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.