Hypnosis - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occuring state of mind in which the critical factor is relaxed, and communication between the conscious and subconscious is facilitated. This state of mind happens to us every day.
Hypnosis is marked by a deep quality of relaxation, a heightened responsiveness to beneficial suggestions, and an emotionalized desire to fulfill these suggestions.
Have you ever read a book and been so involved with it that nothing else concerned you? That's like hypnosis.
Have you ever floated off in a daydream? That's like hypnosis.
Have you ever been driving somewhere and you're concentrating so much so that you're not concerned with anything else. You get to your destination and say "how'd I get here so fast." That's like hypnosis.
Hypnosis uses relaxation techniques to bring the subconscious mind into the foreground in order to accept beneficial suggestions to remove/adjust unwanted habits/behaviors or increase confidence/self esteem.
A deep deep state of quiet existence.
2. Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is totally safe. You are in charge completely during hypnosis, and can bring yourself out of hypnosis immediately if you do not feel safe. We highly recommend that you seek a certified hypnotherapist and check their credentials before choosing. Every certifying organization has its own guidelines for training and experience prior to certification, as well as its own code of ethics. If you require assistance in finding a certified hypnotherapist in your area, contact us and we will be glad to assist you in this search.
3. What will you experience in the state of hypnosis?
Eye flutter, relaxed, feel light or heavy, warmth, time distortion, awake, hear everything, think of other things, remember everything, talk.
You may hear sounds, but these sounds exist outside of where you are.
An absence of thoughts, almost a blank mental existence.
If you are asked, you can tell someone that you feel calm. In fact things are so still that you enjoy being where you are and you may, at first, resist returning to the more awaken state.
In the hypnotic state, there aren't any thoughts rushing through your mind and you aren't worried about any of the problems of the day. It sounds like utopia and in some ways it is.
4. Who can be hypnotized?
First of all, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
I guide you to hypnotize yourself.
If you can follow instructions, concentrate/focus, have a good imagination, and can visualize, you can be guided to hypnotize yourself.
5. What are the three most common fears of Hypnosis?
Fear of losing control, revealing secrets, getting stuck.
The fact is you do not lose control in hypnosis. You are always in control. In fact, you will experience a relaxed, elevated sense of awareness.
You will not reveal any secrets in hypnosis that you wouldn't reveal when not in hypnosis, and you cannot get stuck in hypnosis (no matter how deeply you go into hypnosis, you can always come out of hypnosis.)
6. How would you describe hypnosis to someone who has never experienced hypnosis before?
Here's how some people have answered that question:
A period of intense relaxation and peace. Through repetitive use you watch your fears and negative behaviors disappear. A feeling of well being overcomes you.
Hypnosis: A delightful way to stop and smell the roses. A short refreshing nap to bring your life into focus.
Hypnosis was not what I expected at first. It is very relaxing, and helps you to focus on any goal that is important to you. I would recommend this for anyone.
Hypnosis: A calm, peaceful state within me. More than I'd believe.
Hypnosis is not what I thought it would be. You do remain in control and it is very relaxing.
7. Isn't hypnosis just staged entertainment?
The major misconception of hypnosis stems from the staged event in front of an audience when an individual performs some silly or embarrassing act at the request of a hypnotist. This act appears to be out of the control of the individual. Misconception! Why? Because an individual can NOT be forced to do something which he/she doesn't want to do. In reality the staged hypnotic event, though it is fun to watch, leads to the gross misunderstanding of the general public of the emotional and behavioral benefits of hypnosis. So forget your previously conceived idea of the hypnotist on the stage and instead ask yourself what do you really know about hypnosis?
Hypnosis may not solve every problem completely, and it is not a "magic pill". It will be of value in most situations. There are many scientific studies that show the effectiveness of hypnosis. Hypnosis helps us gain control of responses and understand our core beliefs. Once you understand how you really feel about yourself or others, then real change can happen.
