Have You Ever Wondered, “Can I be Hypnotized?”
Have you ever wondered why hypnosis seems to work for some but not for others? In my youth I enjoyed watching hypnotists perform on stage and on more than one occasion I found myself on stage in the hope that I would be hypnotized. I never was and yet there were others, including some friends, who fell under the spell of the hypnotist easily. This was years before I ever thought of being a hypnotherapist and I was left wondered why I couldn’t be hypnotized by any stage hypnotist while other people were being hypnotized.
I was really disappointed it didn’t happen and thought perhaps there was something wrong with me. However, I discovered, over the course of the intervening years, and especially when I entered the profession of hypnosis that while there was nothing wrong with me I was, at that time, being resistant to the hypnotic suggestions.
Having no idea how hypnosis worked I was inadvertently blocking it. It is this unconscious blocking that leads many people to believe they are unable to be hypnotized when in fact anyone can be hypnotized as long as they can follow simple instructions. In my experience the only people who cannot follow simple instructions are very small children and people with brain damage so that means the vast majority of the population, including you, can be hypnotized.
The state of hypnosis is natural; science tells us that we drop into a hypnotic state about seven times an hour. A hypnotic state is characterized by being focused on something so totally that everything else around you is unnoticed. When you drive from (a) to (b), and on arriving at your destination, realize you can remember little, or nothing, about the journey you’ve just taken, you’ve been in a state called highway hypnosis. Then, when you are so engrossed in a book or film that you hardly register a person’s voice you’re also in a state of hypnosis.
Daydreaming is hypnosis; a period of time when you are so focused on your thoughts that you become unaware of your surroundings. As these experiences are common to all people, the answer to the question, “Can I be hypnotised,” is a resounding YES, every one of us can be hypnotized. All any of us has to do to enter a hypnotic state is to let go of resistance, relax, follow simple instructions and allow it to happen.
The stage hypnotist doesn’t have the time or the inclination to explain the process of hypnosis to his audience but a good hypnotherapist will put you at your ease and let you know how you can comply with the instructions you are given. Hypnosis is the easiest thing in the world and it can make the biggest changes.
Can I be Hypnotized?
Every single night, every one of us has to pass through a hypnotic state to enter sleep. The dreamy period between deciding to go to sleep and actually falling into sleep is called the hypnogogic state. The dreamy period everyone passes through each morning, between becoming conscious and actually opening our eyes is named the hypnopompic state. This obviously means that hypnosis is a completely natural state and is nothing to be afraid of and nothing to worry about achieving.
If you have experienced difficulty being hypnotised, I expect you were either in an environment, or situation, that felt uncomfortable for you or you felt uncomfortable with the hypnotist you chose. Don’t let this put you off, hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to change habits. release phobias and move on to a more fulling life that there is. Find a therapist you like, one you feel comfortable with and enjoy the benefits that hypnosis can bring.
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