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FAQ About Hypnosis

By: Charlie Silva
Original Post:Blue Skies Hypnosis Center: FAQ About Hypnosis

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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to help you reduce stress, stop smoking or other unwanted habits, lose weight, improve sports and job performance, relieve test fear or other fears, increase self-confidence, and achieve any other goal you wish to achieve.

I typically describe hypnosis as a wonderful state of relaxation that enables the subconscious mind to be reprogrammed to achieve the results you want to achieve. While this is not the technical definition, people easily relate to the wonderful feeling of relaxation typically associated with the hypnotic trance. Using the technical definition, however, hypnosis is the bypass of the Critical Factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

Hypnosis has been recognized as a complimentary healing modality by the British Medical Association (since 1955), and the American Psychiatric Association (since 1961).

And for Oprah fans, Dr. Oz, one of her physicians, said the following about hypnosis in January, 2011…

“I learned something in medical school that I’ve never talked about until today…hypnosis. I believe hypnosis has profound powers to help you stop sabotaging yourself….It changed my life when I learned about it in medical school….People don’t understand how much they hurt themselves without wanting to, subconsciously.”

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No. Unfortunately, many Hollywood movies and television shows depict hypnosis completely inaccurately; they portray people in hypnotic trance as being asleep and under the control of the hypnotist. For these reasons, when many people hear the word hypnosis, they become fearful and apprehensive. They don’t like the idea of having someone control them.

Nothing could be further from the truth. When you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally many times more alert than in your normal state. You hear and respond to everything and are an active participant in the session. You have complete control over what you will and will not do. You instantly reject any suggestions that are uncomfortable for you. If at any time you want to emerge from hypnosis for any reason, you will instantly open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.

So, how does hypnosis work?

Very simply and effectively. We are all what the programming in our subconscious mind perceives us to be. This part of you is like a computer and must respond to what is allowed to enter it. If this part of the mind views us as fat, then we are fat. If it perceives that we smoke, we smoke and so on with motivation, shyness, poor self-image and other problems.

As previously noted, when you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally many times more alert than in your normal state. You hear and respond to everything and are an active participant in the session. If you like and want the suggestions given, the suggestions are allowed to enter your subconscious mind. Using hypnosis we are able to access this subconscious computer and reprogram ourselves to be what ever we wish to be.

Can hypnosis make me tell secrets?

No. You will not divulge any information that you would not ordinarily divulge. You always have a choice, and your brain does not stop functioning or reasoning. However, you may find that you discover some inner truths about yourself, or your situation, or some self sabotage, that you did not know about consciously. What this means is that your subconscious mind may have some inner programming going on that you do not consciously know about that causes you to keep making the same mistakes, get sick, get angry, have rotten luck, or ignore important clues about your success or failure. When you reprogram your subconscious through the use of hypnosis, you achieve the goals YOU DESIRE TO ACHIEVE.

Can hypnosis make me do something against my will?

No. Again, due to the misconceptions put forth by Hollywood movies and television shows, this is probably the biggest myth of all. Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotized, but the truth is that these people are doing these things because they have a desire to be outrageous. If the stage hypnotist chooses his volunteers carefully, he will have willing participants.

You will never do anything, or accept any suggestion that violates your morals or values.

Does the practice of hypnosis conflict with religion?

No. Hypnosis is a natural state and God-given ability that everyone possesses within themselves. It can be used to help us become better people. If you were to eliminate all the negativity inside you right now, wouldn't you feel more at peace with yourself and others? Hypnosis is neither a belief nor a religion; it is simply a natural state and a wonderful tool that allows us to use our God-given ability to help us achieve our goals.

What if I don't wake up?

Well, you are not asleep and are truly very alert, so there is nothing to “wake up” from. The correct term is emerge from hypnosis, and no one has ever got stuck in hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes, as long as the following two conditions are met:

· You must want to be hypnotized (no one can be hypnotized against their will)
· You must not have any fears or misconceptions about hypnosis and how it works.

As a matter of fact, you can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better and better at it as you practice your self-hypnosis. Most people don't think they were hypnotized after a session. What they do notice is that some things have changed – maybe that day, maybe the next week.

Sometimes the effects are subtle and sometimes profound. When your mind is really ready to make a change, it can happen quickly. The more often you go into hypnosis, the quicker and more effective the reprogramming of your subconscious mind becomes. The suggestions are compounded and become stronger each time.

