WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a completely natural state of consciousness. We all have experienced it in some form or another, at one time or another. If you've ever had a vivid day-dream, or been driving somewhere, arrived and then not remembered the trip, then you have experienced some form of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is often given a bad reputation due to misconceptions or misunderstandings. It is sometimes viewed as some form of 'mind control' or 'brain-hacking', and this is simply not true. Hypnosis at its most basic is founded on simple suggestion, using the mind's own language to allow the natural, relaxed state of consciousness to appear.
But how does it actually work?
Hypnosis, meditation, Guided Meditation, Astral or Soul Projection, all deal with relaxing the conscious, cognitive mind and allowing the deeper mind-the subconscious-to be tapped into. While these are all different techniques, with different purposes, they all work on the same, fundamental principle.
A simple way to look at it is this: look at the mind as having different levels, three different sections. The first, the one we are most familiar with, is the cognitive or logical section. It is the "Top Level" where our higher thinking, our intellect, logic, and reasoning are all accomplished. However, we reside in a world of constant input. There are millions of sights, sounds, scents, textures, and tastes that we experience constantly. We are bombarded with all of these messages, these bits of information coming at us incessantly from all directions. We all learn from a very young age to selectively tune our senses. We have to do this to function. We simply don't pay attention to how the sidewalk feels or every sound we hear. We will listen to our ipod, or radio, and don't register the sounds around us. We know that they are there, certainly, but tune them out for what we are paying attention to. This "tuning out" is done by our Second Level, our critical factor, or "info filter". It stands in the background of our logical mind, and it decides what is important to us, what we need to know, remember, and what is ok to "tune out". We don't have to consciously do this, our mind simply does it anyway. When a piece of information passes through the Critical Factor, it becomes placed in the third level, or the Subconscious.
Our Subconscious mind is the largest and most powerful part of our mind. It is the home of our habits, fears, phobias, likes and dislikes. It is where the information our "gut feeling" is based on is housed. It is from here that we can "know" something isn't right, without knowing exactly why. The sub-conscious level is what makes us jump away from the garden hose in fear, and only a second later realize that we had perceived it as a snake initially. Our subconscious mind had the capability to affect, and influence our actions. In the above example of driving somewhere, arriving at our destination and not remembering the trip-it was our subconscous that was "calling the shots". We were still able to function, drive and such, but we were simply not in our cognitive, logical state of consciousness. The same holds true with reading a book, becoming engrossed, and looking up hours later, thinking it's only been a few minutes. Here again, the Subconscious was 'in charge'. We are still able to turn the page, adjust our sitting position, etc. We're simply not in our logical, cognitive state of mind.
By using Hypnosis, we simply tap into this subconscious state of mind, and utilize it, and manage it to improve our lives. Through the use of hypnosis, we can "unlock" the power of the Subconscious mind, and affect positive change in our lives starting from deep within ourselves.
Because Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness, there is never any loss of control at all. The job of the Hypnotist, and Hypnotherapist, is to use their knowledge and skill to assist and guide you into the hypnotic state, more deeply, and more completely than a simple day-dream, and through this state, provide suggestion, structure and guidance on affecting the positive change you, the client, seeks.
Tom Martin Hypnosis
Phone : 410-603-4455