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One of the most significant moments we have the privilege of sharing with our clients is the initial conversation, generally called a pre-talk. This is when we get a chance to enjoy a shared interview process. We get to know them, they get to know us.

There are a list of things that are crucial for a successful session to follow.

There are several myths about hypnosis. We discuss the fact hypnosis is not sleep. To the outside observer, it appears the subject is a relaxed sleeping person. The hypnosis subject however, knows differently. You are not sleeping.

The second important difference between expectations and reality is that you can hear the sound of my voice.

What good would it do if you could not hear me? When I am speaking with your subconscious, she needs to be able to hear, process, and respond. The guidance I give my clients is this: “Listen to the sound of my voice and follow my simple instructions. session to flow smoothly. ”

I can not count the number of times a client has emerged from a profounder experience that created monumental opportunities for positive change only to say, “I do not think I was hypnotized because I heard every word you said.

You will hear my voice, the change occurs as you follow along while being relaxed. Sometimes I will have someone open their eyes while we are working together. Eyes open hypnosis is just as powerful-and sometimes more so-due to the fact we get around that pesky “I heard you” hurdle.

One of my clients is a nationally ranked ice dancer. Because she lives her life laser-focused, trance occurs most substantially when her mind and attention are allowed to be directed on something with her eyes open. I encourage her to play games on her cell phone during our sessions. As her critical attention is drawn to the game strategy, her subconscious is free to finally relax into her own definition of trance. It works. Last year she made it to Nationals and has qualified this year as well.

Many do not forgive that while I am working with their subconscious, the conscious thinking mind is invited to drift, float, and dream, but is not ever excluded. She is welcome to participate. The magic of thought is not shut off when trance time begins. That's where the good stuff is.

When that connection is created well-and with multiple modes of communications in place-it is a win-win for all. Sometimes she will communicate at the speed of thought, other times by developing signals, allowing you to notice things in your world for the first time even though they have always been there. A message or a sign, sometimes something repeated through your day.

I realize that the entertainment business has created a scenario which is not helpful to hypnotherapists. If you expect it to be like a stage show, or how it's portrayed in the movies, then your first session will give you another opportunity to say, “Wow, that's not what I expected.”

Will you remember everything which occurs in a session?

This is a very interesting question.

Hypnotists never work toward intentional amnesia. It would not serve anyone's best interests to ask or expect a person to block out information from the session.

With that said, it is also not required for you to remember all the details. It is best to let the information just flow. If you have total recall afterwards, cool. But if you have gaps that's perfect as well.

Your subconscious does not miss anything, ever.

One of my favorite hypno related jokes is, “You remember 100% of what you remember.”

As a subject, time distortion is so much fun. Trance time can seem as a moment or an hour has gone by, or you can sort through decades of life, solve the problems of the world and still be home for dinner. Time, place and space are not relevant during hypnosis.

I always begin a session by asking what time the subject needs to leave my office. I promise to watch the clock. I keep my cell phone on the floor beside my chair and activate it with my toe during our session to time things as necessary. This allows the recipient freedom to accept the gift of time distortion, without the normal worries and concerns imposed by agendas and ticking clocks.

Another important thing to realize as a subject is that you never leave the real world. If you started in the chair you will be in the chair when you return. You can expect the sounds of life to continue. Your hypnotist will encourage you to relax into the knowledge that the sounds around you will only serve to relax you more. You will know you are safe, secure, and all is well. Traffic or office conversations just do not matter.

As I bring someone back to awareness in my office, I also prepare them to awaken refreshed, relaxed, and feeling altogether amazing. I usually point out something about the sound of the air flowing through the vents again. That is an easy return-to-reality point.

This next myth is one of my favorites: It is not possible to get stuck in a hypnotic state.

Since communications happen directly through your subconscious mind, and her number one job is to function with your greatest interests at heart, there is nothing I override her internal radar for you.

If I ever said or did anything that violated your trust she would pop you out of trance immediately. She is vigilant. That is why the partnership is so powerful.

I can tell you from a hypnosis subject of point of view I live my life healed, whole, happy, and in balanced alignment due to my willingness to create a place and space where the hypnotic triggers and suggestions are allowed to thrive.


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Online Hypnotherapy – Does It Really Work? What You Need to Know

Hypnotherapy has been used by clinicians for many years to help patients achieve their goals and overcome awkward obstacles on a daily basis. For many people when you think of a hypnotist, you immediately think of a man on stage making people cluck like chickens and act funny, but this is not the case. Hypnotherapy is used effectively to treat a host of disorders from stress to irritable bowel syndrome to effective weight loss to help people stop smoking and so much more.

When you choose hypnotherapy you will be placed in a relaxed state, which appeals to your subconscious in order to achieve your goal. This means that while you are in this state, you can express feelings and experiences you have bottled up, it can also help you express experiences that you have hidden at the back of your mind, enabling the qualified hypnotherapy to work with you effectively to overcome any obstacles you may be experiencing.

