Hypnosis is a natural state of focused concentration, which many of us experience every day, such as when we may be absorbed in a good book or movie, or have driven for blocks or miles, completely unaware of our surroundings, outside stimulus, or distractions. The Hypnotherapeutic Process deepens the Hypnotic State and allows us to access the subconscious, that part of the mind that lies beneath ordinary consciousness, beneath constant thoughts, feelings and outside stimulus. The subconscious mind functions at a deeper level than our usual level of awareness and mental processes occur without our conscious perception of them. Sometimes we experience moments of inspiration, intuition, unique wisdom or creative solutions when that same subconscious flows into our conscious awareness.
The subconscious is not constrained by boundaries of logic, space or time and it can remember everything, from any time. It can transmit creative solutions to our problems and can touch upon wisdom far beyond our everyday capabilities. Hypnosis accesses the wisdom of the subconscious, in a focused way, in order to achieve healing and can allow the subconscious to play a more dominant role than the conscious mind.
When you are hypnotized, you are not asleep. Your conscious mind is always aware of what you are experiencing while you are hypnotized. Despite your deep subconscious contact, your mind can comment, criticize or censor and you are always in control of what you say. Hypnosis is not a truth serum, nor is it like entering a time machine with no awareness of the present. Some people, while in a hypnotic state, watch the past as if they were watching a movie, while other’s reactions are more vividly involved with strong emotional feelings, and still others “feel” rather than “see” things. Afterward, the person remembers everything they experienced during a Hypnosis session.
In Hypnosis, your mind is always aware and observing and this is the reason why people, who are deeply hypnotized and actively involved in a past life experience, are able to answer the therapist’s questions, speak their current life language and roughly know the date of the experience. One’s present day mind is aware, watching and commenting, while remaining in a calm, relaxed hypnotic state. ( Thank you to Neal Woods in the U.K. for this video clip )