All Hypnosis Is Self-Hypnosis
If you’re like most people, you’re intrigued by hypnosis because you think there’s a kind of magic involved. And there is. But it’s not the hypnotist who’s the magician: it’s you!
It’s said that certain people are actually afraid to see a hypnotist because they believe someone will exert control over their minds. It’s easy to reassure such people that no mind control takes place. And actually, I rarely meet such people because most everyone wants to do hypnosis because they want to passively receive dramatic change at the hands of the hypnotist. After all, they’ve tried virtually everything to get change to happen, and hypnosis feels to them like a last resort. And what could be better than being the passive recipient of a whole new mind? But if that sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.
Hypnotists know that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. That’s the reason I’m so focused on giving my clients the tools that they need to produce changes in themselves independently. And of course, this kind of change is always a truer achievement, since they don’t have to depend on someone else’s magic.
Here’s how the hypno-therapeutic process works:
1. The client establishes with the therapist what changes he wants to promote in himself. This aspect of hypnotherapy is distinguished from stage hypnosis, in which people appear to obey the intention or will of the hypnotist, for purposes of entertainment (behaving in silly ways, such as acting like an animal or forgetting one’s name). Performing like an automaton or puppet for other people’s amusement is not empowering.
2. The well-trained hypnotherapist will focus heavily on getting to know how the client’s mind really works. What words does she use when she describes what’s bothering her? And what words does she use when she describes how she wants to feel and behave? A sensitivity to language on the part of the therapist is essential. The therapist wants the client‘s mind--with all of its unique characteristics—to play the primary role in the hypnotherapy process. This means that the client is an active participant in producing the language that will actually be used during the trance work portion of the meeting.
3. The therapist doesn’t make the client do anything. Successful therapy requires that the client be open to the change that’s being invited, that he is willing to go along with suggestions. The therapist is a guide rather than a “mind surgeon”, encouraging the client toward the new state of mind that he wants. Or, we can think of the therapist as a coach, who teaches the client how to better play the game of making change.
4. All this is to say that self-hypnosis is key. Not only do clients allow and cause change to take place within themselves, but they can also do this this work largely on their own if they wish. The therapist can simply provide the tools that are needed. What perhaps makes me unique as a hypnotherapist is my strong mission to empower people to do inner change work for themselves--to be their own hypnotist, to learn the self-practice of mind mastery.
I offer scripts, along with guidance and instruction on how best to use them. I also offer guidance and instruction that allow you to make your own audios for the purpose of doing self-hypnosis.
By all means, you can work with an actual hypnotist. Some of my clients have been coming for months, or even years, to work on a number of issues, both because they desire change in multiple areas of their lives and because they enjoy the mental massage that working with a trained hypnotist can provide. That said, it’s also great to learn to independently reprogram your deeper mind.
You and your mind begin to change the moment that you identify and articulate the change you want to make. Of course, some repetition and practice is necessary to create a lasting change; you have to maintain your new life. And even if you do get an instantaneous change, you’ll want to keep that improvement alive in yourself.
You are the ultimate creator of your own existence, and you really can shape your own identity and therefore your destiny.