It is a long-held belief that there is some kind of magic or wizardry to hypnosis, a kind of woo-woo that is beyond explanation and certainly out of the whelm of logic and science. Is this the case or has hypnosis gotten a bad rap? Personally, I do believe that there is a magic to hypnosis, but it is not the type of magic that involves hocus pocus and woo-woo wizardry. It is more the magic of the mind and going beyond previously established limitations. It is the astounding and miraculous realization that we do not know the powerful limits of the mind and the human spirit. Through hypnosis we can explore these limits and, in that regard, it is a magical tool. This statement from the North Carolina Society of Hypnotherapists http://nchypnosis.org/what-is-hypnosis/)
characterizes hypnosis well:
“It’s not like what you see in the movies.
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis, called by different names in different cultures and times, has been recognized for thousands of years and used for many purposes.”
When we watch stage hypnosis we are further led to believe that hypnosis is, at least, slight of hand, if not wizardry. It implies that people can be led to do things they would not otherwise do and perhaps they are unaware of and unwilling participates in the process. This is definitely not the case and a huge misconception. We cannot be controlled or made to do anything we are not willing to do while hypnotized. Hypnosis is actually a state of heightened awareness. It is a state of suggestibility, but no one can be made to do anything that is against their will or values. People will sometimes go along with what is being suggested to them, but it is a matter of choice and they probably have some inclination to want to experience whatever they are participating in.
How does hypnosis actually work and what is magical about it? Hypnosis works using relaxation, focused attention, creative imagery, neuro-patterning and hypnotic phenomena to reach a state of heightened awareness and suggestibility bypassing the conscience mind and putting us in direct contact with the powerful sub-conscious mind. We are constantly discovering new limits to what can be done with the sub-conscious mind. For instances, with hypnosis time travel is an everyday occurrence. We take our clients on a journey backward or forward in their lives and sometimes even beyond and through this “time travel” produce amazing healing and emotional release. We help our clients release trauma and erase the wounds of the past. We can future pace them to achieving goals and dreams they once believed to be impossible. There is no stronger magic or more powerful wizardry than giving people the power to create their own reality and success. In my own practice, I call myself a “Change Adventure Navigator”, as I guide my clients through this amazing journey to places they have never been and anywhere they want to go. To our sub-conscious minds imagining an experience is as powerful and has the same effects as the actual experience.
The beauty of hypnosis is that is takes advantage of the natural mechanisms of our mind/body integration and is largely a process of clearing away the dysfunction and setting us back on our natural course. It is a process that uses how things work to achieve desired results. With hypnosis we can time travel, fly, be anything or anyone we might imagine and become our own Super Hero! What could be more magical?
“I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” --
R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver
About the Author
Kate Olson, CPC, CHt, is a Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner & Certification Trainer, EFT Practitioner and Reiki Master practicing in Seattle at Embrace Change Hypnosis & NLP and Northern Lights Life Coaching .
She offers workshops & classes, as well as, individual and group coaching. Her emphasis is on assisting clients in finding path, purpose and peace. Kate focuses on integration of mind, body, spirit wellness with all of her businesses. It is her mission to help clients find joy through connection, creative expression and change facilitation. Kate is a speaker, writer and radio show host of "Embrace Change with Kate" on Contact Talk Radio, in additional to her private practice. She is passionate about creativity, travel, personal growth and living with joyful purpose. Kate's businesses operate as Dba's under Total Well Resources, LLC.