Hypnosis is a way to communicate with your unconscious mind. When we are awake, we have a critical factor “watching” over us, so that we don’t believe in everything. This critical factor or sense evolves a person gets older. It comes to a point when they stop believing in Santa Claus. The critical factor is associated with what kind of state, and brainwaves you have. In the beta state, it works normally. When you are in the deep states of alpha, theta, or delta, the critical factor is not as sharp. That’s why you can for example dream all kind of things and you don’t get it is a dream.
The Critical Factor:
Hypnosis is a process that bypasses the critical factor and plants a seed into the unconscious mind. The critical factor is mentioned because it can hinder you from believing things. Sometimes you give a compliment, and the person doesn’t believe you. What the mind can conceive you can achieve. We know what we think affects our behavior and feelings which gives us feedback from the outer world. Feedback we then integrate as truth.
There is much truth in the saying ” Perception is reality”. When we look at others behavior, we are often seeing their “truth” which is why they behave they do. For example, a person who believes he can’t dive, will probably not try it out! So, by altering your minds truth, you change your perception of the world which changes your behavior.
The hypnotist usually starts the hypnosis with an induction. The process of being relaxed. Here a person will be more suggestible for commands and suggestions. An example is to describe a vacation, picturing yourself at the beach, verbally describing all the senses. The back touching the sand, the noise from the sea. The temperature not being too hot, not too cold, but just perfect. How you can feel the sun shining, how the warmth is spreading throughout your body. How the sky is blue, with just some few white clouds passing by.
The point is a description, and describing the environment, and describing processes. What happens to your body, how it feels to be relaxed. How different body parts get relaxed. Also called progressive relaxation. Since many people have “issues” with the word and concept of hypnosis, many people in the alternative business instead call this “guided imagination.”
The Unconcious Mind:
The unconscious mind, also known as the body oversees about 95% of all the data/information that is in your mind/body complex. Your unconscious patterns drive you. Watch how a person behaves after some weeks or months, and you can notice what patterns he has in the background.
These are mechanical and automatically reactions painting/influencing your life over time. When you hear about girls who time and time again get attracted to bad boys, – it’s their unconscious patterns driving them, to find exactly what they have experienced before. Patterns REPEAT themselves, so if one doesn’t change, it is very likely the patterns will keep happening! Hypnosis is one way to change your patterns. BUT it is not enough to just inform people, the beliefs and behavior (patterns) must operate from a deep/powerful level.
The unconscious mind is powerful like a supercomputer. Some of the best sports players in the world, use hypnosis to get these amazing results. Repeating a behavior many times will lead to a pattern, routine, or behavior that feeds the nerves/brain to repeat this behavior. Practice makes perfect, provided you want to keep getting better. It is also important to get rewards for your behavior, so you feel good, and your nerves system feels free flow! Information flows more freely, and it’s easier to succeed.
Commands and suggestions:
After the induction/relaxation state in hypnosis, the hypnotist can start to give suggestions and command by repeating things, say things with embedded commands, and put weight on specific words.: For example, “.. and in the future, You will FEEL GOOD, NOW it is time to go deeper into trance… 10, 9,8..” The hypnotist may also express subliminal, which is whispering words that you consciously don’t recognize but will be recognized by the unconscious mind which translates information. Give it information and it will process it.
Therefore, a person can be programmed both positively and negatively. info is info, and the unconscious just does its job to process the information given to it. So, make sure to give it positive information. The mind might have a hard time translating words like NOT/DONT, so if you say three “don’t smoke, don’t smoke don’t smoke”, You risk your mind process this as: “smoke! smoke! smoke!”.
Metaphors and symbols:
The hypnotists can also use metaphors and symbolic language to help you. Symbolic language is using words like “vibrations “light” “sea of relaxation washing over you” which trigger the symbolic part of the brain. Some research has shown that symbols involve MORE of the brain because it uses the brain’s creative part to decode or understand the abstract concept. A typical example is “imagine you are in an elevator, and for each level, you go down, you get more relaxed”.
Data can be processed as words or pictures. Just like words, imagination and visualization are expressions of data from/to the unconscious mind. Hypnosis with words is another side of the coin of goal setting/manifestation, just like visualization is.
How does it feel? It is very subtle. Compare it having a birthday party where all friends and people you know are there celebrating you and giving you good feedback. They smile and laugh with you. THAT situation will give you a little positive BOOST in your self-confidence. It’s a DROP of validation for you. That’s how I would say hypnosis works. It forms your mind to see positive experience.
It is also normal that the hypnotist gives a post-hypnotic suggestion, that is suggestions on how to behave and what to look for in the future. So, when these future cues and events come you will react more in tune with what the hypnotist tells you. Changing your patterns. If not, you would probably react and respond as you always do in these similar events. Hypnosis can also be a tool to open metaphysical areas, including OBE, lucid dreaming, automatic writing and past lives. If you believe in this or not, is up to you.
Hypnosis also can be described as “programming”, and it works even better if you do it after “deprogramming”. If you complete a session with TRE (Trauma Release Excercise) releasing, and THEN use hypnosis, the words and concepts will fill the gap (the space that has just been released/erased) even better.
Another nuance is self-hypnosis. You do it by relaxing yourself with beautiful imaginary scenes, and then you can mentally say to yourself, “when you count down from 10, you will go to a deeper level for each countdown.. 10.9.8.7 “. This is followed by giving yourself positive suggestions such as: ” thrust yourself, you have all the reason to thrust yourself, you can do it, practice makes perfect, you are really motivated.” You can also picture scene or patterns you keep running into and mentally say to yourself, next time this scenario happens, I will do THIS instead, then describe it, and picture the new behavior. This is changing you from the inside out.
They say that to change a behavior/pattern takes about 21 days with daily repeating of the new behavior. The mind doesn’t differentiate what happens in the outer world and inner world, so you can practice playing basketball in the outer world, or you can visualize you scoring the basketball. For the mind, the outer or inner picture is almost just “data”.
Another example: Close your eyes and imagine you are holding a public speech. See everybody happy and smiling and liking what you say. Then, when you go on stage, you have this inner representation of the world. What would likely happen is because you imagined everybody smiling, you feel good. And when you feel good, your body language opens and you become more expressive and charismatic. It ends up with people paying attention and smiling! The loop is complete!
Recommendation: Everything with Glenn Harrold. As for the moment, I have personally started listening to his solfeggio series, bought it at APP store on my phone. If you want your friend to be “in the know” let them know more about hypnosis by sharing this post with them!