The definition of hypnosis found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
A trance-like state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
The National Guild of Hypnotists defines Hypnosis:
Refers to a state or condition in which the subject becomes highly responsive to suggestions.
An altered state of consciousness characterized by hyper-suggestibility.
This condition is psychically induced, usually by another person, in which the subject responds to the suggestion of the hypnotist.
All hypnosis is self - hypnosis.
Self Hypnosis is hypnosis induced in oneself. The ability to influence positive self - improvement through the inner processes of focused awareness.
What is the most common question regarding hypnosis?
Most often people want to know whether what they see on TV or in a stage act is what they will experience.
Will you find out my secrets? Will you make me bark like a dog?
Will I be sleeping and remember nothing?
No, No and No!
Therapeutic hypnosis is beneficial to the client and not meant to be entertaining.
The success of any form of hypnosis is directly linked to the intensity of the person’s desire to accomplish their goals. It is an active and conscious use of free will.
A stage hypnotist uses volunteers to enact various behaviors. However, the volunteer is completely in control of themselves and can choose to either follow the hypnotists suggestions or not. Stage hypnotists will choose volunteers based on the overt willingness to comply with the hypnotist’s suggestions, thereby making the show his talents more illustrative to the audience.
Just like in stage hypnosis, a client chooses what they are willing to do and what kind of success they want to experience. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Hypnosis only works with your “free will”. Everyone’s experience is unique. The positive suggestions for goal success are directed towards a person’s subconscious and the conscious and subconscious minds work together for the best achievements.
A person is completely aware of what they are feeling and can remember exactly what will aide them in accomplishing their goals.
Hypnosis is a verbal method of guiding a person into a deeply relaxed and physically comfortable state of being. While in a relaxed state, the subconscious mind is prominent and available. Hypnosis can feel similar to the moments of relaxation and clarity just before falling asleep or waking. This receptive state of mind facilitates the successful reframing of behaviors. A hypnotist will speak in a normal but gentle tone and relay positive suggestions. All suggestions reflect the client’s words and intentions. The better the hypnotist and client work in honestly, clarity and unison, the better the results.