Movies and on stage performers have created a lot of dramatic stereotypes. Drama in the show is not real life and neither is the depictions of professionals and professions. So let me tell you a little. Hypnotism has been around for over 4000 years. You don't get that kind of staying power by making people quack like a duck and do silly things on stage. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), what a terrible name, is the scientific breakthrough that has become increasingly used since the 1970's, when the top folks in the fields of helping others were studied and their techniques understood. It is a method of using our own words and imagination to rapidly learn new behaviors and do away with what you before thought negative or troublesome in your life. It is a very rapid method of learning used in many facets of everyday life from persuasion, sales and advertising, to useful techniques that bring about rapid change in individuals by reprogramming to new behaviors that you feel is a very desirable way and that you wish to have.
What Hypnosis Is Not
Hypnotism is not mind control. You are totally aware, can talk, think, and reject anything you don't like. Hypnotic trances last as long as you want them to last or until the hypnotist quits talking or emerges you. You cannot stay in trance without that communication for you will emerge or go to sleep and wake up. Hypnotists cannot make you do anything that you would not do if you're were not hypnotized. Those people you see on stage who do crazy things have been carefully selected by the hypnotist. He has noticed that they are highly suggestible and would likely be the life of the party and love to entertain at a lot of social events. Hypnotism is not dangerous because the hypnotist will not work with anyone who is on drugs, is diagnosed as mentally ill, or under the care of a health professional regarding such issues unless that person is referred to him by a qualified health professional and, only then, under the direction of that professional. Hypnotists do not diagnose, medicate, or offer any medical advice. The hypnotist will refer anyone for whom they have such concerns, to a health professional and the appropriate care.
What is meditation and is it like meditation or sleep?
Well, we can get pretty scientific. if you want to discuss brainwave frequencies and such. Most hypnosis apparently occurs in the alpha (8 to 12 Hertz range. If you understand that, fine, let's talk later! For most of us, we go in to trance several times a day and just don't call it that. You get lost in a "daydream", or you drive in your car but arrive without remembering part of the trip , or you read a book and get lost in it.- all are trances. Sometimes you find yourself just staring off into space at someone or something that really you are not even aware of, or your mind wanders just before sleep. This is trance.
Whenever our attention becomes focused on a particular thought or thing, we enter an altered state of consciousness called a trance. We are totally aware of our surroundings, sounds, smells, and so on, but our mind is otherwise focused.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis and the hypnotist just helps set up the conditions that assist you to go into a trance. It is a state in which you very, very deeply relax. You lose a sense of time and just totally enjoy the state of relaxation you gain nowhere else but in trance or sleep. Most folk emerge to greet the hypnotist with a smile and great energy, and some are a little groggy and would love to sleep. During the time you're in your hypnotic trance, when you are free from your mind wandering on many thoughts, you are able to receive suggestions.
Some suggestions may act post hypnotically and we will talk about that during your interview. Those suggestions come from your interview as goals that you have set for yourself and told the hypnotist about. The hypnotist writes them down in your own words and uses them as suggestions in your own words during the trance. The idea is that they will be heard and acted upon by the 90% of your mind that can make them happen for you or disappear to be replaced by new things you would like or believe you need. The techniques our NLP pro's have developed are very useful models to help the hypnotist and the client to achieve the goals that have been set out. There is no magic, no miracles, and no surefire cure - just two people working together to achieve what you want one way or another.