Hypnosis is actually a state of inner absorption, focused attention and concentration of the mind. In this state one could relax your body and focus on your own inner world of experiencing.  Hypnosis has been compared to using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when your mind is focused and concentrated, you will be able to use your mind more powerfully. Therefore, because hypnosis allows one to use more of your potential, the ultimate act of self-control is to learn self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a natural ability. A person goes in and out of a hypnotic state when concentrating intently on something, daydreaming, just before falling asleep at night or even just before waking up fully in the morning. As a state of consciousness hypnosis is measurable on an EEG (a machine that measures brain waves). The brain waves activated during meditation are similar to the alpha waves measured during hypnosis.

Hypnosis is used for exploring the subconscious mind to identify which past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem and to better understand the underlying motivations for experiencing problems. Hypnosis makes it possible to avoid the critical censor of the conscious mind. The effectiveness of hypnosis appears to lie in the way in which it bypasses the critical observation and interference of the conscious mind. Therefore it allows a person's intentions for change to take effect.

Hypnosis could be compared to the fine-tuned instrument that, like a surgeon's scalpel, allows a doctor to get beneath the surface to locate the origin of the underlying problems. Hypnosis is not a cure but a TOOL that could be used to uncover the origin of the underlying problems and allows intentions for change to take effect. Like the tools used by a surgeon to remove a diseased tissue or organ, hypnosis is a tool to remove a diseased thought or negative belief system.

What does hypnosis feel like?
It is generally speaking pleasant a pleasant and relaxed feeling. While in hypnosis you are capable of moving, seeing, hearing and speaking freely while focusing internally. You've spend a whole lifetime in hypnosis without even knowing it. Have you ever lost track of time while watching TV, reading a book, or being absorbed in a favourite activity? This state of trance that you've experienced numerous times before is hypnosis.

What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is a practice that could be used to achieve relaxation, stress reduction and improved concentration which you could learn on your own or from a qualified hypnotherapist. Once you are in a relaxed state, you focus on a single specific goal and then use predetermined suggestions to meet that goal.
About Hypnosis - in a nutshell...

Not to be confused with the entertainment associated with stage hypnosis!

Hypnosis is simply a state where the mind is highly focussed, and the body is relaxed. One remains awake, does NOT relinquish control, will NOT act contrary to ones values, and will remember everything that happened while in hypnosis.

In therapy, Lorna uses it primarily to access emotional memories from the past and re-interpret them with the mature knowledge and insight of today.
Dr Lorna Geer
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Last updated on 15 Jan 2018
Counselling Psychologist
Centurion, Pretoria