Hypnosis is super concentration of the mind. You are not distracted by everyday thoughts. The greater the focus of the mind, the “deeper” the hypnosis. However, even a “light” or “medium’ trance with positive instructions from the hypnotist can produce enormous changes in your life. If the hypnotic directions or commands are not agreeable to the client, they can be rejected by what I call the subconscious censor.
The mind and body constantly influence each other. Imagine your favorite food. Vividly remember what it looks like, smells like, tastes like, feels like in your mouth and sounds like when you enjoy it. If you take time to do this, you will notice the flow of saliva in your mouth. Merely suggesting that a hypnotized person is eating different foods will cause different specific gastric secretions to properly digest each of those different foods.
Most nervous problems people have are caused by self-hypnosis. They have hypnotized themselves and they need to be dehypnotized. People will tell themselves over and over, “I can’t quit smoking”; “My family is all overweight, so I will be too”; “My parent died of this or that, so I fear that will happen to me too!” If you are going to keep repeating thoughts to yourself (hypnotic repetition), you had best make sure that they are positive thoughts, especially what you say to yourself before falling asleep.
The subconscious mind never sleeps, and will mull over, echo, and turn over your thoughts all night, especially the ones that you think about before sleep. Physicians often tell people to relax, but not how to relax. After being hypnotized, many people say “I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life.” Stress and tension influence the nervous system and can contribute to either causing or making worse almost any condition that is seen by a physician. Many skin conditions are a mirror of our emotions.
Mere words and thoughts have a magical power and can cause changes in organs and glands in our body. Our thoughts create chemicals, chemicals affect our feelings and feelings affect our behavior. For example, happy tears and sad tears have different chemicals. Thoughts can cause blushing with the rush of blood to the face. Thoughts can cause the heart to pound or to relax. Thoughts can cause someone to sweat. We have seen candidates perspire during the Presidential debates when they are under stress. Words create anger and feelings of love. Thoughts can heal or not. Professional hypnotists carefully select the words they use to focus a person’s attention and to stimulate their imagination for health, success and happiness.
A worst fear is thinking that something is wrong with you or your mind. This creates needless fear and anxiety. A new way of thinking must be instilled into the mind. Most any problem responds well to hypnosis. Hypnosis usually helps most any problem a little or completely. It is very unlikely that hypnosis cannot be of some help. Sometimes hypnosis requires more than one session. Recorded hypnosis sessions allow the client to repeat and reinforce the hypnosis at any time that is convenient.
Worry, anxiety and fear cause tension and symptoms. Once we have the symptoms, our worry and fear may increase. This increase in worry and fear causes more serious symptoms, so it becomes a vicious circle. For example, if you worry about not sleeping, your sleep habit will become worse. Many have stopped using sleep pills after being hypnotized or learning self-hypnosis. Most sexual disorders from impotence to frigidity respond favorably to hypnosis. “That which I hath feared hath come upon me.”
Worry can cause indigestion, headaches, high blood pressure and countless other conditions. Instructing the subconscious mind to look at challenges in a new way (reframing) can often be one simple solution. Often people have no disease at all, just anxiety, nervous tension and tightness in the body caused by fear. Sometimes words and ideas can do what medicine does not. Finding the cause and removing it can be better than suppression of the symptoms with drugs.
Hypnosis can break that vicious circle with total relaxation, confidence building and other specific instructions presented to the subconscious mind when attention is concentrated. The hypnotist does not “control” anyone. Hypnosis is “en rapport”, two minds working together, an instructor and a student. Hypnosis alone is a tremendous natural relaxant, but it is the specific hypnotic instructions that create the powerful specific changes desired.
Hypnotized people hear everything that the hypnotist says, otherwise they would be in an ordinary sleep. A hypnotised person is not unconscious. They are superaware and totally focused upon the hypnotist’s voice. If a hypnotist says “raise your hand”, the client raises only the hand from the wrist, not the entire arm. A hypnotic sleep is totally different from an ordinary sleep. If a boy runs fast, that is the opposite of the boy being tied fast to a chair. Words can have many different meanings. In addition, how the hypnotist says the word, in terms of pauses, volume level, repetition, and inflection can change the emotion that the word creates in the subconscious. Emotion always intensifies the hypnosis. Many will say to me, “Your voice is so empowering, makes me feel so confident, makes me feel more relaxed than ever before, makes me feel so good”, etc.
The subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real experience and an imaginary experience. People will wake up with a dream fearfully shouting or kicking under the covers. Their sleep partner will say: “Just relax, you are dreaming, everything is ok.” The person with the dream will say: “But it seemed so real.” That’s why people follow the instructions of the hypnotist. The healing words given by the hypnotist become concentrated in the mind of the client, and he follows them. He now believes he is a non smoker, wants to eat and exercise like a slim person, lets nails grow long, sleeps better, and stops drinking alcohol. This is simply because that is the clear picture of themselves that has been locked into their subconscious mind with hypnotic suggestion, imagery and repetition. I call it brain rinsing out the negative and replacing with the positive.
