Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. When you are watching a movie that you are engrossed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood or engrosses you, you are in partial hypnotic trance. Every night while going to sleep, you pass through different stages of hypnosis and the reverse happens when you wake up in the morning. We experience hypnosis every day and don't even know it. In fact hypnosis is as normal as breathing.
When you are in a hypnotic trance, you have an observer self, the “protective part of mind” that is always aware and watching out for you. This protective part of the mind always remains in present and keeps us safe, even when asleep. During hypnosis you can trust that your protective part of the mind will watch over you. During a hypnosis session you would instantly get up and leave the room if it caught on fire, even if it had previously felt like your arms and leg were too heavy to move.
Hypnosis is a relatively safe modality, and side effects are uncommon. Its effectiveness has been backed by thousands of studies focusing on issues ranging from pain control to smoking cessation to weight management.
Is Hypnosis sleep ?
No not all. Hypnotic trance is completely different from a state of sleep. In sleep state, a person cannot communicate with other person. Any attempt to interact or communicate would break the sleep and a person would return back to waking awareness. But in hypnosis, a person remains in trance and smoothly communicates with the hypnotist. The hypnotic trance does not break even with prolonged conversations. The trance state is a state of altered awareness meaning a state of awareness which is different from waking awareness, sleep and unconsciousness.
Do I lose control?
Hypnosis does not require the subject to give up control. Control does not come in the hands of hypnotist. The hypnotist can’t make you say or do anything you don’t want to. All you are required to do is to follow the instructions with complete willingness, relax and enjoy the procedure.
Will I experience total loss of awareness?
No, you will not experience "Total Loss of Awareness". Total loss of awareness occurs in a state of unconsciousness due to generalized anesthesia, coma or head injury. This is an organic condition produced by a chemical, injury to the brain or pathological changes in the brain. A person with total loss of awareness cannot sense, perceive, attend or participate in any communication or interaction. In hypnosis a person can hear, interact and respond to the suggestions of the hypnotist. So if a person remains aware of the hypnotist's voice then he cannot be considered in a state of “Total Loss of Awareness”. For psychotherapy and healing under hypnotic trance, a person must remain aware of the hypnotist's suggestions, else it would not be possible to do any kind of therapy. Infact there will be a " Duality of Awareness" in hypnotic trance, which means along with the hypnotists communications you will also have peripheral awareness ie you'll be aware of your surroundings but will not get disturbed by external sounds as you'll be completely focusing on hypnotist's voice.
Can Hypnotist make me do something against my will under trance?
Absolutely not. Protective part of mind is always on guard and will immediately stop you from doing anything, or accepting any suggestion that is unethical by your own moral standards. As a hypnotist, I can’t make you say or do anything you don’t want to. If that was possible, all the hypnotists in the world could make you go rob the banks and bring back the money. We would be rich, and rule the world. Obviously, this is not the case. This is probably the biggest myth of all propagated by movies, television and stage hypnosis shows, which more often than not are scripted.
Can hypnosis make me tell secrets?
Not at all. You will not divulge any information that you would not ordinarily divulge.
What if I don't wake up or don’t exit?
No one has ever got stuck in a hypnotic trance. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, either your subconscious mind will detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you out of trance to conscious awareness, or you would fall asleep and wake up naturally. People who cannot “exit” trance state are usually the ones who are unwilling to emerge, as they are feeling extremely good, and are not because they are unable to.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes, any person with normal functioning brain and average intelligence can be hypnotized. It simply requires that the subject focuses, suspends critical thinking and uses his imagination. On the other hand persons with a brain damaged due conditions like cerebral palsy or victims of head injury or suffering from and on medication for conditions like Schizophrenia, Alzheimer etc are the ones who will not go into trance as they are not able to follow hypnotists instructions correctly.
In fact hypnotizability is often a learned trait. You can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better and better at it as you practice your self-hypnosis. Most people don't think they are hypnotized after a session. What they do notice is that some things have changed - maybe that day, maybe the next week. Sometimes the effects are subtle and sometimes profound.
Will I forget everything during the session?
It occasionally happens that there is amnesia for the session. Sometimes the hypnotist will suggest that you forget what transpired, and occasionally this may have that effect. Most hypnotists want you to be aware of the session. You will be aware of everything around you, and remember most, if not all, that happened in the session. Usually, you will remember it better than a conversation we had, because your mind is in such a focused state.
Is Hypnotherapy Magic?
The acquisition of the skill of hypnotherapy does not require any kind of magic, mantra or tantra sadhana. There are specific scientific procedures to perform these therapies. Any professional with an adequate background can learn and perform these therapies.
The truth about hypnosis is this.
It can be the one most important tool to change the way your mind experiences your world. If there ever was a magic wand, that could help you change anything about your life, your health or your behavior, this might be it. Good Hypnotherapists know how to gently release blocks and fears, and create a new inner belief that will set the wheels in motion to make changes in the way you think, feel and behave.