Can children be hypnotized?

Yes. Children have a driving need to discover. The hunger for new experiences and the openness to new learnings make children very good hypnotic subjects. Their wonderful imaginations make children willing to receive ideas and enjoy responding to ideas. When you watch children playing you can see that they are hypnotized naturally by pretending they are cowboys or pirates or playing with pretend friends.

Children under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission before being hypnotized.

What is a session like?

Your sessions with Charlie Sylva as a Guest Practitioner at the Boone Healing Arts Center or at his full-time practice in Wilkesboro, NC (Blue Skies Hypnosis Center) will be extremely pleasant experiences.

Prior to the beginning of your first session, you will watch a short video that explains in detail what hypnosis is and how it will help you achieve the goals you have set for the sessions. When this part is over you will know more about hypnosis and disregard the many misconceptions so many people have about it.

Charlie will then discuss your goals or issues with you and how you can quickly achieve the desired results.

When you are absolutely comfortable with the idea of hypnosis and feel good about working with Charlie, the actual hypnosis session will begin. You will be guided into a very deep state of physical and mental relaxation. You will feel very relaxed but extremely mentally alert. You’ll be aware of everything going on around you. Suggestions for the change you desire will then be given to your powerful subconscious and you will begin reprogramming yourself. The old negative programming that was keeping you from achieving your goals or which was causing a problem is replaced with positive programming that will allow you to take back control of your life and achieve your goals and eliminate problems.

You will then be emerged from hypnosis with strong suggestions of good health and positive attitude. You will feel better than you have in a long, long time. You and Charlie will briefly discuss the session, making sure your desired change is felt within you.

Charlie will also record a personalized self-hypnosis CD tailored to your specific goal. You will use the recording to reinforce the wonderful, positive suggestions given to you during your first session. Your personalized self-hypnosis CD is included in the cost of your first session...just another way Blue Skies Hypnosis Center helps you achieve your goals!

How many sessions are needed to stop smoking?

Charlie has been very successful at helping many clients become non-smokers in just one session. Each individual is different, so more than one session may be needed to achieve your goal. You must honestly desire to become a non-smoker! When you are sure you are ready, call for an appointment so that you may become a much healthier person and reach your goal of becoming and remaining a non-smoker for the rest of your life!

How about weight control?

Again, each individual is different. As a general rule, depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose, two or three sessions are usually sufficient. However, it’s possible that more than two or three sessions are needed to achieve your goal. A medical referral may be required.

What other areas of my life can hypnosis help?

We know you can achieve all of your goals! Often, people are stuck and don’t realize that negative programming stored in their subconscious mind may be operating to hold them back. Hypnosis may be used to help manage stress, improve confidence, overcome sleep problems, deal with grief, improve memory, create better health habits, and more.

How much does a session cost?

The first session is just $50.00. If you decide you would like to schedule additional sessions, they are just $30.00 each.

Aren't those prices low for this type of service?

Considering so many clients find achieving their goals has a remarkably positive impact on their financial situation, the session prices are indeed very reasonable.

Charlie’s main reason for opening his practice is to help people achieve their goals. Keeping session prices this low helps Charlie achieve his goal of helping as many people as possible.

The fact about hypnosis is this…

It can be the single most important and powerful tool to help you remove negative programming from your subconscious mind and help you take back control of your life and achieve your goals. Hypnosis can gently release blocks and fears, and create new positive programming that will set the wheels in motion to make changes in the way you think, feel and behave.

We can be our own worst enemy when we call ourselves names, or put ourselves down and reinforce fears and limitations. With hypnosis, you can stop the negative programming and replace it with positive programming that returns personal power to you!

"The biggest problem with hypnosis is the cultural baggage it carries," says Melvin Gravitz, Ph.D., director, American Psychological Association. "We should approach hypnosis with an open mind. When used responsibly, it's a very powerful tool."
- American Psychological Association

"Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses."
-Scientific American

“Hypnotherapy uses the power of suggestion and trancelike states to reach into the deepest levels of a person’s mind to bring positive changes to their behavior. It is used to manage numerous medical and psychological problems…”
-ABC News

“Many times, people that struggle with weight are influenced by mood, behavior and lack of self control. Hypnosis can definitely help in these groups of patients that have those particular characteristics.”
- Dr. Manny Alvarez, FoxNews.com