CHAPTER NO:- 13 》PART :- 2 》WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY? HOW HYPNOTIC TRANCE IS INDUCED? WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF HYPNOSIS? PRACTISING HYPNOTHERAPIST AND HUMAN SUSCEPTIBILITY TO HYPNOSIS



1. WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY? HOW HYPNOTIC TRANCE IS INDUCED?


WHAT IS HYPNOSIS ?

Hypnosis (hypnotic trance) is an altered state of consciousness which makes communication with the unconscious mind easier.

▪ You may be surprised to know that we all automatically drift in an out of different degrees of trance, or hypnosis, from time to time.

▪ You know how it is when you get thoroughly lost in a beautiful piece of music, or a good book, or a daydream. Your attention is captured and everyday reality fades into the background as your mind carries you into the world of the imagination.

▪ You are still conscious, but your consciousness is temporarily altered. Believe it or not, that is a form of trance. And in fact we all go through a similar phase just before we go to sleep.

▪ When you are being hypnotised, you are guided by the hypnotist into this same kind of trance state somewhere between being asleep and being awake, and this is called a hypnotic trance. It is a pleasant feeling of calmness and deep relaxation.

▪ Contrary to popular belief, when you are ▪ hypnotised you are not asleep or unconscious. You will normally have your eyes closed, but you can still hear and feel and even speak. Indeed, your concentration and awareness actually become heightened.

▪ Different people can experience hypnosis in slightly different ways. Some people may notice that they feel rather heavy, whilst others may feel light and ‘floaty.’ Often the closed eyelids can flutter a little here and there, or there may be a slight tingling sensation in various parts of the body. However some people experience nothing at all, other than a feeling of deep relaxation. The experience of hypnosis is a very personal thing, but basically, it is just a very calm and pleasant feeling – rather like being in a daydream.

▪ The main requirement to enter hypnotic trance is relaxation, and for most people this is a gradual process.

▪ For some people, entering hypnosis can be rather disappointing because they expect to suddenly ‘go under’ some strange spell and feel extremely weird – but it isn’t like that at all. For most people, there is no sudden feeling of ‘going under’ hypnosis.

▪ Sometimes individuals may doubt that they are actually being hypnotised at all because they do not experience the sudden loss of consciousness they expected.

▪ It is quite important that your expectations of hypnosis are realistic, and you understand that it is a gradual, drifting process. It is important you should understand this because during the induction into hypnosis, if you are mentally interfering all the time by constantly thinking that you are not ‘going under’, this in itself can disrupt the whole process of gradual relaxation.

▪ All you need to do, is to let yourself go, and concentrate on your hypnotherapist voice so that he or she can help you to relax.

▪ When the body and the conscious mind have been sufficiently relaxed, the normal barriers to the subconscious part of the mind also become relaxed, and the subconscious becomes receptive to positive suggestion.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE :-

▪ NOT ALL THE MEMORIES RECOLLECTED DURING HYPNOTHERAPY OR PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY NEED NOT TO BE MEMORIES OF PAST LIFE. MOST OF TIME IT IS JUST BRAIN IMAGINATION, HALLUCINATION, CRYPTOMNESIA, VAGUE RESPONSE, ESP ETC.  ONLY IN SOME CASES IT IS TRUE PAST LIFE MEMORIES.

IN ALL THE CASES OF RECOLLECTED MEMORIES BY PAST LIFE REGRESSION, THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE MEMORIES MUST BE CHECKED THROUGH VERIFICATION OF MEMORY CLAIMS BY CRITICAL ANALYSIS, ALSO THROUGH CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES.

▪ THERE ARE LOTS OF FAKE REGRESSION PARAPSYCHOLOGIST, SO PLEASE ALWAYS PREFER PROFESSIONAL AND WELL TRAINED REGRESSION HYPNOTHERAPIST.


WHAT IS POSITIVE SUGGESTION?

▪ A positive suggestion is a positively worded statement or command, which is given (or suggested) to the subconscious mind

▪ In the relaxed state of hypnosis, the subconscious mind becomes receptive and can accept and store the positive suggestion, and subsequently act upon it. For instance, a smoker can have it suggested to him that he is now a non-smoker, and that suggestion is then left in the subconscious mind, so that the person no longer wishes to smoke. However, for the suggestion to be properly accepted into the subconscious mind, it is important that the smoker really wants to give up the habit.

▪ In brief, positive suggestions can reprogram the mind to bring about beneficial changes.


WHAT IS THE SUBCONSCIOUS (sometimes called the UNCONSCIOUS) MIND?

▪ That is a big question –and this is a very brief answer.

