All hypnosis is self hypnosis. That means the subject being hypnotized is using the hypnotist as a tool to enter and exit the relaxed state known as hypnosis. A hypnotist is nothing more than a tool. In hypnosis, the subject becomes much more aware of his or her perceptions than normal waking state. Rather than restricting the senses, hypnosis magnifies the senses, with particularly enhanced selectivity for the focus of attention. A hypnotic subject cannot be made to do or say anything that might be damaging to the self. Inside each individual is a knowing that knows everything about that person and knows that it knows. At some level, the individual is always aware and in control. He or she can choose to accept or reject any idea or suggestion that is determined to be unacceptable. A hypnotized person cannot be made to do anything against his or her personal, moral or religious beliefs. The subject won’t tell any secrets he or she doesn't want known. People in hypnosis laugh, cry, move, open and close their eyes, talk, think and feel just like people in full waking state. The subject must be able to comprehend for the suggestions to work, must be able to see in the mind's eye, hear with the inner ear, and perceive with an inner knowing. Although the work focused on here involves the use of relaxation, the experience of hypnosis is not limited to relaxation; it is also recognizable in states of heightened activity, arousal, physical activity, and being in the zone of one’s peak performance.
The only time someone fails to emerge into full waking state when requested to return by the hypnotist, is when the individual is enjoying the relaxation so much a return to the stresses and strains of daily life is postponed, voluntarily, by that subject. You can't get stuck in hypnosis any more than you can get stuck in sleep.
In hypnosis, the critical faculty of the mind is bypassed and the imaginative faculty is engaged. The critical faculty is the judge and censor of the conscious mind. When it is bypassed, mind is available to accept new ideas and thoughts to help improve performance and overcome blockages. The client will permit the critical faculty to be bypassed when there is a sufficient level of trust developed between the hypnotist and the subject. This level of trust is known as rapport. As you learn to establish better rapport with yourself and others, you will find it easier and easier to explore deep, profound relaxation. Through this relaxation, a more direct communication or communion with your inner wisdom is reestablished. This rapport can come about through waking suggestion, direct suggestion, or any of the innumerable natural occurrences which you may have heard referred to as hypnosis, trance, meditation, prayer, relaxation, bliss, rapport, contentment, well being, peak performance and epiphany.
You are already familiar with hypnosis because it occurs naturally when you are under stress, thinking deeply, half asleep and half awake, driving, reading, anytime the deep creative resources of the inner mind are called forth. When you are in this receptive state, you are particularly sensitive to suggestion and response to repetition, intense emotions, powerful longing and feelings. As you participate in the training by Radiant Wellness Hypnosis Institute, Ltd. you will become aware of how your response to the exercises changes with repetition.
In hypnosis, you know everything going on and you know that you know. You know what you are saying, hearing, doing. Your perception capacities become enhanced, as does your ability to focus, or unfocus. The sounds of the world around you become background sounds that reassure you all is well in the outside world. You are safe to go deeper into hypnosis. Should anything occur which requires your immediate attention; you are immediately alert and ready to respond with full capacity.
While practicing hypnosis you can speak, move, laugh, cry, blink, and yawn. You are always in control. Just like any form of exercise, every time you practice self hypnosis, you achieve better response. The better the response the deeper you go into your own knowing. Each and every time it is easier, deeper, faster and better than the times before.
All people have a natural ability to respond to hypnosis. The quality of response varies from individual to individual. The only things that prevent full response to hypnosis are fear, misinformation and lack of trust. Once we review and erase all misconceptions and false beliefs about hypnosis, no power on earth can prevent you from responding to positive and healthful suggestions for relaxation.
In hypnosis, you are always in control. You can't be made to tell secrets you don't want known. You cannot be forced or coerced into doing something that is against your personal, moral or religious beliefs. You can't get "stuck" in hypnosis, anymore than you could get "stuck" in natural sleep. In hypnosis, you have a greater awareness of self.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis. The hypnotist has no extraordinary mental powers or control over you. It is not something someone else makes you do. You don't have to believe in hypnosis for it to work. The only thing you have to do is want to experience hypnosis for yourself and want it to work. Your quality or intensity of desire is reflected in the intensity or quality of your response. It is not something you can try to do. You either do it or you don't. The word trying implies failure. Often, the harder you try, the harder it gets. Stop trying and let it happen. Trust yourself. You can trust yourself. You know more about you than anyone else ever will. Trust yourself and your perceptions. Some subjects express a concern that they are making it all up. That's fine, just pretend. You might start out feeling like you are pretending, and then find that the experience develops into something with deep subjective meaning. When you turn to the imagination, you temporarily suspend the critical faculty of the conscious mind. When you are in hypnosis you tap into the immense reservoir of power within your mind.
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