We all know how difficult it can be to stop something that we’ve started, even if later we intend to stop doing this thing; habit somehow takes over. Finally, however, we need a change, and this is where hypnosis can help.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool in therapy. It can help people make changes to destructive patterns of behavior. As well as lowering their level of anxiety while making the changes.
Some people worry that hypnotic therapy may wear off on its own as if it were some kind of machine that suddenly stops working, but this is not so.
There is no evidence that hypnosis wears off over time. On the contrary, it’s still effective even decades after the therapy was used.
This is because the mind forgets nothing, making it easy to bring back a pattern once remembered. So even after decades, that same mental pattern can be triggered and used just like day one.
Plus, there are many ways to use hypnotic sessions for long-term success. Hypnotherapy has been shown to reduce stress levels by up to 50%. In addition, you can learn new skills with hypnosis.
People who have had problems sleeping find they sleep better during hypnosis sessions than before. Likewise, if you suffer from depression, then hypnosis can also help you overcome these feelings.
If you want to lose weight, quit smoking, relax more efficiently at work or simply enjoy life more, hypnosis could really benefit you.
And those benefits can last a lifetime.
The staying power of a hypnotic suggestion
A hypnotist will often ask their client to close her eyes and imagine herself sitting comfortably somewhere warm and safe. For example, they might suggest she’s lying down under a big shady tree with an open sky with sunshine and lots of fluffy clouds.
Scenes like these help create a relaxed state of mind which allows suggestions to take effect.
Once your brain enters into a trance state, it becomes easier for you to accept ideas and instructions given by someone else. Because the conscious mind is not engaged to question or bring up doubts.
Also, the person doing the session doesn’t necessarily have to be present. This works just as well with a recording.
A hypnotherapist may also suggest that clients can completely forget about what is being said when they come out of trance. This is done to prevent the person from hassling themselves later on about did it work?
Because research shows that most clients remember everything said to them during a hypnotherapy session. In fact, studies show that hypnotically induced memory loss doesn’t happen at all! The brain remembers every word spoken during hypnosis. Even though the client cannot consciously access any information given during hypnosis.
It seems that our brains don’t distinguish between memories created during hypnosis and real memories. But the ability to create memories in your mind is actually a superpower. Your subconscious uses it with visualization.
The thing about a suggestion and the post-hypnotic suggestion, in particular, is that they are meant to last. This is because the subconscious remembers everything. The information does not wear out even after you become accustomed to it.
If your body normalizes to a situation, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer effective. It just means this is your new normal. And for what you are wanting to do, which is change on a permanent level, the effects of hypnosis can last a lifetime.
This makes the new normal just what you’re looking for.
But what about Hypnotic trance itself?
Can someone put you in a trance and not be able to bring you back out? What happens to a hypnotized person that can’t or won’t come out of trance?
Suppose someone is not familiar with bringing a person out of hypnosis. In that case, it can be embarrassing for the practitioner and perhaps dangerous for the client.
Hypnosis happens when the person has a heightened state of attention placed somewhere else during the hypnotic experience. And while it’s hard to get someone to go against their own values during a hypnosis session, it would be ill-advised to send that hypnotized person to drive home when still in a trance-like state.
You could literally be sending someone(s) off you their death.
Anyone interested in hypnosis must be educated on how to bring a person back from hypnosis just as much as they are educated about putting a person into one.
As long as there is an understanding of both sides of the equation. Hypnosis should never pose a danger to either party involved.
What if I want to get rid of a hypnotic trigger?
Since typical post-hypnotic suggestions, indirect suggestions, post-hypnotic triggers, and the like will last for years, decades, and even longer.
What if you want to uninstall some suggestions? How can you do that?
The answer is you don’t. The only way to remove a suggestion is to replace it with another stronger or more desirable program than the former one.
But what happens if I try to simply stop acting on a hypnosis post-hypnotic suggestion?
Indeed, you can try to refuse to continue acting on an indirect suggestion or a trigger suggestion. But the fact is this will not prevent the original instructions from continuing to do their job in your mind. It’s like trying to stop smoking or drinking alcohol. You can tell yourself you’ll never do it again, but what happens after that?
Your subconscious mind takes over and runs the addiction program. Then before you know it, you went through half a pack of cigarettes and an entire bottle of wine.
Or maybe you were successful at stopping drinking for a while.
But eventually, your subconscious mind took control. It brought you back to the normal you’re accustomed to, and you started to crave alcohol all over again. Once something becomes part of your subconscious programming, it cannot be removed without replacing it with something better.
That said, you may be able to make changes in your life so that you no longer need to act upon those old habits. For example, you might decide to quit smoking by taking up exercise instead.
But this example is still substitution just without the hypnosis part. However, these decisions must be made consciously and deliberately. Otherwise, you risk falling right back into bad habits.
Learning hypnotic techniques yourself is the best option
Self-hypnosis is one of the most valuable tools you can learn to use. Of course, there are obvious reasons, but it also has benefits that might not be so obvious.
Self-hypnosis is a lot like meditation in the sense that you can’t do it wrong. You’re always giving yourself suggestions such as “I’m going to become more relaxed” or “I feel terrific.” This makes self-hypnosis relatively easy to do and very straightforward to learn.
In addition, since you’re doing it yourself, you have complete control over when and where you practice. It’s also easier to see results because you’ll notice any progress immediately.
Finally, learning self-hypnosis allows you to work on improving other areas of your life.
If you’ve been struggling with weight loss, then practicing self-hypnosis could help you lose weight faster. Or perhaps you’d like to improve your memory. Self-hypnosis would allow you to focus on specific aspects of your brain function.
And you can also use this skill to help you get rid of unwanted behaviors by programming better responses. This gives you complete control over your own thoughts and actions.
Suppose you need some help getting started with self-hypnosis. In that case, there are many free resources online from beginner level to experience clinician.
My personal recommendation is free, too but where you learn is nowhere near as important as what you do with hypnotic patterns you are making. Because the suggestion does not wear off, so it’s up to you to edit and manage your minds.
Hypnosis can help you do, but you have to use it and use it often.