When it comes to hypnosis, the most common thing that a Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist hears from clients is, “I don’t know if I can be hypnotized.” This is usually the result of the fact that the only thing that the average person knows about hypnosis is what he or she has seen in stage shows or movies.
In stage shows, entertainment or stage hypnotists get people to react in a funny or outrageous manner while under hypnosis. Afterward, the people that they hypnotize don’t remember what happened. Sometimes, these people will continue to act in a certain way without knowing why, based on suggestions that have been given to them while under hypnosis.
Movie or television hypnosis is similar. The focus is always on sensational or entertaining aspects of hypnosis. Stage or entertainment hypnosis is not what it appears to be. There are certain tricks involved in the process, known to the hypnotist, that produce what is seen on stage.
Difference Between Clinical Hypnosis and Stage Hypnosis
The kind of hypnosis used in a therapeutic or clinical setting is different from stage hypnosis or, for the most part, what is seen in movies.
First and foremost, clinical hypnosis does not involve a loss of control, or forgetting what is said and done while under hypnosis. What it involves is working in a deeper state of consciousness where the mind is expanded in a certain way in order to unlock the ability to access certain memories, understand them better, and change the way that they may limit us. This kind of hypnosis involves “programming” the subconscious mind in a certain way for healing or improving certain abilities, but there is always choice and awareness involved.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
In clinical or therapeutic hypnosis, the client does not “go under” completely. He or she is guided to maintain conscious awareness of what is going on in his or her mind. This is useful because the client can later remember what happened during the hypnotic session, which is helpful. People can learn from an experience that they can remember in a way that they would not be able to if they had no memory of it afterward. They can analyze it in a certain way so that they can get a deeper understanding of their lives and their selves.
Hypnosis is mind expansion. It amplifies memory awareness. It can make you remember past lives during a past life regression therapy. It also shifts the perspective of the memory that is recalled to a perspective of greater wisdom and detailed understanding. It makes what is subconscious conscious. It can be compared to bringing up knowledge from the depths of the sea of the subconscious mind into the light so that it can be fully seen. When knowledge that is processed is returned to the depths of the mind, it can help to change the entire thought process of the person who works with it.
When hypnosis is used as a tool for mind expansion and learning, the results lead to healing and personal improvement. There may be less humor and entertainment in the process, but the results are much more positive and rewarding in the long run.