“Is Hypnosis Safe & Effective?”

The answer is YES! Here’s a few examples of times you’ve gone into hypnosis without even realizing it: waking up in the morning (Hypnosis feels great, which is why you may be tempted to press the “Snooze Button” a few times before rousing out of the hypnotic state). Falling asleep is another time you pass into the “Theta brain wave state” that we use in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

Then there are “Waking Hypnosis” examples like so called “highway hypnosis” – which is the phenomenon you may have experienced where you drive for miles and miles while thinking about something or talking to someone – and then realize later that you don’t recall the past 20 miles… You weren’t sleeping, you were on “Autopilot” and your ubconscious mind was at the wheel while your conscious mind was distracted. Then there’s the “TV Trance” – and book hypnosis – where you’re diverting your conscious thought to paying attention to one thing, that you don’t hear the person in the next room who’s calling your name…

Then there’s time dilation (Time flies when you’re having fun)…

And the “Flow state” where you get “In the zone” and can be creative, highly physical, or musical.

Hypnosis is the art and science of getting you into a state called theta, between wakefullness and sleep, where your imagination and creativity can run wild, and where your subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestions.

You can’t stay there long, maybe up to an hour at the upper limit, so the goal is to get you there fast and get as much “work” done as possible.

Why have so many famous people (Like Sir Winston Churchill, Matt Damon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Orlando Bloom and Drew Barrymore used Hypnosis?

Lots of reasons. First of all it feels great because it’s a much deeper form of relaxation than you’re used to experiencing outside of a spa or massage chair.

In the case of Albert Einstein, he used Hypnosis to access the deepest depths of his creativity, and it was in a Self Hypnosis session that he came to his famous “E=mc2″ revelation.

Celebrities like Matt Damon and Charlieze Theron used hypnosis to quit smoking – while actor Kevin Costner used the help of a Hypnotherapist to overcome sea sickness while shooting “Waterworld”.

Sir Winston Churchill used self-hypnosis to replace true sleep so he could stay awake and alert during the peak of WWII.

Whether you’re rich and famous or not, all human brains work about the same way. We generally get over stressed and under rested, and by tapping into the subconscious mind, you can boost your creativity, come up with new ideas, change old habits, and move closer to your own ideal state of human perfection.

It’s FAR easier to make positive changes in yourself and in your life while youre under hypnosis, than it is when you’re stressed out and “Fighting yourself.” Many people experience the negative effects of self sabotage and being your own worst enemy – however with hypnosis you can effectively get out of your own way in an instant.

Every day people successfully use hypnosis and self hypnosis to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome fears and phobias, decrease stress, eliminate warts, manage pain, for natural childbirth without any drugs (or pain!), for relationships, confidence, happiness, concentration, focus, for improved sportsmanship, and about a hundred other reasons.

What makes Hypnosis different from meditation or visualization?

Well it includes elements of both, but it’s quite different and here’s why: With both meditation and visualization, the goal is to quiet and focus the mind, right? Visualization then uses the power of imagination to help you imagine and visualize all kinds of possible things – however Hypnosis has a third task to accomplish.

One of the most powerful aspects of hypnosis is that your subconscious mind recieves suggestions. The subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between reality and fiction, so when you can bypass the conscious mind and what we call the “Critical Factor”.

The critical factor is what helps you tell what’s real, and what’s not – so when you can side-step that, you can rewrite all kinds of habits, behaviors, mind set issues and so on simply by telling that part of your mind that is ready to believe anything that it’s true.

Is it a trick? Yes. But that’s okay right? Because if you “fool” your brain into thinking you need to run every day, or that you don’t like the taste of cigarettes, or that your stomach is smaller than it really is so you feel full after eating less food…

Well, you get the desired result! You can change your habits! Become the person you want to be, if only you could get out of your own way.

It could be said that Hypnosis is the ONLY proven method that lets you get out of your own way in 30 minutes or less.

Are there any risks… like, can you get “Stuck” in Theta, or blackout, or lose control?

Yes, there are risks. With anything there are risks – but as for getting stuck, no – noone ever really has been stuck in Hypnosis. People have fallen asleep while in Hypnosis – and that’s about the worst that can happen.

However, if you’re not careful you can get hurt. Never ever ever listen to a hypnosis tape or consciously try to go into hypnosis while driving or operating any machinery. Don’t do it standing up either. Always find a comfortable place where you can fully relax. So that if you decide to go limp and loose like a ragdoll (or if you fall asleep), you won’t fall on anything or hit your head.

There are other risks to more complex hypnotic processes like regression, but most of those only come up in a clinical environment where the Hypnotherapist is there to help you out and deal with the process. We call bad experiences with Hypnosis “Abreactions” and although we can’t say definitively that it’s impossible to give yourself one, we’ve certainly never heard of a case of abreaction from self-hypnosis.

The reason is simple and logical: you are in control the whole time with self-hypnosis, so you won’t bring yourself down any lines of though or emotion that you aren’t comfortable with and prepared for already.

