Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is normal for us to drift in (not under!) and out of hypnosis everyday – except we call it, daydreaming, concentrating, focusing etc. There are many misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. It is simply a focused state of awareness:
‘Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, sometimes mistakenly thought of as sleep, unconscious or losing control. In truth it is an altered state where the conscious mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind can be accessed. Sometimes called focused awareness. The subconscious mind is far more powerful that the conscious mind. It ‘tape records’ all experience. It is a way to emotions, past events suppressed, repressed or forgotten by the conscious mind. The subconscious can access facts, information, causes of feelings, behaviours and attitudes; these can be strengthened and changed according to the clients needs.’ (U.K. Guild of Hypnotist Examiners – Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy).
As with other therapies, the underlying belief is that you have the answers within yourself to make your own changes (here your focus of awareness is with the actual change and the new behaviour). It depends on the skill and flexibility of the therapist/counsellor and how they help facilitate your process. As hypnotherapy is a quicker way to reach blockages or fears; negative learning’s from past failures or bad experiences; inadequacies and self-doubt; it is a quicker way to your healing process.