What is hypnotherapy?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You can never be made to do anything counter to your will or morally objectionable to you. It is a cooperative process in which you always have control.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You can never be made to do anything counter to your will or morally objectionable to you. It is a cooperative process in which you always have control.

by Sara L. Payne — 

When we hear the term hypnosis, it often brings to mind the erroneous images and misconceptions that have long plagued this ancient art. Here are some common myths dispelled.

Myth: A hypnotist can take control of your mind.

Truth: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You can never be made to do anything counter to your will or morally objectionable to you. It is a cooperative process in which you always have control.

Myth: You can get stuck in a trance and not wake up.

Truth: You can and will come out of the trance state when you are ready, in the same way you wake from sleep. It often happens spontaneously, similar to emerging from the self-induced trance state known as daydreaming.

Myth: Hypnosis is a state of sleep or unconsciousness, similar to a coma state.

Truth: It may feel like being in a dream state when you are hypnotized, except that you will hear the words as they are spoken. Since the process quiets the reasoning part of the conscious mind, the way you hear the words is different during hypnosis than when you are consciously alert.

Myth: Hypnotherapy is only effective in certain areas such as, weight loss, smoking cessation or stress management.

Truth: Hypnotherapy has been proven beneficial in countless arenas. Since it reaches the creative aspect of our minds, the subconscious, it is effective for addictions of all kinds, fears, phobias, depression, increasing self-confidence, healing emotional wounds and memory/learning improvement, to name just a few. There is no limit to what hypnotherapy can do to change your mind and your world!

 

Sara Payne, C.Ht., HBCE, is a certified hypnotherapist, empowerment coach and hypnotherapy-for-childbirth instructor and presents stress-management, self-hypnosis and creative living workshops. 480-949-2802 or spayne.byregion.net. 

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 24, Number 6, December 2005/January 2006.

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