In order to understand why hypnosis works, we need to understand what it is. Our images of hypnosis were probably formed in our younger years watching a depiction of it’s use on television. We may have seen Count Dracula use it to overcome his victims, or a master villain, use it to force an innocent person to commit murder. Although these uses make better television, they are not factual.
Hypnosis can be traced back many centuries, and was originally thought to be associated with magnetic fields. Centuries ago, doctors used it to help with mental disorders. In the 17th century, it was used during operations to ease pain. Many of the early practitioners knew the power of suggestion was a potent force, but had a hard time defining the term “hypnosis” The Greeks were the first to place a verbal association with the hypnotic state. “Hypnosis” in Greek, means sleep.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, we continued to define hypnosis. Although many books have been written, and uses documented, we do not fully understand why we are more susceptible to suggestion under hypnosis. Perhaps because the state is similar to that in which we dream. A state half-way between consciousness and sleep, or as the books define it, an “altered state of consciousness.”
The hypnotic state is very common, and we have all experienced it. Do you remember driving down a highway, and not remembering the span of time between your departure and arrival? Have you gone to a movie, and it seemed like 5 minutes had passed, instead of 2 hours. Have you been involved in a book, picturing events and drifted off into that world of fantasy, as though you were actually there? If these things sound familiar, then you have experienced hypnosis.
During hypnosis, you are placed in an altered state of consciousness. Suggestions are then given to direct you toward a goal, feeling, or state of mind. Repeated hypnosis sessions re-enforce suggestions and allow you to focus your attention on your goals. Under hypnosis, you would act the way you normally do. You can do nothing that is against your will or principles. At this point you might say, “I have seen people cluck like chickens on a stage, under hypnosis.” I guarantee, that those people would have done the same thing awake. Hypnosis only helps you visualize you goals better. If your goal was to become a chicken on stage, then hypnosis would aide you in achieving that goal.
Other than stage hypnosis, there are many practical applications for this altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis can be used to lose weight, stop smoking, build self- confidence, improve academic performance, treat fears and phobias, stress management, sleep problems, and helping to heal physical problems.
Stanford University devised a scale of susceptibility to pinpoint those more likely to benefit for the use of hypnosis. Basically, those people were asked to sway back and forth, glue their eyelids mentally together and complete the other 8 tasks associated with this scale. Everyone is susceptible to suggestion under hypnosis. The degree and results vary, as we as individuals vary from each other. Can you become more successful in achieving your goals (weightloss, quitting smoking, etc.) under hypnosis?
From our experience with thousands of subjects, I would say your chances are very good. The fees in our clinic are considerably higher than the prices of our tapes. Now you can enjoy the same results as our other clients in the comfort of your home. Nothing changes, unless you make it change. Visualization is the first step in achieving a goal. Make a change in your life today. It will be the best investment you ever made.