Can You Get in Trouble For Hypnotizing Someone?


In recent years, many states have allowed hypnosis as a form of alternative treatment. Some jurisdictions also allow the use of hypnosis by medical professionals.

But what about non-professionals and the army of guided meditation coaches doing hypnosis under another name?

Well, they are pretty safe as well.

Because in the United States, hypnosis is legal in all 50 states; however, each state has rules governing the practice of hypnosis in medicine, psychology, and dentistry.

But the legal question is only part of the answer.

The other question is whether or not the hypnotic experience is compatible with the person’s life path and spiritual growth being hypnotized.

In other words, should you be meddling in someone else’s head?

To answer that question, we need to look at a few things first:

  1. Hypnosis or Self-hypnosis
    We also need to define if we are doing hypnosis or self-hypnosis. The difference is how many people you are now responsible for.
  2. Ethical Hypnosis
    The possibility of unethical hypnotic experiences is minimal.
  3. Ethics
    There are ethical lines that must not be crossed if hypnosis is used correctly. Some unethical uses of hypnosis can be avoided simply by following a few simple rules of fidelity.
  4. The Lifepath/Spiritual Growth of the Hypnotized Person
    How does a person grow spiritually while in hypnosis? Is it just a means to an end, or is there something deeper? If the hypnotist was not careful, there could be negative spiritual consequences.
  5. The Hypnotist’s Responsibility
    The hypnotist is responsible for protecting the integrity of the hypnosis experience from negative spiritual influences.

Notice how points Two and Three are related to each other, and so are Four and Five. Point number one is a yes (go) or a no (no go) question. 

In short, if you’re doing self-hypnosis, all rules save best practices go out the window. 

In Self hypnosis, you do whatever the heck you want, and we’ll touch on that later. For now, let’s move on to your responsibility when hypnotizing someone else. 

Hypnosis is a Shared Responsibility

I’m going to assume that you’re not a trained hypnotist or Hypnotherapist c.HT. I’m also going to assume that you may enjoy or have even recorded some guided meditations like the kind you find on YouTube.

That’s wonderful, but this information applies to you too.

And it applies doubly so because guided meditation is hypnosis in disguise. And because the world of guided meditations is still the mental Wild West of metaphysical-land.

Personally, I love how creative you can be with guided meditations. Still, that freedom needs to be understood and used in the most helpful way you can.

What’s your responsibility as the guide? 

The hypnotist/guide can only offer suggestions and help the person get into a trance-like state to accomplish what they’re struggling with or want to change.

They are responsible for setting the mood or room or office or wherever you two are. They are also responsible for making sure the person they are working with is safe and feels safe.

Lastly, they must not intrude on another’s path while they have them in a trance.

Hypnotherapists will swear up and down that you can’t make someone do something against their own Ethics or Subconscious. On the surface, that is an actual fact, and I’ve seen how trying to do so will usually backfire on you.

However, if it was impossible to mislead someone with hypnosis, cults would not exist. That’s why I’m asking you to consider that it is possible to steer someone in a way they may not otherwise go, even if it’s done unintentionally.

This is where you, in the role of the hypnotist/guide, must use your judgment to make sure that you are only offering a safe, neutral space for them to experience authentic change.

What is your responsibility as the one being guided?

The client or person being guided must take personal responsibility by accepting the suggestions offered. As long as the hypnotist performs their skills competently, hypnosis becomes a form of guided self-help.

The hypnotist guides, but the client must do the work. The person being guided is responsible for following suggestions and fully cooperating with the hypnotist.

Make sure your hypnosis/guide doesn’t meddle in your Lifepath

You see this almost every day from just about every influencer and expert. Be it television, internet, youtube, or podcast, they are all on the same mission.

To tell you how to think and what you “should be doing.” Unfortunately, that same attitude is in hypnosis and raised to ridiculous levels in the area of spirituality.

Spirituality is the home of guided meditations which is hypnosis by a different name. But unlike clinical hypnosis, the spiritualist can come with a lot of baggage.

Those who are led to take action are doing so with their guides’ influence, limitations, and belief systems.

This leaves them vulnerable to bad advice and bad practices. This is why you, as a guide/hypnotist, are to take on the world view of the person you’re helping.

And as the one being helped, you must make sure someone doesn’t meddle in your path either. Be sure to make the hypnotist/guide you work with aware of your intentions and beliefs.

Never let someone else rewrite who you are, and always remember, it’s YOU who must take the wheel in your personal development.

Can you hypnotize yourself?

You can do hypnosis on yourself as in Self-hypnosis, and I found it to be a very, very effective practice.

Imagine how it would feel if you could take total control of your problems and quickly resolve your issues.

Something unexpected comes up, and within 60 days, you get a real handle on the problem. The solution is in sight if not already here.

That’s the power possible with self-hypnosis.

Because Self-hypnosis is a great way to tune into yourself and take care of your own problems.
While inside your mind, you will create your own reality of sorts, and nothing will bother you.

And within that safe, sacred place, you can change your world.

There are two primary components of Self-hypnosis:

  1. Achieving the trance state by becoming deeply relaxed.
  2. “Self-suggestion” Giving yourself direct suggestions to the subconscious mind that it will happily respond to.

“I can not overstress the importance of this point.” Self-hypnosis works best on issues you WANT to handle. Yes, it works for what you need, but going for what you want has more power, in my experience.

You can even get rid of negative thoughts, which will help you focus on your day-to-day life – which can only make things easier for you.

So why not try self-hypnosis yourself?

To begin, you’re going to need audio recordings and a written script. The most effective method is to use both because you program your mind with the written script.

Then while in a trance, the recording creates sensory experiences (such as background music and calming visuals) that stimulate your subconscious and reinforces what’s on your script.

If all that just made your eyes glaze over, it’s ok. I know a way for you to begin working with self-hypnosis that won’t cost you a thing but some time.

It’s called learned hypnosis in 5 days, and it’s a free complete course from hypnosis downloads.com that teaches you the process of hypnosis/self-hypnosis.

They also offer over 1000 professional-grade hypnosis recordings and scripts, all for under 15 dollars.

This is the only online resource I will vouch for personally because they have helped me so much throughout the years, going back to 2009.

Here is the link to their website: Hypnosis Downloads

And here’s the link to their Free course Learn hypnosis in 5 days.

Teach Self-Hypnosis to as Many People as You Can

Self-hypnosis is an incredible power to have because you can take care of anything for yourself. And that frees you up to live your life without worries or problems.

It’s also a way for the guide, hypnotist, and or hypnotherapist to empower people who come to them for help. Before they learned self-hypnosis, people came to you for help because they want their problem handled.

But once you help them realize the power of self-hypnosis, you can help them help themselves. You become the teacher instead of the problem solver because you’re actually helping them.

Which also is the best way to make friends and have paying clients for life. So while it is perfectly ok to hypnotize someone, it’s far better to show them how to do it themselves.

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