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Journey Into The Mind

Tony Robinson

Although there has always been and will probably always be some level of controversy over hypnosis, the bottom line is that when performed properly, it works. Hypnosis can have a powerful impact on a person's lives in a number of areas from smoking to weight gain to shyness, and everything in between. Hypnosis is somewhat like a journey into the mind, teaching the subconscious mind how to accept and maintain change.

A reputable hypnotist or hypnotherapist can demonstrate the power of the imagination possible. A good professional will show you all the possibilities that hypnosis offers, while providing you with tools that can be performed at home to maintain your newfound freedom. This individual will teach you how to be inspired, how to create wellness, and how to achieve true happiness and joy in life. The truth about hypnosis is that it is nothing more than an altered state of consciousness.

For instance, have you ever been in a meeting at work where someone is talking but your mind is at the lake, waterskiing or on the golf course? If so, then you have experienced the very substance of hypnosis. This focused attention of trancelike state is what hypnosis does, it opens the doors of the subconscious mind, helping it accept change. When provided by a certified hypnotherapist or someone trained and qualified to perform hypnosis, the possibilities are endless.

Even in the medical field, we see a growing number of doctors that are now becoming certified in hypnosis to support medical assistance. As an example, if there were a young boy with asthma, in addition to proper medications, hypnosis could be used to reach the subconscious mind, teaching it to avoid triggers for an asthma attack. This might include reducing the times when the child becomes overly stressed, bringing on an attack. The journey into the mind is a very powerful thing, which is why it is so important to work with someone that is specially trained.

This state of consciousness associated with hypnosis is generally, artificially induced. You would notice that you are far more focused, you respond to suggestion much better, and you are open, less critical of believing that hypnosis works. Remember, while the hypnotherapist or hypnotist can offer positive suggestions to the subconscious mind, you need to be in a place mentally to accept and believe that these suggestions will make a difference in your life. If you are not in that mindset, chances are the hypnosis will not work or not work to its fullest potential.

Although question remains as to how hypnosis really works, we do not that it appears to somehow affect the way in which the brain communicates with the body through nerve impulses, chemicals such as neuropeptides, and hormones. Experts in the field believe that hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation, which in turn helps to quiet the mind. When you are under hypnosis, you would have the ability to concentrate more intensely on something specific, such as a feeling, memory, or sensation. However, when under hypnosis, you are not away of distractions, making you more open than usual to the suggestions being offered. The result is your improved mental and physical health.

The goal of using hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help the individual understand and gain more control over emotions, behavior, and physical well-being. Now, in addition to working with a licensed hypnotherapist or qualified hypnotists, you have yet another option in the form of self-hypnosis. The benefit is that you can conduct a hypnosis session when you want or need but the most important thing to remember is that you have to learn to do it the right way. When using self-hypnosis, you can actually use negative suggestions to the subconscious mind, making the initial problem worse.

To accomplish this and hone your skill, you will need to practice. Keep in mind that practice is an on-going process, not something you do a few times. As you practice with the self-hypnosis, you will become better at reaching the subconscious mind and overcoming your problem. To use self-hypnosis, you need a quiet place without distractions from the kids, the spouse, the dog, the phone, and so on. Then, in completely silence, you can go through the various suggestions, working them time after time until you finally begin to see results. Be patient during this process and realize that self-hypnosis, along with being hypnotized by a professional, could take time!

Tony Robinson is a firm believer in hypnosis. He is also a Webmaster and International Author. Visit for his tips on hypnosis.

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