What is hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is that twilight zone that you go through each night on the way to sleep. But unlike sleep, a person in hypnosis is aware of their surroundings. They can learn in hypnosis and they will generally remember everything afterward.

Ever drive to work only to wonder how you got there? You were in highway hypnosis. What starts as a conscious act (driving on your first day of work) soon becomes a routine that can be performed automatically while you consciously think about other things. Automatic behavior allows us to perform complex functions efficiently and comfortably, while focusing on other priorities.

The subconscious mind prefers pleasure over pain. So it defends habits against change, even bad habits, like smoking, overeating, nail-biting are protected. Try changing any comfortable routine and you will feel the anxiety building. The subconscious “boss” wins most of those battles.

In hypnosis, your subconscious mind relaxes these defense mechanisms, preventing a knee-jerk rejection. Instead, your subconscious mind becomes open and receptive to positive suggestions consistent with your core values. Your core values remain intact in hypnosis. But when a suggestion for positive change is made directly to the subconscious, it’s likely to be accepted on its merits as a good idea.

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