Hypnosis is a natural and enjoyable state of consciousness that we all experience many times a day. From sitting idly at a desk and daydreaming, to the mental focusing required to study in a noisy environment, these are variations of the state that is known as Hypnosis. In particular at twilight time, when you are either just drifting into or awakening from sleep, when you can process vivid images or even contemplate re- entering a dream to continue it, are also states of hypnotic trance. Because of its unique experiential quality, the experience of hypnosis is difficult, if not impossible to accurately define. Each person will experience something slightly different. Hypnosis is a consent state, with the hypnotized person always maintaining ultimate control.
So it is fair to say the following:
There is no way to hypnotise someone who doesn’t want to be hypnotised.
But the other side of the coin also holds true;
There is no way not to hypnotise someone who wants to be hypnotised.
Dr Milton H Erickson defines hypnosis as: “A state of intensified attention and receptiveness, and an increased responsiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas.”
So Hypnotherapy is when you are deeply relaxed and in a state of trance, and your analytical, critical and rational mind (the conscious part) takes a rest while you then tune into your subconscious. In this deeply relaxed state, your subconscious mind becomes very receptive to positive suggestions, and a therapist can utilise these suggestions in a therapeutic way to change habits, patterns of behaviour, automatic responses, and to reframe thought patterns.