What is Hypnosis?

For our purposes the main thing is that hypnosis is a great way to communicate directly with your subconscious, which is where your habits reside. The fastest and easiest way to develop better habits is to “reprogram” your subconscious.  The subconscious also deals with long-term memory and preserving, or altering, your identity. Your conscious mind is where logic, will power and short-term memory reside. Your subconscious can change your habits very quickly without fighting the “will power battle” on a daily basis – a battle most of us lose most of the time. Hypnosis suppresses that conscious mind and brings the subconscious to the forefront. Properly phrased suggestions can then be made, and accepted or rejected by you, to alter the way you live by habit. That’s how the subconscious gets around the "will power" issue of the conscious mind.

It is a pleasant, voluntary, state of relaxed concentration, during which the conscious critical mind is  relatively inactive, and the doorway to the subconscious mind is opened with a person’s permission. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased, the senses are heightened, and the client's imagination is activated in a beneficial manner. The inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
No. People cannot be hypnotized against their will. You must be a willing subject. Your hypnotist must have your full cooperation.

Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal or immoral acts while under Hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis will not cause you to do anything you would not do in the waking state. This applies as well to sexual acts. The client is not a slave of the hypnotist. When people are in hypnosis, they are very aware of everything that is going on and continue to retain their values and morals.

Does a weak-minded person make a better subject than a strong-minded person?
No. A weak-minded or strong-minded person will be a good subject if they wish to be hypnotized and cooperate with the hypnotist. However, because Hypnosis helps a person gain greater control over both mind and body, it can help a person develop a stronger mind.

Can Hypnosis can weaken the mind?
No, decidedly not. Actually, it helps people use more of their mind’s potential and gain inner strength. The subconscious mind is protective. People who are hypnotized will accept suggestions that are acceptable, and reject suggestions that are not. A competent hypnotist will word the suggestions in a form and language that the client's subconscious can understand.

Will I be asleep?
No. When people are in Hypnosis, they are not asleep. They are very much aware of all that is going on with their senses becoming more heightened and more acute. However, if a person is tired, a client may fall asleep during hypnosis and is then no longer in hypnosis. The state of sleep in this case is a light but relaxing state of sleep. When the hypnotist notices the sleep state, a simple suggestion to wake up  is all that is required to rouse the subject.

Is it possible that a subject could not be brought out of Hypnosis?
No.  Because you do not lose control when you are hypnotized, you cannot get stuck in Hypnosis. You retain full control over your mind and your body. You can come out of hypnosis any time you want. Sometimes, people feel so relaxed and comfortable in hypnosis that they want to remain in that state for a little longer. However, a simple suggestion for awakening is all that is needed to bring them back into the waking state, even if the subject has fallen asleep. Also, when the hypnotist stops talking, the subject will soon awaken on his own.

Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?
No. You are in full control of what you say. Subjects in hypnosis reveal no secrets that they would not reveal in their waking state.

Can a person in Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
No. Not in our environment, anyway. However, volunteers during stage hypnosis shows, which are for entertainment purposes only, will typically go along with the stage hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun. This is not what we do in our practice.

Can a person be made a "slave" to a hypnotist?
No. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. Hypnosis is a cooperative and collaborative relationship intended for the benefit of the client, not the hypnotist. The client remains fully in control and retains responsibility for his or her actions. This is a myth stemming  from old movies and novels.

Can a person become addicted to Hypnosis, or is it habit forming?
No. While it becomes easier and faster to enter the trance state, and typically the state can get deeper with experience, a person is still able to resist hypnosis whenever they desire to do so.

What is the best age for being hypnotized?
Hypnosis can be effective at any age. However, the years between 12 and 20 are thought to be the most opportune because persons of those ages are most fantasy prone and capable of employing that trait to benefit from hypnosis.

Can an "insane" person be hypnotized?
Persons who are clinically insane have difficulty concentrating, and the ability to concentrate and follow instructions are necessary prerequisites to being able to be hypnotized. This is beyond the scope of our work at the Universal Wellness Center.

What about the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable?
Anyone who can daydream is hypnotizable if he or she is willing to cooperate with the hypnotist. No one can be hypnotized against their will. If a person is not willing to cooperate, he cannot be hypnotized. Some clients may initially over analyze what is going on and that can interfere with relaxing enough to enter trance.

Hypnosis is not about the hypnotist gaining control over the client; it is about the client controlling himself better. Once the client realizes that experiencing the hypnotic trance will both help him feel how he wants to feel and do what he wants to do, and it also really gives him more control and power than he previously had, he will stop over analyzing, and become a better subject.

What are the requirements of a good Subject?
Good subjects have the desire to be hypnotized, an ability to concentrate, willingness to cooperate and follow instructions, and the relative absence of mistrust and fear. A vivid imagination is a good asset.

