I am always amazed by the power of the subconscious mind, which can be accessed through hypnosis. I described the basic conversation with my first-time clients in my previous blog.
Typical conversations with my clients usually involve explaining what hypnosis is and what it is not. I also work to dispel any false beliefs that they may have about hypnosis, which stage hypnotists often perpetuate. It is important to remember that I am a therapist, not an entertainer.
Now, hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind characterized by deep relaxation and focused attention. Although often associated with sleep or waking up, hypnosis can be induced in various ways.
As an expert hypnotist, I have my method for inducing hypnosis in clients, but many different techniques can be effective. The important thing is that the client remains aware and in control throughout the process.
For example, I once had a client who came to me to quit smoking. She was in her early sixties, and, during our hypnosis session, I asked if anything else was troubling her.
She told me that her son’s wife didn’t want him to have anything to do with his mother and that she hadn’t seen them in over two years. It was causing her a great deal of pain.
Thankfully, we were able to work through her feelings, and she is now able to see her son and grandson regularly. Her success story is just one example of the power of hypnosis to help people overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Where it all Began
The hypnosis method I use is one that I learned when attending Jack Mason’s workshops in Indianapolis. Jack was an incredibly accomplished hypnotherapist and took clients into hypnosis to have surgery in the hospital with an anesthetist present to confirm that the person was in a satisfactory state for surgery.
Jack Mason has since passed away, but his methods have stayed with me and continue to be hugely successful. Back to the story of my former client, I brought my client into a state of hypnotic sleep, during which she was even more in control.
Her eyes were closed, and I explained that her son was behind a screen in front of her. I told her that he could see and hear her, but couldn’t speak or touch her. I reassured her that she was perfectly safe.
Then I instructed her to pour out all her thoughts and feelings to him under her breath, assuring her that I didn’t need to know what she said. In this state, she could tell everything without embarrassment.
I told the lady that her son would speak to her soon and listen to what he said. After she had finished, I asked what her son’s thoughts were.
She said that the son was in agreement with his wife’s wishes and that they were trying to avoid any conflict. The lady came back the following week for her second hypnosis session.
In the meantime, her son had contacted her. It’s important to remember that thoughts are more powerful than words and can travel great distances without restriction.
This is not even an isolated case. A few weeks ago, a lady from Brazil came to me with a similar situation. She rang me the following day to tell me her son had called her.
I could quote many similar cases, if I wanted to. But the fact is, thoughts are powerful things, and we should never underestimate their ability to influence our reality.