You Are Already Hypnotized

Change Your Hypnotist

The question often arises: can I be hypnotized? The short answer is yes, and you already have been. Life is hypnotizing. All of us have been in a state of hyper-suggestibility on a daily basis. Our environment, past experiences, friends, family, television, music, etc. all have the ability to invoke changes in our behaviour at deep subconscious levels. The very fact that we are capable of change is a testimonial to our hypnotic nature. The more appropriate question is: How can I change my hypnotist from a negative to a positive one?

The Bad Hypnotist

Life is made up of external input and the way that we choose to react to that feedback. Our ability to control what happens to us is limited, but our ability to choose to respond to it is absolutely under our power. Frequently, we make predictions based on our worst experiences. These become self-fulfilling prognostications that we will suffer a bad consequence. We, in fact, unintentionally become our own bad hypnotist, feeding undesirable suggestions into our subconscious mind. This is understandable due to our natural inclination to remember negative experiences more strongly than positive ones. In simple terms of survival, it is far better to avoid repeating negative experiences than it is to replicate enjoyable ones. Each time we respond to an outside stimulus, a footprint is left. Much like a game trail, we have a tendency to follow these known paths, making the way clearer and easier to walk even if it means going the wrong direction.

Awareness

In order to achieve a more desirable result in your life, the first thing you should do is to be consciously aware of your behaviour patterns. For example, perhaps every day when you arrive home from work, your husband asks how your day went. This question may trigger to mind the worst experience of the workday. You may relive that moment through the retelling. The end result is that you once again reinforce how much you hate your job, which in turn produces feelings of anger, frustration or hopelessness. Whenever you experience any negative emotion, this is a cue for you to analyse what just happened. You may discover that positive things do happen at work, but you only report the negative. The next day give yourself a suggestion to be aware of the positive moments. The telling of positive and hopeful things can now become a daily ritual for you and your husband. You may well discover that you enjoy your work more with each and every passing day.

At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, the reaction to external events can be altered in such a way as to become a permanent change. Greg understands environmental conditioning and can identify negative behaviour patterns which can be difficult for you to see. Working with Greg, you can eliminate the bad hypnotist while accentuating the good one.

Interpreting Dreams With Hypnosis

Dream Interpretation Through Hypnosis

Sigmund Freud famously said, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.” The human mind is an amazing computer that works 24/7 to solve our problems. Even while sleeping, the unconscious mind continues to work to resolve our most pressing issues. Dreams are wish fulfillment, either conscious or repressed. Since many of our primary concerns are quite disturbing in nature, the unconscious mind disguises them by distorting the symbols. If it does not, we will experience nightmares and awaken disturbed without true insight into the nature of our fears. In order to unlock the secret code of our dreams, it is necessary to understand some of the ways in which our dreams are distorted.

Symbolisation

This is the tendency of the unconscious mind to substitute one thing for another. For example, a person who is experiencing anxiety about their job and financial security might wander through a strange city looking for a specific address on Easy Street. Consciously, he or she may have repressed this fear of being inadequate in their job or being fired. Under hypnosis, the remembering of this detail can provide the clue that can lead to a realisation that changing their career is in order.

Dramatisation

Often our dreams will appear to us like a movie. We are the main character and we observe ourselves in a third person kind of way. Perhaps, we are transported back to a simpler place and time to which we wish to return. We can become the hero or heroine in our dreams overcoming obstacles or suffering defeat. This type of dream can encourage or empower us, or be very discouraging.

Condensation

Sometimes in dreams, two characters may merge into one, or one character may transform into another. In your dream, you may be playing with a cute and affectionate kitten, in the next instance, it transforms into a vicious animal. This could be indicative of your concern about the duality of a specific person, perhaps your wife or husband.

Displacement

This is the tendency to transfer a behaviour from one thing to another less threatening thing. In the case of a person who is feeling repressed anger towards someone in his or her life, they might dream about smashing the television set. This is less threatening to your image than committing an act of physical violence against another person.

The unconscious mind holds the key to those unrecognisable symbols and it has been proven time and time again that a skilled hypnotherapist can assist the client in unlocking these secrets, thus aiding in resolving primary concerns and fears. A skillful hypnotherapist can help provide insight and post-hypnotic suggestions to aid the client in experiencing a greater occurrence of empowering and problem-solving dreams.

