Hypnosis is commonly associated with myths such as “hypnosis is a form of mind control or brainwashing.” On the surface, this statement could appear to be true if one is watching a stage show where the “hypnotist” is surrounded by people clucking like hens or acting as if they were a teapot. However, the reality is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because people hypnotize themselves by accepting suggestions given to them by a person they trust.
Consent with Hypnosis
It is imperative that the hypnotized person must give consent to follow any suggestion and that the suggestion has to be pleasing and reasonable to them, before it is possible for the “hypnotist” to establish a connection. If the person is given suggestions they find immoral or wrong in some way, they either remain in trance and ignore the suggestion, or they simply come out of trance. This demonstrates that the “hypnotist” has no power over the subject and that he cannot impart a suggestion unless the subject is willing to take it.
Hypnosis Helps People Find Their Own Solutions
Hypnosis myth: “A person who’s been hypnotized has no free will.” This idea might be wishful thinking on behalf of certain control hungry individuals or comic book authors. The reality is that the “hypnotist” wants to teach the subject how to achieve a trance state and then, if they are willing, to stimulate their imagination so they may find a new solution to an old problem within themself. The subject has complete power of selectivity and they react only to suggestions that they find useful or reasonable.
Hypnosis Makes You Acutely Aware of Your Surroundings
Hypnosis myth: “You are unaware of what’s going on around you when you are hypnotized.” In fact, just the opposite is true. A person in the particular state of mind known as hypnosis is hyper-alert and fully aware of their surroundings, plus they are in full rapport with themself. The individual has control of all of their faculties except one. They can hear, see, smell, taste and speak; the only missing sense is the critical faculty.
A successful trance bypasses the critical faculty with the result that the subject is able to remember “forgotten” events or emotions because hypnosis happens in the unconscious or subconscious mind where everything is possible and nothing is forgotten. In hypnosis, the body and mind are equally suggestible and operating as a harmonious unit.
Hypnosis has an effect on both the conscious and the unconscious mind plus the autonomic nervous system. Consequently, the body is, for instance, very willing to ignore pain in a potentially painful situation when the critical faculty has been bypassed and the subconscious mind believes that everything is pleasant.
The Benefits of Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a marvelous state. Its usefulness is only limited by the imagination and skillfulness of the practitioner. Another benefit is that no one has ever been injured by hypnosis. It’s a skill most people can learn to utilize as there are only three requisites for hypnosis: the subject must give consent, there must be clear communication between the practitioner and the subject, and the subject must be free of fear including fear at a level below conscious awareness.