▪ Your mind consists of two parts; the conscious and the subconscious (literally, ‘below consciousness’).

▪ The conscious mind exists at the surface level. This part of the mind is where you do all your everyday conscious thinking.

▪ At a deeper level, we have the subconscious mind, and this part of the mind deals with your unconscious actions – the things you do automatically.

▪ In the subconscious you keep your habits, and also your habitual fears – and from here all your automatic responses are triggered.

▪ The subconscious also stores your memories – and all the things that have had a hand in making you what you are today.


HOW IS A HYPNOTIC TRANCE INDUCED?

▪ There are several ways to induce hypnosis, and different hypnotists will use their own favourite methods.

▪ Some hypnotherapists like to start with some form of fascination. They may ask you to concentrate on a revolving spiral, or some other object. But don’t be disappointed if this technique is not used, as it is just a variation, not a necessity.

▪ Honestly, not many people ask you to gaze into their ‘piercing eyes,’ or stare at a swinging watch these days. That sort of thing has more to do with old fashioned Hollywood movies than modern hypnotherapy.

▪ Most hypnotherapists use relaxation techniques, and you are also likely to be asked to concentrate on certain things. For instance you may be asked to focus your attention on your breathing, or to imagine various things.

▪ During the induction, the therapist is likely to speak to you in a particular way, and at a particular tempo, which is designed to gently slow down the brainwaves. This will help you to gradually drift into the pleasant state of hypnotic trance, in which you will experience feelings of relaxation and well-being.

▪ Words like “relax,” “deeper,” and “sleep” or “sleepy” are often used in the induction. However, these words are not intended to send you to sleep. They are merely calming words which send special messages to the brain to help you to become very relaxed and tranquil.

▪ Hypnosis is not a state of being unconscious, but merely of having your consciousness altered – indeed your mind remains clear and focused, and you are likely to remember most of what was said to you.

▪ Some people are very easy to hypnotise, whilst others take longer. Most people remain in a fairly light state of hypnotic trance, whilst a very small percentage naturally go to much deeper levels. Sometimes people drift in and out of lighter and deeper states. All this is perfectly normal. Deep states of hypnosis are not required for successful therapy.

▪ If you contact a Hypnotherapist listed on this register, please mention that you obtained their details from the Hypnotherapist Register.


COULD I BE HYPNOTISED AGAINST MY WILL?

▪ No, your cooperation is required.


CAN ANYBODY BE HYPNOTISED, OR DO YOU HAVE TO BE WEAK MINDED?

▪ On the contrary, you need a reasonable amount of intelligence in order to be hypnotised. The people who respond best to hypnosis are those who are capable of concentration, imagination and mental dexterity.

▪ Most people can be hypnotised. If somebody cannot understand what is required if them, or if they are resisting for some reason, they will have difficulty entering into hypnosis.


WILL I LOSE CONTROL OF MYSELF AND COULD I BE MADE TO SAY OR DO ANYTHING AGAINST MY WILL OR NATURE?

▪ No. You will know what is going on and you will retain your intelligence and your self-control.

▪ Hypnotherapy requires the client and the therapist to work together in a spirit of cooperation, in order to help you to control your own mind.

▪ For hypnotherapy to be successful, you need to be comfortable with what is going on in the session. If any suggestion was given to you with which you did not agree, you could reject it. If anything was suggested to you that went against your beliefs or moral code you would be shocked out of hypnosis.


IF YOU DON’T LOSE CONTROL, WHAT ABOUT THOSE STAGE SHOWS WHERE PEOPLE DO ALL SORTS OF SILLY THINGS?

▪ Successful stage hypnosis requires willing volunteers. These people obviously have a desire to join in the show and perform, or they wouldn’t volunteer to go on stage in the first place. Hypnosis merely helps them to lift the inhibitions which they may ordinarily have against performing.

▪ Please do not confuse stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The aims are very different.

IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS AND ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

▪ Hypnotherapy is not dangerous. In skilled hands hypnotherapy is a proven therapeutic aid. No drugs should ever be used, and there are no unwanted side effects.


2. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF HYPNOSIS?

Types of Hypnosis:
(A) Commonest method of Hypnosis:

▪ This is the commonest method used at the present. There are different levels of hypnosis. The deeper one goes the less one is aware of the present, until one is completely transported to the past. At this deepest stage, one is totally in the
past and the present is not in his consciousness at all.

▪ The stages as graded by Hans Tendam are memory, recollection, relieving, regression and identification. Memory is like normal memory. Recollection means you see images, hear
noises and voices and smell the food from the past.

▪ In reliving, one in addition will have emotional feelings as well as thoughts. The next deeper stage is that of real regression, in which you are totally in the past, but there is no consciousness of the present. This is the stage when past life regression takes place.

