by Wilhelmina McKittrick
Often when we hear the word hypnosis, we think about the funny, often embarrassing events that happen to people with a stage hypnotist in front of an audience.
What many do not know is that hypnosis is far more powerful than just as comic relief. Hypnosis is used in personal and group sessions, in the form of hypnotherapy, and is a very effective way to help with depression, stress, anxiety, weight management, performance improvement, removing habits/addictions and much more. In addition, many athletes have used hypnosis to improve their focus. In an interview with Golf Digest in 2002, Tiger Woods stated, “Hypnosis is inherent in what I do now.” Unlike Woods’ public acknowledgement, many athletes keep hypnosis quiet and part of their secret sauce.
How Hypnosis Works
From our early lives, we adapt to habits and truths we experience. Those experiences shape our thoughts and our reactions to situations, which often causes inner turmoil on various levels. When we outgrow these thought patterns, it is often hard to move past old habits and ways. Even though we have embraced new ways and truths, our conscious mind is still preventing the newly found truth from being fully established and has created a barrier to the door to our subconscious mind. This barrier is also known as the critical faculty. With hypnosis, the critical faculty barrier is bypassed, reaching directly to the subconscious mind. New goals and positive healthy habits can be developed.
Hypnosis is a state of awareness, comparable to a meditative state of mind, where the conscious self is relaxed. During a session, the subconscious self is addressed. The hypnotherapist brings a person into a state of hypnosis, where he or she becomes highly responsive to suggestions that are in line with the person’s goals and principles. After establishing the hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist guides the subject through a journey that fits individual goals. What the hypnotherapist shares will not always be fully remembered or perceived by the client. This depends on what technique is used, as well as how perceptive and willing the client is to go to a deep level of hypnosis. Regardless, the subconscious perceives the needed information, and the work will be completed.
Hypnosis can open doors to self-awareness, broaden horizons and help one explore a deeper self.
Wilhelmina McKittrick, a Dutch native, is a certified hypnotist and co-founder of New Life Hypnosis. She is certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a certified transformational hypnotist through the Eastburn Institute of Hypnosis. For more information, visit NewLifeHypnosis.com.