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"The brain rules and controls each and every cell in your body. However, its commands come from your subconscious. Every activity, whether or not consciously intended, is the direct response from the subconscious mind. Ultimately, it is the connecting link that provides the basis for understanding the entire universe. Through hypnosis, the mind may be guided to provide healthier and happier living for individuals."
— Dr. Michael D. Preston
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Definition of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is defined in Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary as a "state that resembles sleep that is induced by a hypnotizer whose suggestions are easily and readily accepted by the person".

The problem here is that hypnosis is really not sleep. It is a state of awareness in which the subject's state of awareness undergoes a definite change.

During this altered state which can be induced by the hypnotherapist or can be self induced with self hypnosis, the mind is capable of accepting helpful suggestions in a manner far exceeding normal capacity.

Some call the state a trance like state and others refer to it as a state of super-awareness. The real truth is that hypnosis is not trance or deep sleep. Hypnosis utilizes the subconscious mind through suggestions and imagery to effect changes.

Hypnosis is a very misunderstood concept in many ways .

Most people have many preconceptions as to what exactly hypnosis is. Most are influenced by "stage hypnotists" who seem to have magical powers to get people to do the strangest and "funniest" things on stage. Others are affected by movies where the hypnotist again has "magical" powers to have their subject do their will. Neither of these examples are even close to how therapeutic hypnosis is and can be.

Clarifying some misconceptions

1. In hypnosis, you will not be aware of what is going on.
The truth is that when you are in a light "trance" it will feel no different than relaxation. The "trance" state is a normal, natural state. It is a state we experience frequently in life. There's "road hypnosis" that occurs on the expressway when you are driving and all of a sudden realize you missed your exit. You can observe people in elevators as they watch the floor numbers go into a "trance".

"Trance" like feelings occur when you are in a movie and when the movie ends, you feel the presence of the movie occupying your mind. The same goes with reading a novel.

2. In hypnosis, you give over control to the Hypnotherapist .
The truth is that Hypnosis is not power over another person, but rather a complex interaction between the Hypnotherapist and the patient. It is the means to establish better communication with the Unconscious mind. You are always in control of the hypnosis. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

3. Under hypnosis, you will do things that are against your values or beliefs .
The truth is that you only accept suggestions that are consistent with their values and beliefs. A person cannot be made to do something in hypnosis that they would not normally do. And...a person will not follow a post-hypnotic suggestion to do something in conflict with their values and beliefs.

4. A person has to be placed in a "deep trance" before he or she can be helped .
Not true! You do not need to be in a deep trance to benefit from hypnosis. Many very helpful and excellent results are obtained when you are in a "light" trance state.

5. People who are easily hypnotized are "weak" people .
Absolutely not true. The more intelligent and imaginative you are , the easier it is for you to experience hypnosis.

6. People lose consciousness when under hypnosis.
Absolutely not true. In fact, this misconception impairs the individual's confidence and makes it more difficult for the individual to obtain the necessary or desired results. In fact at all levels of hypnosis, the individual being hypnotized is always completely aware of all of his surrounding circumstances. At no time is the individual unaware. Further, the greater the depth, the more awareness, and the better the results.The deeper the state, the more awareness, and the better the results.

Important to note: one of the greatest difficulties that the hypnotist will encounter is to convince the client that he/she has been hypnotized. The stats show that over 90% of all people hypnotized for the first time will deny they have been hypnotized and the reason for that is that they felt aware of everything that was said and done during the session. 

It Comes Down to Your Subconscious: How Self-Hypnosis Can Help You Attain Your Goals

Want to beat your fear of public speaking? Become a more assertive manager? Win that big sale? Start with 'theta.'

Grace Smith
February 5, 2019


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Both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have attributed their successes to one simple rule: focus. But, in a technology-driven society where instant gratification and multitasking are king -- and queen -- our ability to focus on any one thing, be it a goal, a task or habit, for a significant amount of time is deteriorating.

Related: 15 Ways to Master the Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Life

In fact, the average human's attention span is only eight seconds. This may explain why 80 percent of people fail to keep their New Year's resolution by the time February -- this month! -- arrives. The reason: not enough focus. Too often, people just give up, claiming they don't have the willpower to do it.

But the truth is, willpower is only 10 percent of the mix when you're either adding in or giving up a habit. To actually train yourself to focus, you need to go deeper into your mind, where the remaining 90 percent of what's needed to give up or build a new habit lives: inside your subconscious.

