Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. Everyone has already experienced hypnosis, by accident or by design.
Have you ever driven from one destination to another and not remembered very much about what you experienced while driving?
We call that highway hypnosis. When you were a kid in school and found yourself day-dreaming in class wishing you could be playing with your friends outside, and all of a sudden the teacher called your name, you jumped in your seat and got bought back to the class. This is similar to driving in that your senses are hyper-acute and you are aware of everything around you. The hypnotic state is very similar to the feeling you experience while daydreaming. In both situations mentioned you were not asleep nor will you be asleep in hypnosis.
What’s going on is that under hypnosis, your conscious mind becomes subdued (it doesn’t die, it doesn’t go to sleep, in fact, every once in a while it rears its analytical mind and it gets in the way) and your subconscious mind comes to the front. We can give your subconscious mind helpful and beneficial suggestions which it can reject or accept as it chooses. You will never be giving up control. You have the choice to accept the helpful suggestions or reject them at any time. You are in complete control.
You will probably be amazed by just how many different issues hypnosis can help you with.
Most people know that hypnosis can be helpful for stopping smoking and treating phobias. However, you may be more surprised to find that it can help you to pass your driving test or become better at public speaking.
Can hypnosis help with my problem or goal? Not if it’s purely a physical problem, but yes if there is any kind of a psychological aspect to the problem or goal.
An example of this would be that hypnosis could certainly not help you to grow back a lost limb, but there is good evidence to show that hypnosis can help with phantom limb pain. Hypnotists are not, for the most part, medically trained, and so will not aim to treat medical or psychiatric illness.