Even when choosing online hypnotherapy, it is advisable to have an in-person meeting with the qualified clinical hypnotherapy first. This will help them identify what you need and put a hypnotherapy plan together which you can then use in the comfort of your own home. Many clinical hypnotherapists will provide a VoIP meeting, often using Skype, so you can meet face to face (in a way) to discuss your particular obstacles and what you want to achieve from your experience. This may be to reduce stress, stop smoking, stop biting your nails or even lose unwanted weight which you have been struggling to lose for years.

The benefits of online hypnotherapy is that you often get better results, as you are able to relax more in your home environment. If you feel this is the best choice for you, but you do not relax at home as home is what is stopping you from achieving your goals, you can choose another location, maybe a beautiful hillside walk that you enjoy or even the beach, somewhere where you immediately feel relaxed and at peace.

It is important though when it comes to choosing online hypnotherapy that you find a qualified clinical hypnotherapist to assist you. The good news is that because your initial meeting is done over the internet, they do not have to be in your country, though in your national country is often advisable, especially if they ship CD's to you to use as part of your sessions.

Take the time to identify a number of hypnotherapists that you can trust. This will give you the ability to learn as much as you can about each one and then narrow down your search accordingly. Remember you are looking for a qualified person who has extensive knowledge and experience in the hypnotherapy industry.

Do not only rely on the reviews you find on their website, you can go online and do a search for their name and then go through the independent review sites and online forums to learn as much about each hypnotherapist as you can, this can help you narrow down your search considerably.

It is important to note when reading the reviews that you can not expect to have online hypnotherapy and not do any work yourself. When it comes to stopping smoking or losing weight, you will still have to do your part to ensure that you achieve your goals, the hypnotherapy just helps your mind focus on the goal more effectively moving forward, but the results are all down to you and what you do to achieve this success.

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To Hypnotize or Not to Hypnotize?

Thanks to stage- hypnosis; those public brainwashing sessions and movies featuring confused people doing weird antics in the streets, hypnosis has been given a bad reputation for being little more than pure entertainment.

This of course is NOT TRUE! Hypnosis stems from the findings of psychologists and researchers, and even though it has been given a bad name over the last few decades, it is finally making a way back into mainstream. The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis as a proven therapeutic method to reduce stress, to get fit, curb anxiety, pain, insomnia, migraines and also help in performance issues. “Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation – or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence,” says psychologist & certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph. D.

While hypnotherapy is consistently linked to the psycho- sciences, it is also gaining popularity in the mind- body arenas as well. In one of the recent Harvard studies, it is found that patients who undergo hypnosis during surgery had fewer complications and required shorter procedures and less post- op medicines.

It is also reported that celebrities, like Princess Catherine, Matt Damon, Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi and Fergie have used hypnotherapy for one reason or other, be it to break bad habits, to lose weight or to improve focus.

A question almost everyone asks me is, “Do you use a pendulum to put me into trance?” Most of my friends who meet me on the streets will say in a deep voice, “You are getting sleepy.” In fact, hypnosis is very similar to guided meditation and it can bring you into an altered state of consciousness, or a hyper- attentive mental state (without the use of a pendulum) in which you are more suggestible to positive affirmations than the hypnotherapist. Think of it as planting positive suggestions in your brain (without any space for self doubt).

“By accessing this subconscious part of the brain, we can bypass all the negative critical thinking and open inward to an awareness of potential and knowledge. Your imagination and creativity are free to explore all kinds of solutions and game plans to situations,” says Lerman .

There is no one big unifying body for hypnosis in the world. In Malaysia, there is the Association of Hypnotherapy Practitioners Malaysia (AHPM) that is registered under the Ministry of Health. You should seek therapy only from licensed professional, or one with mental health background.

Once you find a qualified therapist, call them to talk to them about what you hope to gain from hypnosis and how they can help you achieve your goals.

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Stress and Self Hypnosis

I am a great big fan of Self Hypnosis, I really am. I have been taught amazing ways of teaching people very effective ways of doing Self Hypnosis. Nothing at all like what they teach you on the internet. Quite frankly, if you really want to be able to access that state and be conditioned to go to the right levels of depth where you can give yourself proper suggestion, I recommend you go to a Hypnotist and have them condition you.

It makes a huge difference. I tried all most of the techniques that people have posted and found that it was hmmm like a bad cup of coffee. When I tried their techniques I found that I just couldn’t go deep… and trust me I have the ability to go incredibly deep.

What’s also wrong with the Self Hypnosis that is being taught on the internet is that you can’t really function properly in eyes open Self Hypnosis. And YOU DO want to function in eyes open Self Hypnosis, in this state you are a powerhouse! You are able to concentrate strongly, powerfully. You are able to retain great amounts of information, You are able to recall great amounts of information. Our mind is just THAT powerful. You do everything better when you are in eyes open Self Hypnosis.

