Spoiler Alert - Pendulums are not used to hypnotize clients!
Now since that's out of the way, let's see what hypnotherapy really is. It is an expansive field of study but I will attempt to explain it in one simple line. 'It is a psychological therapy which works on the sub-conscious mind to address the root cause of an issue and sustain long-term change.'
'It's a psychological therapy which works on the sub-conscious mind to address the root cause of an issue and sustain long-term change.'
What happens during the therapy?
The therapist first cognitively discusses the challenges faced by the client in detail. If an understanding is reached that the cause is deep rooted or stemming from their childhood experiences or any suppressed traumatic event, the client is guided to explore and resolve it while under a deeply relaxed state which is also called a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis or deep relaxation allows access to the sub-conscious mind which is a storehouse of all our experiences and memories. Once this relaxed state is achieved, the cause is addressed and resolved, the client is counted out of the hypnotic state.
'Hypnosis or deep relaxation allows access to the sub-conscious mind which is a storehouse of all our experiences and memories.'
So what does hypnotherapy entail?
It uses breathing techniques, relaxations, suggestions sometimes understood as guided meditation and visualization.
Now, to address the last part of the one line explanation of hypnotherapy, why is it effective in sustaining long term change?
Many a times, the challenges that we are facing in our lives or the negative patterns that seem to keep repeating could be symptoms of a common cause which is not very obvious or evident. Let's take an example of Person A, age 32, who is unable to be very confident while talking to people in a group and gets nervous in such situations. He is very intelligent, has a high-paying job, enjoys good health and relations with friends and family. No matter how much he practices different techniques to boost his confidence, he is unable to do so. No amount of 'Be a Leader' training or 'Public Speaking' courses seemed to help. When he undergoes Hypnotherapy, he realizes that during his primary school days, he was mocked by his teacher while talking in front of the class. Now, cognitively he may or may not even remember the incident or may not think much of it after so many years. But his sub-conscious mind and his 8 year old self held on to it. At that time he may have formed a belief system saying 'I don't know how to talk to people' or he may have decided 'I will never speak in front of so many people again'. So during therapy, these belief systems and decisions are identified and resolved and the 8 year old child is also healed. Now when the client is in a situation where he wants to talk to a group of people he is able to do so with confidence. His self-sabotaging belief systems are no longer holding him back. The root cause of the challenge is resolved.
'But his sub-conscious mind and his 8 year old self held on to it'.
If hypnosis can be used as such a powerful and effective therapeutic tool, why is there so much mysticism attached to it?
The reason for this can be traced back to the early approach to hypnosis where it was used as a stage performance trick to 'control a person's mind' and make him dance like a chicken. This portrayal in the entertainment industry gradually extended to movies as well. However, the approach to hypnosis has drastically changed today. It is used as a purely therapeutic technique. It is effective in treating various psychological challenges. But the association didn't change.
Now that you know of the different uses of hypnosis, let's address some of the common myths associated with it in a therapeutic setting.
I will not be in control of my mind.
You will be in control of all your senses. The therapist only gives suggestions to the sub-conscious mind as needed for therapy. I promise I can't make you flap like a chicken!
The therapist will know all my secrets.
You will be control of what and how much you share. Being open and honest is recommended for effective healing. It's not a gossip hour, you know.
I will not remember my experience under hypnosis.
You will remember most of your thoughts and experiences after you are out of hypnosis. If there are any blanks, I will fill it for you. Verbatim. I take notes during the session!
I have to believe in Past Lives to undergo Hypnotherapy.
This is not at all necessary. Not all sessions and cases require a Past Life Regression. I will not force you to change your beliefs. Your beliefs will be respected.
I will get stuck in hypnosis.
Getting stuck in hypnosis is not possible. The worst scenario could be that you will fall asleep. But once you wake up, you will be back in the present.
Which are some other myths that you have heard or you think are true? Tell me in the comments and we'll address them together!
Not convinced yet? Read what the clients have to say about their experiences.
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