What is Hypnosis

Dr.Urmish Mehta

Hypnosis induces a state of deep relaxation that can be used in many beneficial ways. It is a healing science that deeply relaxes and opens up a person to positive suggestions. Suggestions are nothing but directions given by the hypnotist that bring constructive changes in the person’s thought, emotion, behaviour, perception and sensation. Individuals allow themselves to enter this state so that the desired changes take place and they get to live a better life.

The hypnotist works by inducing a trance-like-state in the mind. In this state, the person undergoing hypnosis is highly attentive, focussed and more open to suggestions. Hypnosis is a safe and efficient method used worldwide to treat people with anxiety, phobia, fear, depression, stress, insomnia, pain and numerous other physical and psychological illnesses. It is a therapeutic science that brings accelerated and persistent human change.

Human mind has two parts – the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Conscious mind is the thinking mind. It is the rational part of the brain that helps us set goals, solve problems, make decisions, analyse and think through various situations. It is the mind that we are aware of and it represents only 12% of our brain capacity.

The subconscious mind on the other hand represents a huge memory bank. It remembers everything that has happened to us from the time of our birth and forms the basis of our beliefs, habits and behaviours. This mind shapes our character, defines our personality and controls 88% of our life. Though one doesn’t have direct access to the subconscious mind, once tapped, it can work as our most powerful resource in living a limitless life.

We all undergo natural Hypnosis while watching a movie, reading a book or while doing something that captivates our interest. By focussing our attention on something specific, we tend to become unaware of the happenings around us. This is exactly what happens in hypnosis, but apart from heightened focus, we also experience deep relaxation as the conscious mind is put to rest and the powerful subconscious is activated.

Hypnosis cannot deal with problems that are deeply hidden in an individual. It can only deal with problems that appear at the superficial level. A therapeutic technique called Hypnotherapy is required to discover the root cause and psychoanalyse the subject’s deep seated behavioural problems. With access to repressed thoughts and past memories in the subconscious mind, a hypnotherapist can find out the hidden cause behind any problematic behaviour. He gives appropriate suggestions to reprogram the person’s wrong, negative or limiting beliefs and converts them into positive ones. Usually, the person overcomes the problem in a few settings and shows remarkable progress, after which he or she is taught to practise self-hypnosis whenever required.

Benefits of hypnosis

Hypnosis helps us to relax and reduce our stress levels. It enables us to overcome all kinds of fear, phobia, anxiety, and stress related symptoms like hypertension, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, etc. It is a powerful technique that can be used to alter behavioural patterns like addiction, craving, anger and pain management. Many people seek hypnosis for self-empowerment and goal- setting. It boosts their confidence and promotes well-being, making them feel good about themselves and helping them succeed.

Important facts about hypnosis

1. Without the willing participation of the subject, it is impossible for the hypnotist to hypnotize and take the subject to the altered state of consciousness.
2. Under hypnotic state, the hypnotised person cannot be made to do anything against his or her own will, culture, moral, ethics and religious beliefs.
3. It is impossible to reveal one’s deepest, darkest secrets, unless the person consciously wants to share them with the hypnotist.
4. Under hypnotic trance, the subject exhibits complete control over speech and actions. In fact, the person is hyper attentive and vividly remembers everything that happens through the entire session of hypnosis.