Can you be Stuck in a Trance? | Myths about Hypnosis

A thing that makes some people reluctant to try hypnosis is fear of the unknown. That’s especially likely to be true if all you know about hypnosis is what you’ve read in books or seen at the cinema. Now you’re being asked to go into some stranger’s office, and let that stranger put you into an altered state and peek into your mind.

It doesn’t help that there are a lot of myths and half-truths about hypnosis. One common concern is this: What if I go so deeply into a trance that I never come back out?

Not to worry. There has never been a recorded instance of anyone going into a trance, no matter how deep, and not being able to come out of it.

For starters, most useful trance states are not all that deep. You are not going to go over the edge and fall into some mysterious shadowland of no return. Most of the time you will be completely, if a little distantly, aware of everything going on around you. You will be in touch with your body, and how relaxed it feels. You will hear what the hypnotist is saying. If your hypnotist uses music as part of the trance induction, you will hear it. If your eyes are closed, you will be aware of that, and know that you could open them if you wanted to.

Now, in some cases, you might slip into a really deep trance, the kind referred to as somnambulistic, where you have no conscious awareness of your body or your surroundings. Not to worry. Even in a trance that deep, a part of you is always aware of what is going on around you, paying attention to what is happening, and ready to pull you back into conscious awareness if need be.

Let’s imagine the worst: You are in a super deep trance, in another world mentally, and your hypnotist has a massive heart attack, slides to the carpet, and dies on the spot. What would happen then is that you would stay in your trance a while longer, then gradually move from hypnosis to normal sleep, and eventually wake up.

The reason for that is a thing called homeostasis, which is the tendency of any system—in this case you—to want to keep on being pretty much the way it usually is. Being in a deep, somnambulistic trance is not at all usual, and so, left to their own devices, your mind and body will find their way back to a normal state of consciousness.

So when you walk into the hypnotist’s office, not only can you look forward to a positive experience, you can be sure that when it’s over you will be able to walk back out again.

Fast Track to Smoking Cessation – Hypnosis on the Gold Coast

The good news in Australia is that fewer and fewer people are smoking, and when they do smoke, they light up less often. Between major price increases and stiffer laws—especially in Gold Coast and the rest of Queensland, where it’s become really hard to find a place to smoke legally—the number of regular smokers is about half what it was twenty years ago.

The bad news is that a lot of Australians are still hooked on nicotine. A good three quarters of them say they want to quit, and many try to quit, often more than once, but most of the things they try have a disappointing success rate.

One approach is group counseling or individual cognitive behavioral therapy. They help some people, but they are also expensive and time consuming, and tend to have a high dropout rate.

Acupuncture and acupressure have attracted some smokers, but once again, the success rate is low. The same is true for things like electrostimulation and laser stimulation.

If you go to your family doctor you are likely to get a prescription for Champix or Zyban. They work for some smokers, but are expensive and come with an array of side effects—agitation, sadness, nausea, headaches, muscle pain, nightmares and diminished sex drive.

Then there are nicotine replacements—gums, patches, inhalers—that have their own side bad side effects; and, of course, you are still hooked on nicotine, just in a different form.

There is a better way—hypnosis.

Hypnosis costs less than at least some of the other approaches. More importantly, it works. Hypnosis has a very high success rate. That is because the smoking habit has multiple causes, and hypnosis attacks that habit on multiple fronts.

First is the physical addiction. You light up, get the immediate pleasurable effects, and feel pretty good. But withdrawal happens quickly, you start craving another fix, and so you light up again. Hypnosis attacks the craving directly.

Nicotine affects your mood. It can lift you up if you are down, and calm you if you are agitated. A skilled clinical hypnotist will help you smooth out the ups or downs.

You may be afraid that if you stop smoking you will gain weight, and it’s true that one of the “advantages” of smoking is that it dulls your sense of smell and taste. Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways of managing weight.

So if you are a smoker, and you are ready to stop, hypnosis is a good way to go. It is cost effective. It works, and works quickly. And the only side effects are feelings of accomplishment and pride in having beaten the nicotine beast.

Can You be Fat but Fit..

Even if your mirror is telling you that you’re not the svelte person you once were, and even if you understand that hypnosis is a well-demonstrated way to lose excess weight, the task can feel daunting. No surprise then, that people find excuses to put off picking up the telephone and making an appointment for that first hypnotic session.