I teach a very simple, very powerful technique to enter into a Powerful state of mind, and how to exit it and also how to function in Self Hypnosis with your eyes open so you can do whatever you need to do.

I help students of all ages with this, in fact I am now considering making it mandatory for ALL my clients to learn Self Hypnosis. It is an amazing gift, with so much to offer. You can now give yourself positive suggestion for change, Your sex life will improve, your studies will improve, you can manage your stress effectively with Self Hypnosis. Your memory will improve. Imagine reading a page in 5 seconds with comprehension. Healing ability improves greatly, You can anesthetize any area of your body. This is especially handy for those ladies and men that wax, or that have to go through a procedure like perhaps laser treatment, or if you fell and hurt your ankle or your arm, you are able to anesthetize that area till you can get to a doctor. (we do need to use common sense here people)

So as you can see, Self Hypnosis has many great benefits. I know of Hypnotists that have placed themselves into Hypnosis for operations and have felt NOTHING. Perhaps you are pregnant and have decided to deliver natural? Guess what! I teach a wonderful POWERFUL technique that enables you to completely numb your body but you will still be able to function perfectly to give birth naturally without any discomfort.

I mean really there is just no discomfort. It is powerful, and what is wonderful is that Your body won’t be at war, the baby is delivered in a short period of time and afterwards you can place yourself into Self Hypnosis for faster recovery. It is amazing what we can do. Our bodies and minds are just amazing.

We have great untapped resources within us, we have great ability within us. Just for a moment imagine how you would like your life to improve? Perhaps you want to play better golf, or perhaps you want to lose a little weight, perhaps you want to take yourself on a 3 minute holiday when things get rough at the office. Perhaps you want to improve your energy levels, or your performance in school. Your thinking and your mood will greatly improve when you practice Self Hypnosis for relaxation.

All this is possible with Self Hypnosis, we are engineered to function properly but thanks to mass conditioning we aren’t. We are being told lies and we are believing these lies, even our own lies we tell ourselves. We are our own greatest Hypnotists, we are our own greatest fear mongers, our own greatest enemy’s.

Take control of your life back.

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Staying Motivated or NOT (A Hypnotherapist Ranting)

I think we all start out with good intentions, but where we end up seem to vary wildly. It's like I've eaten the icing off the cake and now have to eat the rest, (seemed like a good idea, now a bit sick and feel guilty.)

There is always a result, just not always the one you want and remembering that life is about learning sometimes make me feel like punching a puppy. In times of need it is more important than ever to feed your mind and body with something wholesome, cast away the shackles of what might have been and start anew.

The time to act in now! Daily actions, a positive attitude and think creatively. If things are not working change them and make it work.

Get a clear picture in your mind of where you want to be, what steps have to be taken and start moving. If you get knocked down and all you want to do is punch a puppy then that's OK. I suggest writing down what it is you want on old skool paper. (My minds wandering and the internet fills me with useless information about things I do not need to know.) This is probably what hold us all back OURSELVES, among the sea of ​​information there is an answer and my answer might be different from yours. The things I've learned are: its problem not good to listen to the voice inside your head (if it's negative), asking for help makes life easier, helping someone dreams fantastic and it's all about spiritual progress.

As soon as you get comfortable you know you're in trouble, so here's to hardship the furnace that allows us to craft a weapon that we will use to cut down any obstacles and will forge a new pathway through life.

While in the past I quite enjoyed over indulging in what could only be described as a hedonistic lifestyle, those habits had to be done away with and slightly healthier ones that to be taken up. Put out the cigarette, finish the beer and stop powdering your nose. Hypnosis has helped me a lot, but it is only one piece of the puzzle and life is lived on multiple fronts all at once. Try everything, find someone who has been through it and it!

These days hypnosis is how I try and give back to the world, I have a mind that is like a bag of angry cats and if I've managed to tame it there's hope for us all. While problems often seem like they are overwhelming, I can confidently say I have seen people turn their lives around and I have faith in all of us. It may be hard but underneath all that BS we want to feel connected and loved. A teacher once told me to try and make someone happy every day even if that means starting with yourself.

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Pre-Surgery Hypnosis – Why It Enhances Your Outcomes

Yes, it is true that are living in a time when there are incredible advances in medicine that are available to us. But, when you think about it, every generation before us has felt that way. And it is also true that the next generation will feel that we experienced medicine as a blunt instrument and they have access to the latest medical miracles.

Take surgery, for example, there are so many minimally invasive technologies available so the huge scars of former operations are less visible. But when you are advised about the need for a surgery and everything leading up to it, the stress and anxiety begin immediately. How does medicine handle this? Why, a pill, of course. And it’s more drugs from there to the finish.

But what if you could mediate your own handling of an operation from diagnosis through the actual surgery to recuperation?

Well, you have that possibility with hypnotherapy.

Scientists have already determined that 95% of everything we know, do, and react to is in our subconscious mind. The conscious mind is only 5%. That’s a huge difference and it’s a no-brainer to engage with the subconscious in hypnosis as an informed and powerful participant in your life.

