Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions
I want to take this opportunity to dispel some of the deeply rooted hypnosis myths that seem to curse hypnotists everywhere. Most of these hilarious hypnosis myths are perpetuated by institutions like Hollywood, who have transmogrified the art of hypnosis into an evil craft used by vampires and sorcerers. Horror movies are a hypnosis myth creation machine!
Now, I know you don’t believe Hollywood when they portray hypnotic subjects as zombies, totally unaware of themselves and their surroundings, ready to do whatever they are told and unable to remember a thing. If that were possible, Hitler surely would have won WW2. Ironically, as you’ll discover, hypnosis is the opposite of what people tend to believe it is.
The FAQ below is designed to dispel the hypnosis myths, answer the questions correctly and demystify hypnosis so you can put the art of hypnotism and your mind to use for your lasting benefit immediately. If you have questions not covered in the FAQ, contact me and I will answer your question and probably create a new post! Read on!
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of inward focus and relaxation that helps the subject or person being hypnotized respond to the suggestions of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is a pleasant state of heightened awareness and heightened concentration. It comes from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’, which means sleep, although one has to be aware to respond to the instructions of the hypnotist, so one cannot be asleep during hypnosis. James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860), a pioneer in the field of hypnosis, tried to change the word hypnosis to monoideism because the subject focuses on a single idea. He was unsuccessful and the word hypnosis is still with us today… for better or for worse.
Read more about it in this article: What is Hypnosis Really?
Is hypnosis real?
Hypnosis is real. Hypnosis is a state of mind that anybody can enter into called a trance state, not a condition imposed upon you by an external force. When you go into the state of hypnosis, you can accept and act upon suggestions that were once deemed impossible, such a relieving chronic pain or becoming a smoke-free. These ideas would have been laughable to the conscious mind, but because hypnosis bypasses the critical factor of the conscious mind which is the part of you that makes value judgments, these new ideas can become real.
Read more about it in this article: Is Hypnosis Real?
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Except for insane people and people with physical damage to the brain, everybody can be hypnotized. In fact, you’ve experienced the state of hypnosis or trance before when you daydream or watch television. It feels like your attention is being drawn inwards. This is what happens with a hypnotist, you become entranced by their words. Anybody can do that, just like anybody can resist being hypnotized. It really is a choice to make. The one thing that will prevent you from achieving the full benefits of a hypnosis session is fear. If you have a fear of hypnosis, conscious or unconscious, you will resist going into hypnosis. This doesn’t mean you can’t be hypnotized, it just means that you need a deeper understanding of the hypnotic process so that the fear can be removed.
For any skill, everybody has a starting point. Hypnosis is no different. You will become better as you practice and become more familiar with being hypnotized.
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How does hypnosis work?
The hypnotist or hypnotherapist uses a hypnotic induction to bring the subject into the state of hypnosis. A hypnotic induction can be almost anything, it is just a ritual that tells the subject to go into hypnosis. Hypnotic inductions can be very drawn out or they can last less than 10 seconds. Once hypnosis is induced, the critical factor of the conscious mind bypassed and the subject is focused on what the hypnotist says, then new ideas and suggestions can be given to the subconscious mind in a form that is pleasant and acceptable to it. This process can help change bad habits, relieve stress and much more. You can even learn how to hypnotize yourself and have all these benefits for yourself.
Want to know what hypnosis feels like and receive its benefits from the comfort of your home? Check out the Pimnosis Self-Hypnosis Downloads.
What is the subconscious mind?
The subconscious mind is the level of mind below conscious awareness. It plays a major role in learning, automating behaviors and creating patterns, as well as creativity itself. This is the level of mind where most peoples’ problems are actually rooted, this is also why will power rarely works. It’s like having a leak in the basement, but sending the plumber to the roof, the problem will never be fixed because it is located elsewhere. The subconscious mind can be a very valuable ally when you come to know it, and yourself in the process.
Want to know what to discover the power of the subconscious mind? Read the article series I wrote on the human mind.
Can I hypnotize myself?
Absolutely! And you definitely should. Auto suggestion and self hypnosis are an excellent way to manage your emotions and reinforce changes that you are making. Personally, self-hypnosis is how my journey got started. I used the same types of hypnosis downloads I sell on this website. I started making them for others because they were so effective for me. I am currently working on a mini-course for self-hypnosis and will release it when ready.
Want to purchase some of those famous downloads I mentioned? Visit the Downloads page!
Ready to fly solo and try self hypnosis alone? Follow the step by step instructions in this article called: ‘Self Hypnosis: How to hypnotize yourself’
What is a self hypnosis download?
A self hypnosis download is a hypnosis session that has been recorded to address a specific problem. The recording is in a downloadable mp3 format so that you can put it on your phone and listen to it anytime and as much as you need. I poured my soul into the ones I made, and I won’t lie, a lot of them were made for myself. That’s how I know they work because I’m the number 1 consumer of my own product!
Want to buy some of my famed self hypnosis downloads? Check out the Self Hypnosis Downloads Library. All the instructions are on the product pages.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to solve all sorts of problems, phobias, neuroses etc… The hypnotherapist uses the trance state to communicate directly with the clients’ subconscious mind, often introducing the client to how the mind actually works for the very first time. Through the use of suggestion, visualization, regression, future pacing and many more techniques, you can arrive at some phenomenal changes in your life quicker than you thought possible. Will power alone won’t cut it, but hypnosis and imagination will!
Want to know more about hypnotherapy? Visit the Hypnosis Sessions page.