▪ In identification, which is even deeper, the past becomes your present. There is now only one personality, which is totally in the past, and the patient takes the past as the present.

▪ An excellent proof of real regression is the occurrence of xenoglossy, i.e. speaking of a language that is never learnt in this life.


(B) Trance :
▪ A trance without the classic hypnosis is now fairly commonly used.

▪ A deep trance may be required at the first sitting, but a lighter one will do the trick in subsequent sittings. There may be some self-hypnosis involved here.

(C) Imagination and Visualisation
▪ Imagination and Visualisation : Therapists use methods of relaxation together with a mild hypnosis to induce the patient to the level of recall. From here he slowly brings the patient into reliving and then to regression.

▪ A garden scenery is imagined and then the patient will be walking in this garden. It can be any other scene and in one of them an emotional problem may arise. The physical symptom may be associated with this scenario, and when the whole story is told, the symptom may disappear.

▪ This is the technique of the waking dream. The feelings in these cases must be intense to be of value.

(D) Magnetism: The therapist touches the patient with one hand and sweeps down the body with the other. This is called making passes.

▪ The patient goes through deeper and deeper levels. At deep levels past lives may be recalled. This method is seldom used nowadays.

(E) Concentration by Yoga Siddhi

▪ The therapist concentration on the patient by Yoga Siddhi. The therapist goes through deeper and deeper levels of consciousness of the patient. At deep levels patient past lives may be recalled. This is called as Tele –Hypnosis.


3. PRACTISING HYPNOTHERAPIST AND HUMAN SUSCEPTIBILITY TO HYPNOSIS

▪ Practicing Hypnotherapists should be properly trained and qualified by a professional Hypnotherapy association or Hypnotherapy training school.

▪ All professional Hypnotherapy associations should have an ethical code of conduct, and keep lists of their qualified members.

▪ If you wish to check out the credentials of a particular Hypnotherapist you should contact the Hypnotherapy Organization he or she belongs to. Practicing Hypnotherapists should carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.

▪ You check the credentials of any Hypnotherapist you decide to visit with the Professional Association he or she belongs to like Association of Ethical & Professional Hypnotherapists.

▪ Like British Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, American Board of Hypnotherapy, British Association of Therapeutical Hypnotists, Association of Complete Mind Therapists, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Association Of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists, The World Federation of Hypnotherapists, United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists, British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, The Hypnotherapy Association, London College of Clinical Hypnosis, The World Federation of Hypnotherapists, and many more thousands of association of Hypnotherapists are there throughout the World now.

THE CHART OF THE HUMAN SUSCEPTIBILITY TO HYPNOSIS
▪ PERCENTAGE OF HUMAN SUSCEPTIBILITY TO THE HYPNOSIS

▪ EXTRAORDINARY SUSCEPTIBILITY DEEP HYPNOSIS - 2%.
▪ DEEP HYPNOSIS - 15%.
MEDIUM SUSCEPTIBILITY TO HYPNOSIS - 48%
▪ LOWER SUSCEPTIBILITY TO THE HYPNOSIS - 30%
▪ NOT SUSCEPTIBLE AT ALL - 5%

▪ From my own practice, for the hypnotized medium to “relive” an authentic past life experience it is necessary to reach a deep hypnotic state as much as it is important to use for the right technique when invoking it.

▪ The recent trend in some sections of the Indian visual media is the topic of rebirth and associated quackery. In one of the channels the show started with sessions of ‘hypnotism’, taking people back to their past births, and ‘treatment’ for many of their problems of the present birth which are allegedly caused by deeds in the past life!
▪ There is a ‘Dr.’ Trupti Jain, along with a moderator, putting the person who had volunteered into what is called as a ‘hypnotic trance’.

▪ That is followed by question-answer sessions along with re-enactment of events which are supposed to have happened in past births. This is followed by ‘counseling’ and ‘therapy’, with the subject admitting at the end of the session that he or she is feeling better.

▪ There have been many famous cases, like the reincarnate Bridey Murphy, reincarnations of famous doctors like Cayce, Arigo and many others.

▪ They have been sensationalized in the print media even by very conservative publications like the Readers Digest.

▪ Shambhavi and the Dalai Lama: We also have celebrities who supposedly are reborn again and again as famous people, like the Dalai Lama and his coterie who are all supposed to be reincarnations of famous religious leaders and are worshipped as the living Buddha by his gullible devotees.

▪ More recently there is the case of reincarnation in Andhra Pradesh of a little girl called Shambhavi, whose rebirth claims have been certified by no less a person that the most famous reincarnation of them all - the Dalai Lama himself.

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