The Myths and Truths of Hypnosis
Have you ever wondered about hypnosis? Here are a few myths and the truths about hypnosis.
MYTH: You Lose Control
If you are hypnotized, you lose control is such a myth. You cannot be made to do anything you do not wish.
MYTH: Only Weak People Can Be Hypnotized
Actually, it is the opposite. It takes a strong person to trust themselves enough to allow themselves into the trance state.
MYTH: The person leading the session is in control of you
You have an inner sensor that is always protecting you. This sensor is the same one that keeps you safe when daydreaming and driving a car and will tell you when you are close to your exit or that another car is stopping and will pull you back into full awareness of your physical world. While a hypnotist or hypnotherapist can lead you, ultimately you and your inner sensor decide what you will or won’t accept.
MYTH: If you CAN hear the hypnotist, you are not hypnotized
Hypnosis is no different than that same feeling of daydreaming while driving except that you may feel more relaxed. Just like daydreaming, we choose to pay attention to our surroundings or not. On rare occasions, people don’t remember what happened during the session; however, I find most people remember some or most of the session. Listening to the session recording for some types of sessions can be very helpful.
MYTH: Hypnosis is Truth Serum
Hypnosis is not truth serum. As a matter of fact, you are in complete control of what you choose to share/not share or even lie about to your hypnotherapist. Trust yourself on what you choose to share or not, but remember a good hypnotherapist is here to help you through everything and the more you trust and share the more value you will receive from the session.
MYTH: You can get stuck in hypnosis
This is not true. Your inner sensor, as described earlier, is always aware of what is happening. For example, if the hypnotherapist collapsed during a session, the client would automatically become alert and aware. Just like when daydreaming and driving, you never get in an accident because your inner sensor is on guard (unlike when you are texting and driving). Since I can’t smell, I use the example of if there was a fire in the office and you were in deep state of trance, you would smell it and instantly come out of session. I do a great deal of phone sessions and even if the line drops, the client is able to answer when I call back (again this is the inner sensor at work).
MYTH: Hypnotists can make you say or do something you don’t want
Not true.Maybe you’ve seen a stage show (Side note – these shows are not helpful in allowing the public to experience the truly healing opportunities with hypnosis), where the person on stage is acting so out of character…clucking like a chicken…or acting drunk.. But the truth is, no one can make someone do something they don’t agree to and there are many psychological factors that go into stage show hypnosis, Remember, your inner sensor is always watching out for your best interest.
MYTH: Hypnosis is bad for your health
Not true. The relaxation benefits alone are tremendously helpful for the body.
MYTH: Hypnosis is bad or evil
Many religions have placed fear in their people on the topic of hypnosis. We must decide for ourselves what is right or not for us. Why would someone say hypnosis is bad or evil? Ask yourself what is the benefit to the person dissuading people from utilizing the truly amazing potential of healing within hypnosis. Possibly, they do not want people to gain access to their own source of wisdom or they have misunderstandings of what hypnosis is and how it works.
Ultimately, hypnosis helps people receive guidance from their own inner wisdom, untangling from old patterns and mind control.
Trust your own feelings as to if the time is right for a session or if the practitioner has intention for your highest good.
MYTH: You are Asleep during hypnosis
While some people will fall into the deeper brain waves states during the sessions and may seem to be asleep, the trance state is not sleep. Sometimes when a client doesn’t remember the session, they will think they were asleep despite the fact that they were talking to me throughout the session. Other times, clients go so deep they do not respond but again they are not asleep as they are still listening to my voice and will respond to come-up a level where they can interact.
MYTH: Some people can’t be hypnotized
Everyone can be hypnotized. Because you are always in control, you choose whether or not to allow yourself to go deep.
Some examples of why hypnosis may not have worked include:
- Weren’t comfortable with the person doing the hypnosis
- Didn’t feel safe
- Some part of them knew the person leading didn’t have the skills to help them through the process
- Tends to keep themselves under strict control internally
- Generally doesn’t trust others
- Your religion says hypnosis is bad or evil
- You fear the myths of hypnosis, for example:
➟ Mind Control
➟ Truth Serum
➟ Religious Programming
For those who don’t feel they are able to go deep, don’t give up. Finding a practitioner you trust or doing a few sessions to build comfort with the process will help. I highly recommend creating a practice of meditating and using hypnosis recordings so you can get comfortable with the process.
Personally, the first few times I tried hypnosis I didn’t let go. Years later, I realized my inner sensor was protecting me. Somehow I knew when and with whom it was safe for me to go deep into experience.
Hypnosis and meditation is a naturally occurring, beneficial, positive state and a means for personal empowerment!