One excuse that some people employ is the Fat but Fit fairy tale. It goes like this:

Hey, as long as I stay active, and work out, I can weigh as much as I want and it won’t matter.”

This pleasant fantasy began a number of years back when researchers at Middle Tennessee State University in the United States carried out what’s known as a meta study on weight and health. A meta study is where you collect data from a great many individual studies that have been done in the past, throw them all into the same pot, and re-analyse the results.

In this case they took the participants from several studies and divided them in two ways. First, they split people into three groups—normal weight, overweight, and obese. Then they split each of those groups into two sub-groups—physically fit and not physically fit. The outcome variable was whether or not people died before they should.

They found that if you were overweight or obese, and also out of shape, you were twice as likely to die early; but if you were fat but physically fit, your odds of dying were no different than for people who were of normal weight.

Huzzas all around. Eat all you want. Weigh as much as you like. Just get lots of exercise, and you’ll be fine.

It turned out that there was a small problem in the study’s design. Nobody thought to take age into account. When they got around to that, the researchers found that age made a big difference. Later studies showed that, while people in their twenties and thirties can get away with being overweight, or even obese, things change after that. Excess weight in middle-aged and older people leads predictably to hardening of the arteries, diabetes, cardiac disease, and premature death.

So if you have been living with the delusion that unhealthy weight doesn’t matter, you have two choices. Either find a different fairy tale to use to excuse doing nothing, or grab the phone and set up that first appointment with a competent clinical hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis for Alcohol Abuse

Here’s some good news. There are fewer problem drinkers in Australia these days. Young Aussie’s are starting to drink at a later age than they were a couple of decades ago, and the amount of binge drinking is down.

But the problem has not gone away. Australia still logs thousands of deaths, injuries and illnesses tied to alcohol use and abuse every year. And while education and work at prevention have helped, treatment is still lagging.

Alcoholics Anonymous continues to be the primary road for most problem drinkers. Sadly, going to those meetings only helps a small minority. Depending on whose figures you look at, AA has a success rate of ten percent, tops. In addition, most formal treatment programs are mainly variations of the AA approach, and also have a dismal success rate.

Then there are treatments using drugs. The oldest is disulfiram, sold as Antabuse. If you take it daily, then have a drink, your blood pressure drops, and you feel like you’re about to die, which makes for a pretty effective slapdown. The weakness of the approach is that people learn they can lay off the Antabuse for a week or so, and then drink with no negative effects, so they just schedule their binges.

Physicians sometimes prescribe other drugs. Naltrexone, for instance, blocks endorphins, so that the drinker doesn’t get the rush. However, this and other drugs have shown little or no effectiveness in actually reducing pathological drinking.

There is a better way. Hypnotherapy is beginning to get more attention in the battle against alcoholism and alcohol abuse. It is effective, and it works on more than one level.

For starters, hypnotherapy works on the physical addiction. When you drink chronically and then stop, you have withdrawal symptoms that go beyond that weekend hangover, up to and including seizure, and those symptoms can recur over an extended period of time. Hypnosis blocks the symptoms.

Chronic drinkers also suffer from physical cravings. Once again, hypnosis works against those, and with training in self-hypnosis, the recovering drinker can stay in charge.

Most alcohol abusers have self-esteem issues. Poor self-image is one of the things that got them drinking to begin with. As any good alcoholic will tell you, when you’ve had a few drinks you can be anyone you want to be—brilliant, talented, charming, adored—at least until you wake up the next morning. Hypnotherapy has a long and proven track record when it comes to dealing with self-esteem problems, not to mention the depression and anxiety that many problem drinkers suffer from.

A skilled, competent hypnotherapist can help you deal effectively with excessive drinking, as well as the other problems that so often go along with it. Moving Minds Hypnotherapy helps alcoholics become non-drinkers. At it’s central location in Coomera on the Gold Coast, it is easy to get to from Brisbane to Tweed Heads. You have nothing to lose but your hangover.

Things You Can Do TODAY to Help Your Weight Loss Journey

A growing number of people have discovered, to their delight, that hypnosis really works for losing unwanted kilos. It’s painless, cost effective, and offers you a way to put your mind in charge of your body.

But even with the power of hypnosis, losing weight is a journey—a long journey if you have a lot of weight to lose. Things will go better if you structure that time, and develop some new habits.

