Hypnosis is a pleasurable state within a controlled environment where it is easy to communicate with subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is one such tool utilised to negotiate with subconscious mind to a desired outcome.
It is a common state from which everybody automatically flows in an out of, from time to time. It’s like when you get engrossed listening to good music or when you read a good book or are day dreaming, when everything around seems surreal and reality fades off, as your thoughts take you to a different world of fantasies. This is a form of trance where you are still conscious, but your consciousness is temporarily altered, somewhere between being asleep and being awake.
In fact, we all go through a similar stage just before we go to sleep. When you are being hypnotised, the Hypnotist guides you into the same kind of trance state called a hypnotic trance, giving you a very pleasant feeling, a feeling of serenity and deep relaxation. Despite the accepted belief, that when you are hypnotized you are not asleep or unconscious, your eyes will be closed, but you can hear and feel and even speak. In fact, your sensitivities are further heightened and you tend to be more attentive and alert.
What one experiences, during hypnosis is a personal thing, as different people have different experiences with hypnosis. Basically, it is like being in a day dream, giving you a very calm and pleasant feeling. But some people may experience feeling heavy and some people may experience feeling very light and floaty, while some people may feel nothing at all, others may feel a deep sense of relaxation. Often the eyelids may flutter even if they are closed or there may be a sensation of tingling in some parts of the body. For most people, entering hypnotic trance is a very gradual process, but getting into the mode of relaxation is an important requirement of hypnosis. It can be a disappointing experience for some people, as they expect to be charmed in some sort of magical spell, but there is no such weird feeling in hypnosis. In fact, most people will not feel anything and will not realize that they are being hypnotized, as they will not experience the sudden loss of consciousness, as they may have anticipated and might think they are not hypnotized at all.
It is necessary, to be realistic about the hypnotic process and understand that it is a gradual drifting process of relaxation. If you keep thinking that you are not ‘going under’ during the induction into hypnosis, then this mental interference itself, will disrupt the whole process. What is required, is that you need to let go of your mental tensions and focus on the Hypnotherapist’s voice, so that he or she can help you to relax.
When the body and the conscious mind have been relaxed adequately, the normal barriers to the subconscious part of the mind also become relaxed, and the subconscious becomes receptive to positive suggestion.