8. How will hypnosis help me?
The hypnotist, your guide, will make a series of suggestions to help you make emotional, behavioral and physiological changes which will directly affect you and your life. These suggestions utilize sensory, auditory, tactile modes which guide you through events of your life. As your mind tires from the suggestions, you will want to return to the awaken state.
You are guided out of hypnosis by the hypnotist, and you gradually become more aware of the place which the hypnotic event is taking place. It is now that you experience a wonderful state of relaxation and feel as though you have had a long fulfilling night of sleep. This process at first guided by the hypnotist can be learned by the individual and now becomes Self Hypnosis.
9. How many sessions would I need?
The techniques and methods are targeted to your needs. Most people only need on average of 1-3 sessions for a specific issue. Some people like the process so much they choose to continue and work on other things or use the sessions to help relax and deal better with stress.
NLP - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is NLP?
Though a common question, it's not an easy one to answer - because NLP covers such a wide field and has so many diverse applications.
The following are a few ways of defining it:
NLP is a collection of personal development tools - methods for improving your own performance and the performance of others.
It is also a collection of a wide range of methods and models which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour. Understanding these techniques can bring about a positive change in you and others.
2. Why is it called Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP?
It is an attempt to come up with a name that would comprehensively describe the scope of this effort.
It looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals.
3. How could NLP help me?
NLP is a set of tools which can be used to facilitate powerful, quick and long lasting change in both individuals and organisations.
4. What issues can NLP be used for?
Anxiety and Stress
Arts and Creativity
Fears and Phobias
Health and Wellbeing
7. What is NLP NOT?
Because many of the original NLP models derived from modelling therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, NLP can be perceived as a therapy. But,it is not therapy.
NLP is also NOT:
8. How many sessions would I need?
The patterns/techniques are targeted to your needs.
Meditation - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is meditation?
Meditation is any mind training that should give you benefits like:
Better mental stamina
Deeper or broader compassion
Insight into yourself and your sensory experience
A better relationship with your emotions
2. Why meditate?
During our day (life), we are constantly subjected to sensory input and our minds are always active in the process of thinking. We read the newspaper, study books, write reports, engage in conversation, solve problems, etc etc. Typically, as we do these normal activities we engage in a constant mental commentary, sort of an inner "The Drama of Me." Usually people aren't fully aware of all the mental thought activity that we are constantly engaged in.
Meditation allows all this activity to settle down, and often results in the mind becoming more peaceful, calm and focused. In essence, meditation allows the awareness to become 'rejuvenated'..
3. How is meditation different from relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-hypnosis?
Relaxation is a common by-product of meditation. Relaxation itself can assume many forms, such as taking a hot bath or reclining in the Lazy-boy and watching tv, etc. Meditation is an active process where the meditator remains fully aware of what the awareness is doing. It also attempts to transcend the thought process whereas many forms of relaxation still engage the thought process. Meditation allows the body to relax and can offset the effects of stress both mentally and physically to a potentially much greater degree than passive relaxation.
Thoughts generally consume energy in the process of their formation. Constant thought-activity, especially of random nature, can tire the mind and even bring on headache. Meditation attempts to transcend this crude level of thought activity. Through regular practice one becomes aware that they are not their thoughts but that there is an awareness that exists independent of thought. Descartes ("I think, therefore I am") obviously was not a regular meditator!
Meditation begins with concentration, but after an initial period of concentration, thought activity decreases and keeping the awareness focused becomes more spontaneous. At this point the person may or may not continue to employ the object of concentration.
Self-hypnosis, like meditation, involves at least an initial period of concentration on an object. However in hypnosis one does not try to maintain an awareness of the here-and-now, or to stay conscious of the process. Instead one essentially enters a sort of semi-conscious trance.
3. Which is right meditation technique for me?
There is no "right" meditation technique for everybody. Some techniques work better for certain people while other techniques work better for other people. The important thing is to find what works for you.