I am the son of a hypnotist who has been practicing for 30 years. I am also
trained to perform stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Being such has given me
some good insight into this oft considered strange phenomenon.
The truth, however is that hypnosis is far from strange. Those that experience
it will usually find it familiar. You go into trance several times a day, you
just probably didn't even know it. You are experiencing hypnosis when:
Hypnosis circumvents the conscious mind, allowing access to the subconscious.
The subconscious. mind is very susceptible to suggestion. It's sort of a direct
line to our more basic motivations. Once in the subconscious., you can implant
suggestions that will remain after the trance wears off.
Some people fear hypnosis because it implies a loss of control, but I'm going
to let you in on a little secret:
Hypnosis can't make you do anything you don't want to.
One cannot make hypnotic slaves out of women to bend to my every whim a la 50's
horror movies (unless of course they really wanted to anyway).
The most interesting secret I learned about hypnosis is that everyone uses
it. Not always for good...
Ever thought about why the advertising agencies put jingles to their slogans?
Music goes straight to the subconscious. Their taglines might as well be hypnotic
suggestions, especially since zoning out watching the TV puts you in a trance
Have you noticed how much sway lovers have over each other? Have you ever met
those people that manipulate their significant others? Those close to you have
a more direct route to your subconscious. Be careful whom you give the keys
Society keeps people in line through hypnosis. Children's subconscious. minds
are far more susceptible than an adult's. The pledge of allegiance, do this,
don't do that, pay attention. All the basic rules are drilled in at a very early
Every religion I have come across uses hypnosis techniques. Taoists and Buddhists
meditate. Catholics put themselves into trance counting rosaries. Muslims bow
and pray 5 times a day facing Mecca. Hindus meditate on mandalas. Some cultures
"trance dance" in festivals. Every religion has trance inducing hymns
and chants. Religious awe-inspiring architecture is designed to access the subconscious.
mind. Once there, they all attribute it to their own memes, but it's really
just hypnosis. I find it very amusing when fundamentalists tell me that hypnosis
is the work of the devil.
It is a very powerful tool people don't even know they are wielding. If you
are aware of the programming that goes on it will help you immensely in life.
You can and should be your own mental gatekeeper.
Now, here's the cool part... you can make hypnosis work for you. Everyone else
has been doing it to you, why not let it work for yourself? Anyone can hypnotize
themselves. It's quite easy.
I find very sad the sheer volume of people on antidepressants. The world is
constant, it is not inherently a good or bad place. What makes it so is how
we perceive it. Perception is everything. You can alter at will your
world, yourself, anything you want that passes through that amazing mind you
have. Change your perception.
To milk a cliché, you've got a big ol' bag of rose colored glasses you
can put on, and change the shade of whenever you want. Or for the geeks like
me, you can alter your own firmware.
Here's how to do it:
- Find a comfortable quiet spot, lie flat on your back, palms up.
- Close your eyes.
- Take deep, slow breaths. Be conscious of your breathing.
- Let your mind focus on each and every muscle in your body, start with your
feet... relax each muscle using your mind and very slowly work your way up,
savoring the wonderful relaxing feeling you get from each muscle until you
reach the top of your head.
- Let your mind relax, see if you can feel your mind, the energy in the parts
you are using, enjoy what that's like. (If you wish to enter a very
deep trance, try and activate as many neural pathways as you can. Turn on
your brain. I find it feels like an epiphany)
- Tell yourself what the problem is, and how you can make it better. Be sure
you give yourself a positive solution.
("Instead of eating too much when you feel sad, you would be thinner,
more energetic, and happier to exercise and eat healthy fruits and vegetables
- Tell yourself you're doing a good job.
- Count from five to one and wake up refreshed, alert, and ready to improve
Remember that you are altering the fundamental you. Giving yourself positive
reinforcement is an important key to getting positive results. "Doing this
is good because..." is always more powerful than a negative "Don't"