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So That's Why You're Afraid Of Hypnosis!
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So That\'s Why You\'re Afraid Of Hypnosis!

Do you know anything about hypnosis? Just what you've seen on television and at the movies, yes, I see. Some character with a pointed beard, dark piercing eyes and swinging a watch, while a young girl lies, rigid with fear, upon his couch. He advances on her with slow, deliberate steps and stands over her. You think he plans to have his way with her? So that's why you're afraid of hypnosis?

Well, that may be the case in the movies, but actually in real life, it's about as far from the truth as you can be. You see, hypnosis is perfectly natural. It's as natural as breathing or eating or any of the things we do without thinking.

But it's no wonder that hypnosis is feared by so many people and why it has such a doubtful reputation.

Myths abound about hypnosis. One of these is that you must believe in it for it to work. Do you believe in the existence of your car for it to take you to one place or another? Or the weather. Do you have to believe in the existence of the sun or rain for it to make you hot or wet?

There are two parts of our mind. The conscious and the unconscious. Suppose you blush. I know as a kid I used to and boy, was I teased over it. But the blushing comes directly from the unconscious mind. The conscious mind looks on and that's when we say in horror;

"Oh no, I'm blushing again. Here comes the teasing!"

Now, provided my wife comes into my study quietly while I'm in a state of high concentration, in other words 'focused', she can come in and out without my even realizing it. That's because I've been in a hypnotic state. There are times when she comes in like roaring lion and frightens the life out of me!

A good, ethical hypnotherapist may keep his subject very still for a long time. This is a state called 'catalepsy'. They may become quite immune to pain, see very powerful images with the eyes either closed or open. They're so inwardly absorbed that time and their surroundings become meaningless.

But we experience this for at least two hours a night. It's called dreaming. It happens when the R.E.M. stage of sleep cuts in. That's Rapid Eye Movement. The pupils of our eyes move from one side to the other very quickly. During this period, our bodies are rigid, because Mother Nature, in all her thoughtfulness, doesn't want us to actually act out our dreams. My word, what a shambles that would be!

The same sort of thing happens during hypnosis, when you hear people say that their eyelids are getting heavier. Now, you remember we mentioned the swinging watch? That isn't as theatrical as it may sound. What it's doing is to mimic the movement of our pupils during the R.E.M. state. The patient looks at the watch swinging, and his/her eyes automatically start the R.E.M. phenomenon.

A fascinating fact is that R.E.M. sleep is totally different to the deep sleep our bodies need so much. The reason for this is that our brains and nervous systems are acting in much the same way as when we're awake. Indeed, some sleep experts call this phase 'paradoxical sleep'.

So, let's go one step further. You're wide awake when you walk into your therapists office. Then he hypnotizes you. You're in the R.E.M. state, but without being asleep.

There's so much more to examine on this amazing subject, but I do hope this explanation has been of some help.


Street Talk

  

Thank you very much for your comment on my article. I'm most flattered. Every good wish, Mike

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  about 8 years ago

Mike you nailed it on the head. Good article.

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  about 8 years ago
  

I'm quite overwhelmed at the wonderful comments on my article. A huge big 'thank you' to everyone. Heather, I'm honoured that you, as a trained hypnotherapist liked the article. Of course, you touched on a very interesting point. The therapist never 'orders' the patient to do anything. She or he must always 'suggest'. But again, to everyone, I'm so very grateful for your wonderful response. Every good wish, Mike

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  about 8 years ago
Joan S  

Fascinating topic. I would love to know more about hypnosis. I actually do it to myself. Sometimes I can't sleep, so I hypnotize myself and off I go. Would like to know more about past life regression. Are you also interested in that? I imagine Heather has some thoughts about that. Excellent article Mike. I love it. Yes, I confess to what is implied in the title.

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

Interesting article Mike. I actually stopped smoking using hypno. Very effective, although I was ready to quit. Would love more articles about this topic :)

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  about 8 years ago

Mike you have achieved a remarkable feat in that, being trained in hypnotherapy myself, I know all this and yet I found myself totally absorbed by your article. I felt that through your experience I gained a deeper understanding of my own. Loved your tittle. Many people (even if they don't admit to it) have a fear of hypnotherapy. I've been told it's evil to which I answered it certainly is misunderstood. I think the greatest misunderstanding is that it's a 'do to' process rather than a 'do with' process. The greatest of hypnotherapist can't 'make' anyone do anything they don't morally feel OK about doing. I wish there was more out there about the positive benefits of hypnotherapy... as you concluded, there's so much more to examine on this amazing subject! Hope you're on a roll with it! Awesome stuff! PS Have shared on FB.

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

Good point Heather, no one can really be hypnotised to do something that they wouldnt in some part of their being agree to.

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  about 8 years ago

Or, as I once heard commented, that they wouldn't do with a few beers under their belt! lol

  
  about 8 years ago

Interesting and informative article Mike

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  about 8 years ago
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