What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness when the conscious, treat judgmental mind slows down and the unconscious mind comes to the forefront. The unconscious mind is the "seat" of your emotions and imagination but still able to use words and ideas to alter perceptions.  A hypnotized person is awake and aware of what is going on, in fact they are an active participant in the hypnotic process.

How do I know if I am hypnotized?

In most cases, you might not know. To complicate matters there are many ebbs and flows to the hypnotic process as you "float" from a lighter to a deeper state and back. While experiencing hypnosis the surprise comes when you realize that you are completely aware and in control. You have the ability to accept or reject any suggestion. It is not uncommon for my clients to tell me at the end of the session that they weren’t really "under". Sometimes that might be the case, but usually they really were experiencing hypnosis and just didn’t realize it. I try very hard through a series of tests to help the client understand that they were hypnotized.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

(What happens if the hypnotist dies or leaves the room?) It is not possible to "get stuck in hypnosis". You are always completely aware and in control. You are always able to end the hypnotic process. Falling asleep is not uncommon and many folks practice self hypnosis before sleep each night. Interestingly enough, I have given my client the option under hypnosis to sleep for "five minutes" and then wake up feeling refreshed. The client always sleeps for just five minutes. I can set my watch on this process. It is fascinating how the unconscious mind understands and automatically computes time.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

I believe that anyone of average or greater intelligence can experience hypnosis. That isn’t to say that it will work on everyone in every situation. I use a variety of different techniques to help folks enter the trance state.

I have found that once a client has experienced even a light trance that they become more readily hypnotizable in the next session. The client becomes more comfortable with the hypnotist, the situation and more open to accepting my suggestions.  In the right situation, I believe that just about anyone can experience hypnosis, even if it is just a light trance.

Is hypnosis real?

Yes. It might not be what many people expect, but it is a very real, very useful tool that people can use to help them to come into greater understanding of their unconscious processes. They become more at peace with themselves and have a very real reduction in the stress of every day life. They become very present and able to fully experience the world around them.

Can anyone learn to hypnotize?

Yes, just about anyone can at least learn the basics techniques to hypnotize someone. That does not necessarily make it a good idea. Like all things in life, you need to take responsibility for your actions and be properly trained.

Can you make someone do anything?

No, hypnosis has nothing to do with one person controlling another person. As a hypnotist I can help guide people through a variety of experiences, but it is up to them to create their perceptions. Under hypnosis, your morals and ethics remain intact. You will not do anything in trance that is not morally or ethically acceptable to you.

That’s why you never read about hypnotized zombies robbing convenience stores or people doing other uncontrollable things under hypnosis.

Can hypnosis make me lose weight or stop smoking?

Unfortunately no. Although hypnosis is a great tool and is very powerful when used correctly, it is not a magic wand that can cure everything. All to often people tell me to MAKE THEM accomplish something, for instance, lose weight, stop smoking, stop procrastinating. I don’t want to discourage you from using hypnosis, because it can really help you to accomplish your goal. You need to be ready, motivated, and willing to do the appropriate work to be successful. You have to take responsibility for whatever problem you may have.  Hypnosis can be a key ingredient because it is a way to powerfully focus your mind, but it doesn’t take the place of your willingness to stick to a good plan.