What problems can hypnosis treat?
You would be hard pressed to find a problem hypnosis can’t help with. The reason for this is because most problems and their solutions start and end in the mind, with the way we think, what we believe or how we feel. If you change these mental factors, a person will change what they do and as a result of both, the solution will be created in reality. If you want inspiration, visit the Downloads page where I continually add mp3 that solve new problems.
A short list includes:
fears and phobias
emotional well being
and much more…
I’ll be writing an article about this subject soon.
How do I book a session?
Finally, an easy one! Simply visit the Hypnosis Sessions page and click the link to book a Free Consultation. You can reserve a 30 minutes to discuss your situation with me via Skype or over the phone. I am deeply committed to the success of my clients, if I can’t help you, I will refer you to someone who does. Details about what I help people with and how the process works are on the page. Just know that I have an office for hypnosis in Montreal and I work over Skype internationally.
How many sessions does it take before I get results?
This is a question to be answered by you. How badly do you want results? Will you do anything to get the change you’re after? Will you follow the instructions to the letter? Are you willing to take action and overcome your fears? If your answers to these questions are positive then you can expect results in the short term, if not it may take longer.
The truth is it depends what you’re after and how motivated you are. If you’re looking to stop smoking, you could see results in one session. If you want to lose weight, this will take longer. That’s why I offer a Free Consultation so I can personalize every program to your needs and your pace. In any case, results to not happen instantly and you will need more than a single session to create lasting change.
How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?
For now, a session costs 50$ over Skype and 60$ in person. I will be raising my prices soon.
What can’t be treated with hypnotherapy?
Physical injuries and medical problems can’t be treated by hypnosis and pain relief should only be applied with a written referral from a doctor. Deeper psychological problems and traumas should be dealt with by qualified professionals.
Hypnosis Myth #1: I will get stuck in hypnosis
This hypnosis myth is very common, and the associated fear is misplaced. Do you ever fear of not waking up from a good night’s sleep? No, you cannot become stuck in hypnosis. In fact, you always have the ability to choose what you want to do. Your freedom cannot be taken away from you, including through hypnosis. This means that you can terminate the trance state at any time, for any reason. I hope that if you do a session with me, in the unfortunate case I would have a heart attack, that you come out of hypnosis and call 9/11!
Hypnosis Myth #2: I won’t remember anything
This hypnosis myth is also common as people sometimes believe they won’t remember anything of the hypnosis session. The opposite is more likely! A hypnotic state is one of heightened awareness, you will actually become more sensitive to the sounds of the world around you, the voice of the hypnotist and the feelings in your body. People mistake hypnosis as being a condition of unconsciousness where something mysterious is being done to them, but hypnosis requires total consent of the subject and collaboration with the hypnotist. In short, unless you have amnesia, you’re likely to remember what happens in hypnosis better than usual.
Hypnosis Myth #3: I will be unconscious
By now you should be able to debunk this hypnosis myth by yourself. You will remain conscious during the session because you need to respond to the suggestions and instructions of the hypnotist. If you are no longer responding to the hypnotist, the session can’t go anywhere.
Hypnosis Myth #4: I will bark like a dog or quack like a duck
This hypnosis myth is true! If you are given the suggestion to bark like a dog or quack like a duck, feel free to follow it. If you accept such a suggestion, it will actually feel real and you will be a very convincing dog or duck! It will provide lots of entertainment! The deeper truth is that what you will do and accept depends largely on the context you’re in. During a stage hypnosis show, if you are selected by the stage hypnotist and are given this suggestion, you’ll probably go along because it’s fun and you’ll look out of place if you don’t follow along. In the closed environment of hypnotherapy, this suggestion won’t be given and if it is, you can end the trance if you don’t want to go along. The choice is yours. The choice is always yours.
Hypnosis Myth #5: Will I reveal my inner most secrets?
This hypnosis myth is a little more tricky. It is impossible to make you reveal anything you don’t want to reveal with hypnosis. However, in hypnotherapy, if we are trying to resolve unconscious needs or explore root causes of problems and neuroses, you’ll need to open up to the hypnotherapist so you can receive the help you came for. I highly recommend you find a qualified hypnotherapist, one who you trust and one with empathy. Client confidentiality applies and you usually have to sign a consent form along with a statement that everything said during the session remains between the client and the hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis Myths #6: Hypnosis is dangerous
This hypnosis myth is completely false. There are no recorded cases of anybody ever being hurt by hypnosis. Hypnosis is completely safe and can be very beneficial, even just for the relaxation. The real danger is accepting ideas that are clearly false without any evidence to back up the claims. Who convinced you that smoking was a good idea? Who told you to overeat? Why do you keep telling you’re going to start that problem later? Good thing there’s hypnosis to help correct these slight errors!
Hypnosis Myth #7: I will lose control over my mind
This is another hypnosis myth that is rooted in fear. Fear that is spread wide and far by Hollywood and other institutions that don’t know how the actually mind works. You cannot be mind controlled. It cannot be done. It is impossible. If it were, our society would be organized like ants, with a queen holding supreme dictatorial powers over everyone with no chance of escape. The people who desire that are clearly out of their minds’ and need help that is beyond me. Luckily, we are human and we have the power of free will, so there is no risk of being mind controlled.
Hypnosis Myth #8: I can be hypnotized against my will
No. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You need to give your consent and willingly go along with the instructions of the hypnotist. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. The profession of hypnotherapist would be a lot easier if this weren’t true because each of us runs into clients who deep down, don’t really want to change.