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Hypnosis is a modified state of consciousness, meaning that it is still a state of consciousness, but one where the brain functions differently to that of its regular alert state. We therefore aren’t asleep when we are hypnotized !
Through the use of medical imaging (MRI, PET scan, etc.), scientific studies have shown that while performing a cerebral task, the areas activated in a hypnotized brain differ from those activated in a brain that is in an alert state.
It’s a natural state. No one invented it. Each one of us knows how to access it, even passing in and out of it several times a day without realizing. It can be compared to day dreaming, or to our disconnection from our reality when we stare into space.
It’s a little like being at the movies when we are absorbed by a film and forget where we are. Instead of noticing our immediate surroundings, we are absorbed by the story. We jump when something is scary, our hearts race when there is action, we cry during emotional scenes, etc. All the while we are conscious, and if someone speaks to us we can both hear and understand them.
During hypnosis there is a clearer separation between our conscious and unconscious mind. This separation can allow us to understand what is happening in our subconscious, so direct changes can be made with the help of psychological techniques. This is particularly useful because the unconscious mind is the seat of our emotions, our automatic responses, our beliefs, our self-esteem, etc.
The term self-hypnosis includes all the different techniques used to deliberately enter into a state of hypnosis and work directly on oneself subconscious without the help of anyone else.
It is completely possible to put oneself into a state of hypnosis without any outside help. Hypnosis is a natural state. Specific techniques have been developed over time, to learn the process of self-hypnosis. It is quite easy to learn how to recognize this state, and to learn how to enter it intentionally.
Deliberately entering into a trance is something that is learned. Some people are gifted and can do it naturally, without even realizing that they are practising self-hypnosis. Others need to follow a method of training that usually takes only a few hours to understand.
Hypnosis has been used since the dawn of time, in various forms, to treat psychological problems. It’s therapeutic properties were rediscovered in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. Sigmund Freud used hypnosis to study the unconscious and its disorders, and subsequently created his own technique of psychoanalysis. In the 20th century Dr Milton Erickson demonstrated how hypnosis could be used to help people change their behaviour, their attitudes about life, and rid themselves of many psychological problems.
During the last 30 years several different techniques have been created using hypnosis. All of these techniques are aimed at creating change in the unconscious that have an effect on one’s daily life. It’s not only about fixing problems, however, but also about improving areas that are already adequate. Several elite sportsmen, for example, use hypnosis techniques to improve their concentration, and performance.
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Below is a quote from the leading expert of hypnosis, Milton Erickson (1901-1980):
In over 30 years of experimental and clinical work with hypnosis I have not been able to discover any harmful effects, nor have colleagues with extensive experience in the use of hypnosis reported any to me – despite repeated inquiries. I do know that people of little and even no experience with hypnosis will gladly tell all manner of tales about the harmfulness of hypnosis, sometimes even believing the tales themselves. And I do know that stupid or uninformed people sometimes use hypnosis in the wrong way, but any harm that results comes not from the hypnosis, but from the mistaken or misdirected behavior associated with hypnosis.
(Milton Erickson’s Complete Works – Hypnosis in Obstetrics: Utilizing Experiential Learnings)
Just as we can’t sleep forever, neither can we stay in an hypnotic state forever. Experiments conducted by American psychologists show that when people were placed into a hypnotic state, and then left alone, spontaneously returned to an alert state within 20 minutes, on average.
To conclude any doubts, summing up, there is no danger associated with self-hypnosis.
The course is divided into independent modules. Each module can be bought separately.
The first module is different from the others. It teaches you how to go into a state of hypnosis by yourself. The other modules then teach you different psychological techniques that can be applied to a specific goal while in a state of hypnosis. (see the list of modules by clicking on the link below).
Each module consists of a series of audio recordings that address a particular point. They are simultaneously a lesson, as well as an exercise. You listen to the instructor explain what to do and then you have an opportunity to do it. At the end of each recording you may give your opinion on how things went, and then you may ask questions or make comments. The hypnotherapist will answer you back as quickly as possible, and often on the same day.
As with all work relating to hypnosis, there are two steps. The first is to enter into a hypnotic state, and the second is to use psychological techniques that focus on specific subjects.
Module 1 – “Learning to go into the hypnotic state” is, as the title indicates, used to achieve step one. This step is always the same regardless of the work afterwards.
The other modules are concerned with practical applications, and correspond to step two. Each one specializes in a certain field.
Once you have entered into a hypnotic state, nothing is stopping you from using other techniques, including those found in books, for example, or ones that you have invented yourself.
If you already know how to go into a state of hypnosis, from a seminar or hypnotherapy sessions, it is not necessary to buy the first module. Focus instead on the module(s), that correspond to your area of interest. It is for this reason that module 1 is sold separately.
On the other hand, it serves no purpose to buy a practical application module should you not know how to enter into a state of hypnosis. For this reason, module 1 is sold at a discounted price when coupled with another module.
To complete the course you will need:
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