasks and goals, but it can also be debilitating at times. Hypnosis can serve as a bridge that allows us to travel safely and easily from stress to tranquility. The ability to recognise undesirable stress and to suspend it for a time is an invaluable skill. Fortunately, it is one that can be learned. Hypnosis, like any other skill, improves with practice. Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you to create this bridge in your imagination and give you skills to travel the road from anxiety to peacefulness.

Beyond Stress Relief

If all that hypnosis achieved was stress relief, it would be no different than meditation. Fortunately, hypnosis can go beyond stress relief and reconnect you to all the things that you once found to be pleasurable. All pleasure is perceived in your imagination which is the domain of the subconscious mind. Experiencing pleasure like any other skill is enhanced by practice and it can be effectively practiced in the mind.

Our memories are a treasure trove of enjoyment. Remember a time when you laughed uncontrollably, or when you were with someone you loved and truly felt secure, when you did a kind deed for someone, or when you received an unexpected kindness from another person. Your hypnotherapist can guide you to once again enjoy these memories in your subconscious mind. He can give you a post-hypnotic suggestion to re-experience these joyful moments anytime you wish and to learn to recognise and experience satisfaction in the many future moments that will be available to you.

Improve Your Memory

Memory Improvement Through Hypnosis

American President Teddy Roosevelt was famous for remembering the name of every man, woman, and child he had ever met. Countless stories from Mr. Roosevelt’s gardener, chauffeur, cook etc. recount that he not only knew them by name but also knew the names of their husband or wife and children. Roosevelt himself stated on many different occasions that it was the strength of his phenomenal memory more than anything else that catapulted him to the position of the president of the United States. But how do we account for his remarkable ability to remember names and details, and more importantly how can we achieve the same type of results that Roosevelt achieved?

The Secret of the False Belief

Famous American humorist Will Rodgers said,” It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so”. Most of us have been told that there is only so much storage space in the brain, so we shouldn’t fill it up with unnecessary details and facts. To use the vernacular of Will Rodgers, this belief simply “ain’t so”. The truth is the human brain is so large and well-designed that we have the ability to remember everything that happens to us in an entire lifetime. Hypnotists have proved this time and again by regressing clients back to an earlier time and allowing them to remember details that were long since thought to be forgotten. The irony is that this very belief that we cannot remember everything keeps us from doing it.

The Deletion Retention Conundrum

Another seemingly contradictory fact about the human mind is that we are deletion creatures. There are so many sights, sounds, smells and sensations available to our senses that we must delete 99 % of the information in order to concentrate on the things that are most interesting to us. For example, if you attend a large party and engage in an interesting discussion or debate with a guest there, most likely you will remember the discussion well but will have deleted almost everything else about the party from your conscious awareness. However, other aspects of the party have been stored in your memory, just beyond your conscious awareness. Thus, what you choose to remember is merely a function of focused attention. If you, like Roosevelt, learn to focus your attention on a person’s name, even for a second, years later when you meet again, you will be able to access that information.

The professionals at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you understand that, at a very deep unconscious level, your capacity for memory is virtually limitless. In addition, you will be given a posthypnotic suggestion to learn to focus your attention on what you wish to learn. Much like a fast draw gun artist, you will be able to instantly focus on your target, squeeze off the shot and quickly move to the next target.

Pain Management

Stop Suffering Through the Use of Hypnosis

Imagine, if you will, a medicine that has the ability to relieve arthritis, joint pain, migraines, and neck aches, backaches and virtually any agony that is thought to be felt locally. In 1970, J. R. Hildegard’s groundbreaking research revealed that pain is actually experienced not locally, but within the brain. His studies with amputees reported that they were experiencing pain in the foot even though the foot had been amputated. Neurological science describes in great detail how pain is transferred to the brain. There is little doubt among the scientific and medical community that the brain is the place where we experience pain. Why is this important? Because we have the capability to affect the brain’s interpretation of pain messages through the use of hypnosis and the ability to affect the body’s response.

Pain vs. Suffering

The sensation of pain is a very useful and important survival mechanism. It alerts us to problems that need to be dealt with in an expedient fashion. For example, the bleeding from a gaping cut must be stopped as soon as possible, otherwise, we are in danger of losing too much blood and bleeding to death. However, once the throbbing pain of arthritis has alerted us to the condition, the continual pain messaging to the brain does little good. In fact, the opposite is true. We know that it creates needless suffering, raises our blood pressure, inhibits our ability to think rationally and lowers our immune system. Clearly, we need to retain the ability to feel pain while simultaneously reducing the amount of suffering that we experience.

The Best Medicine

Why do virtually all clinical studies include a control group? The answer is, to control for the placebo effect. Twenty percent of the general population will show signs of improvement if they believe they have been given a powerful medication to make them well which is the same percentage of the general population reported to be somnambulistic, i.e. very easily hypnotised. Placebo cost nothing, it has no side effects and it works. A placebo is a form of hypnosis and it has been called the best medicine. The eighty percent of the population that doesn’t respond positively to placebo could be helped by a more direct application of the logical principles of hypnosis.

Real Medicine Produced by the Brain

Scientific studies have shown that the brain has the power to produce a chemical known as dynorphin, from the family of chemicals known as endorphins. Dynorphin is estimated to be two hundred times more powerful than morphine. When it is produced through hypnosis, the chemical is made in just the right dosage for your body.

Greg at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has been trained to suspend your critical mind and to convince your unconscious mind to produce this safe but powerful chemical. The result is to stop or greatly reduce the needless suffering which you have been experiencing.