Hypnotherapy - Busting the Myths
By Carmel Cathie
Much mystery shrouds Hypnotherapy making it very much misunderstood. People fear it is not safe, that they will loose control, divulge personal information or become stuck in the trance state of mind. The following will reveal to you that this is not true and that it is a safe and effective means toward self-acceptance and love; ultimately, inner peace.
Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered, state of mind that involves comfortable relaxation, a redirection of attention, and active sensory imagination. The benefit of trance lies in it's ability to quieten the mind so that the individuals own inner truth, and not that of the therapist, is revealed. The experience can be likened to being awake while you sleep. It is the rapid attainment of a meditative state where access to the subconscious mind, rather than the more normally regarded conscious mind, is obtained.
The thoughts we think determine not only our mental states, our sentiments and emotions but also the delicate actions and adjustments of our physical bodies. The subconscious mind controls our autonomic nervous system which is the part of our integral workings that creates trembling, palpitation, stammering, blushing and other pathological states all created by changes and modifications in blood flow, in muscular action and in the workings of vital organs. These changes are not voluntary. They are not controlled from conscious effort. These are determined by the capacity of our subconscious. Because hypnotherapy gives us access to communicate with this part of our mind, it provides the pathway to control our internal health.
The subconscious part of your mind is the storehouse of all your memories. Like the memory bank of a computer, it is where every experience you have ever had is filed. Further, research shows, and if your belief system allows, you too can experience for yourself, that memories of previous life times, and of life between lives, are also filed therein. All these memories are vitally active, each creating the tapestry of our personalities. All these impressions contribute to the nature, positive and negative, of who we are.
Now typically, as Westerners, we find challenge in sitting still and quieting the mind. The hypnotic state of trance allows us rapid access to our inner mind within a special state of resting alertness. The hypnotherapist then guides the client to access their own answers from that "all-knowing" part within. So, in the state of hypnosis, the critical, or judgmental, part of your mind is "asleep," while the fully aware subconscious mind is highly receptive and responsive to all beneficial suggestions.
This poses the misconception of how 'sleep' is involved. Hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos meaning "to sleep". Therefore, hypnosis was incorrectly coined with a word that didn't correctly describe what was actually happening. When in a trance we are actually in an expanded state of awareness where full recollection can be maintained.
This is one of the greatest myths about hypnosis - that while in hypnosis the client will loose control and say or do whatever the hypnotherapist tells them to say or do, and, that they won't remember it afterward. This is not in the slightest bit true. In hypnosis, you cannot be coerced, manipulated, or programmed to do anything you do not truly want to say or do. Hypnosis can only enhance and magnify your ability to achieve those things you truly want to achieve.
Further, only emotionally charged ideas enter the subconscious. Therefore, ideas that are directly associated with our personal interest are the ones most likely to carry the greatest suggestive influence. Ideas related to health, success, money or a goal in life dear to our heart all carry emotional impact. The greater the degree of emotion attached to it the more potently the Power of Suggestion can affect it. This is where so many of the 'thinking fads' fall short, for it is not the thinking of ideas that is of paramount importance, but the emotional drive that is given to the thought. Further, an idea is only readily accepted when it ties in with ones morals and values that already exist. In this way, it is impossible to loose control.
I do hear many people say, "Oh you will never hypnotize me." And if that is what one believes, then that is what is true. But literally anyone that sincerely desires to achieve their goals, and, wants to be hypnotized, can be hypnotized. Some people can immediately go into a deep state of hypnosis, while others may take longer to establish a light to medium trance. However, deep trance is not necessary for quick, positive and effective results.
Many people also confuse Clinical Hypnotherapy with Stage Hypnotism.
In stage hypnotism performances, the volunteers appear to lose control. It must be remembered that they did volunteer, and are willing participants looking for "license" to act out in such outlandish ways. Typically, these people already have exhibitionist qualities, and often times are "wannabe actors". They follow the hypnotist's suggestions, even if they may look ridiculous, because they want to be part of the performance and have subconsciously agreed to do whatever they're told. However, they still remain in control the entire time and will not perform any commands that fall outside of their moral beliefs. Further, Stage Hypnotists develop a skill in selecting those volunteers naturally more extroverted and uninhibited because they make for a better show.
One rule stage-hypnotism constantly reinforces is that if a suggestive idea is accepted by the subconscious, it is automatically transformed into a reality and becomes an element in one's life.
This is also true for clinical hypnotherapy where the application of hypnotic techniques are specifically for therapeutic healing purposes. We all have an innate ability to control our pain - hypnotherapy is a path to that control. For example, it can be used in the management and reduction of chronic pain, migraines, IBS symptoms, period and labor pain, etc, etc. Clinical Hypnotherapy also address accelerated healing, surgery preparation and dental work, emotional anxiety and mental anguish from stress, low-motivation, childhood trauma, procrastination, depression, etc. Clinical Hypnotherapy is simply a way of harnessing and utilizing the amazing, limitless power of our subconscious minds in every aspect of our lives. It's all about mentally shifting out of a state of discomfort and into a state of comfort - or out of dis-ease into ease. Much of clinical hypnotherapy is about pulling the weeds of unwanted suggestions or programming from the soil of the mind and planting fresh ones so that in normal waking life a new "flower of thought" will be growing in place of the old. In this way we simply become the new idea without having to implement the aid of will.
Most people find the hypnotic state to be peaceful, relaxing and comfortable, yet uplifting. But, everyone has a different experience in this middle ground between wakefulness and sleep. Some people feel a sense of heaviness in the limbs, while others may experience a light-as-a-feather, floating sensation. Clients report varying results including lightened stress load, rapid pain relief, emotional release, profound inner comfort, greater control, inner peace and confidence, increased self love, greater focus, and so on, the list does go on.
The average session will take 60 - 90 minutes, within which you will learn of the interrelationship between mind and body. You will learn how to harness the power of your subconscious so that you achieve your goals, and to maintain that success on your own through self-hypnosis.
Statistics, on average, report a whopping 600 sessions of Psychotherapy help only 38% of people to reach their goals. 22 sessions of Behavior Modification lead to 72% of clients reaching their goals. Clients of qualified Hypnotherapists require an average of only 6, and often less, sessions before 93% reach their goals. Your effectiveness is predominantly dependent upon your commitment and desire to obtain your goals and achieve your life purpose. My commitment to you is to the same. I will help you to see that all you need is the faith to know that once you step forward there will be a platform upon which to stand and a path upon which to walk... or you will learn how to fly.
What is it in your life that you want to change or improve, let go of or obtain? Find out how I can help you embrace the greater meaning of your life.
After a decade of living overseas and formerly practicing in California, Carmel Cathie returned to Tauranga in early 2005 and opened Mala Hypnotherapy. Since then she has helped hundreds of people across New Zealand to transform their lives into ones of health, wealth, happiness and peace.
New Zealand born and raised, Carmel holds a degreee in psychology and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt) from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in New Mexico. Here she achieved accreditation from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Study also included working with the world famous Gil Boyne, our pioneer of 20th century Hypnotherapy and "Master of Hypnosis."
Later studies include Life Between Lives work with Micheal Newton and research into the Lost Knowledge with Dolores Cannon.
Find out more about clinical hypnosis and Spiritual Integration techniques Carmel uses at Mala by visiting http://www.malahypnotherapy.com.
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