The process of hypnosis is a natural one, and we all experience it daily.
Have you ever been daydreaming and not even realized the passing of time? Perhaps even dozing off into sleep for a little bit? These are all examples of how hypnotic phenomena or you (brain on hypnosis) can affect your everyday life without you even knowing it.
In the modern world, hypnosis is most commonly used by alternative medical practitioners to treat various forms of negative behavioral patterns, supplementation to medical treatments, and entertainment.
Because hypnosis is a natural part of the human experience that every person alive goes through multiple times throughout their day. So the idea that hypnosis can damage your brain makes about as much sense as saying that walking leads to damaging your feet.
Additionally, many studies have been done over the years showing that people who use hypnotherapy regularly don’t show any signs of memory loss or other cognitive impairments.
In fact, some research has shown that regular practice of Hypnosis, Self-hypnosis like meditation can actually improve your mental health.
Potential side effects of a trance-like state
I’m not saying that there are no side effects because there are. Nor am I implying that aren’t adverse effects that result from hypnosis because that would not be true.
What I’m saying is the hypnotic trance itself is not dangerous.
But what is the danger, if any?
The danger comes from what is done with hypnosis and people’s ignorance of this natural skill. So first, you must learn as much you can about hypnosis therapy and whatever offshoots grab your attention.
There is more than one aspect of hypnotism to learn and consider.
For example, this website is not about clinical hypnotherapy. I’m a certified hypnotherapist, but I have no interest in the clinical side. This website focuses on Mental Wellness and expanding your personal spiritual connecting how you see fit.
So if you’re dealing with cancer right now, this website can help you, but not in the clinical sense.
After you learn about hypnosis, there are still some subtle nuances and potential traps you need to know. nuances and traps
It is impossible to make a person do something against their will during hypnosis.
This is only parietal true.
You can not directly make someone do something that goes against their moral code. However, you can be “Lead” to an inevitable conclusion that may trigger an effect that will result in you going against your morals.
Any process that can create false memories can twist your truth.
The state of hypnosis is an experience of increased awareness and relaxation that is accompanied by concentration and heightened awareness
Again this is half true.
Because you don’t need to be relaxed to be put into a trance. Neither does your awareness need to be heightened. All you need for hypnosis to work is to be able to disassociate from the here and now.
After that, your mind will and venture off into your inner mind, whether guided or not.
That’s the hypnotic process…Period!
Why is this important to know? It’s vital Because hypnotizable people don’t need to be in a deep trance for Hypnotic suggestions to be effective. Just about every commercial you see is a mild form of hypnosis.
Most Sunday mornings, there’s Armies of Ministers Pastors and Priests are using hypnosis in their pulpits.
And every afternoon, there are a few thousand teachers somewhere in the nation putting on Pro level hypnosis sessions every hour. Although they’re teaching history or accounting and such.
Also, the students wouldn’t call it hypnotic, just dull, but still, it’s hypnosis all the same.
Are you seeing what I’m trying to say here? Hypnosis is used in a variety of situations that’s not always obvious at first glance. And unfortunately, there are people out there who will take full advantage of your ignorance.
Hypnosis has no side-effects
This is just not true.
The major side-effect to be concerned with is what’s call the “Halo Effect.” The Halo effect occurs right after a hypnosis session is over, and its subject is not you but the hypnotherapist themselves.
Usually, when you come out of hypnosis, you will experience a joyful feeling. This is most intense when you first start experiencing hypnosis.
As you enjoy those excellent feeling sensations, it’s natural to give credit to the therapist or hypnotist that was your guide through the hypnotherapy session.
The therapist takes on whatever super positive qualities are running through your nervous system at the time, and all this is quite normal.
And with more sessions, those happy feelings, while always there at the end, lessen in potency. But not initially, though, and you must keep your wits about you no matter how happy you feel.
Please understand, I am not saying that there are ninja hypnotists out to get you.
What I’m saying is when you’re dealing with someone whose livelihood is based on you having problems to solve, guess what? You will have some problems whether you think you do or not.
You have to guard your subconscious mind
In The Kybalion Study Guide: The Universe is Mental, Mitch Horowitz makes this distinction between a person’s “I” and their “Me.”
The “I” is the active conscious mind, and the “me” is the subconscious mind and what has happened is people en mass have given over their “I’s” to authorities, experts, and the like.
And it’s in this type of environment that hypnosis is actually dangerous. Because you can fall victim to the power of suggestion.
When I took classes on hypnosis, one of the things we did was took apart political speeches to see if they were actually hypnosis scripts.
And 95% of them were. From Nixon to Obama (Barrack Obama was a bleeping Hypnomaster by the way)
But this is the real danger, being indirectly controlled by some twisted visionary.
So what can you do? First, you can begin to drive your own mind by using meditation or Self-hypnosis to get some emotional space.
Then take the trancework deeper by including some positive affirmations, guided imagery. If you’re up to it, you can even try recording your own hypnosis session.
But remember that even if you advance into doing an audio hypnosis session, keep doing your daily self-hypnosis meditations.
Because you want to make sure that you are both communing with your inner-self as well as rearranging negative thought patterns to more helpful ones. That way, you can enlist the guide of your subconscious mind, which is the best way to navigate on your own.
I’m also a fan of using mind tools
And in this case, the best way to protect your mind, emotions, budget, and personal well-being is by learning hypnosis yourself.
And you can learn it for free here. This is the free but highly valuable learn hypnosis in 5 days course from hypnosis downloads.
Although you can get lost on their site and find even more advanced techniques 1200 plus audio hypnosis tracks that are less expensive than take-out dinner I think you will do so much better and faster knowing self-hypnosis first.
This course will show you how to do hypnosis on yourself as well as a good detailed understanding of what you’re doing and why.
They will get you working out of your mind by the end of the week.
Self-hypnosis is just as valuable as meditation, and what we like about it even more, is the “Self,” or to be more accurate Inner-Self helping self.
Nothing wrong with guides and instructors, but just like all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, all help is self-help.
So the best way to make sure that the influence of hypnosis is never used against you is to master it yourself.