HERE IS A LINK TO AN ABC CLIP THAT TALKS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HYPNOSIS WHEN YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A NON-SMOKER, RIGHT NOW:
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is simply a way for you to communicate with yourself, deeply, on a very relaxing and effortless level. It is a natural state we access many times a day. For instance, how often have you "come back" into a boring conversation, startled that someone is talking directly to you and you have no idea what they just said. That is being in a hypnotic trance-like state. Have you ever driven on a familiar road and suddenly found yourself at your destination, having the feeling that you couldn't remember the journey? Welcome to trance! Or, have you ever walked into a room, stopped and thought: "Oh my! I know I came in here for something," and had to retrace you steps before you could remember? We've all done that, sometime, somewhere. And most of us think that it's our memory playing tricks on us...or that we were just "deep in thought."
These examples show us that hypnotic, trance states happen to us all the time. They are a reoccurring phenomenon that serves an important purpose in our human survival. If we didn't have these built in "time outs" our mind would become overwhelmed quite quickly. When it is required, our unconscious mind keeps us in "up time," fully alert and awake. And, when it is safe to do so, the unconscious mind calls for a bit of "down time." We are actually in and out of these states all day long.
For many years, HYPNOSIS has been thought of in almost mystical ways. It might conjure up images of old movies with swinging pocket watches and tales of people who were enticed into doing bizarre things under the "influence" of a hypnotist, or it might bring to mind stage shows where audience members climb onto chairs and quack like ducks. Well, some of that is actually true. A person, if they want to, can do weird things like climb up on a chair and quack like a duck - but things like that only happen in the movies or during a hypnotist's show, and only if there are people willing to do so. Please, consider the willing part of that equation!
So, since we access these "hypnotic states" on a daily basis, how productive would it be if you could use these times to specifically focus on things you want to learn or change? How important would that be to you, if you were now eager to make significant changes in your life? How would it feel to be able to achieve a relaxed state at will? Would you like to have a direction, a sharp, relaxed focus so that you could change, learn, control thoughts deep inside you? For centuries mankind has sought answers, going into deep meditation or prayer, traveling to the highest mountains to sit with a long-bearded monk, seeking enlightenment. And, always with the same results: the answers lie deep within you.
This is very powerful knowledge.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."
Through Hypnotherapy, we can learn how to attain and maintain a powerful mindset, remain flexible within, gain enormous knowledge about life, dispel fear and evoke courage. And all this can be done easily and effortlessly. Hypnosis is a proven and time-tested way to help you achieve your goals. Throughout history, millions of people have benefited from harnessing their own power through hypnosis to make positive changes in their lives.
Hypnosis can help you to better understand yourself. It can help you to change undesirable habits such as smoking, It can help you turn your negative or sad feelings into positive or happy ones. It can help you to easily focus on almost anything in your life that you would like to change, while leaving you unburdened by analytical or pessimistic thoughts.
And, you are always in control. Always.
A Clinical Hypnotist is your guide, your teacher of how to hypnotize yourself at will, and it is always a "do with" process, instead of a "do to" process. You might think that you are sleeping when you are in trance, however, the truth is that you are acutely focused and aware. You can hear, respond, be alert and even talk while you are in a deep state of hypnosis. And, you are absolutely in control and will always do what you want to do.
To understand how hypnosis works, we must first learn about how our mind works.
In the most simple of terms, our mind consists of two components: The conscious mind, and the subconscious/unconscious mind. Our conscious, or logical, mind performs analytical duties, rationalizes, uses willpower in attempts to change personal habits, and serves as our short-term memory. The conscious mind also contains what is known as the critical factor (or faculty), which operates automatically when you are using your conscious mind. The critical factor can be thought of as protecting the status-quo of your beliefs and must be bypassed in order for you to accept any suggestion that conflicts with your existing limiting beliefs or habits.
On the other hand, our subconscious/unconscious mind is where our brain deals with and stores habits, emotions, long-term memory, and self preservation. It is the part of the mind that hypnosis focuses on, and the part through which it is possible to bypass the critical factor in order to open the door to positive change in your life. A good metaphor is to refer to the subconscious as your hard drive, as in a computer, and to you and the hypnotherapist as re-programmers. When you have targeted a specific glitch, such as a bad habit, in your programming, the hypnotherapist is able to guide you into a relaxed yet aware state in which it is possible to infuse your subconscious with positive suggestions that replace negative elements.
Have you ever had a problem trying to alter your behavior? That is because you are attempting change at the conscious level, and the conscious mind finds it difficult to change bad habits. For example, when a person decides to quit smoking, he typically thinks he can accomplish this through willpower alone. However, a student of the mind knows that willpower simply initiates the desire to change, and is usually unsuccessful at eliminating the problem. The subconscious mind, however, is able to change bad habits by readily accepting positive suggestions. This is the secret to the effectiveness of hypnosis: through positive suggestion, hypnosis changes your limiting beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors which you would like to improve.
THE CONSCIOUS MIND IS THE GOAL SETTER AND THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND IS THE GOAL GETTER.
Some frequently asked questions:
1. Will I lose control or change something against my will?
Never. Only changes that you desire will take place and you are in control.
2. Will I reveal any secrets?
Again, never. Since you are in charge of the information you share, you are in charge of your secrets.
3. Will I be able to exit the hypnotic state?
Certainly. You will be in a relaxed but heightened state of focus and awareness, and your own mind determines all your results, including your return to a normal, fully awake state.
For hypnosis to work most effectively, it is important to understand that a doubtful or negative response to any given suggestion leads to its rejection. On the other hand, if you really want to embrace change and focus on the suggestion with a positive attitude, trusting that it works, the suggestion is accepted and positive change happens. Trusting and believing in yourself and your ability to effectively change is the first step to a successful new you!