When you think about it, it’s the subconscious that is keeping the body humming along. It is the conductor of all the bodily systems from the heart’s pumping and blood flow, the nervous system, digestion, cell division… well, everything. Imagine if you had to use your conscious mind to keep everything working… impossible! The only bodily function we can (sometimes) control is breathing, though the subconscious takes over that too when we stop paying attention to it.

There has been a lot of research into hypnosis used before surgery and the results are overwhelmingly positive.

The treatment starts after the diagnosis when the patient is primed to relax and prepare with confidence. Then the pre-surgery where the subconscious is engaged to direct what actually goes on in the patient’s mind during the surgery. As previously mentioned, the subconscious is in charge of all the bodily functions so having set the path of success the research has shown that there is less bleeding, less time in the OR, and less anesthesia

There is also research which points to quicker recuperation and less pain after using hypnosis.

The thing about hypnosis is that we are already experiencing it without realizing that we are. We are in focused attention, just like hypnosis, when we get engrossed in a book or a movie. We forget where we are and, for all intents and purposes, we are just in the moment. It is then that we are highly suggestible and we react to the movie or take in the hypnotic suggestions that allow relaxation about the surgery and belief in the outcome.

It is powerful stuff.

One of my clients was facing a surgery to remove presumed cancer spots which were visible on her lungs. She had the same surgery 6 years previously and it had left her in constant pain. Needless to say, she was frightened about what they would find and in what condition she would be left.

We did a deep hypnotherapy session and went through the whole event in her mind. On the morning of the surgery there was a two-hour delay but she was very calm as she waited. And during the procedure it was found that the spots were benign and they were able to correct the previous botched surgery. The whole event happened in less time than predicted and her recuperation was quicker than expected.

The best part was that her constant pain
was gone and it opened up her life.

So, think about it… if hypnotherapy can make such a difference before surgery why would anyone proceed without it? Perhaps because they didn’t realize how much it could help.

But if you have read this far, now you know.

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Using Hypnosis For Insomnia

Insomnia can be managed in several different ways. You can go to your doctor and ask for sleeping pills; however, if the doctor agreements to give you the pills, it will likely be for a very short time and on a limited basis. Medication for insomnia are highly addictive so taking these drugs for too long is never a good idea and competent doctors will use them in treatment for a limited time only.

Getting At The Subconscious

One alternative for managing insomnia that does not involve addictive drugs is hypnosis. There are many hypnotherapists using different techniques that can help you to sleep at night, sometimes after just one session.

The hypnotherapist will try to determine why you have insomnia. Could it be from chronic pain, poor sleep habits, or other disorders of sleep, such as restless legs syndrome?

Once the hypnotherapist pinpoints the reasons for sleep issues, he or she can develop a hypnosis plan that can get you back on a track of healthy sleep.

The hypnotherapist will try to find out what is going on in your subconscious that is interfering with getting a good night's sleep. Through hypnotizing you, something you had not thought of before might come to the surface so that you can get it out in the open and work on it. This can help you deal better with your problems so that sleep comes easier.


You can learn how to hypnotize yourself in order to get a better night's rest. A good hypnotist either will make a tape for you to relax with or or will help you go through the steps of self-hypnosis that you can practice every night before you get to sleep. This is a good option if the hypnotherapist can not find an underlying reason why you are not sleeping and if an ordinary self-hypnotic technique will work to bring you closer to the sleep state each night.

Self-hypnosis works in several different ways. You can simply close your eyes and imagine yourself descending a staircase going deeper and deeper into your subconscious. When you reach the bottom “step,” you will be completely relaxed and will be focused on your breathing. The hypnotist will teach you things you will say aloud or silently to yourself such as “I am entering a state of deep sleep, completely calm and restful.” This is a lot like meditation but involves more verbal interplay between you and your subconscious whereas meditation focusing on breathing and visualization.

Either technique will calm your mind or, if you are lucky, you will fall sleep before even deciding to come out of the hypnosis. If you fall asleep during self-hypnosis, this is not a problem. You will just drift off and will wake up refreshed naturally.

If you do not fall sleep during the self-hypnosis practice, you can bring yourself out of the self-hypnotic trance with the post-hypnotic suggestion that you will fall sleep soon. Then prepare for sleep, as you would normally do. Whatever post-hypnotic suggestion you save yourself in order to sleep will work to allow you to go to sleep, even after you have come out of your hypnotic state.

Hypnosis is especially effective for those who have sleep problems due to anxiety or stress. Hypnosis can de-stress your thoughts so that your mind is free of anxiety-producing thoughts and feelings.

You may need more than one session of hypnosis in order to master the practice of hypnotizing yourself so that it becomes a part of a bedtime ritual routine. When your sleep patterns become more normal, it is possible that you will not need the self-hypnosis technique and can simply drift off to sleep without the aid of hypnosis.

