As a hypnosis practitioner, I hear it all. When I tell people I practice this work (in addition to mediumship and energy healing), people tell me, “Oh, I saw the hypnosis show at RenFest. I don't think I could be hypnotized.” Or, “I'd be afraid to be hypnotized. I like to be in control of myself.” Most ideas people have about hypnosis come from TV, movies, or stage shows, and that's not close to reality. Hypnosis can be extremely beneficial to having understanding of the client's situation, resolving habits, and even self healing.
Myths about hypnosis:
• Hypnosis is falling asleep.
• Hypnosis removes the voluntary control of a person.
• The hypnotist needs a special power.
• A hypnotized person might not wake up.
• The hypnotist can aggravate latent psychopathy.
• It only works on mentally weak people.
• It is something diabolical.
• It can reveal my secrets.
• I could look like a fool.
• I could be abused.
• I will not remember anything out of coming out of a trance.
What is hypnosis, then?
• It is the fastest tool of psychology.
• It is an altered state of consciousness.
• Accesses not consciously accessible content.
• Connects with the most primitive emotional brain (memories).
• Allows client to eliminate pain, remember forgotten events, and to reprogram behaviors.
• It is characterized by increased responsiveness and the suggestion.
• It can be used for treating disorders.