What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness in which the imagination, rather than the intellect is active. Contrary to a widespread belief, it does not involve becoming unconscious or going to sleep. Hypnosis cannot be forced upon people, but is a state which clients allow themselves to enter and which they can come out of at will; in this sense all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Hypnotic states occur naturally in every day life. When we daydream, fantasise, vividly remember or anticipate the future, we are in a hypnotic state.
In a clinical setting, hypnosis goes with a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which in itself is very beneficial, especially in the treatment of symptoms caused or aggravated by stress.
Hypnosis cannot perform miracles, but it is a state of awareness, which can be used for self-help and self-development. Sometimes personal problems seem to be outside of our control.
Sometimes we have unwanted habits, irrational fears, unhelpful behaviour patterns, or anxiety states that we do not want, but that exhaust all our logical, critical and intellectual attempts to change them. We cannot consciously find the answers; that is because many of our problems start at an unconscious level.
Hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner, unconscious, part of us, a source not only of many of our problems, but a deep reservoir of unrecognised strength, knowledge and inner healing potential.