Hypnosis is a very relaxed and focused state of mind. The conscious mind is quietened and the sub conscious mind becomes dominant. This is similar to what happens when you fall asleep but you are not asleep and you can control the information you feed to your subconscious mind. This is what makes hypnosis such a powerful tool for change.  In this relaxed focused state, the subconscious mind is accessible and very receptive to being reprogrammed for change.

For many years hypnosis was not accepted by popular culture…do you remember when a chiropractor’s service was called junk? It was not that long ago that hypnosis was classified as such. Even though hypnosis  is now widely accepted, many myths still remain.

Here are four of those myths:

Myth #1

You can be hypnotized to do something against your will.

You are always in control and will not do anything you do not want to do and you will not do anything that goes against your beliefs or core values.

Myth #2

You can get stuck in hypnosis –

You cannot be stuck in hypnosis. Some people will go more deeply into hypnosis than others but this does not mean you are going to be stuck.You can open your eyes and become alert and aware of your surroundings…it is your decision. If you are overly stressed or tired you may fall asleep during a hypnosis session. I use hypnosis to fall asleep and so do some of my clients. It can be tempting to stay in hypnosis because of  that blissful, relaxing feeling but it is your choice to stay or to be come alert.

Myth # 3 –

I cannot be hypnotized

Everyone can be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a very familiar state and we go in and out of hypnosis several times per day. It’s like that feeling you experience when you become absorbed by a book or movie. Have you ever driven some place and not consciously aware of how you got there?  That my friend is hypnosis. This is why some believe they have not been hypnotized. They expect something different, not a relaxed, trans like familiar feeling.

Myth #4

I should not be able to hear anything.

Hypnosis is not sleep. It is a relaxed, focused state that facilitates change on a subconscious level.  Verbal communication is necessary for your subconscious mind to respond to hypnosis. This communication can come from you,  tapes, or someone else.

Other resources: This is a hypnotic, relaxing sound of the rain. I personally, love to listen to the rain. enjoy.

Thought Stimulator:
The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~ Buddha

What are some of the myths you have heard about hypnosis. Please add them to the list in the comment section that is at the top of the post.