“Guided meditation” is probably the best way to define hypnosis. Most of us enter a trance or meditative or state while watching TV, listening to music, a good speach or a good sermon at church, reading a good book, or while driving, like the times when you can’t consciously remember how you got somewhere. Simply put, “hypnosis” is a common state of mind, a naturally occuring state common to the human mind.
Is hypnosis mind control?
Let’s put it like this: do you give up control of your mind while watching TV? Have you been so involved with a movie or TV show, that you were actually emotionally involved? That was a hypnotic trance, but you still had the ability to end that hypnosis if you chose. Your mind may be influenced by TV show, a movie, or a self hypnosis program, but you still have the power and choice to ignore it.
Real, good hypnosis is like a partnership between you and the hypnotist, with the goal of creating the changes you want. Hypnosis can help you easily access your subconscious mind, changing the inner scripts that dictate you behavior. Hypnosis can take you below the level of conscious thought, to a deep state of “knowing”. It is in this deep state of mind where miracles can happen!
Clinical Definitions of Hypnosis
The American Psychological Association- “Hypnotic induction is an extended suggestion for using one’s imagination, and may contain further elaborations. When using hypnosis, the subject is guided by another, to respond to suggestions for change in subject’s experience, such as alterations in perception, emotion, sensation, thought or behavior. Self hypnosis can also be learned, which is the act of administering hypnotic procedures on one’s own.”
A physiological definition of hypnosis states that the brain wave state necessary to work on issues such as addictions, weight loss, phobias, and athletic performance is the alpha brainwave state. Another viewpoint states that the theta brainwave state is required for hypnotic change. The self hypnosis programs on this website use a frequency of 7.8 to facilitate “physiological change”. This is a low Alpha/high Theta state, which is very good for accessing the subconscious.
Hyper-suggestibility theory- A popular theory, it declares that the hypnotic subject’s attention is focused by hypnosis techniques. As attention is focused, the hypnotist’s words replace the inner “script” of the subject. In this way, self defeating behavior can be molded into a more positive way of living.
Informational theory- This is the ‘brain as a computer’ model. In an electronic system, the system adjusts its feed back to increase the signal to noise ratio for optimal functioning. Increasing the receptability of a receptor enables signals to be more clearly received from a transmitter, primarily by reducing the interference (noise) as much as possible. With this theory, the hypnotist uses techniques to reduce the interference in the subject’s conscious mind, receptability of specific messages (suggestions). We also utilize binaural beats and Solfeggio frequencies to further “reduce noise” and “increases receptability” with our self hypnosis MP3s.
There are two major approaches to hypnosis research- one examines the ‘state’ of hypnosis itself, and the other examines the effects of hypnotic suggestion. A number of brain imaging studies have been conducted while using hypnosis. In 2000, Kosslyn conducted a controlled experiment, which proposed that hypnosis may change conscious experience, in ways not possible when subjects are not hypnotized. In this controlled experiment, color perception was changed by hypnosis in highly hypnotizable subjects, as determined by positron emission tomography (PET) scans.
Another study used event related EEG and MRI coherence measures, comparing specific neural activity “during Stroop task performance between participants of low and high hypnotic susceptibility, at baseline and after hypnotic induction”. According to its authors, “the MRI data revealed that conflict-related ACC activity interacted with hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility, in that highly susceptible participants displayed increased conflict-related neural activity in the hypnotic condition compared to baseline.”
Hypnosis is Real, and It Works!
With a combination of alpha and theta brainwave states, deep relaxation, and suggestibility, hypnosis can easily help you to access your subconscious mind, changing the inner scripts that dictate you behavior. If you are not achieving the level of success, health and happiness you deserve, hypnosis can help to change that, much more easily than you “think”!
Hypnosis takes you below the level of thought, to a state of “knowing”. It is in this deep state of mind where miracles can happen. You can experience a “Quantum shift” in consciousness, one that will leave you feeling and thinking as if you have always thought and felt like this… eventually, with continued use, you will not even remember a time when you were not healthy, wealthy and wise!