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Powering Your Mind with Hypnosis

Thoughts themselves have power. Often it seems like we have no control over our thoughts. Our minds run around like wild children on the playground without supervision. Sometimes they run out into the parking lot, in front of cars, beat up other kids, or kick and scream on the pavement or seem to do nothing.If we learn to guide our thoughts when we want, so that we were the master of our thoughts and emotions more often instead of them so often running over us, we could use it as a huge advantage.

As we use our thoughts and feelings more creatively, uniquely, wisely, and positively, we obviously become happier and more efficient. We also help the world in general, don’t you think?

Training your self-talk and your thoughts is a skill and a practice. It’s an exercise the way fitness, lifting weights, dance, and doing yoga is exercise and also like brushing your teeth, a daily practice.

  1. Can everyone be hypnotized?
  2. What if I fall asleep during a hypnosis session?
  3. What if I’m too intelligent for you to be able to “put me under”?
  4. What if I get into a hypnotic trance and can’t wake up?
  5. If I purchase several of your recordings with different objectives, how do I manage these for optimum results?
  6. Do I have to use headphones when listening to the audio recordings?
  7. Do I have to listen to your hypnotherapy recordings at night?

Without consciously putting in strong positive thoughts it is easy for negative thoughts and past hurts big and small to replay in our minds. It takes a clear decision to put a new program in place to turn down the volume on something that may have given your self-esteem a knock or your ego a bruise or been a serious wound in the past. The more the incident hurt or was repeated or sustained and the more we relive these moments in our minds, the more charge they have for us. The more potent they are for us and the more we see the parallels with current moments in our daily lives the stronger and more repeated the new suggestions need to be to reprogram the ideas.

This is where hypnosis and self-hypnosis makes such a big difference.

The past hurts and our daily lives. The unhappier or thoughts become the more negative chemicals flow into our bodies, the worse we feel. It becomes a cycle that gets hard to break. At any given time many of these cycles are going on at a low level and we ignore them like small rocks we are carrying but get so accustomed to that we forget that we have them strapped to our shoulders.

How Hypnosis Works

Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.

In the everyday “trance” of a daydream or movie, an imaginary world seems somewhat real to you, in the sense that it fully engages your emotions. Imaginary events can cause real fear, sadness or happiness, and you may even jolt in your seat if you are surprised by something (a monster leaping from the shadows, for example). Some researchers categorize all such trances as forms of self-hypnosis. Milton Erickson, the premier hypnotism expert of the 20th century, contended that people hypnotize themselves on a daily basis.

In conventional hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, or your own ideas, as if they were reality. If the therapist suggests that you are drinking a chocolate milkshake, you’ll taste the milkshake and feel it cooling your mouth and throat. If the therapist suggests that you are happy, you may feel excited or start to smile. But the entire time, you are aware that it’s all imaginary. Essentially, you’re “playing pretend” on an intense level, just as children often do.

In this special mental state, people tend to feel uninhibited and relaxed. This is because they tune out the worries and doubts that normally keep their actions in check. You might experience the same feeling while watching a movie: As you immerse yourself in the plot, worries about your job, family, etc. fade away, until all you’re thinking about is what’s up on the screen.

In this state, you are also highly suggestible. That is, when the therapist tells you do something, you’ll probably embrace the idea completely. This is what makes stage hypnotist shows so entertaining. Normally reserved, sensible adults are suddenly walking around the stage clucking like chickens or singing at the top of their lungs. Fear of embarrassment seems to fly out the window. The subject’s sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience, however. A hypnotist can’t get you to do anything you don’t want to do.

Simply stated, hypnosis is nothing more than a way to access a person’s subconscious mind directly. Normally, you are only aware of the thought processes in your conscious mind. You consciously think over the problems that are right in front of you, consciously choose words as you speak, consciously try to remember where you left your car in the parking lot.

But in doing all these things, your conscious mind is working hand-in-hand with your subconscious mind, the unconscious part of your mind that does your “behind the scenes” thinking. Your subconscious mind accesses the vast reservoir of information that lets you solve problems, construct sentences or locate your automobile. It puts together plans and ideas and runs them by your conscious mind. When a new idea comes to you out of the blue, it’s because you already thought through the process unconsciously.

Your subconscious also takes care of all the stuff you do automatically. You don’t actively work through the steps of breathing minute to minute — your subconscious mind does that. You don’t think through every little thing you do while driving a car — a lot of the small stuff is thought out in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious also processes the physical information your body receives.

