What is Hypnotherapy?
The most powerful way to heal and change
Hypnotism: A mysterious gentleman puts you in a trance by dangling a watch on a chain and the watch is swaying back and forth as you are getting sleepy, very sleepy then soon after he makes you bark like a dog, right? Not exactly. That might describe the stereotypical shtick of a stage hypnotist, but the healing discipline of hypnotherapy is better described as a state of focused relaxation in which a person is more responsive to suggestion.
In a real hypnosis session, you would be more likely to focus on a spot on the wall, or an object in the room, than a pendulum. And the hypnotist would use different words. You would be deeply relaxed. Then, the power of suggestion would take over.
Articles written about the effectiveness and versatility of hypnosis have appeared in such mainstream publications as Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. These news journals are reporting the successful use of hypnosis with everything from treating chronic pain, assisting cancer patients, and eliminating skin conditions, to removing phobias, negative habits, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Please take a moment to consider these recovery rate statistics revealed by Dr. Alfred A. Barrios’ survey of psychotherapy literature:
- Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery rate after 600 sessions
- Behavioral Therapy: 72% recovery rate after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery rate after 6 sessions
Hypnosis has been a powerful tool for change for centuries. It has been used to heal the sick, the afflicted, the unstable and the dis-eased. Today it used for so much more. It is helpful in pulling people out of limitation and into possibility, into strength, joy and fulfillment. Hypnosis is also a powerful manifestation tool. Hypnosis can help manifest dreams and desires.
Manifestation is one of those buzz words that is thrown around without much thought as to what it actually means. Manifestation is the process of making something manifest. The word manifest means to exhibit or to show. Manifestation is the evidence of having done something. Therefore, it is the result of action. So, if you want something in your life, action is needed to precede manifestation. Manifestation is merely the evidence that you have achieved your goal.
So, how does Hypnosis manifest your dreams and desires? Hypnosis allows us to access the unconscious mind, where all of our experiences are stored. Since all of our behaviors, thoughts and beliefs are guided by our unconscious mind, that is where we need to go in order to influence change. Using hypnosis to make contact with the unconscious mind allows us to access deeply held beliefs about the world that may limit our achievement of our dreams. These beliefs, even though we may not be aware of them in our consciousness, still influence our ability to realize our potential. Once we are able to find these limiting beliefs within the unconscious mind, we are then able to remove them and replace them with more positive and beneficial beliefs. These new beliefs help us to manifest our dreams and desires.
It is in this way that hypnosis is the action and manifestation is the result. When we take action to achieve our dreams and desires, accomplishment is made manifest. This is because the beliefs in our unconscious minds color the way we see the world. Whatever we look for in our world is what we manifest. If we look through eyes filled with limitation, we see limitation around us. If we look through eyes of possibility, we see possibility. Which would you prefer? Manifest it- it’s your choice.
The Various Forms of Hypnotherapy
Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy® is the most powerful and versatile form of hypnotherapy, as it combines the best of the following recognized forms of hypnotherapy in dynamic ways. A course in Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy™ teaches you the language of the unconscious mind. This allows you to take advantage of the power of hypnosis in a variety of mental states – from normal conversation to the deepest level of trance – making it an effective tool for personal total life enrichment, and for anyone in health-care, counseling, coaching or business.
Alchemical Hypnotherapy: Alchemical Hypnotherapy combines the use of insight, emotional release and emotional clearing to help find and transform any imagery which may be causing discomfort or difficulty. The science of alchemy is known to transform lead to gold or worthless to precious thus contributing to the name of this form of hypnotherapy.
Clinical Hypnosis: Clinical Hypnosis is a medically recognized process designed to produce states that are more responsive to suggestions and treatments. It is in this trance state that the creative parts of the mind begin to utilize the suggestions given to stimulate the desired learning and positive change.
Ericksonian Hypnosis: Ericksonian Hypnosis is based on the miraculous work of Dr. Milton Erickson generally acknowledged to be the world’s leading practitioner of medical hypnosis. For many years he had been developing effective and practical methods of treatment which may or may not involve the formal induction of trance. His writings on hypnosis are the authoritative word on techniques of inducing trance, experimental work exploring the possibilities and limits of the hypnotic experience, and investigations of the nature of the relationship between hypnotist and subject. Those who think of him largely as a hypnotherapist might be surprised that he had listed himself in the telephone directory as psychiatrist and family counselor.
Mesmerism: Mesmerism, named after the father of hypnosis Franz Anton Mesmer, uses the universal life force energy to create deep states of trance and to heal physical and emotional disturbances in the body. Dr. Mesmer believed that good health was a result of the harmonious ebb and flow movement of a magnetic fluid within the body, and that disease was the result of a blockage of this fluid. He believed that since the heavenly bodies of the universe affected areas of the earth (like the moon affects tidal movements of the ocean) this universal influence must also affect the animals upon the earth. This fluid he called ‘Gravitas’ or animal magnetism.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a revolutionary approach to human inter & intra communication and human potential development. It is based on the startling discovery that by changing how you think, you can reconstruct what you think, and that influences your feelings, behavior and eventual results that you get. NLP literally “reprograms” your mind and thus your life – for improved learning, better relationships and higher achievement.
Reiki: Reiki is the Japanese phrase for “Universal life energy” or, in Takata Sensei’s words, “God-power.” The word “Reiki” is sometimes used to refer to the Usui System of Reiki Healing. The word “Reiki” is often used interchangeably for the energy and in speaking of the System without distinction. This causes confusion for students and public alike. Hypnosis and Reiki have similar roots. Around the time Dr. Mikao Usui re-discovered Reiki from 2500 year old Tibetan Sanskrit Sutras, Dr. Franz Mesmer (the father of hypnosis) was successfully using similar energetic healing methods. These methods are referred to as Mesmerism or Magnetism. Even though most Mesmerists enjoyed greater successes than hypnotists, scientists denied the energy aspects, and eventually the terms Mesmerism and hypnotism became synonymous. Reiki is an excellent means of reviving this healing art.
Time Line Coaching™: Time line Coaching™ is a highly regenerative process that allows us to gain control over our lives quickly and painlessly. Limiting decisions like “I am not good enough” or “I’ll never make it” creates false limitations that hinder our ability to obtain reachable goals. A branch of NLP, Time Line Coaching™ techniques enable us to clear all these unresourceful emotions quickly and effectively. As the name implies, Time Line Coaching™ works with the process our minds use to maintain the concept of time. NLP refers to this process as our neurological time line. Recognizing and knowing how to work effectively with our timelines allows us to clear up current perceived limitations that originated in our past and manifest our desired present and literally create our futures.
Transpersonal Hypnosis: Transpersonal Hypnosis is used as a tool to access the subconscious mind and the higher self. It can help uncover unresolved issues and release restrictive emotions and memories so you can regain balance and control of your life.