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De-mystify Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is not:
1. Power control: One cannot use hypnotherapy to control someone else’s mind. There is no way a client gives away all their secrets when under hypnosis. The one who is in control during hypnosis is the client. It is very easy to get into a state of hypnosis as it is to get out of it. You are always in control.

2. Using psychic power: Once someone asked me if using hypnosis they could find out things from another time. She had lost her journal and wanted to know where she had left it. There is no way hypnosis can help you with that. To solve mysteries or unsolvable cases, we need psychics to tap into this power, not a hypnotherapist.

3. Mind reading: The first reaction of most of my friends when I enrolled in the school of hypnotherapy was “now I need to be careful or you may find out all my secrets.” A hypnotherapist can never read anyone else’s thoughts using hypnosis. If there are any correct guesses it is just like a mother can tell when a child is lying, which is more intuition and not hypnosis.

4. Learning someone else’s secret: Like I mentioned before, using hypnosis does not allow anyone to sit in a room and find out what some one else is thinking through the practice of hypnosis. If you want to know a secret, go ask their best friend and good luck with it.

5. Predicting the future: We cannot tell what is going to happen to us or others using hypnosis. For that we need clairvoyants and psychic readers who can tap into the future for divinations and predictions. No syllabus of hypnotherapy includes “predicting the future”.

6. Stage acting: There are many shows on cruises and in Vegas and elsewhere where someone saw people getting on stage and under the direction of a hypnotist acted out to entertain the audience. It is true and this is called stage hypnosis. This is not what any hypnotherapist would do to their clients. This is merely what it is called: “stage hypnosis”.

7. Isn’t just about weight loss and smoking cessation: Whenever I tell anyone that I am clinical hypnotherapist, right away they ask me “do you help people lose weight?” or “can you help people stop smoking?”. Hypnosis does help people lose weight and stop smoking.

Weight gain and smoking has to do with unresolved emotions which impact lifestyles and eventually health. When we help with symptoms and not causes, the problem easily recurs.

Hypnotherapy does more than help you lose weight and stop smoking. It hands you back the key to your life. You become the front seat driver.

8. Something that is done to someone else: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist is the facilitator who helps the client achieve the state of homeostasis so as to work through their prior conditioning and create new habits.

9. Is not mere hypnosis: Anyone can read a book or go to a weekend seminar and learn how to hypnotize, but what after that? Only a hypnotherapist can help you overcome your emotional blocks, change your habits and achieve your goals using hypnosis.

Habit control

Human beings are creatures of habit. Just like we can create a habit, we are also capable of getting out of a habit or replacing an old one with a new habit.

It actually takes 21 days to create a new habit and three days to break a habit. Now that is good news, isn’t it?

Last year my mother passed away. This year my family gathered to bring the year to a close. I realized that though everyone was expressing their loss in their own way, it seemed to me that most people had moved on. My brother-in-law mentioned that in six months everyone is literally done mourning a death. Though it shocked me, but as a behaviorist I realized it to be true. We hold on to what we want to hold on to. WE can replace any person easily, a feeling/emotion and a habit.

e.g. if you have been actively exercising and then you have a break in your routine and do not exercise for a day, it gets harder to return to it the second day and worse on the third day, right? After that it is like starting brand new, you have to force yourself to tie your shoe laces and step out of the house. It took you three days to break the habit of years of exercising. The same applies to meditating, yoga, diet, journaling, coffee, smoking, or even hanging out with your best friend.

You may ask why an iceberg? The tip of the iceberg is really not the tippy top. It is what we see above the water. That is the tip which is approximately 12% of the entire iceberg. What lies beneath the surface is the iceberg, the 88% of it. Our mind is just like that. 12% of our mind is the conscious mind, 88% of it is our sub-conscious.

Within our conscious mind we have our logic, reasoning, decision making, analytical abilities and our will power, which usually we do not seem to find when we need it the most. Our memories, opinions, likes, dislikes, our comfort zone is really in our sub-conscious mind. This is why when I ask you about your telephone number you can say it right away. But before this moment you weren’t thinking of your telephone number, were you?

This is because your memory of your telephone number is in your sub-conscious mind. As we go through this conversation your telephone number is now in your conscious mind. All our memories are stored and our habits are continuously reinforced in our sub-conscious mind.

Hynosis and meditation are both trance induced states through which we access our sub-conscious mind. True meditation is self-hypnosis, which comes with time and practice. Our sub-conscious  mind has all the answers we seek and the keys to our success. When accessed we can find answers within and also break free from habits that hold us back.

In hypnosis, you are the magician. A hypnotherapist is just someone who helps you help yourself. Getting rid of habits that keep you back takes 3 days, creating new habits take 21days, or 3 weeks.

In your journey of habit control, here’s wishing you sweet success.

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