The Myths about Hypnosis
- I will lose control;
- I will fall asleep;
- I won’t wake up;
- I will be tricked into doing things I don’t want to;
Thankfully, none of these things are true! As all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you remain in control at all times. It’s important to understand that the state of hypnosis is a naturally occurring one that you enter yourself many times a day! I call it day-dreaming with your eyes closed! The only difference in a formal session is that the state of hypnosis is induced deliberately, rather than waiting for you to drift off naturally. My job is to guide you into the hypnotic state but you will be doing it yourself.
You do not fall asleep. Instead, you access a different state of awareness, one that is very narrowly focused and directed towards your internal world, rather than the world going on around you. Generally, people report that they feel deeply relaxed, which is a happy by-product of hypnosis.
If, by some remote chance, you did fall asleep, you would wake up naturally, after a few minutes. Similarly, you will always come out of hypnosis, because you will either respond to the instruction you have been given, or, on the very rare occasion you did not respond to the instruction, you would emerge from hypnosis naturally, after a few minutes. As you are not asleep, there is no waking up. You will simply “come to” from your day-dream state.
Remember: because you are always in control, there is no chance that you could be tricked into doing something you don’t want or agree with. You can and will reject any suggestion that you don’t like. No power can be exerted over you against your will.
Hypnosis is a wonderful, powerful, way of changing your thinking and transforming your life.