What is Hypnosis?
– The Phenomena: Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that occurs for each and
every human being several times per day. It is the level of brain activity that we all experience between waking consciousness and sleep; when we are not quite dreaming but when our rational thought processes are not quite awake and active either.
The Art of the Hypnotherapist involves using words, vocal rhythms, sounds, and visual and tactile cues to deliberately invoke and maintain the natural state of consciousness that is somewhere between being asleep and being awake.
Hypnosis is not magic, nor trickery. Hypnosis, or “Alpha Consciousness”, is a natural state of mind that you already experience daily. Who-Me Healing Hypnotherapy can be applied as a powerful tool for inducing and facilitating natural healing changes within in your own developing consciousness.
– The Purpose: The purpose of Hypnotherapy might be explained as: To safely, actively, and deliberately invoke, maintain, explore, and awaken from “Alpha Consciousness” for the sake of inspiring subconscious areas of the mind toward natural processes of: healing, improvement of capabilities, and other positively authentic transformations in consciousness.
“Subconscious” means: established yet unexamined patterns of mind; including: habits, imagination, bank of memories, learned emotional reactions, natural instincts, and ideas and feelings that are not yet fully conceptualized and/or articulated. This includes “Shadow” aspects of consciousness; parts of ourselves about which we are reluctant, fearful, or otherwise resistant to face, and with which we have yet to fully identify.
“Alpha Consciousness” (or “Hypnosis”) is the natural state of mind in which we have access to our own brain’s internal programming. Who-Me Healing Hypnotherapy can help clients to becoming aware of natural and frequent shifts into “Alpha Consciousness” can facilitate observation, understanding, multisensory or Abreactive experiencing, and active realignment of Archetypal Anchoring patterns; including: thoughts, emotions, and other sensory experiential that can affect the quality of a person’s life.
– The Hypnotized Mind: We frequently experience “Alpha Consciousness,” a state of mind that can be described as “Hypnotized,” when we: watch TV, “zone out” while listening to a lecture, are startled by a sudden noise, or when our focus is totally absorbed in a book, an art project, an enthralling piece of music, in exercise, in prayer, in meditation, or in the act of making love. We often experience Hypnosis when we “daydream”; our attention momentarily drifts away from our immediate concerns and a sea of thoughts and emotions bubbles up from the depths of our minds. In this state of mind, the subconscious becomes malleable, and prone to prompts toward natural healing and developmental changes.
– Levels of Consciousness: Therapists often refer to the “Hypnotized” state of mind as “Alpha Consciousness.” The waking, active, thinking, decision-making state of mind, which we maintain throughout most of our daily life, is known as “Beta Consciousness.” The level of Sleeping consciousness in which dreaming occurs is known as “Theta Consciousness,” “REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep” or “REM Consciousness”. The term “Rapid Eye Movement (REM)” refers to the fast and rhythmic left to right, right to left movements of our eyes when we experience “REM Consciousness.” The term “Delta Consciousness” refers to the level of “Deep Sleep” that we all enter each and every time we slumber. We frequently remember our dreams that occur in “REM Consciousness”, yet we retain no memories of our nightly journeys into “Delta Consciousness”, at least not upon our daily return to “Beta (Waking) Consciousness.”
There are many fascinating studies about Beta, Delta, and REM consciousness. Some researchers divide consciousness into more complex categories, and some use altogether different linguistic models to describe consciousness.
Who-Me Healing Hypnotherapy tends to focus mostly on the natural and rhythmic shifts between the states of “Beta” and “Alpha Consciousness;” and also sometimes between “Theta” and “Alpha Consciousness.”
– Control: When you are Hypnotized, you maintain control of your own mind. Hypnosis is not something that a therapist does to you. Hypnosis is what your brain does naturally when you are ready to make some kind of change. A therapist can help you to maintain your own natural hypnotic trance so that you can bypass and/or untangle any internal psychological, emotional, or intellectual obstacles and get right to the changes and healing for which you are ready.
When you are Hypnotized, it is impossible for anyone to make you do anything that you do not want to do. No matter how deep your trance becomes, you still make all of your own decisions while under Hypnosis. You can only make changes under hypnosis that you have already decided to make. While Hypnotized, the seemingly difficult changes that you choose to make can become smooth and easy. Who-Me Healing Hypnotherapy is designed to go even further, and to actively help you learn to observe and facilitate your own natural healing changes in consciousness.