Abreactions can be useful in the therapeutic sense, but they usually only come about when a hypnotherapist deliberately puts you outside of your comfort zone in order to identify triggers and emotional weaknesses. In the clinical environment, that can feel like a bad dream, but getting through it can be incredibly transformative. We won’t be teaching you anything like that but if your’e interested in trying it out for some perverse reason you can probably find a therapist or hypnotherapist in your area who can help.

There’s also a risk that you’ll accidentally change more than you bargained for. That’s why education is important before you start hypnotizing yourself. For instance, if you wanted to lose weight and didn’t know any better you might tell yourself that “I’m only going to be hungry for one small salad per day”… The danger there is that it might work.. and that’s not a nutritionally sound diet. You could get malnourished and sick – so always follow our directions closely and don’t think that you can start self-hypnotizing yourself to make changes in your life without a little help and information from the experts.

Isn’t hypnosis only for really gullible people, and people of lower intelligence?

Not a chance. This is one of the big myths that we hear all the time. The truth is that hypnosis requires intelligence, critical thinking, imagination, and focus.

People of below average intelligence (IQ below 80) have a hard time understanding all the concepts we need them to understand to get into the right frame of mind, and they have a hard time concentrating and focusing on the directions we give.

Very gullible people don’t tend to be good subjects because they often don’t go deep enough, and believe once they close their eyes that they must be hypnotized already.

Of course, the power of suggestion is great, so sometimes even the less than average intelligence crwd and the gullible folks get the benefit out of self hypnosis simply because the suggestions set in even without having to bypass the critical factor.

What if I just want ONE benefit, like losing weight – is it worth learning self hypnosis or is that a waste of time?

It’s absolutely worth it and here’s why: It’s quick to learn. You can learn the basics in about an hour, and start re-wiring yourself the same day.

Then, you’ll have the skill set of self hypnosis for the rest of your life – and who knows when you’ll need to change a habit, improve a relationship, lose weight, bulk up, exercise more or fix your golf game?

When I do decide to learn self hypnosis, how does the process work? Is it an mp3 or something?

Basically yes. Self hypnosis is interesting because you have a lot of options. We suggest you record your own voice reading a script on either your phone, your computer, or even a cassette recorder. Then, play back the recording and wear a good pair of headphones ina comfortable, safe location.

It takes a few minutes to get used to the sound of your own voice, but once you do that, it’s incredibly powerful.

Realistically, How long does it take to benefit from self hypnosis?

The answer is, it varies. Depending on how receptive you are to the suggestions, and how easily you can relax and “Go deep” – you may find it’s effortless to see immediate changes. Others find that it takes some practice to learn how to fully relax.

Keep in mind – the most important factor is YOU and your own desire to make these changes in the first place. Hypnosis cannot be forced on anyone, much to the chagrin of the Federal Government and military, who have spent millions if not billions trying to weaponize hypnosis to create “Supersoldiers” and assassins.

If you don’t WANT to change, hypnosis won’t help. If you do desire to improve with hypnosis then it’s only a matter of time before those changes become real.

Why don’t doctors, nurses, and therapists use Hypnosis?

They do! In some areas, however, Hypnosis has a bad rap. Many doctors, for instance, use Hypnosis under the guise of “Relaxation techniques” or “Visualization techniques” to help their clients when the hospital or even the country that they work in won’t allow them to legally practice hypnosis. These rule breakers are heroes in our eyes, and they risk their jobs to help their clients, often without requiring surgery or medication at all.

Many nurses also use Hypnosis – and in many hospitals the only requirement is that the nurses be certified Hypnotherapists under the supervision of a doctor.

As for therapists – there are countless therapists who use Hypnosis as a tool alongside Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, “Talk Therapy”, Neurolinguistic Programming, and other therapeutic techniques.

Why is self hypnosis better than seeing a hypnotherapist in person?

The fact is, it’s not. It’s just different.

Self Hypnosis has a long list of advantages – it’s easy to do, it’s quick, and once you learn how to do it, it’s completely free. You can choose what to work on in your self hypnosis sessions, and you can tailor the experience to your exact likes and dislikes.

Yet, it’s not a replacement for one on one hypnosis with a certified professional who can use cutting edge techniques like depth testing, regression, and Ericksonian confusion tactics to produce FAST transformations that really last.

We believe that Hypnotherapists and other certified hypnotists can be the most effective at using hypnosis to effect positive changes in your life – however self hypnosis plays an important part too.

You can think of Hypnosis like a mental exercise – and when you strengthen your mind using hypnosis on your own, you’ll find it even easier to use hypnosis with a professional.

Self Hypnosis may be all you need to reach your goals. Whether your goal is physical, like losing weight, exercising more, enlarging your breast size (no, really, there’s a host of studies that show it’s effective at breast enlargement) or even managing pain… Or a mental goal like boosting your memory, improving focus, stopping procrastination or increasing your confidence.

Spiritual goals are also important to many of our clients – whether you’re striving to deepen your spiritual connection, attain astral projection, or discover your place in the universe…

And, oddly enough, financial goals are also more easily within reach when you tap into the power of Hypnosis to change your spending and saving habits, amplify your ability to spot opportunities, and increase your ability to seize them.

Regardless of your goal, self hypnosis can move you closer to it, in the most relaxing and pleasurable way possible.