Three Hypnotic Inductions

Three Hypnotic Induction Methods

Initially, the most fascinating part of the hypnosis session is the induction. There is a great number of different types of inductions and deepening techniques. At Moving Minds Gold Coast Hypnotherapy, the induction is tailored to the client. Some inductions will be better suited to a specific client than others. As long as active cooperation between the hypnotist and the subject is achieved, almost any type of induction will be effective.

Progressive Relaxation

As in all forms of induction, it begins with a pre-induction. During the pre-induction, the client’s goals are addressed, in addition, his or her concerns and questions are answered. This is a good time for the hypnotist and the subject to establish rapport as they will be functioning as a partnership during the induction. This method is very reliable and seldom misunderstood. It can be used with or without music. The subject is allowed to sit in a very comfortable chair, in a very loose and relaxed position in a room with comfortable temperature and soothing lighting. Hypnosis is created with the use of words, and through the use of words, the subject will be guided to relax individual body parts starting from the top of the head and floating down to the tips of the toes. When optimum relaxation occurs, the conscious mind will gradually and naturally drift into abeyance until a state of hypnosis occurs.

Eye Fascination

Following the pre-induction, and after being once again comfortably seated, the hypnotist draws the client’s concentration to a particular point of attention. It could be a laser light on the wall, a swinging pendulum, a spinning disc, a flame or any other point of focus. As the eyes stare at the object, ocular fatigue is created. The hypnotist is simultaneously giving the client verbal suggestion to intensify the fatigue. The point is located slightly upward. Within a short amount of time, the eyes will close and the conscious mind will once again drift into abeyance.

The Confusion Method of Induction

This method can be used as an initial induction as well as a very effective deepening technique. The confusion method was developed by the Father of Modern Hypnosis Milton Erickson and it brilliantly uses contradictory messaging to tire the conscious mind and allow it to let go into abeyance. Suggestions are meaningful but contradictory, given in quick succession. For example, the client may be told his right hand is lifting upwards while his left hand is remaining stationary and then quickly and in a confident manner those suggestions are reversed.

While any of these inductions and many others not discussed will be effective in most situations, the measure of a good hypnotist is what happens after the induction occurs. The pre-induction and the induction are necessary precursors to the hypnotherapy that takes place, and they are all effective whether your goal is weight loss, stress relief, smoking cessation or any of the other therapies offered at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast.

Hypnosis Myths

Hypnosis, the Misunderstood Science

The scientific phenomenon of hypnosis has such remarkable powers to affect positive change in human behaviour that it has been viewed as magical. In fact, it has been presented as a supernatural experience by many practitioners of the art. In 1773, Anton Mesmer beguiled the French Aristocracy by claiming that the stars, the planets affected people by influencing an unseen fluid distilled by him through lodestone. He concocted The Theory of Animal Magnetism. The French courtiers believed it and were attracted in mass by this charismatic man. They were charmed into feeling better and, indeed, the word mesmerize came from his name. Parisians believed that the power sprang forth from the stars as controlled by this mystical man, never realising that the real power was within them, arising from their own belief and faith. This would not be the first or last misconception with regard to hypnosis. In this article, a few of the most common myths with regard to hypnosis will be explored.

Hypnosis is Sleep

The early verbiage of hypnosis has led to this erroneous belief. The image of a hypnotist using a swinging pocket watch for an eye fascination while saying, “You are getting sleepy; when I count from three to zero, you will fall into a deep sleep,” leaves us with the understandable impression that hypnosis is sleep. While there are similarities, the differences are many. When we sleep, awareness is suspended, while in hypnosis awareness is intensified. In hypnosis, the subject can and does respond to suggestions, not so with sleep. Physiologically, the heart rate, lung functioning, and blood circulation are closer to waking state than the sleeping state. If sleeping and hypnotism were the same experiences, hypnotism would be superfluous.

Hypnotism is Only for Weak-minded People

Some people believe that intellect and personal power of the hypnotist overwhelm and control the weaker minded subject. In reality, quite the opposite is true. Hypnosis is created by cooperation between the subject and the hypnotist, and the more intelligent and imaginative the client, the more powerful the impact of the hypnotic session.

The Danger of Not Awakening from the Hypnotic State

This is, of course, a false concern. There is no danger of this occurring. When the subject becomes uncomfortable with the process, they will quite naturally abrogate or awaken. Otherwise, the session will end when the hypnotist suggests it is over, or through relaxation, the patron actually will fall into a natural sleep from which they will naturally awake.

At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, we want you to know that the session belongs to you. Whether your goal is weight loss, to reduce anxiety, stress relief, smoking cessation or any of our other therapies, you control your thoughts. The suggestions come from your goals as expressed to the hypnotists. In cooperation with your hypnotist, you can quickly and enjoyably accomplish your goals.

