Why Hypnosis WorksGreg Thompson
More and more people are beginning to realise that hypnosis is real, and that it is a great tool for all kinds of jobs. Membership in organisations like the Australian Hypnotherapy Association is growing. Skilled clinical hypnotists and hypnotherapists help people lose weight and stop smoking, combat the debilitating effects of chronic pain, conquer anxiety and depression, and improve athletic performance, among other things.
There are good reasons more people, and the professionals who work with them, are looking to hypnosis to improve their daily lives.
Here are a few of those reasons:
First off, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are positive. Conventional allopathic medicine assumes that something in you is broken, and the physician is the expert who fixes you. In hypnosis, the view is that nothing is broken; you are simply not using the inner strengths and abilities you were born with. The hypnotist’s job is to help you identify those assets and put them to work.
Next, part of the power of hypnosis comes from it being an altered state of consciousness. Even a light hypnotic trance lets you focus your attention intensely, with no distractions; and a skilled hypnotherapist helps you aim that focus where it will do the most good. It’s like having a spotlight in a dark theater. Whatever the spotlight touches is brilliantly lit, everything else is dark, and you control the light.
Being in a trance also lets you ignore your conditioned sense of what is possible, and be more open to the power of suggestion. For instance, your everyday, logical belief says you can’t possibly use your mind to numb a painful part of your body. In the altered state known as trance, you discover that you can do this easily.
The hypnotic state also give you ways to do what’s known as dissociating. For instance, a traumatic memory has at least two parts—the recollection of the event itself, and the awful feelings that went with it. Under hypnosis you can split those two things apart and put the feeling aspect to one side so that the memory loses its power to cause fear or pain.
Finally, with hypnosis you are the boss. All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. It isn’t a thing the hypnotist does to you, but something the hypnotist helps you learn to do for yourself. Most problems come with a deadly dose of what is called learned helplessness, a belief that life happens to you, and you have no control. Hypnosis puts you in charge. Once you experience that feeling, you will never let it go, and it will spread to all aspects of your life.