Is deep Hypnosis necessary?
No, not usually. For most purposes, a light degree of Hypnosis is all that is necessary for gaining the benefits of Hypnosis. Typically we do not need or aim for Deep Trance. The client is awake and aware of everything that is going on, just very relaxed.

Can "poor" subjects become better subjects?
Certainly! Repeatedly entering the trance state normally improves the depth of relaxation, concentration and absorption that a patient or client can attain. A strong motivation is a factor as well. A poor subject who really wants to use hypnosis to get relief from a problem often becomes a very good subject. It can also help when the Hypnotist instills confidence and helps the subject diminish anxiety and fear.

What is Self Hypnosis?
This is Hypnosis induced in a person by himself without the on-site action of a hypnotist. At the Universal Wellness Center we subscribe to the view that all Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis since the hypnotist is in actuality not doing anything to the client. Rather, the hypnotist is simply guiding the subject into hypnosis with the subject’s permission and active participation.Thus, he is really hypnotizing himself with the assistance of the hypnotist.

How can one learn Self Hypnosis?
The best way is to have the experience first of being hypnotized by a qualified Hypnosis professional, and then learn from that hypnotist how to enter the hypnotic state on your own. At that point, tapes (CDs) and books can be very useful aids, guides, and sources of information and inspiration. However, it is possible to learn it from a good CD or even a good book.

What are the benefits of Self Hypnosis?
The primary benefit of practicing Self Hypnosis is to continue the process of positive self-change. The regular use of Self Hypnosis reinforces the healthy changes in behaviors, feelings, beliefs and attitudes that you wish to keep going. When you hypnotize yourself, you enter a state of self relaxation. and when you are really relaxed, you are not uncomfortable, anxious. stressed or in pain. Relaxation is the opposite of these negative feelings. You develop your ability to relax at will, improving your ability to control your mind and your body. More control is the goal, gaining greater ability to control your symptoms. You are also able to give yourself new  positive suggestions and use positive imagery for positive self-change.

Can anyone learn Self Hypnosis?
Any motivated, normally intelligent person who can concentrate and follow instructions, can learn Self Hypnosis.

What is Hetero-Hypnosis?
This is Hypnotist-assisted hypnosis where one the Hypnotist  induces the Hypnotic State another person who is the client. To do this, the Hypnotist uses an appropriate hypnotic induction, a method for guiding the client into hypnosis. The Hypnotist may  teach Self Hypnosis to the client while he or she is in the hypnotic state.

What is a hypnotic induction?
It is a method that the Hypnotist may use to guide a client into hypnosis. There are numerous such methods, and most hypnotists have their favorites. However, it is important to choose an hypnosis induction method that suits the needs of the client. The hypnosis professional gives you carefully worded instructions to follow with the goal of guiding you enter a state of deep relaxation and focused attention. This is the hypnosis induction. For it to be effective, you must cooperate as an active participant in the process.

How does Hypnosis make a person more suggestible?
This occurs first and foremost with the subject’s permission and cooperation. By following the "hypnotist's" instructions, you become more suggestible. When you are in this altered state of increased suggestibility, your mental "clutter" is cleared away so that you can pay attention to the hypnotist's suggestions and be open to experiencing new perspectives and solutions to your problem. In this "hypnotic trance state", you remain aware of everything that is going on, but at the same time, you become increasingly absorbed in using your imagination as directed by the "hypnotist".

How does Hypnosis work?
Once hypnosis is induced and the doorway to the subconscious is opened, the competent Hypnotist, with your permission, can provide information, in a form that the subconscious can accept, to help you change the behaviors, feelings and thoughts or beliefs that you want to change. The subconscious  has the ability , and indeed the tendency, to accept what it imagines as real. It then sets out to achieve this rein reality.

What role does the Subconscious Mind play?
The subconscious, or the Inner mind, controls all of our living functions that keep us alive, as well as all of our habitual activity. But, it is not as easily communicated with as is the conscious mind. Information gets to the subconscious essentially in three ways: through trauma, through repetition, and through the hypnosis. So, hypnosis is the quickest and most efficient way to address the subconscious and imprint changes in behaviors, attitudes, beliefs and feelings. The conscious mind is the seat of what we call will power, but the subconscious is in control of habits. So, usual the desire to change habits by will power is fraught with difficulty and conflict. Once the subconscious is informed that you want to change, and once it knows that it is in your best interest to change, the conscious and subconscious, can work together in cooperation to make the change. The key is that what you can conceive, you can achieve! And the Subconscious wants to accept what it imagines as real! 

What are some of the benefits of Hypnosis?

Here are some of the more common uses:

induce relaxation

relieve tensions

relieve pain

in childbirth

diminish and control habitual worry

eliminate irrational fears

improve self-confidence

control mood swings

stop smoking

lose weight through changing eating and other habits

improve concentration and memory

improve study habits

develop natural abilities

relieve insomnia

stop fingernail biting

stop bedwetting

stop bruxism