Non-Smoker With Hypnosis

Smoker to Non-Smoker With Hypnosis

When tobacco was discovered in the Americas and first introduced to Europeans, it was marketed as a health product. It was thought that the fire and smoke eliminated the disease. Tobacco was the perfect product, cheap to produce, transport and there was no spoilage. With the rise of movies and television, tobacco marketers learned to associate smoking with beautiful, rich and sophisticated people. Thus the identification smoker was born. People wanted to be like their heroes and heroines and began to model their behaviour. Essentially, it is now understood that smoking is a dangerously unhealthy and expensive habit. Yet, identification smokers remain. There is another type of smoker. The replacement smoker uses smoking as a substitute for a void in his or her life. Perhaps in the place of food, sexual gratification, love, friendship, etc. Hypnosis is an excellent tool for moving the client from smoker to non-smoker. Different techniques exist for each of these two categories of a smoker.

Identification Smoker

Identification smoking is the most common and generally begins at an early age. Even after the person no longer identifies with the individual or group, the habit remains. As with any habit, it takes time to recondition the unconscious mind to make the change. One technique that has been successfully employed by hypnotist is to determine the smokers comfort range. For example, if a person is comfortable smoking 18 cigarettes a day, the hypnotherapist puts him on a program of smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 7 days with the hypnotic suggestion that he or she will be more aware than ever before of the taste in his or her mouth. The second week the client is told to break ten cigarettes in half and smoke each half increasing the heat up to 140 degrees. The next week the client is told to change the brand of cigarettes to a cheaper one and smoke 5 a day. On the last day of the week, a post-hypnotic suggestion is given that the subject is now an ex-smoker.

Replacement Smoker

The replacement smokers enjoy the feel of the cigarette in their hands, the business of lighting the cigarette and the sight of the smoke rising in the air. Generally, the strategy for the replacement smoker is to replace this habit with one that is more gratifying. Ronald Regan famously quit smoking by replacing the habit with eating jelly beans. Other replacements that have worked or vaping, drinking water, inhaling aromatherapy, etc. Often an empowering activity such as lifting weights, running, bicycling or swimming is introduced. The hypnotherapist should specifically tailor this substitution to something that captures the active imagination of the client.

The strategies suggested are in no way the only ones that will produce positive results. However, simply by being aware of whether you are an identification are replacement smoker can allow you to utilize a strategy that works best for you in your journey from smoker to non-smoker.

Insomnia Remedy

From Insomnia to Deep Sleep Through Hypnosis

It is natural for humans to have difficulty sleeping from time to time. Inability to sleep often can be contributed to physical causes like too much caffeine, exercising before bed, overstimulation, eating too much, too hot, too cold, too noisy or too light. If a person has determined that their inability to sleep is not triggered by any of the previously listed conditions, the next most common cause is a busy or overactive mind. The French have an expression “entre chien et loup”, which loosely translated means the hour of the wolf. That time of night in which the worries and problems of the day keep nipping at your heels, preventing you from enjoying the restful sleep you need. Often times this is a temporary condition which will correct itself as soon as these worrisome issues are resolved. However, in cases when resolution of the problems does not lead to peaceful healthy sleep hypnotherapy for insomnia is a viable solution with a track record of success.

Emotional Causes of Hypnosis

Insomnia may be caused by fears and regrets about the past, feelings of guilt, fear of loss of control or even death. It could be based upon a trauma that one has experienced or an irrational belief such as the conviction that if you fall asleep you will be attacked or simply never re-awaken. One might have the feeling that there is too much left to accomplish before sleep should occur. A pre-session with your hypnotherapist should be able to bring light to these types of issues in order to cure your insomnia. If any of these concerns are discovered the reasons should be acknowledged consciously in order for the hypnotist to make the appropriate post-hypnotic suggestions.

The Natural Remedy

The good news is that the process of the progressive relaxation induction is therapeutic in and of itself. Frequently, with or even without the suggestion of tranquil, deep and satisfying sleep, this is exactly what occurs after experiencing a hypnotic induction. As a result, insomnia is one of the easiest and most successful therapies that a professional hypnotist can administer. In addition, the hypnotherapist can make direct and indirect suggestions to sleep soundly, deeply and peacefully through the night. Since sleep is part of the natural survival programing of our unconscious mind these suggestions will most likely be accepted uncritically into the sub conscious mind.

