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“Hypnosis” as You Understand it Does not Exist!

There is no such thing as hypnosis!

There. I’ve said it.

The problem is with the word “Hypnosis” itself and the expectations people have of that word.

Imagine: A slightly creepy, eerie looking man, with a goatee, and dark, piercing eyes. He ominously swings a pendulum in front of his victim’s eyes. She falls fast asleep, deep under his spell. He commands her to do things and she has lost her free will, she obeys his every word. He takes control of her mind, he controls her. And if he so chooses, she will never wake up…

Does it sound a bit like your expectation of hypnosis?

Rest assured, nothing could be further from the truth!

The word “hypnosis” was first used in English by a Scottish surgeon in the 1800’s, Dr James Braid. The word comes from the the Greek word for sleep, hypnos, to describe what had previously been called Mesmerism.While Hypnosis may look like sleep, it is in fact not like sleep at all. Looking at it another way, Hypnosis is actually just a combination of relaxation and concentration.

The long-held concept of a Svengali-type figure controlling his “victim” comes from  a fictional character in George du Maurier’s 1894 novel Trilby. He is a hypnotist who makes the title character into a famous singer.

The word “svengali” has come to refer to a person who, sometimes with evil intent, controls another person by persuasion or deceit. The Svengali may feign kindness and use manipulation to get the other person to yield his or her authority. To think that you can control another person and force them to do things against their will, to control their minds, is pure fiction.
 
The only person who can hypnotise you is yourself!
 
In other words, if you listen to the suggestions given to you and follow the instructions, you will place yourself in that relaxed state of concentration that is commonly known as hypnosis. The “hypnotist” acts only as your guide, showing you the route you must take to get to your destination.You are free to follow the suggestions or reject them, as you always have free will.
If I therefore say that hypnosis does not exist, I mean that most people have an uninformed idea of what to expect and do not realise how natural a process it actually is. And wonder of it is that you can make changes in a relatively short time using the power of suggestion. I am saying that your misconception of what actually happens, based on popular culture and stage demonstrations, are untrue.
The only way to truly understand what it is and how to do it, is to visit your local hypnotherpist or consulting hypnotist. Once you have expeienced the profound state of relaxation and start feeling the power of positive suggestion work, you will end up saying: “It’s not at all what I expected it to be!” and “Why haven’t I done it sooner?”

Perhaps the time is here to let go of your preconceived ideas and use Hypnosis to your benefit.

Written by Hendrik Baird of www.hypnosis-works.co.za
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