Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and a heightened focus to achieve a different state of awareness without the interference of the conscious mind. During hypnosis, the one undergoing it will be highly suggestible to any information coming from the outside. Once the conscious mind turns off, the ability to critique or analyze any incoming data stops, and all the information passes straight into the subconscious mind.
What is hypnosis used for?
During hypnosis, the one hypnotized will be completely open to interference from the outside. A hypnotherapist can use this altered state of consciousness in two ways.
During the conscious state, the subconscious mind determines the functioning of the conscious mind and the way it processes information. When the conscious mind is given a subject, it has particular judgments and interpretations of it based on past beliefs, memories and emotions about it. These are all stored in the subconscious mind. In turn, the interpretation of the conscious mind once again confirms the beliefs, emotions and assumptions stored in the subconscious. Therefore, the cycle is ongoing.
The only way to stop recurring situations is through the altering of the subconscious content to change the reactions of the conscious mind to the outside world. This means changing old and outdated patterns and beliefs about particular subjects. For example, someone who turns to alcohol during stressful situations can use hypnotherapy to change the assumptions that the subconscious mind has of stressful events. This will help the person create healthier response patterns to stress. Rather than turning to alcohol for relief, the new patterns of response to stressful events will help the person cope and find solutions.
Analysis is using the deep relaxed state in hypnosis to find the psychological roots to problems or even health issues. For example, during QHHT Hypnosis Therapy, an answer to a recurring problem can spontaneously come up. The roots of many life problems can be sought in a past traumatic event that is blocked out by the conscious mind. Even the act of remembering can bring past traumatic events to the light of awareness where they can be transformed.
How the process of hypnosis works
Hypnosis begins with the deep relaxation of the body. To turn off the conscious mind, it is necessary to shut down all the senses and focus solely on the voice of the hypnotist. It is important for the subject undergoing hypnosis to rule out any limiting beliefs on what they can expect of hypnosis. Furthermore, the person hypnotized must discuss with their ‘guide’ what it is that they want to work on during the session.
After this initial screening, the first phase of hypnosis begins. This phase takes at least 15 minutes in which the individual is guided to relax their mind and body. This takes the person into a light trance-like state. This process could include the consecutive relaxation of all body parts, controlled breathing and other techniques of releasing anxiety or any previous thoughts.
During the third phase, the hypnosis goes deeper and takes the individual into a trance state. This leaves the subconscious mind completely open to new suggestions and guidance. During this stage, the hypnotherapist can either seek out answers from the subconscious or introduce new beliefs through positive suggestions. Once the hypnosis is over, the one hypnotized will be able to notice the difference in their reactions to old situations.
During the exiting phase of the hypnosis, the therapist usually counts backward to take the hypnotized person out of the hypnotic state and slowly brings them back to full conscious awareness.
How hypnosis affects the brain
The connections between neurons inside the brain are formed throughout the lifetime of the individual and even before their birth. The greatest change in these brain connections happens throughout our childhood and are slowly altered during adulthood with the learning of new skills and new experiences. The most impressive result of hypnosis on the brain is the change in the very structure of the brain.
These brain connections are what reflects our emotional responses, behaviors, beliefs and the functioning of the body. During hypnosis, the brain is completely focused and absorbs all new information to such an extent that it changes the connectivity of the brain.
Final Thoughts on Hypnosis
Hypnosis is one of the quickest ways to induce change within the life of the individual. It directly surpasses the critical mind that operates based on old assumptions and colors our whole world in a particular way. After hypnosis, you will embrace a new outlook on the world to find solutions for recurring problems.