A nervous speaker or actor can be told under hypnosis in many different ways that he is confident, relaxed, poised, looking forward to his appearance; the audience is smiling, excited, applauding; he is speaking enthusiastically, full of energy, thoroughly enjoying his audience, etc. His mind is concentrated and his daydreams under hypnosis seem real to the subconscious mind. You become what you believe. Napoleon said “Imagination rules the world.” Be sure to read all my blogs and search my website to help you to understand and use hypnosis successfully for your best life.
Hypnosis is an excellent way to take control over unwanted habits such as: smoking, nail biting, weight loss, stress control and on and on. Famous people have problems and bad habits just like everyone else and many of them have used hypnosis to control their unhealthy habits.
For example, all of these people have used hypnosis to stop smoking: Prince Harry, Samuel L Jackson, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ellen De Generes, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron and many more. Actor Kevin Costner used hypnosis to overcome seasickness while making the movie “Waterworld.”
Pop star Fergie uses hypnosis to control her eating habits. Reese Witherspoon used hypnosis to overcome panic attacks before starting a new movie. Sylvester Stallone worked with the famous hypnotherapist Gil Boyne while filming the movie Rocky.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to deal with tragic events in her life. It is said that Thomas Edison used self hypnosis on a regular basis. Also, many famous athletes have used hypnosis such as: Jack Nicklaus, Frank Bruno, Rod Carew, Andre Agassi, Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq O’Neal.
If hypnosis can help all of these people to overcome their habits, control stress and achieve maximum success, you can too!
Around one in three Ikarians live into their 90s, have much lower rates of cancer and heart disease, less depression and dementia, maintain a sex life into old age and remain physically active deep into their 90s.
Dr Christina Chrysohoou, a university medical school cardiologist discovered that the Ikarian diet featured a lot of beans, not much meat nor refined sugar, and that Ikarians eat locally garden grown vegetables with high antioxidants. Their exercise is digging the earth.
Ikarians regularly enjoy homemade red wine, potatoes, goat’s milk, herb tea (mint and sage), consume only small quantities of coffee, have a low daily calorie consumption, are largely unaffected by the westernized way of living with low tourism, often have afternoon naps, and sleep well with the window open for fresh air.
Ikarians are warm, friendly people, but not wealthy, as about 40% are unemployed. They are readily generous and share as if everyone is family. Family is a vital part of Ikarian culture with children, grandchildren and older people actively involved in their lives. There is a senior’s home, but it is more for those who have lost all their family.
Studies indicate that the same things that yield this healthy longevity also yield happiness. Happiness comes from a sense of belonging to something greater than oneself, and of helping others to happiness.
Gross National Happiness:
Bhutan, officially The Kingdom of Bhutan is in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas bordered by China and India. In spite of economic struggles, Bhutan is often said to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
The government of Bhutan uses a Gross National Happiness index to measure happiness among its people. Happiness in Bhutan is a major goal, guided by a culture that is rich in spiritual practice and community, a sense of connectedness, and less focus on material possessions. It is the goal of many psychiatrists and psychologists that their patients achieve a state of happiness.
Aldous Huxley said, “Words have a magical effect in the way they are affect the minds of men.” Rudyard Kipling said, “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Mark Twain stated, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug!”
My choice of words when I hypnotize or give positive instructions for a life change, are all positive and planned to program a healthy life change in the subconscious mind. The words you choose in your self-talk have an equally powerful effect on your life, health, and success. Words can either heal us or kill us. We must be mindful of our words, our thoughts, our mind and our mouth.
People who are hypnotized are extremely literal in their interpretation of words. They respond with remarkable exactness of meaning. For example, if a hypnotized person is told to “lift your hand”, they would simply lift their hand, whereas, the average person who is not hypnotized would raise their entire arm. If a hypnotized person is asked, “Will you tell me your name?” they will likely say, “Yes”, whereas, an un-hypnotized person would say their name.
It is better to say to someone, “You are comfortable without any discomfort”, rather than saying, “You have no pain”, which reminds them of their pain.
To experience the power of words right now, really imagine the bones of your body have all left you; loosen that back; loosen that neck; let everything slow down; let your body melt; feel the tension draining out of your fingertips, draining out of your toes; forget about everyone and everything around you; close off the outside world; wrap your mind around these instructions. Notice how you feel when you imagine these words to be true for you: “I am feeling completely comfortable; relaxed; serene; peaceful; happy; calm, and confident”. These words go with you in a way that makes you feel good, now.