Hypnosis is as ancient as civilization. Early cultures used hypnosis for religious and healing purposes. The ability to hypnotize was considered to be supernatural. Not until the 18th Century was any attempt made to turn hypnosis into a science. A serious medical interest in hypnotism developed during both World Wars I and II to treat shell-shocked soldiers. In 1955 the British Medical Association approved hypnosis for the treatment of psychoneurosis and to relieve the pain of childbirth and surgery. In 1958 the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association gave hypnotism its approval.
There is a relationship between intelligence and the ability to be hypnotized; anyone with average or above-average intelligence can be hypnotized. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. If you resist it will not work: hypnosis requires your consent. You remember everything and you will not reveal intimate secrets while hypnotized. You cannot become “stuck” in hypnosis since you retain the control. If you have ever driven the highway and begun to day-dream and you drive past your exit, you have experienced hypnotism.
Hypnosis is an enjoyable state of mind, similar to daydreaming, in which you become very receptive to proper suggestions.
The effects are: wonderful feelings of calmness, tranquillity and profound relaxation.
- You will not actually be asleep or unconscious. Therefore, you will always be aware of your surroundings, sounds, etc., but you will not be distracted.
- You will always remain in control and be able to awaken yourself at any time. You also retain the power to reject any unsuitable suggestions.
- You cannot remain in hypnosis. If you are left alone, you will come out of it on your own in just a few minutes.
- Clients experience hypnosis at different levels – light, medium or deep. Any level is sufficient to break most habits. The most important factor is your ability to accept and follow the suggestions.
- Anyone of average intelligence can achieve hypnosis to some degree. If you can concentrate and use your imagination, hypnosis will probably occur immediately. However some people need additional time and practice.
- You will NOT have amnesia… you will remember everything that you need to reach your goal.
- You cannot be hypnotized against your will. If you do not want to experience hypnosis… you won’t.
Many people, who do experience hypnosis, do not feel like they have been hypnotized… it’s a common feeling. Do not be concerned about it. Simply follow the suggestions and watch for positive results.
Your attitude about reaching your goal with hypnosis is very important. Usually, good attitudes produce good results. Expect to be successful.
Hypnosis is a very pleasant experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy it.
Remember, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved the use of hypnotherapy.