Hypnosis is a state of complete comfort and relaxation. It can best be described as “concentrated attention” and characterized by an awake-sleep state. Hypnosis is usually experienced in trance, where a high level of change can be experienced at an unconscious level.
We are often blocked from positive change in our lives by subconscious beliefs we might not be aware of. Sometimes, the only way to change, to get out of pain, is to change those beliefs and become “unblocked.” Hypnosis can do this!
When you go into surgery, the doctor will put you under so he can focus on his work. Hypnosis is similar: during hypnosis, you become so relaxed that your thoughts stop getting in the way, and you are able to enter a state of heightened suggestibility, enhancing your capacity to heal and change.
We’ve all seen TV shows and movies where someone becomes hypnotized and ends up doing something crazy, yet research is beginning to show us the real life benefits to hypnosis. As the American Psychological Association states, “a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.” Respected editorials such as NYMAG, The Washington Post, and Forbes have all printed articles supporting hypnotherapy, sighting recent scientific research advocating hypnosis as a legitimate treatment for a number of psychological and physical challenges.
Albert Einstein regularly used Hypnosis to help him to develop his ideas. He reportedly came up with the theory of relativity during one of his sessions.
Countless celebrities have lauded the benefits of hypnosis including Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ashton Kutcher. While on Jay Leno, Matt Damon spoke about using hypnosis to stop smoking, referring to it as “the greatest decision I ever made in my life.”