Here are some things you can do to make that journey go better:

  1. First, go out and buy yourself a piece of clothing that is one size smaller than what you are wearing now. It needn’t be pricey, but it should be something you will really look forward to wearing. Hang it on the outside of your closet, or any place else where you will see it all the time. Before you know it, as the weight starts to come off with hypnosis, it will fit. Put it on, and be sure to show it off to your friends. Then go out any buy something else—again, a size smaller. Do that for every size you drop until you reach your goal weight; and each time, give the previous article away, to a friend, or to charity, to remind yourself that you are never going to be that overweight again.
  2. Put your eating on a schedule. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time each day, as much as possible. Research has shown that people who do this don’t eat as much. It may be that it reduces snacking. Or maybe you don’t go too long in an empty stomach and then pig out from hunger. Whatever, it works.
  3. Always have breakfast, and make sure it is a high protein meal. This has two advantages: it keeps you away from excess sugar, and your hunger doesn’t return as quickly because protein digests more slowly.
  4. Keep the television off at mealtime. It is a well-established fact that people who watch the tube while they are eating wind up eating more.
  5. Drink a large glass of water before each meal. That way you will start the meal feeling less hungry to begin with. You will have less room in your stomach for food. And the extra water actually speeds up your metabolism a tad.
  6. Make drinking coffee or tea a habit (but not too much milk or sugar). The caffeine speeds up metabolism, and other ingredients in those beverages boost the body’s ability to burn fat. Don’t go overboard with this however.  Don’t drink all day.  One a meal is sufficient.

Then, as the weight comes down, enjoy the new you.

How to have a positive self-image about being fat

Evidence is growing that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are effective ways to lose weight, and getting in touch with a competent clinical hypnotist—in Gold Coast that means calling Greg Thompson—will start you on the way to shedding your fat. But even after a series of powerful hypnotic sessions, you will still have issues to work on.

A major issue is self-image.

When you are overweight, especially if you are a lot overweight and have been that way for a long time, that becomes your picture of yourself. That can make it hard to believe that you can actually lose weight and keep it off, especially if you have tried and failed in the past.

On top of that, losing weight takes time. Not even the most powerful hypnosis will make you slender overnight. If you work at it in a healthy way, you will lose about a kilogram a week; and there will be weeks when no weight comes off.

That means that, especially in the early stages, you won’t see any difference when you look in the mirror. After the first week, the mirror will show the same you. The result will be pretty much the same the second and third weeks, especially if you start the process with a lot of pounds to shed.

But don’t lose heart. At the end of the fourth week your mirror will begin to show a difference. It will be something small at first—that double chin will be getting firmer, your belt will be a little looser, or your fingers will look slimmer. Whatever it is, it will feel good.

You will still have a long way to go, and there will still be food everywhere, tempting you to give in to bad old habits.

Here’s a thing you can do to keep yourself on track:

Just before you begin your hypnotic sessions, take two photographs of yourself, or have someone take them for you—one from the front, and one in profile. Put them up on the wall, side by side.

Four weeks after your hypnotic sessions, take two more photos, same poses, and tack them up right next to the first pair.

Two weeks later, do another set of pictures, and then keep up that routine until you have reached your goal weight.

Doing this, you will be able to see yourself getting slimmer. After all, the camera doesn’t lie. (Okay, no Photoshopping allowed here.) It will give you a major boost, psychologically and emotionally; and it will demonstrate that you had the stubbornness and confidence to do something really good for yourself.

You need to know the facts about hypnosis before your first session

If you are thinking about seeing a hypnotist—maybe for losing weight, or stopping smoking or excess drinking, or for any of a lot of other reasons—here are some facts about hypnosis to know before you take that step.

First, not all of those who call themselves hypnotists or hypnotherapists are qualified. You need to find someone—in Gold Coast, for instance, you might want to give clinical hypnotherapist Greg Thompson a call—who has the training and experience to work safely and successfully with you.

Next, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, not just suggestibility. When you are in a trance, your brain waves are much slower. Your attention is more focused, which allows you to zero in on specific thoughts, feelings or memories, and not even notice anything else. You will also be more open to your unconscious, your inner mind, where much of your creativity lies.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You won’t just sit there passively while the hypnotist puts you into a trance. The hypnotist will be your guide and partner, someone who will offer suggestions, and observe your responses in order to fine tune the experience; but you will be in charge. You will decide when and how you are going into a hypnotic state, and what you will do while you are there.

