TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF THE HYPNOTIC TRANCE
by: Christine Hunter
Mention the word "Hypnosis" to someone and the chances are you will get one of three very different reactions: intense curiosity, nervousness, or disdainful skepticism. But the truth is hypnosis is widely used today not just in medicine but also by top sports performers, business experts, and those in the media to boost their performance and mental focus. Despite this, many members of the public still view hypnosis with fear and suspicion especially when the hypnotist talks about putting the client into a "Hypnotic Trance"
The first point to make is that, despite the origin of its name, hypnosis does not involve sleep. When a person is in a hypnotic trance, the body may be in a very relaxed state, but the mind is alert and highly focused. It is also a very natural state. All of us experience a trancelike state many times in our daily lives. Those of us who drive cars are very familiar with the phenomenon of driving along a well known route and arriving at our destination-and then being aware that we can't remember the journey at all. It is as if we were on autopilot for the journey, and in a sense we were. We were in what we refer to as a kind of trance.
The same can occur when we are engrossed in a movie, reading a book, listening to music, or gazing into the eyes of someone we love. Time seems to stand still and we are oblivious of the outside world, our attention completely focused on what we are doing at that moment. That to can be described as a trance. Many people also consider a trance to be the state achieved in mediation or when we are daydreaming.
The key difference between those described above and the hypnotic trance is that during a hypnotic trance there is another person – the hypnotist – who is guiding us into the state.
During a trance, the aim of the hypnotist is to talk directly to the patient's unconscious mind. The conscious mind can act as a barrier to this communication, and so it is either distracted or encouraged to be still.
Once the hypnotist has ensured that the client is in the desired hypnotic trance the hypnotist then make suggestions to the subject. These suggestions are the triggers that aim to change people's habits, boost their confidence, or help them come to terms with their past. Such suggestions are made not to our conscious mind, but to our unconscious mind, the part of the mind that controls so much of our lives.
Ask many people how they think the hypnotic trance is achieved and they will describe the hypnotist slowly swinging a watch on a chain in front of a patients eyes or the hypnotist stares into a person's eye's to put him or her into the trance. While these were once a common method of inducing trance, hypnotists now often rely just on words and guided imagery.
Once the healing suggestions have been made an the purpose of the trance has been accomplished, the final task of the hypnotist is to bring the subject out of the hypnotic state and back into ordinary consciousness.
A common technique is for the hypnotist to count from one to five giving positive suggestions along the way. As he or she counts up from one to five, the client will feel as if he or she is coming out of trance into waking consciousness. The aim is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Though hypnosis is not the same as sleep. Many people report feeling refreshed and enjoying a general sense of well-being after coming out of a hypnotic trance. Others claim that they sleep better after a session of hypnosis.
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About The Author
Christine Hunter is a Master Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who owns an operates Anew Serenity Hypnosis Center in Portland, Oregon. Christine specializes in helping people who are survivors of sexual abuse. She is a member in good standing with the National Guild and the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association as well as other national and international organizations.
This article was posted on January 11, 2005
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