UNDERSTANDING HYPNOSIS Hypnosis is a funny thing - people either believe or do not believe. Unfortunately, the problem many times with not believing is not having a full understanding of what it is. Because of this, people fear hypnosis, believing they are required to surrender all control of body and mind. Obviously, this belief is frightening but it is also untrue. By understanding hypnosis, you will see that it is actually a respected and effective method for overcoming many of life’s challenges. When performed by a certified hypnotist or licensed hypnotherapist, you would be amazed at how beneficial hypnosis can be. Keep in mind that when you are hypnotized, you are not asleep, although you might appear to be, but not always. Although there is no legal definition of hypnosis, you can think of it as a natural state of mind, something induced in everyday life. For instance, when you become engrossed in a good book, movie, sporting event, and so on, you go into an induced state, which is what hypnosis really is. During this natural hypnotic state, the professional guide can offer suggestions that are absorbed by both conscious and subconscious mind. The bottom line is that hypnosis is like self-hypnosis, with the power being in the mind of the person being hypnotized. In other words, you can use self-hypnosis tools if you like but even when you are hypnotized by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, your mind’s power is being used while this person only serves as a guide, facilitating the process. With training and skill, this guide can direct and lead the subject of the trance. In this case, if you were trying to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome fear, or whatever, the hypnotist simply guides the process to help you succeed. You could consider hypnotism as a form of guided meditation. Think about the various things you use on a daily basis to relax or escape reality such as music, television, church, reading, taking a way, etc. Hypnosis is simply another medium for meditation except in this case you use a professional guide. Again, you can use self-hypnosis or the assistance of a certified hypnotist or licensed hypnotherapist. The difference is that the professional has special training that you do not have, thus the results are often better. Remember, you are not giving over control of your mind while being hypnotized. Again, think about watching a movie or reading a book, although you become engrossed with the goings on, you are not giving control of your mind to anything. The same is true when it comes to hypnosis. This means that while you are under a hypnotic trance, you still have the power to emerge from this stage anytime you like. However, allowing the professional to guide you, the challenge you are facing can be resolved. As you see, hypnosis is nothing to fear. Therefore, if you find yourself in a place where you need to conquer, you might consider hypnosis as a viable option for getting help.