Hypnosis / Trance
Trance is a naturally-occurring state of mind, which happens to us all every day.
When we are daydreaming, walking or driving, while lost in our thoughts, or when we become engrossed in a book, a movie or some activity, we are in a hypnotic trance. Our conscious mind is not actively engaged in thinking, although thoughts are flowing through it.
We are also in a trance state when in the grip of recurrent, reactive emotional and behaviour patterns, which are inappropriate or disproportionate to the situation. These were programmed into our psyche in our past, as coping mechanisms for a particular situation, and are triggered by an, often unconscious, reminder in the present.
The conscious mind is sometimes described as being like the tip of the iceberg and is thought to be responsible for only some 5-10% of the capabilities of the human mind. All our bodily functions and most of our daily tasks are controlled and co-coordinated by the unconscious, which also stores all our memories, learned skills, knowledge, conditioned responses and behaviour patterns.
In hypnosis, we relax, the conscious mind is aware, but not actively engaged in thinking and direct communication with the unconscious mind can be established. In a hypnotic trance, our minds are able to accept suggestions much more readily and we can access memories and insights, which are hidden from the conscious mind.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
~ Einstein ~
Under hypnosis, you are always in control and cannot be made to do anything you would not want to do. (Stage hypnotists have a careful selection procedure to choose subjects who are willing volunteers and are simply more relaxed and less inhibited when in a trance).
A hypnotist is merely a guide who leads you into this pleasant, relaxed state, in which you have greater access to the insight, resources and power of the unconscious mind.
A hypnotherapist takes you through an interview, asking some specialised questions in order to establish your 'problem state' - the issues you want to deal with and your 'solution state' - your goals and how you will know when you have achieved them.
The hypnotherapist will then decide which technique is likely to be most helpful for your situation. This may include being guided into a relaxed trance state, in which you will be given instructions and asked to respond to questions. The technique will depend on the nature of the problem and also your experience, beliefs and expectations about hypnosis.
You may be given some simple homework, to help support and reinforce the effect of the session and /or some yoga or meditation techniques, depending on what seems most appropriate for you.