An Excerpt from Dr. Jon Connelly's Training
There are many myths or rumors about hypnosis. It is much easier for people to understand what hypnosis is when they are not confusing it with things that it is not. Hypnosis is not being asleep, unconscious, out of it or under it. It is not losing control, giving up control or being controlled. It has nothing to do with susceptibility or the power of suggestion. Hypnosis does not require concentration or relaxation.
Have you ever shed a tear at the sad part of a movie? Did you ever yawn after seeing someone else yawn? Did your mouth ever water when thinking about or seeing a particular food? Did you ever jump during the scary part of a movie?
Each of these is an example of a profound hypnotic response. You probably were not conscious of the increase of in salivation but you were conscious of jumping during the scary movie. You may or may not have been conscious of the tear during the sad part of the movie. Perhaps you were too much into the movie to notice. When you yawned you were probably conscious of that. The point though is not whether you were conscious of what you did but rather that you did not do what you did consciously. If your conscious mind did not direct an activity then it was directed by your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind responded. Hypnosis is simply about getting your subconscious to respond in the way that you want it to.
The most common misunderstanding about hypnosis is probably the idea that to learn from or influence the subconscious mind one would have to get rid of the conscious mind. That's why people think that someone who is hypnotized is unconscious. That is not the case at all. When you jumped during the movie or yawned you were certainly conscious and you will be conscious of everything that happens in an altered state of consciousness as well.
A hypnotic approach makes sense in dealing with the issue you have been concerned about. After all, you have not been deciding to have the problem so how could you possibly have decided not to? Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution is an approach responded to by all parts of your mind so the changes you desire take place naturally.
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