A sequitur approach to moving from insomnia to deep sleep is to eliminate the physical causes, evaluate the possibility of this unrest being stimulated by an overactive or worried mind, and to explore the likelihood that emotional reasons or an irrational belief are at the root of the difficulty. The final step is to enjoy the relaxing letting go during a hypnotic induction and to allow the subconscious mind to experience the restorative sleep that you need and deserve.

Hypnosis Improves Introspection

How Hypnosis Improves Introspection

Perhaps you have had the experience of someone asking you a question that you could not answer. Possibly, the response was not very important, and it really didn’t matter. Yet, you felt compelled, even driven, to answer the inquiry. This is because our unconscious mind is geared to provide solutions to the questions we ask. If you allow yourself to be aware of the inner working of your mind, you will discover that your brain is a question generating machine. Every second of every day, your thought process is being bombarded by questions. Why did that driver cut me off? Why is she so happy today? What does my boss want to talk to me? The way in which a question is asked determines the quality of the answer. Basically, there are only negative and positive questions.

Negative Questions

Unfortunately, most of us ask a lot more negative questions than positive ones. For example, if you ask yourself, “Why am I so fat?” your brain might come up with because you are constantly eating candy and you never exercise. Since that is a reasonable answer, you will accept it and move to another question. If you ask, “Why is my energy level so low?”, your subconscious mind might answer because you stay up all night playing video games. If you say to yourself, “Why does nobody like me?”, and your answer is because I am stupid, ugly and I have a bad personality, you could have some self-esteem issues.

Positive Questions

Let’s revisit the three previously mentioned issues of being overweight, low energy, and loneliness. The answer to the question, “How can I lose weight?”, might become by not eating candy, starting to eat healthy foods in just the right amount. The question, “How can I increase my energy level?” is answered by exercising, eating healthy foods and getting lots of sleep. Your mind might summarise you could make more friends by being friendlier or joining a club. No doubt, your subconscious will get busy suggesting possibilities. There are endless variations to the questions you could ask, such as “Why do my friends like me? What makes me feel energised? What will I do when I lose all the weight I desire?”

A competent hypnotherapist can give you a post-hypnotic suggestion to be aware of your intrinsic dialogue and to change negative questions to positive ones. Simply by asking better questions, you will enjoy improved outcomes.

Dream Analysis

Hypnosis in Dream Analysis

Sigmund Freud said, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious”. Dreams are our only natural venting process. Dreams can allow us to discover solutions to problems that we can’t solve during waking consciousness. Many scientific discoveries were made during dreaming, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the structure of benzene, the periodic table and using insulin for diabetics to name a few. Iconic works by writers like Edgar Allen Poe “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan of the Apes” were revealed in dreams. Countless therapeutic breakthroughs have been made through dreaming. Very long books have been written detailing and documenting the discoveries and benefits derived from dreams and dreaming, yet few of us know how to harness this powerful problem-solving technique. Hypnosis is one of the most useful methods of enabling us to harness the creative and healing properties of dreaming.

Nature of Dreams

Studies have revealed that all humans dream. Regardless of race, culture, occupation, religious or philosophical orientation we are a dreaming people. Most people will dream about 90 minutes during every 8-hour sleep cycle. Remembering your dream is largely affected by the depth of sleep in which the dream occurred. Our unconscious mind uses dreaming to attempt to solve unresolved issues. Frequently, we are afraid to confront these core issues directly, so our sub-conscious mind speaks to us in symbols. The art of dream analysis is to correctly interpret these symbols. A dream that is well remembered will always provide clues with regard to the time period in which the core issue occurred. Venting in dreams can be blocked by threatening events and memories from the past. Dreams can be either helpful or harmful.

Hypnosis Unleashing the Positive Power of Dreaming

The deeper your sleep, the more vividly you will remember your dreams. A hypnotic induction is in and of itself a relaxing activity which will enable you to sleep deeper and sounder. The post-hypnotic suggestion, “whenever your head hits the pillow, you will begin to drift into a very pleasant, restful deep slumber”, will intensify your ability to reach the deepest, most relaxing sleep stages. In addition, the suggestion that “you will awaken refreshed, empowered, with a sense of well-being remembering well the details of your dream”, will allow you to accurately decode the symbols present in your dreams. Further, a therapeutic suggestion that you will have the power of lucid dreaming, changing nightmares into pleasant visions will remove the fear and anxiety from the dreaming process.