And here is where you need to learn the term theta. Theta is the state between your conscious mind and subconscious world. Between daydreaming and sleep, this is our most deeply relaxed state, where creativity and ingenuity reign.

But how do you get to theta while hammering away at your keyboard, running from meeting to meeting and talking to potential clients all day? The answer is hypnosis.

This is not "mind control."

Now, just to get it out of the way, hypnosis is not mind control -- despite what pop culture, including movies like Get Out try to convince us of. Remember that creepy scene with Daniel and the mom? Hard to forget, right?

Well, that's not what hypnosis is. Rather, what I'm talking about is a deeply relaxed, highly focused state of awareness that allows you to create lasting change. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behavior."

What's shocking is we've known this for decades and are just getting around to noticing the benefits now. A study conducted in 1970 by Alfred Barrios found that 600 sessions of psychotherapy resulted in an average 33 percent improvement, whereas six sessions of hypnotherapy result in an average 93 percent improvement.

Thankfully, the tide is turning. Well-known entertainers and athletes -- from Adele to Tiger Woods -- have credited hypnosis for cultivating peak performance and focus or, in the case of Adele's smoking, kicking a bad habit.

I've seen such benefits many times, at my company, Grace Space Hypnosis, where I have experienced the impact hypnosis has had on my high-profile clients: industry leaders and public figures who have needed to break through self-sabotage that has threatened to stunt their careers.

Related: 5 Science-Backed Ways Hypnotherapy Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed

I've helped clients conquer their fear of public speaking, then go on to speak in front of audiences with thousands of people. I've seen hypnosis increase people's self-confidence so that they could become more assertive managers or get the big sale they wanted. And I've seen it help still others overcome the procrastination (actually a sign not of laziness but of fear of failure) hurting their businesses' success.

Here's how to do it.

So, how can hypnotherapy help you and your focus specifically? With comfortable, efficient, conditioning. In just five minutes,the following short self-hypnosis process can help boost your productivity anyplace, anywhere, anytime.

1. Decide what you want to work on.

What you want to work on can be a goal, something you'd like to release from your life or a habit you'd like to change. Ask yourself how much you want it, on a scale of zero to 10. If you choose a number less than seven on the scale, throw it away for now and come back to it when you want it more.

So, to start: Exhale as you close your eyes and begin the exercise. Imagine a color you love forming at the top of your head; say the name of the color aloud; and imagine it flowing into the top of your head, through your body and out your feet.

Count down very slowly, saying "I'm going deeper and deeper" after each number, from 10 down to 1, adding in, "9: I'm going deeper and deeper," then moving on to the next number.

Imagine the color flowing again, down into the top of your head, through your body and out your feet.

Repeat "Every day, in every way, I ___(what you are cultivating)______ more and more." Do this 21 times. Twenty-one is a significant number because when you repeat something 21 times, you start to replace an old habit.

Imagine the color flowing again, down in through the top of your head, through your body and out your feet.

Spend a minute using all of your senses to feel the way you'll feel when you've achieved your goal, as if you've already done it: See it, feel it, taste it, hear it, touch it. Act as if you have already accomplished the goal, and imagine that you feel how you will feel.

2. Finish strong.

Imagine the color flowing again, down into the top of your head, through your body and out your feet.

Repeat "I can do this, I already am, I am committed" three times.

Finally, open your eyes with a smile on your face and go do the work.

This easy practice will provide the focus you need to build that desired habit. Note: While hypnosis typically takes place with your eyes closed, you can take a peak at this text. Open your eyes open between each of the steps to read what comes next, until you've memorized the process. (You can also follow along to this video I created for the self-hypnosis process.)

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I recommend practicing these steps three times per day: once when you first wake up, once at midday and once right before bed.

To sum up: Hypnosis is not magic; it's a process of conditioning. In the short term you can expect to feel a lovely, deep relaxation during the process itself and an increased ability to focus on a goal and to reach it for increasingly longer periods of time. As you continue your conditioning over the course of several days (the average being 21 days to see a drastic change), you will find that an ability to accomplish what you set out to do each day becomes almost natural to you.

Hypnosis does not increase your willpower, so don't be on the lookout for an added boost to force yourself into something you truly don't want to do. Rather, notice how gradually you innately desire to complete your chosen tasks and find you have cultivated the focus required to do so.

