HYPNOTHERAPY is utilising this natural state of mind in a therapeutic way, to affect the desired changes in thought patterns of an individual.
Nearly everybody can be helped to fall into a hypnotic trance state. In fact we all pass through a state very similar to trance when we fall asleep or wake up ( a twilight state). When we get involved reading a book or watching a film and don't hear someone call our name, we are in a trance state. When we drive a car and can't remember the journey upon arrival, we have been in a trance state (or daydream) but we are perfectly able to move, make decisions and respond to emergency situations.
The ability to be hypnotised lies within an individual, and this ability has nothing to do with will power or lack of will power. With very few exceptions no-one can be hypnotised against their will, they must co-operate.
Children are excellent candidates for hypnotherapy as they are so naturally open to suggestion and simplistic in their views. This is a great time to address issues before they become ingrained in adulthood, giving them positive habits and creating coping mechanisms to help themselves as they mature.
These stories are designed to be listened to repeatedly, so at first the child might be intrigued by the story and stay awake to hear the ending. After a few listens, this tendency should drop off.
Repetition is the key to success! Consider the audio tracks similar to positive affirmations that are talking directly to the subconscious, and that when you say something to yourself often enough, there is NO way that you can avoid changes eventually. Just keep the faith that change is possible, and enjoy the journey getting there.
Listening to recordings at home is one of the most comforting places a person can be, which is why we have found this method to be so effective.
The key to success is to listen to recordings as frequently as possible, enjoying the regular reminders of positive suggestions, and the regular meditative experience of resting both body and mind deeply.
However, there ARE people who are more suggestible than others (or are feeling more open at this moment in time). You can do a quick test if you wish - clasp your fingers together with your fore fingers raised and apart. Stare at your fingers, and without trying to move them, repeat out loud "they are coming together". Watch as your fingers are seemingly drawn to each other. If you prefer, try "they are moving apart", again without effort on your part. If your fingers move easily, then you are probably in the 'suggestible' basket.
Pierre Janet, a student of Sigmund Freud who became an ardent practitioner of hypnosis writes, “The only danger in hypnotism is that it is not dangerous enough.”
Psychologist Refeal Rhodes in his book “Therapy Through Hypnosis” writes, “Hypnotism is absolutely safe. There is no known case on record of harmful results from therapeutic use.”
Dr Louie P. Thorpe, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, in his book, “The Psychology of Mental Health’, writes, ‘Hypnotism is a natural phenomena, and there are no known deleterious effects from its use.”