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Dispelling Some Common Myths about Hypnosis

Unlock what holds you back | Peace of mind

Myth: You are asleep when in hypnotherapy.

Fact: While your body is at the delta level of sleep (same as bedtime sleeping) you are aware at all times of what is going on.

Myth: A hypnotherapist can make me behave like a chicken.

Fact: A hypnotherapist can never make you do anything you are not aware of or in agreement with. While your body and mind are resting, your subconscious is acutely aware of everything going on, and it will not allow you to do anything you don’t want to do. Stage hypnotists gather over 20 volunteers, but only five will put on a show. The five that make the show are fully aware of what they are doing and they will remember. There is no amnesia other than what you chose to erase therapeutically during hypnosis.

Myth: I won’t be in control, and I don’t like that feeling.

Fact: You are in control at all times. You will know everything that is going on around you, what your hypnotherapist is saying, and what you are thinking, doing or saying. When you emerge from hypnosis, it feels like you are waking up from a long, refreshing nap. The mental and emotional control you will experience comes from your own willingness to in behind the walls of your mind to tweak and correct the thoughts and feelings that can get in the way of your success.

Myth: Hypnotherapy is a New Age, unstudied concept.

Fact: Hypnotherapy has been successfully used by counsellors, doctors, and psychiatrists throughout the ages. In fact, the use of hypnosis for healing can be traced back to 3000 BC in Greece. Both the new and old testaments of the Bible speak of what could be deemed hypnosis, and the ancient Greeks and Romans had sleep temples where those seeking healing would be put into a trance like sleep. Their dreams would be interpreted by the priests.

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Myth: I don’t believe in past lives, so past life regression therapy is not useful for me.

Fact: Whether or not a past life regression experience is true or not, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between fantasy and reality. Many people do experience a lifetime not of this era during hypnotherapy; during this time the subconscious is healing, and many anxieties or phobias are simply ‘fixed’ due to the client’s ability to reconcile the issues at the Subconscious level brought forward in the session. A great book to read on the subject is by Dr. Brian Weiss, called Many Lives, Many Masters.

Myth: I can’t be hypnotised.

Fact: The success of your hypnotherapy session will be enhanced by your willingness to use your imagination and by your desire to allow yourself to go into the deep state of relaxation, calmness and focus. Remember, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and your hypnotherapist is a wonderful facilitator to simply help you reach your goals at the deepest level while in trance.

Myth: I have never been in a trance before.

Fact: We are in a state of trance several times each day. Think about the times you have been driving, then realize you’ve “checked out” for several kilometres or minutes. Your subconscious kicked in and kept you safe as you drove while in trance. Have you ever had a gut feeling about something - that is your unconscious mind talking to you. In trance, you can access this powerful part of yourself for personal mental change.

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