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All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis

Updated: Apr 11

If you've talked to me at all about hypnosis, you know that I will continually try to convince you that you and everyone you know should experience a session and implement some of the techniques daily. The funny thing is, all of us are in hypnosis at least twice a day anyway, so why not use both of those times for our greater good?!

Upon waking from sleep is the first time I can guarantee you experience hypnosis each day. During that liminal space is the sweet spot to recall your dreams or to use affirmations as suggestions towards manifesting your goals and aspirations. Can you guess when the second time happens? Bedtime! As you are calming your body and mind, you are inducing hypnosis without even realizing it. You are allowing yourself access to restorative sleep.

There are many more instances of when you may go into hypnosis, but here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Have you ever been so absorbed in a good book you lost track of time?

  2. Has a movie captured your attention making you feel like part of the storyline?

  3. Do you find yourself driving on autopilot and realize you don't remember the drive?

  4. Maybe you're focusing on work and suddenly it's complete without much thought?

  5. While being creative, have you felt like everything flowed without resistance?

These are only a few examples, but if you notice yourself in a daydreaming state throughout your day, you were more than likely in one of these various stages of hypnosis.

When a hypnotist is facilitating a hypnosis session, it is called hetero-hypnosis. Even though they are guiding you, you are still the only one controlling how effective the hypnosis is by your level of cooperation and participation. Hypnosis is a collaborative process, so you must be willing to allow yourself to experience the level of relaxation needed since you retain control over your thoughts, actions, and level of suggestibility. Your sense of Self will be empowered through this process because you now have more control over your subconscious simply through acknowledgement. So in all actuality, you are still performing self-hypnosis by allowing the journey to occur without resistance or judgement.

I always like to highlight that hypnosis is not mind control. Despite Hollywood's efforts to portray hypnosis negatively, it truly is a positive experience and a well trained hypnotherapist would never use it for harm. Hypnosis is a powerful tool and can be used for any sort of pattern in your life that you no longer want to cycle through. If you're interested in learning how your subconscious is running your life automatically and how to work with it, please reach out. I'm always happy to dispel myths and discuss possibilities.

You are the healer. You are the magic. Once you learn that you are the key to unlocking your gifts, you will have gained so much more from what hypnosis can do for you.

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