The Hypnotic State
Hypnosis is a trance-like state of focus and concentration. In this pleasant and deeply relaxed state your subconscious is safely accessed directly and work is done on changing any unhelpful behaviours and thought patterns.
In this state, your attention is focussed completely inward to find and utilise those powerful natural resources deep within yourself to help you make changes and regain control in those areas of your life that are causing you problems.
Hypnotic Trance in Everyday Life
The trance-like state of hypnosis is actually a naturally occurring state. It is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even your own thoughts.
You experience naturally occurring hypnosis every day. Have you ever driven a car somewhere and become absorbed in other thoughts and stopped concentrating on your driving. Then you suddenly realise you are further up the road than you realised? That’s a form of hypnosis and your subconscious mind has actually taken over your driving.
Before you go to sleep when your mind starts drifting of pleasantly is also a naturally occurring hypnosis state.
Meditation and Hypnosis
Meditation and Hypnosis are remarkably similar. Both involve a state of trance.
The main difference is that with hypnosis the hypnotherapist bypasses the critical, conscious mind to make suggestions directly to the subconscious mind to allow you to make changes in your life. It is guided and more direct than meditation, allowing for powerful and lasting changes.
In the state of hypnotic mindfulness, neither the past nor the future upset or bother us. We don’t get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past.
This state can be taught by the hypnotherapist and used in everyday life to deal with the stressful situations life throws at us, allowing us to better control our reactions to these situations.
Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively, and therefore being unaware of what emotions or motives may be driving that decision.
Mindfulness is traditionally taught through meditation. Hypnotic mindfulness utilises the power of hypnosis and self-hypnosis.