There are also audio hypnosis CDs available for insomnia that can be played as part of a nightly sleep preparation ritual.

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It’s That Time of Year – Why Resolutions Fail

Ah, the good old resolution, that fateful act of self-improvement. Yes, it's time, once again to try. As the New Year rolls around the most popular resolutions fill the heads of the ever-diligent who promise, attempt, and most often fail to improve their physical and mental well-being. Steadfast acts including eating healthy, losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and just stopping old annoying habits leading the lists. Most efforts are doomed from the very start.

The average time it takes the conscious mind to change a habit is around sixty days. Yes, sixty days of hard work, diligence, and frustration. Yet, nearly fifty percent of the American population will indulge in the dream-like fantasy of succeeding. Statistically, twenty-five percent fails after a meager thirty-day stint. While, nearly twenty-nine percent will have failed after two weeks, and thirty-nine percent go down at the four- week mark. Failure leaves them frustrated, feeling doomed, and agitated, ready to go back to their old status-quo until next year.

There is hope if one is willing to expand their horizons. A common reason people fail at keeping resolutions is a simple case of intent. It is not a deliberate case of personal sabotage. Or is it?

The conscious mind works within certain parameters and depends upon the subconscious mind to keep it on path. The subconscious mind is the keeper of our habits, emotions, memory, non-voluntary bodily functions, and imagination, acting as a sovereign inner part of the human psyche, yet giving instruction to our conscious minds. The subconscious mind works tirelessly, managing blood flow, feeding cells, kicking in emotions and habits when needed, and letting us dream and imagination, working off our five senses 24/7 and relaying messages to the conscious mind. The only way to change its modus- operandi is to retrain and refocus it.

The best method of retraining and refocusing the subconscious mind is through meditation and hypnosis. Hypnosis is purely an altered state of consciousness. Daydreaming is a perfect example, as is the immediate reaction to the brake lights of a vehicle in front of you as you drive and think of what you're going to do on the weekend. It works instantly, kicking in non-voluntary reactions before the conscious mind acts.

Want to meet your resolutions? Retrain and refocus your subconscious mind. Learn to meditate or study self-hypnosis. Better yet, attain the help of certified hypnotherapist. They're mentor you as you set your intentions and teach you how to send them directly to your subconscious mind. The suggestions, when repeated over time, will become your new reality, helping you meet your resolution goals. Bear in mind, however, hypnosis is not a panacea and results varies from person to person, but it is based on the strength of your intent and steadfast adherence to the repetitive suggestions being sent to your subconscious mind.

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Can You Really Hypnotise Yourself?

Imagine someone with a problem. Let's say they have a bad habit such as smoking. This problem comes from their unconscious thinking. Maybe it's something they picked up as a child. If it was conscious thinking, they could choose to change it. For changing unconscious thinking, hypnosis is the answer.

A hypnotic trance brings unconscious material into conscious awareness. It also loosens up your thinking, allowing you to view a problem from more angles. These allow you to change your patterns of thought that are usually invisible to you.

This is why I adore hypnosis. All of your problems – everything from phobias to business failures – have their roots in your unconscious. All of your greatest resources are there, too. If you've ever surprised yourself by being extra talented, charismatic or creative, this is how.

Hypnotic trances are wonderful. If the only way to experience one is by seeing a hypnotist, though, then that's a shame.

But is that the case?

Or can you hypnotise yourself?

The answer is that you certainly can. This surprises some people, who view a hypnotic trance as like being sleep. That is not the case. If anything, hypnosis makes you hyperaware of what's happening. The idea that you'll forget everything is a myth.

A hypnotic trance is a way of engaging your unconscious mind. The conscious mind has its uses – it's great at planning and anticipating, for example. But it's slow and likes simple models. If you need speed and complexity, then you'll enter a hypnotic trance.

Have you ever zoned out while driving, only to arrive at your destination safely? Have you ever driven your usual route, such as from home to work, even though you meant to set off elsewhere? The reason is that driving needs the rapid processing of a lot of information. Your conscious mind can not handle it.

It's only possible to drive while in a self-hypnotic trance.

The best way to think about trance is that it's a specific state of mind. Your states shape the way you think, act and see the world. For example, a happy state makes you open, trusting and eager to explore the world. A fear state makes you want to hide somewhere familiar.

A trance state emerges when you need to think in new ways. Can you simply choose to be in a trance? Well, yes and no. You can not choose to be happy, but you can do things to increase your chances of happiness. Seeing pictures of puppies and thinking of fun memories will do the trick for most of us.

You can encourage a trance state in a similar way. How? By creating conditions that welcome new thoughts. You do not need to think when there's a tiger in front of you – action is the better choice. In other words, new thoughts are only useful when you're safe and relaxed … but facing a problem.

Set the scene by getting comfortable and focusing your mind. More often than not, you'll begin to think in different ways. Welcome to the trance state.