Almost anyone can enter the trance state, but it is easier for some people than for others. You may find yourself able to go into a hypnotic state easily, or you may have to work at it. The same is also true of trance depth. Some people go into very deep trances with no effort; others find it difficult to enter more than a light trance. Fortunately, almost all tasks, including such things as quitting smoking, losing weight, or dealing with anxiety, don’t require a deep trance.

In a hypnotic state, you will use what you can think of as trance talents. In the normal, waking state, everyone has specific talents; they are better at some things than at others. This is true in the hypnotic state as well. For instance, some people can numb out physical sensations, and can sharpen that talent under hypnosis to deal with pain. Someone else may not be very good at numbing, but have a talent for distracting themselves, so they just don’t notice the pain. Your hypnotist will help you identify and improve the talents you bring into the hypnotic session.

Finally, the effects of hypnosis don’t end with the end of the session, so give yourself some quiet time after the hypnosis to let the effects of the trance settle in.

What is the Unconscious Mind?

Almost all hypnotists agree that the trance state opens a door into the unconscious mind; but they may have different views of what the unconscious is.

Some professionals buy into the view developed in the nineteenth century by the Austrian physician Sigmund Freud, who divided the mind into three parts—Ego, Superego and Id. Freud described the Ego as the completely conscious, rational part of the mind. The Superego was partly conscious and partly not. The Id was completely unconscious and irrational, the terrain of hidden impulses and drives. The Ego and Superego were just ways the mind kept the destructive impulses of the Id under control.

The Freudian view is not as popular these days, but most hypnotists and hypnotherapists will readily agree that the unconscious exists, that it is important, and that finding ways to connect with it is an essential part of hypnotic work.

So, what is the unconscious?

To begin, it is something that exists on multiple levels of the mind; and hypnosis allows us to work on all of those levels. One level is physical. When a motor skill is practiced over and over again, it becomes automatic. The moves are performed with no conscious thought.

A second level is made up of all the things we have forgotten, all the way back to early childhood. Those memories are no longer in our conscious awareness, there’s not enough room there; but they are still down inside, tucked away, and it is possible, with hypnosis, to open the door to those memories, bring them back into conscious awareness, and work with them.

A final level is the one we refer to as repression. These are memories that we have pushed out of consciousness, often because they are too painful, or too frightening, to remember. Working with hypnosis, we can get back in touch with those memories, but from a calm, protected place that allows us to deal with them in a useful way, and get on with our lives.

Most of the time your unconscious is no problem. If you leave it alone, it will return the favor. But sometimes you need to open a door to that part of your mind, and a competent hypnotist—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson—will help you do that.

Why it is never too late to Stop Smoking

If you are a smoker, you know you need to kick the habit. You may also already know that hypnosis is one of the best ways to do that—that it is fast, effective, and available. 

But you may also, like many smokers, have an array of excuses for not throwing your cigarettes away no matter that they are destroying your health and your finances. One of those excuses goes like this:

I should have quit years ago, but it’s too late now. The damage is done.”

Not true.

Yes, you have done your body some harm, but that damage can be reversed.

It is never too late to stop smoking; and as soon as you stop, your body will begin repairing the damage. That’s what bodies do. If they couldn’t, we would not have survived as a species.

Let’s say you throw your cigarettes away at the end of the day tomorrow. By the time you get out of bed the following day, almost all of the nicotine in your system will be gone. The nicotine that was damaging your body won’t be there anymore.

By the time you go to bed again, your body will already be able to store more life-giving oxygen.

By the end of the first week, your hair won’t smell like stale cigarettes anymore. You will wake up with more energy, and that chronic, nasty little headache will be gone for good.

After a month or so, your blood pressure will start going down, which reduces the prospect of having a stroke.

After another month or two, your immune system will start improving, which means fewer colds and infections. You will breathe more freely as the tightness in your chest relaxes. Your smoker’s cough will start to go away. Your energy level will be higher.

By the end of a year without smoking, your skin will look and feel different. Even better, your risk of dying from coronary heart disease will be half of what it was when you were smoking.

Ten years after you quit, your risk of lung cancer will be fifty percent lower than when you smoked, and there will be a drastic drop in the risk of mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancer.

Five years after that, your risk of heart attack or stroke will be the same as someone who has never smoked a day.

No matter how long you have been a smoker, it is never too late to quit.

You can bet your life on that.