Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived there safely, but not remembered the journey?
Have you ever read a book and became so involved with the plot that you can see the scenery and hear characters speak?
Have you ever day-dreamed?
These are every day examples of an altered state of awareness.
Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness - one which can be used for self help. It is a perfectly natural state which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially if the symptoms are induced or aggravated by stress.
Hypnosis is a two-way activity. It requires the full co-operation of the client for it to be successful.
The client must:
- want it to happen
- expect it to happen
- allow it to happen
Hypnosis is often extremely beneficial in the relief of pain and also for helping you to relax or in enabling you, should you wish, to talk freely about inner conflicts which you might find too embarrassing or difficult to speak of in a normal state of consciousness.
There is no magic wand that will make you stop smoking, or stop you feeling panic attacks, or cure your headaches but the relaxation which it gives you will help you to achieve all or any of those ends, if you wish to do so.
It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while hypnotised that they do not want to do.