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Meditation Failures Are Self-Hypnosis Successes

Many people want to meditate. They hear about the incredible benefits it brings – sharper focus, emotional balance, greater relaxation – and they decide that, yeah, they want some of that. But it's hard work. The techniques are difficult to use at first, especially the way that most people teach them.

If you want to enjoy a richer mental experience, you might wonder if there's an alternative to meditation.

I can assure you that there is.

Self-hypnosis generates the same mental states that meditation does. It does it in a very different way, though. The techniques and principles are easy to learn and just as effective. In many cases, they are easier and more powerful than meditation.

It even overcomes the main obstacle with meditation. What's seen as failure is actually raw fuel for self-hypnosis.

Some people say that meditation and self-hypnosis are the same thing. Others believe that they are completely different. I would not disagree with either perspective. The way I see it, there is a lot of overlap between the two. I practice both and I use them in unique ways.

Does that make them the same or different? I choose to separate them. That's a choice though, a belief and perspective. You can take it or leave it.

If meditation is hard for you, then I encourage you to embrace this idea. Self-hypnosis is different enough to be exactly what you need.

Meditation isolates clearing your mind and emptying your thoughts. This is tricky to do (at first). It's hard to know whatever you're succeeding. Realizing that it's working is a thought, which sets you back.

If that's a pain for you – if this is what you've always disliked about meditation – then I have great news:

Self-hypnosis uses your thinking.

You do not have to clear your mind. If you do, great. If not, also great. You can be in the present moment, fully aware, or not. You can have a quiet mind, or not. It's all good with self-hypnosis.

The reason is because it uses a different style of thinking. It's easier to think something new than to think nothing.

Both practices bring you into a trance state. Both require practice and discipline to master. But only one encourages you to do something unnatural. Self-hypnosis is cool with you doing what you need to.

And once you're in trance, it's so useful to be able to think. Sometimes you need to imagine, visualise or consciously something. That's great, go ahead because that will only enrich the experience.

Struggling with meditation means that you can still experience trance. All you need is a different approach.

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Self-Improvement Is Self-Hypnosis

Hypnosis in general has many misconceptions surrounding it. Self-hypnosis has even more. If people understand it, though, it would be one of the most widely celebrated tools out there.

Have you ever struggled to change? Have you known what the right thing is to do, but done the wrong thing anyway? It's hard to battle yourself but, thankfully, that's not the only way to grow.

Hypnosis is incredibly effective. Do you have problems you want to finally be free from? Hypnotherapy is famous for busting unsolvable problems. If you've tried to quit smoking, eat better, overcome your fears and exercise, it may be what you need.

Hypnosis has a habit of working where other strategies fail.

Then again, maybe you do not have any problems. Maybe you're happy with your life. If so, great! But is there anything that could be better? Maybe you want to find your life's purpose, pursue your dreams, earn more money and live a better life.

Hypnosis can help here, too.

And if hypnosis can help, then self-hypnosis can transform your life.

To hypnotize someone is to put them in a relaxed state of mind. In this particular state of mind, they are more resourceful, imaginative and open to new ideas. A skilled hypnotist will shape the trance experience to help you win at life.

Self-hypnosis is the same. The only difference is that you are both the hypnotist and subject.

This gives you an intense advantage. You know how your mind works and you know the shape of your problems. If you understand your problems then, with the right perspective, you can find the solution.

You can imagine someone working with you on something important. They are a wise expert who knows they can help you. The first thing they need to figure out is exactly what's in your way. Once they know that, everything becomes easy.

When working with yourself, you're already peaking behind the veil.

The disadvantage with self-hypnosis is that you have to learn how to do it. Now, this is worth learning for its own sake. Hypnotic trances are usually pleasant, relaxing and rewarding. You enter them all the time through your day – with practice, you can learn to control it.

Your brain likes to change. That's how you grow and become stronger. But your brain has built-in defences. Not all change is an improvement, so it needs some way of blocking change when it is not.

The trance state deactivates these defenses. If you try to change but can not, you're probably clashing with your own security system. Work with your mind and change becomes easy.

Every time you've changed in the past, it's been through the trance state. All self-improvement is self-hypnosis.

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How To Make Hypnotherapy Work Faster

A lot of people have some very unhelpful misconceptions about how hypnotherapy works. For example, being in a trance does not mean that you are completely out of control. If anything, quite the opposite.

Doing hypnosis is all about getting the usual racing thoughts to slow down long enough to become more receptive to new suggestions. Put it this way: Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, and it's clear as day that they're just not 'taking it in'. They're stuck in their own head so to speak, and rather than spending energy thinking about what you are asking them to consider, instead all they are thinking about is the next thing they are going to say. It becomes a pointless exercise because the person is not taking anything new at all, but simply defending a belief they have been holding onto.

So now consider that the entire purpose of any kind of psychotherapy (especially hypnotherapy) is to let go of unhelpful beliefs and to change your way of thinking. The catch is, most of those unhelpful beliefs are unconscious. Meaning – you do not even need to realize that you've been holding onto them.