Although few people know or understand the marvelous opportunities for self-improvement inherent in dreaming, it is a known process that can be learned. The effort that you put into dream analysis will be repaid many times by the benefits that can be derived. Even the simple increased awareness from reading this article can be very beneficial.

Mind Control VS Hypnosis

Mind Control VS Hypnosis

The image of an all-powerful hypnotist locking his mesmerizing eyes upon a helpless victim and, thereby, controlling this lesser person’s will have been perpetuated in myth, legend, and by Hollywood. In reality, can one person exert control over another without their conscious will? The short answer is yes, but that is not hypnosis, it is mind control. Both hypnosis and mind control are based on the scientific understanding of the working of the human brain. Both are powerful forces for change. However, the goals and methods of each are very different. In this article, we will briefly explore some of the basic differences between hypnosis and mind control.

Mind Control

The goal of mind control is exactly what the name proclaims: to gain access to another person’s subconscious mind and, thereby, to control their behaviour. In order for mind control to occur, there must be three basic components present. First, sensory deprivation must happen. Typically, the practitioner will isolate the victim from family and friends, deprive them of food, water, ability to use the restroom and of sleep. Under these conditions, the critical filter, which allows us to make choices based upon our best interest is suspended or put into abeyance. Once this has happened, the brain can begin to be reprogrammed. Secondly, a system of massive punishment must be imposed. The victim will be degraded, humiliated and experience physical pain whenever their behaviour is not in alignment with the indoctrination. Thirdly, a system of rewards will be implemented each time a person complies with commands. These rewards usually entail restoring something that the target individual has been previously denied. In addition, the person is praised and elevated above non-complying people.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is initiated by the client for the purposes of self-improvement. The client identifies the changes they wish to make in their behaviour. Hypnosis is established by the cooperation between subject and hypnotist. No sensory deprivation will occur, in fact, quite the opposite actually takes place. The patron is encouraged to develop a support system of family and friends that will assist them in making their desired lifestyle changes. Attention is given to making the environment as relaxing as possible. Generally, a comfortable chair is provided, there are soft lights and pleasant music. Frequently, the hypnotist will guide his client through a very soothing and enjoyable progressive relaxation. The subject will be advised that they are always free to accept or reject any suggestion given. In the final analysis, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because it cannot be done against a person’s will.

In hypnosis as in mind control, the person’s critical filter is placed in abeyance in order for ideas to be uncritically positioned into the sub-conscious mind, the most powerful part of the brain. It is this part of the brain that controls our automatic thinking and our habits. In short, mind control is done to a person, while hypnosis is done in cooperation with another person.

Hypnosis – Magic or Science?

Imagine if you will, the rhythmic beating of drums, the swaying of the shaman as he dances against the backdrop of the fire-lit ebony night. The tribesman begins to twirl with wild abandon.  Chanting continues until the lame join the dance.  The ill rise from their sick beds.  The shaman touches a forehead, and a young girl drops as if in instant and deep slumber, and when she awakens, she is pain-free.  What is this mysterious power with which the spirit master controls his tribe?  Surely, this man, unique among his people, has been imbued with magical powers originating in the world of spirit. Or could there be another explanation?

Magical Powers or Science

Let us fast forward to today.  There is a man of learning, of science.  He has studied for many years at the best universities that civilisation has to offer. He is a medical doctor and has the knowledge and skill to deliver people from their miseries.  He uses the latest diagnostic equipment; his skill is practiced. In short, he knows what he is doing. He suggests to a woman that she take a prescribed medicine for 7 to 10 days and then she will become free of her pain. Unknown to her, the medication prescribed was a simple sugar pill. Again, the special healer would appear to have magical powers.

There is no debate that these two very different men living in different times and places have access to an amazing power, but what do these men have in common?  Both of them understand that the human mind when imbued with a strong belief, has the ability to change the chemicals their body makes and the conditions necessary for healing to occur. It is rather ironic that the source of that power actually comes from the healed and not the healers.

Hypnosis is created through the use of words

The truth is the professional hypnotist is an individual who has learned to guide another person to alter their suggestibility and to achieve their desired goals through known scientific principles.  These principles are referred to as laws, such as the Law of Dominant Suggestion.   What one person can learn can be taught to others. Any motivated intelligent person can successfully perform a hypnotic induction and through the process alter their suggestibility to achieve their purposes.  Hypnosis is created through the use of words. It is a skill that has been taught and learned throughout recorded history.

Which brings us back to our original question: Is it magic or is it science? This question brings to mind a quote from Thomas Edison who, when asked how electricity worked, succinctly answered, ” It works, use it.”