WHAT WE ARE LED TO BELIEVE
Are we all in some level of trance all day every day? Is hypnotherapy dangerous? You might think you know the answers to these questions, but what is the real truth?
Do we not, each and every one of us spend most of our days absorbed by thoughts, planning events, and picturing the outcome? How sad it is that at school as children we are told, "Wakey wakey, come on, stop daydreaming!" Children are especially susceptible to going into a quite deep trance, (daydreaming), and it is at this level of mind new ideas, inventions, and intuition come into play.
Many activities in life are so hypnotic. Driving a car for instance. In this country lorry drivers call it "autopilot", and in the USA it's called "highway hypnosis". The classic is motorway driving, and presumably you'll be aware of this if you are a driver. You are travelling a long distance on the motorway and before you know it you've reached your destination, or you are aware you've passed Junction 3 only to notice the next one is Junction 6, and you have no recall of missing the services. Or even travelling from A to B and then forgetting which route you took. All drivers have experienced this. We have all noticed how on a long journey the return trip seems shorter.
Television is incredibly hypnotic, and has been called the opiate of the masses. You can see this especially with young children. They become so absorbed in the programme they are watching, transfixed to the TV, that they are even oblivious to anything else around them. Adults can react in the same way while watching television. Maybe you think you're not like that. Think about it. Going to the cinema you sit down in your seat. Before the film starts you are well aware of your surroundings and the company you are with. You are conscious of the people sitting next to you, in front and behind you, yet when the film starts you become totally absorbed into the reality on the screen, and even more so if it's a good movie. You've switched off from your surroundings and environment almost as soon as the film has started, and you have lost partial consciousness of everything around you.
Let's look at one more activity: Fishing. How can a man sit for hours upon end watching his rod or float waiting for a bite, only to catch the fish and probably then throw them back at the end of the day? It's the same old story. He is experiencing trance, a form of narrowing of attention, yet with fishing which can become an addictive sport, the watching of his rod or float is a form of eye fixation. Any form of eye fixation will enhance a level of trance.
Freqently asked hypnotherapy questions
Now if you are thinking of trying hypnotherapy maybe a leaflet has dropped through your door, or possibly you have been looking on the internet to find out if hypnotherapy could help you. The sort of information you would find is as above and as below. These leaflets, websites, posters and other forms of marketing try to answer many frequently asked hypnotherapy questions.
1. Hypnotherapy is a state of relaxation and concentration with a heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a natural state of relaxation.
2.Hypnotherapy is safe with no unpleasant side effects.
3. Question. Shall I be aware of what is happening
Answer. Yes, you will hear everything being said.
4. Question. Am I asleep?
Answer. No, just extremely relaxed.
5. Question. How does it work?
Answer. It uses the power of your own mind to relieve symptoms and alter unwanted
6. Question. Could I be influenced to do something against my own will?
Answer. No, you would be shocked out of the hypnotic state instantly if
any such suggestion was given to you.
7. Question. How many sessions will I need?
Answer. About 3 to 5 for simple problems, but more deep rooted
problems will require more sessions.
8. Question. Is there any reason for concern
Answer. None whatsoever, it is a perfectly natural proven aid.
More often or not, the therapist having explained briefly to the client about natural hypnotic state as previously mentioned, watching television driving and daydreaming, and maybe having explained a little about hypnosis you could feel tempted to try it?
"Personally I believe that all of the above statements are either false or misleading. The reason why I make this statement is explained on the web page 'Expose' revealing the dangers of hypnotherapy"