Recognized and endorsed as a “valid therapeutic tool” by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnosis can be a valuable tool in helping those willing, to bring permanent, lasting change to their lives.
There is an undeniable mind/body connection. For example, if our mind believes we are drinking a soda, and we unknowingly drink water, that first sip will not taste like water. Because the brain believes it is soda, initially it tries to interpret the water taste as soda. Hypnosis uses this connection to let go of old, unwanted habits and beliefs (we need food to feel better), and get our body to respond to what we now choose to believe. If we believe we are healthy, our bodies will start to respond in a healthy way. If we believe we feel great without cigarettes, then our bodies follow suit, and the cravings diminish.
The ability to tap into the subconscious is also valuable in dealing with past traumas, grief or abuse because once again, these events are all stored in the subconscious mind. Getting to that source is tremendously beneficial for someone seeking to begin a journey of healing and forgiveness.
To be hypnotized simply means letting your conscious mind to relax enough to allow the subconscious mind to come through. This actually happens several time throughout your day, in the form of ‘zoning out’, daydreaming, going on ‘auto pilot’ while driving home – all forms of literal self hypnosis.
While hypnotized, you are in complete control – of your mind, your thoughts, and your body. You can move or reposition as needed, and should be able to recall your session, though often times it does have a dream like quality to it.
Your mind will not accept any suggestion that goes against your personality, meaning you would never do, say or act in any way that you wouldn’t normally choose to.
What can happen is that the suggestions you are given to make the changes you’ve requested (to stop smoking, make healthier food choices, to let go of stress and find more peace throughout your day) will become deeply imbedded. Because these are things you wanted in the first place, your mind accepts them and they can very quickly become part of your everyday thought process.