Frequently Asked Questions

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What does hypnosis feel like?

Do you know that feeling in the morning when you hit the snooze button on your alarm, and you are aware of yourself lying in your bed with eyes closed, not quite asleep, but not quite awake either? The subconscious is the seat of intuition and creativity; that is why some writers or painters do their best work in the early morning. Their subconscious is closer to the surface then, especially after dreaming in REM sleep. (REM often occurs in hypnosis.) Even with eyes wide open some people go into "highway hypnosis" and drive right past their exit.

Basically, you can feel hypnotic relaxation in your body in some way; either your limbs will feel heavy, like lead or light and tingly, almost numb. (You don't need to get hooked up to some silly “biofeedback machine to learn this about yourself!) Sometimes a good indicator of deep hypnotic relaxation is experiencing slight twitches in your body as your nervous system reboots and you shift to abdominal (parasympathetic) breathing. Recognizing these sensations is the best biofeedback you could ever have!

How do I know if I can be hypnotized?

There are only three types of people that cannot be hypnotized:

  1. A person in a psychotic process or with a thought disorder
  2. A person with a low IQ
  3. A person who really does not want to be hypnotized

If you can focus your attention, use your imagination, and desire to be hypnotized, you can enter at least a light state of hypnosis anytime you wish. Actually, hypnotizability is a sign of intelligence and was used extensively by brilliant authors and scientist. Learn to navigate in that in-between, dream-like state, which is part of the normal repertory of human consciousness, and you will be amazed at your hiddenabilities and strengths! In a private session, it just becomes a question of how deep are you willing to go in the presence of another person. The biggest hypnotizer of all time is television. And with 60% of TV commercials about junk food, it is no wonder why so many Americans are overweight.

How do I know hypnosis will work for me?

If you are unable to attain your goals, you may actually be hypnotizing yourself to fail! Here are 2 ways we sabotage ourselves. First, just as water always flows downhill, our subconscious habitually defers to the behavior with the strongest emotional charge connected with it. We tend to do what makes us feel the most real and alive, no matter what. If being "bad" is fun, you know what happens... regardless of our logic, goal, or morality. So often we subconsciously invest more feelings in the problem than in the solution, focusing our imagination more intently on what we are not supposed to do, than on making the healthy choice. Second, as Emile Coue once said, "when imagination and reason are at war,imagination always seizes the day." This is how our greatest fears tend to be realized: we let our imagination stray into all that could go wrong, without creatively investing in how good it will feel to succeed! The subconscious mind does not respond to negatives,telling yourself what "not" to do, like trying not to think of a pink elephant, trying not to >smoke, or trying not to eat ice cream. That is why pessimists usually fail and optimists usually succeed.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No! Hypnosis was approved by the Council of Mental Health of the American Medical Association in September of 1958 as a safe practice with no harmful side effects. To date, no one has been seriously hurt with hypnosis.

Can I be made to do things against my will?

Absolutely not. You could never be made to do anything against your will or contrary to your value system. You would not unknowingly reveal your deepest secrets either; it is even possible to lie in hypnosis, which is why testimony while in hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court of law. A person will only act upon suggestions that serve them in some way or reinforce an expected behavior, anything else their subconscious will just ignore. Most people develop these misperceptions from seeing or hearing about a Stage Hypnosis show, which, you must understand, is done for entertainment purposes only.

How does stage hypnosis work?

In order to "hypnotize" a person into performing silly or bizarre behavior on-stage, the circumstances must warrant the behavior, like in a first year acting class. The charismatic or "kingly" Stage Hypnotist takes the stage with much flourish, sets his agenda in motion in front of an inquisitive audience and relies on the emotionally charged atmosphere to motivate his "subject" to conform and act out his "commands". It is all done in the name of good fun, there is much laughter and clapping present, but the Stage Hypnotist most certainly does not have "control" over the participants.

The truth is: all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. 3 conditions must be met for hypnosis to work: a person must agree to be hypnotized, participate in the process with their full attention and be able to use their imagination. That is why the Stage Hypnotist always asks for volunteers, and usually the volunteers have seen a show before so they know what to expect. After the initial hypnotic induction the Stage Hypnotist will then reinforce compliance by asking all noncompliant volunteers to leave the stage. And the Stage Hypnotist does little in the realm of educating the audience on how it all works, thus creating a state of surprise, wonderment, and awe (like a good magician) so they can book more shows.

Clinical Hypnotherapy differs greatly from Stage Hypnosis in that it serves the client's agenda only and does not serve to promote the illusion that the Clinical Hypnotherapist possesses "magical or occult powers". Most importantly, remember this: if you really believe you can change or heal yourself, you can! Our outstanding Hypnotherapist at Celestial Healing can help you achieve your goals more easily.


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