In short, your subconscious mind is the real brains behind the operation — it does most of your thinking, and it decides a lot of what you do. When you’re awake, your conscious mind works to evaluate a lot of these thoughts, make decisions and put certain ideas into action. It also processes new information and relays it to the subconscious mind. But when you’re asleep, the conscious mind gets out of the way, and your subconscious has free reign.

The deep relaxation and focusing exercises of hypnotism work to calm and subdue the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process. In this state, you’re still aware of what’s going on, but your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows you and the hypnotist to work directly with the subconscious. It’s as if the hypnotism process pops open a control panel inside your brain.

The subconscious regulates your bodily sensations, such as taste, touch and sight, as well as your emotional feelings. When the access door is open, and the hypnotist can speak to your subconscious directly, he or she can trigger all these feelings, so you experience the taste of a chocolate milkshake, the satisfaction of contentment and any number of other feelings.

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From Trauma to Terrific

You are reading this page is because you are willing to make smarter choices.

Because you’ve asked yourself, ‘how do I make smarter choices’? Even deciding what self-help, self-improvement, or self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga, mp3 downloads or CDs to buy is a tough choice.

As a matter of fact, sometimes all the choices in the day-to-day world out there can be so overwhelming making any choice at all can seem mind-boggling.

When you are thinking about buying a self-help, self-improvement, or self-hypnosis, meditation, mp3 downloads or CDs consider the qualifications of the hypnotherapist.

You want to make sure you have the best, most trained, most experienced hypnotherapist. You want someone who only does self-hypnosis. You want someone who offers a wide variety of products so you know that they offer what you need and they have been doing hypnosis for a long time. There are actually some people with no training or little training, while Steve G. Jones has a Masters of Education.

But most importantly, why not order self-help, self-improvement, or self-hypnosis, mp3 downloads or CDs from a hypnotherapist who teaches other hypnotherapists? Someone who travels around the world, lecturing to lay people on how to best improve your life and to professional groups on how to best serve their clients?

Once you’ve considered a hypnotherapist’s professional credentials, see if you can get a sense of their personality. One thing that makes these CDs and mp3s of deep trance hypnosis so effective for so many issues like weight loss, confidence and motivation, is the real-life experience and compassion that Steve G. Jones brings to his personal practice and imbues in his voice in every CD.

No one feels terrific all the time. That’s why self-help, self-improvement CDs or mp3s are important. When sadness peeks through, or doubt, if you already have the new programs, the scripts of self-hypnosis in place from listening to the CDs or mp3s, for 21 consecutive nights, you can just consciously decide to play a positive script instead. Even if you had completely fallen asleep after seven seconds and think you didn’t consciously remember what the hypnosis CD said! That’s part of the magic of hypnosis; it can work while you sleep.

Remember hypnosis is just adding the positive suggestions you want, while you are in a more agreeable state to new programming. When better to do this than the twilight time between sleeping and waking or the drowsy time between rising and fully getting up in the morning?

It’s easy for us to want to just ruminate on bad choices we’ve made or not want to make a choice at all. Then we can start to procrastinate. Do you ever put off doing something just because subconsciously it is hard to make a choice? Self-hypnosis can help. Instead of beating ourselves up over bad choices we’ve made, then not wanting to make choices at all, why not break the cycle?

Self-hypnosis can be a tool in your bag of tricks therefore helping you change your self-talk. The more you can change your self-talk the more confident you will feel and act and the more attractive you will be to others and more importantly the more attractive you will be to yourself.

Every time you take a deep breath a make a choice especially if it is to do something good like buy a yoga or meditation tape or exercise or stop smoking or lose weight, even if it is to buy self-help, self-improvement, or self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga, mp3 downloads or CDs that will help you get back to happiness, self-care, self-love, balance, and productivity.

Putting these tools into a routine that works and having back-up routines that fall into place when life throws all its nasty and fun curve balls are essential. Having a yoga CD or self-hypnosis CD but not playing it is not very helpful. Changing your eating habits for a month but then going back to your old way of thinking about yourself and your body is not going to make any permanent changes in your attempts at weight loss. That’s the reason so many diets fail. People try diets for a month or two months, but they never change their internal thinking.

There’s an expression. “If you could get a great body from a bottle everybody would have one.” If you could change everything that was deeply imprinted in you by changing just one thought once (or from buying a bottle of pills or liquids from your local health food store), we all would have done it already.

