I recently became a qualified hypnotherapist. Bit random I know, I tend to enjoy learning and this was no exception. I’m fortunately very open minded to a lot of things so was surprised that around 30% of the course was spent educating us on how to overcome skeptics and cynics! It hadn’t even occurred to me that hypnosis could be lumped into the same category as Santa Claus and fairies… Something that many people quite simply don’t believe in!
Years ago I was hypnotised by a behavioural therapist to enhance my ability to meditate (I was having trouble quietening my mind which was disturbing my sleep). I got fantastic results and have slept like a champion since. Perhaps the results spoke for themselves but it never occurred to me that some people wouldn’t ‘believe in’ hypnosis as a practice.
I think that stage shows and tv dramas haven’t exactly helped the cause, showing people dancing around like chickens or waving a watch in front of people to send them into a trance. The reality is far less Hollywood and perhaps a little boring in comparison! The way I like to describe my hypnosis experiences is that they are like enhanced meditation, a period of mind clarity where you can create space to reorganise thoughts and perhaps remap thought patterns and change behaviours. Self hypnosis takes some practice but can enhance your ability to meditate, relax and of course set goals to improve your life.
Hypnosis — or hypnotherapy — uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.(hypnotherapy)
So the purpose of my mini blog here is to open your mind to the possibility that Santa, fairies and hypnosis do actually exist :) although I don’t have any information to convince you about Santa or fairies, you can click here for some more great information about the benefits of hypnosis.