It's a common fault in human thinking for us to assume that we would know reality from a belief that we have been holding onto to serve an emotional cause. Let me give you a classic example to demonstrate.

In a recent psychological study, researchers recruited people who were either climate skeptics (people who do not believe in global warming) or climate believers (people who do believe in global warming). Each person was introduced to a panel of scientists (who were actually actors). They were told one of two things.

They were either told: “All the world's leading experts on climate change have put together all the evidence and have reached the conclusion that climate change actually is not real”. Alternately they were told that “All the worlds leading experts on climate change have put together all the evidence and have reached the conclusion that climate change is actually not only real but worse than first thought.”

So this is what happened.

When the climate skeptic were told that the evidence showed climate change to be worse than first thought, it did not change their beliefs. But when they were told that the evidence showed it to not be real, it strengthened the beliefs they already had.

But when climate believers were told that the evidence showed global warming not to be real, it did not change their beliefs. Yet when they were told the evidence showed it to be worse than first thought, it strengthened the beliefs they already had.

So here's the lesson.

Humans will naturally seek out evidence to reinvigorate existing beliefs while resisting evidence to the contrary. That's fine when their beliefs are serving them, but what about when it's not?

So if you go to see a therapist of any kind – especially a hypnotherapist . Remember – no matter how contradict their suggestions sound, stop and consider it. The more you stop and consider it, the more your brain activity starts to slow, and the faster their suggestions for change will start to sink in deeper, and deeper.

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4 Behaviours Hypnotherapists Observe in Addicts

Hypnotherapy is now heavily used to treat addiction. It is the expertise and working methods of these therapists that often help people kick a destructive habit. The observations of these experts are often used as a stepping stone in identifying addiction and getting a person on the right track.

The main finding is that very few addicts can function without exhibiting some symptoms and behavioral changes. Often it is their closest friends and family members that will see these changes. Understanding them is key to helping an addict. Following is a list of common behavior traits that an addict exhibits:

They lie about things – addicts will start investing some time in their newfound addiction. As a result, they may begin lying about where they have been. Also, they may even begin lying about where all their money goes, especially when it concerns the family budget. The thing about lying is that at some point explanations do not add up. It is at this point where action must be taken. Family members and loved ones of an addict must not allow themselves to get caught in a web of lies, as this will usually lead to delayed help for the addict.

They change their habits – over time people usually establish some routine in their life. They like specific hobbies and do some activities that bring them joy. Once they develop an addiction, these patterns begin to change. An addict no longer feels excited about hobbies, nor inserts the same effort in activities that used to be key. Shaking off an addiction often returns the person on the right track and them getting back to these once joyful hobbies is part of the process.

They may become aggressive – addiction hits people in many different ways. One of them leads them to become more aggressive towards others. Surprisingly, this behavior is shown even towards loved ones, which often comes as a shock. It too should serve as an indication that something is wrong. As part of this change, an addict may shift the blame towards others. Whether it is other family members, friends or coworkers, they will use every opportunity to withdraw from them, mostly devoting more to the addiction itself.

They become depressed – this side effect of addiction does not manifest in everyone, but it is still a common one. The main thing about depression is to rule out any other reasons behind it. Stress and a wide range of other factors play a negative role in a person's mental health. Therefore, it is essential to differentiate from these factors and the addiction that causes depression.

These are merely a few of the more common changes in an addict's behavior. According to hypnotherapy experts, often the addict themselves does not recognize the changes. Still, identifying them is an important first step to recovery. Remember that hypnotherapy can help with addiction and its benefits surpass many of the other treatment methods.

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Should You Just Grit Your Teeth and Bear It?

Hypnosis is not the first thing most people think about when they realize they are clenching or grinding their teeth (bruxism), but it should be. Clenching and grinding teeth happens more often than people think. Most of us have written our teeth from time to time and an estimated 10 to 15% of us do so habitually. Some do it only at night while sleep, others unconsciously do it during the day as well.

Our language has developed phrases for this phenomenon. “Grit your teeth and bear it.” Or “Bite the Bullet.” Think about scenes from wild west movies where a cowboy takes a shot of whiskey and bites down on a stick while having a bullet removed during the civil war, in army hospitals while an arm or leg was being amputated … yeesh. While a misaligned bite may be a cause of bruxism, often it is an unconscious, habitual response to stress and anxiety. Clenching and grinding the teeth are natural reactions to stress.

It happens more often than we think, but sadly, it's also more damaging than we think. Habitual bruxism may result in tooth fractures and the wearing down of enamel which in turn can lead to sensitivity and the need for dental work including fillings, caps and even root-canal procedures. Tiny tissues that connect teeth to gums, called periodontal ligaments can be weakened or damaged. Other problems that come from teeth clenching and grinding are headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, difficulty chewing, increased biting of cheeks and tongue, jaw disorders and clicking or pain in the main joint of the jaw known as TMJ.

