Hypnosis is still very much “unknown territory” for many people, who are cautious about trying today’s modern style of hypnotherapy.
What many don’t realise is that “hypnosis” has actually been around since the 1700s, founded by Austrian physician Franz Mesmer. And in saying that, there is actually proof that hypnotism has been around for a whole lot longer!
Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about hypnosis:
- Hypnosis is thousands of years old. It is discussed in text from Ancient Egypt, China and Hindu culture, dating back over 3,000 years.
- Everyone can be hypnotised, and in fact, we are all in a hypnotic state a number of times every day. It’s the same as when you “zone out” while you’re watching TV, daydreaming, reading a book or just before you fall asleep – any time you’re entering a state of deep relaxation, you’re actually entering a state of hypnosis. Even driving from one place to the next can put you in a trance like experience.
- Hypnosis is where the conscious and the subconscious parts of the brain meet. Your brain is 10% conscious and 90% subconscious and all your memories are stored in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis allows the subconscious to take control allowing you to be more suggestible.
- When you are awake, you might be having up to 50 different thoughts at one time; but when you’re hypnotised, you focus on one thought. That is what allows you to become suggestible which is why your hypnotist focuses on one particular subject, usually a goal you want to achieve.
- Hypnotism allows you to “follow your heart”. The subconscious 90% of the brain is filled with beliefs from the heart (not the head). If you believe something in your heart, hypnotism will be effective.
- If you have one hour of hypnosis, you’ll feel as amazing as if you’d just had four hours of deep sleep.
- Hypnosis does not convince you to do anything you don’t want to do. When you watch a stage show with a hypnotist and the people on stage are doing funny things they wouldn’t normally do – that is because they have been carefully chosen from the audience. The hypnotist won’t choose someone who doesn’t offer their hand to go on stage. They have already decided it’s going to work on them, which makes them more suggestible.
- You’re likely to remember everything that happens when you’re hypnotised. Only a few people will fall into such a deep sleep they won’t remember anything.
- People actually have surgery while under hypnosis, rather than conventional anaesthetics. The patient will generally be aware of what is going on around them, but they won’t feel anything. It’s all in the mind!
- Hypnosis works. Millions of people across the world, over centuries, have reported change in terms of health and lifestyle habits, better physical and professional abilities, less stress or anxiety, and much more.
Written by: Katherine Ferris, clinical hypnotherapist
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