Introduction To Hypnosis
By: Arun Pal
In order to
practice hypnosis for therapeutic reasons you will need three elements:
imagination, concentration, and a real motivation to be hypnotized.
Every time someone works with a group to induce hypnosis we can still say we are
talking about self-hypnosis.
It is every person's individual option if they wish to collaborate with the
operator and experience hypnosis.
Releasing the power of your subconscious mind takes some time and practice, but
it can then be used to improve most aspects of your life. Therapeutic hypnosis
is not available to all people, but most of us can reach light or medium states
through concentration and patience.
Deep levels of hypnosis produce the best therapeutic results, but beginners may
also achieve efficient states of relaxation and inner peace too.
Lighter levels of hypnosis usually enable their operators to experience feelings
of relaxation and calmness. Various perceptions of physical changes may also
occur - tingling sensations in the fingers, blinking eyelids, a sensation of
weight in some parts of the body etc.
The intensity of these experiences is low, but a few weeks of practice can teach
you how to develop these skills even further. Another element that often relates
to initial hypnosis is time distortion.
Most subjects will believe they were hypnotized for a shorter amount of time
than it is in reality. After a few hypnotic experiences a person will start to
get a better perception of the passing time.
The altered state becomes more enhanced as we progress to medium levels of
hypnosis. Physical perceptions gain more importance and the subject may
experience heightened tingling feelings or heaviness in the lower body.
Some subjects experience floating sensations and all these feelings are
perceived as being very real by the one being hypnotized. This stage allows the
hypnotist to suggest stronger visual images in the subject's mind. At this
level, creating illusions becomes more accessible. New thresholds that were
unavailable previously now become apparent.
Conscious awareness may fade out for the patient when the level of hypnosis
Even better mental and physical responses can be achieved through the
somnambulistic levels of hypnosis. Several physiologic responses can be
observed, such as the REM (rapid eye movement) usually associated with dreams
during sleep. At this stage the patients may experience complete conscious
amnesia, being virtually absent from their surrounding reality.
This is also the level where strong hallucinations occur, during the actual
hypnosis process and even after it ends. Hypnosis is seen as the sleep of the
nervous system. There is a decrease of the rate of respiration, not as strong as
the one experienced during sleep. Circulation also slows down, together with the
Brain waves variations in intensity start with beta, the fastest, then slow to
alpha, theta and delta. Beta waves are primary when the mind is under a normal
state of consciousness. Reduced levels of hypnosis decrease the brain wave
activity to alpha and deeper levels may take a subject's brain waves all the way
Various applications of hypnosis include therapeutic pain relief, psychological
treatment and many more.
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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