What is Hypnosis?
The hypnotic trance is a powerful state of consciousness, in which the unconscious mind becomes much more open to change. It is really a state of highly focused attention that enables one to use all the innate capability of the human mind and body to the fullest. It also enables one to reprogram the unconscious mind to heal past trauma and determine unconscious causes of problems.
Hypnosis has many applications in medicine, most documented of which is pain relief. Intractable headaches, migraines, backaches and even the pain of cancer can often be relived with hypnotherapy. It is increasingly being used as an adjunct in anesthesia or for painless office procedures and dentistry. Where hypnosis is especially useful is in the treatment of psycho-physiological disorders like asthma, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions where stress plays a role. It is especially useful in helping people to stop smoking or to lose weight. In psychiatry it is especially useful for the relief of anxiety, phobias and addictions such as to the internet, gambling or shopping and other personality problems. Apart from its use in medicine, hypnosis is finding use in various other fields e.g.: to enhance the ability of sportspersons, students and in the relief of stress. It can help enhance motivation, change habitual response patterns and build awareness of negative psychological patterns.
Hypnosis is a recognized medical therapeutic procedure. Even the American Psychiatric Society and the British Medical Association recognize it as a legitimate form of therapy. Hypnosis is used in the treatment of a variety of physical and psychological disorders.
Self-hypnosis is the intentional use of hypnosis for oneself. Most people can learn how to go into a trance and use it without any difficulty. Some people find it easy to first experience going into a trance with a hypnotherapist and then to continue on their own. This helps them achieve deeper trance states in a shorter period. With
practice it is possible to use self-hypnosis to achieve many of the outcomes that can be achieved with hypnotherapy.
Self-hypnosis is much safer than hypnosis because it is very difficult to give yourself harmful suggestions. You should be aware of the fact that most of the dangers of hypnosis are due to inadequately trained or unskilled practitioners. Another advantage is that you are in control and do not need to worry about being exploited. Last but not least it does not cost anything.