First off, let’s clear the air. We all know that hypnosis has gotten a bad wrap over the years. Visions of people doing things they had no intention of doing (ie: clucking like a chicken in front of hundreds of people) jam pack our collective consciousness surrounding the topic. And frankly, it’s a shame.
Why a shame? Because when done properly, hypnosis (which is merely a self hypnosis meditation) allows people the opportunity to access parts of their psyche that would otherwise be consciously untouchable during other waking states.
And why is that important? Because contained within those experiences are valuable resources that can help people gain greater clarity and happiness in their lives.
If you’ve ever thought about self hypnosis meditation, Fred Cicetti recently published an informative Shore News Today post on the subject. According to Cicetti, who presents a good overview of where hypnosis meditation originated, at its heart is the practice’s ability to illicit altered states of awareness to affect change.
Eventually, the notion of using a state of altered awareness gained greater acceptance in conventional Western medicine. Today, hypnosis is used widely in the United States and other Western countries. People who practice hypnosis are generally licensed and are often trained in several psychological techniques.
Under hypnosis, you’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you’re more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don’t lose control over your behavior.
Some people are not able to enter a state of hypnosis fully enough to make it effective. Certain qualities may mean you’re more likely to have success with hypnosis. These include the ability to be so engrossed in an activity that you aren’t aware of your environment, the capacity to recall vivid memories through the sense of smell, and the ability to recall physical sensations of past events.
Read more from Cincetti on self hypnosis meditation here.