To check for bruxism, your dentist may ask you to open and close your jaw while listening and feeling for taping or clicking of the TMJ. She may feel the jaw joint while you open and close your mouth or ask you if you are experiencing soreness, pain or headaches. Once diagnosed, most often dentists will recommend wearing a bite splint also known as a mouth guard or, in more severe cases, surgery might be indicated.

Take a moment to experience the mind-body connection. Are your lips closed or open? If they are closed, are your teeth touching? If they are, you may have a tendency to clench or grind your teeth without being aware of it. (Most people are not aware of it.) So now, try this. With your lips closed and your teeth apart, focus your attention on your lower jaw and relax it. Feel that little shift and sometimes a little relief coming with it? That's the mind-body connection. The mind relaxes the jaw and the relaxing of the jaw, relieves the mind.

There are over the counter and professional bite splints or mouth guards which keep teeth apart. The thing about mouth guards is that they do not come cheaply and, more importantly, you have to wear them. They are cumbersome and difficult to get used to. Often when wearing these guards at night, people unconsciously remove them, even toss them away. It takes practice to get used to them and until they do, some people discover that they've sleepily tossed along a nice, very expensive new chew toy for the family pet. (I'm not joking.)

The biggest downside to mouth guards is that they do not address the reason for grinding your teeth. The jaw muscles are powerful, and prolonged bruxism strengthens those muscles in some ways and weakens them in others. It is likely that you may have even limited the range of motion for those muscles. For some, clenching the teeth has become a normal state. Directed massage can help loosen those muscles up and begin the healing process. Three or four sessions of massage should do the trick, but if the source of your bruxism is stress and anxiety, you need to address your reactions to pressures in your life to keep bruxism at bay.

Hypnosis and mindfulness training go hand in hand to address the stress, anxiety and the habit associated with clenching and grinding the teeth. In hypnosis, we work with our unconscious habits, the things we think, feel and / or do automatically. If your automatic response to stress is to clench or grind your teeth, hypnosis can address the stress itself and the automatic response to it.

Mindfulness practice over time can help reduce lower stress and anxiety levels in general as well as raise awareness of when stress is affecting you so that you can address it in a timely manner. Since we do not know what our future stressors might be, mindfulness practice insulates us and better prepares us for whatever might come along.

If you are considering hypnosis for bruxism, expect three to five sessions to get you to the point where habitual bruxism is no longer an issue. A good hypnotist will probably include some training in self-hypnosis and mindfulness practice. (I always do.) These are tools you can take with you so that you are better handling stress and anxiety on your own.

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4 Anxiety Related Problems Hypnotherapy Can Help You With

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis, in general, is finding more and more uses in the present day. It is great that it has in fact grown in favor of treating mental health problems and a variety of other issues. The benefits extend to people who have long suffered from anxiety disorders.

The reason why hypnotherapy is so effective is that it directly affects the subconscious mind – the type of awareness in your brain that dictates a wide range of emotions and beliefs. Through hypnosis, you can have your feelings that are causing anxiety addressed. There are some anxiety-related issues that such therapy directly targets:

Physical strain – the physical tension one feet can often be traced back to the roots of emotional tension. This should come as no surprise, as you take a closer look at some of the symptoms: a shortage of breath, rapid heart rate and uncontrollable shaking among others. These can all be caused by an anxiety attack, which triggers the solid feelings of physical discomfort. What hypnotherapy does is alter the beliefs you have about the triggers for these physically training symptoms. By adding the suggestion that you feel comfortable and more grounded, hypnotherapy can effectively reduce the frequency and the severity of unsuccessful physical symptoms.

Emotional strain – constant anxiety can not only tire your body and lead to physical discomfort, but also lead you into a difficult emotional state. When the body is experiencing distress, it requires energy to recover. That constant demand, along with feelings of worry and discontent can lead to you feeling on edge at all times. Through hypnotherapy, your mind will be put on a more positive note. The main character of this is having the negative beliefs altered to more positive and helpful ones. An expert can implant the suggestions needed to make you more confident in tackling the anxiety triggers.

Sleep issues – people with anxiety usually develop some form of sleeping disorder. This is not that unusual, since going to sleep in an anxious state, when body tension is keeping you on edge can disturb your rest pretty severely. Hypnotherapy can help in various ways. For example, a therapist can implant the suggestion that you have slept well and alter your belief that you can not sleep well. Also, they can address the patterns of your thinking that are keeping you awake. As therapy usually affects the body too, your physical tension will disappear and make easing into sleep more comfortable.

Phobias – when fears that manifest in your mind start keeping you from doing everyday activities, you may begin to lead an unproductive life. Through hypnotherapy, you can change the beliefs causing you to feel anxious and insecure in everyday activities with more logical and useful ones.

As you can see, there is every reason to resort to hypnotherapy, if you are experiencing any of the described side effects of anxiety. It can help you access them and replace them with healthy patterns that will significantly improve your life.

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