How many times have you been wide awake in the middle of your work day and an angry, negative, or distracting thoughts interrupts your work? For most people it is like your mind literally highjacks you and you takes you where you don’t won’t to go. And like a negotiator in a bad hostage situation your brain takes you a while to debate and negotiate with your mind, playing out different scenarios until finally your mind surrenders and you get it back on track.

1. Can everyone be hypnotized?

YES. The lightest state of hypnosis (Alpha) is achieved easily. Everyone enters a hypnotic state every day, several times per day. It’s that state you are in when you are watching TV, reading a good book, playing video games, and, yes, even driving. It’s the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. You are not fully conscious, but you are not fully unconscious either. In this state you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake (Beta).

Many people, when they hear about hypnosis, say, “Well, I can’t be hypnotized.” These people have been misinformed, mostly by Hollywood, about what hypnosis is and is not.

It is not necessary to be in some sort of an otherworldly trance to be in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state which everyone moves in and out of throughout each day. Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it.

Hypnosis is just like the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. You know that feeling. It’s not that you are oblivious to everything, it’s just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. Your focus is the road. If something were to happen which required your attention, such as a car trying to pass you, your body and mind would be able to properly respond. Also, you would be able at any time you chose, to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past.

Another example of hypnosis is playing video games. Some people can play video games for hours in one sitting. If someone were to talk to you while you were in a video game session, you would be able to respond.

A third good example of a hypnotic state is being on the computer. People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing, but can intelligently answer the phone when it rings.

So, hypnosis is no different than driving a car, playing video games, or working on a computer. Most people engaged in these activities would not think they are in a trance, but they are. They are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha.

Oh, by the way, reading a fascinating article (like this one) is another form of hypnosis…surprise! You’re in hypnosis!!!

In alpha, your mind is slowed down just a little, your focus is narrow, your breathing is slow, and you are relaxed. Most people have either driven a car, played a video game, worked on a computer, or read a really good article; therefore, to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state. Since you are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of alpha, anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (i.e. programming someone to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome fear of flying, etc.). You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of and able to recall every word spoken by the Hypnotherapist.

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2. What if I fall asleep during the hypnosis session?

That was a valid question a few years back, before we had advanced research on the topic. It has been discovered by several research groups that the hearing acts like a surveillance camera. Your eyes close, but you ears cannot close. They remain open always, taking in information constantly. When a mother is “asleep” and hears her baby cry, she will “awaken” immediately.

The truth is, we never really sleep, a part of our brain is always alert. That part is our hearing. It stays alert to protect us and or offspring. If someone breaks into your home while you are “asleep,” you will be alerted as soon as you hear a noise. Your hearing is “on” 24/7, taking in information and recording it. In hypnosis, we use this to your advantage, so even if you fall “asleep” during the session, your brain is still recording all of the information in your subconscious mind.

3. What if I’m too intelligent for you to be able to “put me under?”

Intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. The more intelligent you are, the more easily you can be hypnotized. People of a below-average IQ find it difficult to go into a hypnotic state. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic state of Alpha most of the time and therefore enter hypnosis easily. This accounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind to their waking like and bring to the world their creations.

4. What if I get into a hypnotic trance and can’t wake up?

This cannot happen. Less than 10% of the population achieves such a deep trance state that they dissociate or “black out” like they do when they receive anesthetic. Such people, called “somnambulists,” do not consciously remember what happens during hypnosis unless the hypnotherapist suggests that they will. Even these people will wake up at the end of a session. Most people, however, achieve a light trance state (alpha) in which they are aware of what is happening although they are completely relaxed and focused.

5. If I purchase several of your recordings with different objectives, how do I manage these for optimum results?

Ideally, you would listen to each hypnotherapy CD or MP3 exclusively for three weeks. However, if you want to combine hypnosis recordings, simply group them in logical categories (i.e. the recordings pertaining to confidence, the recordings pertaining to positive change, the recordings related to finances, etc.) and listen to a different hypnotherapy CD or MP3 from that particular group each night for three weeks. Then switch to the next category, then the next, etc. in three-week cycles.

6. Do I have to use headphones when listening to the audio recordings?

No. Unless there are others in the room who do not want to hear the recording.

7. Do I have to listen to your hypnotherapy recordings at night?

The hypnotherapy recordings are designed for nighttime use. There is a suggestion at the end of each one telling you to go to sleep and wake up in the morning.

You can listen to them in the daytime. But, I suggest setting an alarm so that you will wake up at the end. Whether you listen to them in the daytime or nighttime makes no difference in their effectiveness.

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