The more hypnosis you do, the deeper it will go, and the longer it will last. For many people, hypnosis has become a lifelong practice for continually upgrading their subconscious minds and reaping the benefits it affords them. It benefit you, as well.

5 Science-Backed Ways Hypnotherapy Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed

Copious research supports hypnosis as a valid method for treating insomnia, stress and other mental health problems.

Eri Santos-Couto
September 25, 2018


Image credit: Francesco Carta fotografo | Getty Images

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"You are getting sleepy, very sleepy."

The hallmark of hypnotherapy representation in every film or TV show -- like almost everything in scripted entertainment -- is grossly misleading. Sorry to disappoint but there are no swinging watches or mentions of getting sleepy in a clinical hypnotherapy session.

Hypnotherapy gets a bad rap as a cheap stage trick or capricious mind control when, in reality, it's a powerful tool for reprogramming the subconscious mind. Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to improve their performance, work more efficiently and eliminate barriers to success. Here are five science-backed ways that hypnotherapy can help you do just that:

1. It relaxes you enough to pause on obsessing about your problems.

When you run into snafus in your business, it triggers your body's stress response, which can lead to elevated cortisol levels and other unfavorable hormones that keep you in full-on freak out mode. This stress response keeps your mind in a problem-focused state as opposed to a solution-focused state.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, hypnotherapy uses "guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention" to achieve a heightened trance-like state. This heightened state is so intense that it can bypass the stress you're feeling, which means that the stress hormones that would have been building can take a hike.

When you come out of hypnotherapy -- even after a quick 10-minute recording -- your previous stress is significantly reduced or eliminated, allowing you to approach the problem from a different mindset.

2. You can finally sleep like you've been dreaming about.

As entrepreneurs, sleep can be a precious -- and sparse -- luxury. The long hours, the lack of a boss and a keen awareness that your success or failure is in your hands can mean several long days.

According to a Swiss research team, short hypnotherapy audios can help you spend two-thirds less time awake as your mind is grinding away. The study also found that the participants who use the hypnosis audio spent 80 percent more time in deep sleep. Deep sleep is critical, as it strengthens memory, fortifies your immune system, and restores your energy. Those are all vital components to helping entrepreneurs perform at their best.

Related: What You Need to Do to Get the Best Sleep, According to Fitbit

3. Hypnotherapy eliminates pesky negative thoughts that keep you stuck.

You have about 50,000 thoughts a day, and it's easy for the majority of them to be negative, especially if you grew up with harmful and destructive patterning around you. Hypnotherapy has been used by leading athletes, including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton to help them dominate by eliminating negative thoughts.

Hypnotherapy can help you to have a similar competitive advantage in your niche. Hypnotherapists focus on guided imagery and future pacing to help their clients see themselves as having already achieved their outcome, and ease the subconscious into the idea that it's already happened.

Related: How to Know When Your Negative Thinking Is Hurting You

4. It can improve your mental health.

Entrepreneurs have significantly higher rates of mental illness than the general population. A recent study found that 49 percent of entrepreneurs surveyed were dealing with some form of mental illness, such as depression or ADHD.

Hypnotherapy can be a useful part of a treatment plan for mental health issues. As hypnotherapy helps rewire neural pathways, it can shift your attention away from unfocused, depressive, or anxiety-ridden thoughts towards happier, more positive outcomes.

For example, hypnotherapist and psychotherapist Fayina Cohen says that anxiety is a negative form of self-hypnosis, so combatting it with hypnotherapy helps the brain to rewire itself towards positive self-hypnosis instead.

Related: Mental Illness May Plague Entrepreneurs More Than Other People

5. Hypnotherapy helps you confront fear.

As an entrepreneur, you're continually tackling new things, and many of them require confronting your fears.

Take public speaking, for example. Almost everyone has a negative public speaking memory from childhood that leads to a life-long fear of public speaking. Hypnotherapy can help you deal with that fear through positive suggestion and visualization.

Hypnosis can inhibit fear pathways in the brain, and reduce the need for medication in everything from dental procedures to flying.

One of the hallmarks of entrepreneurs is that you're willing to try things that others won't so you can get results that others can't achieve. Incorporating regular hypnotherapy into your routine can help accelerate your progress in your business by keeping your immune system strong, reducing your stress level and helping you conquer your fears.



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