“Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. It’s a state of hyper-awareness that doesn’t override your common sense, morals, or your gut instincts“
Hypnosis has a provocative relationship with mass consciousness.
Movies portray hypnosis as a mechanism of mind control, misrepresent it as a way to bypass consent. It’s widely been known more for its entertainment value rather than its therapeutic uses. And, to be funny, if one more person asks me if I will make them cluck like a chicken, I may pretend I can.
There are a lot of myths about hypnosis floating around out there. To help set the record straight, I wanted to share the five most common myths that exist about hypnosis.
Myth #1 – When you are “in hypnosis”, you don’t have any control over what happens to you.
Truth – Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. It’s a state of hyper-awareness that doesn’t override your common sense, morals, or your gut instincts.
There have been many studies on this topic. Not one has shown that someone in a hypnotized state will act against their own best interest.
To show how common a state of hypnosis is, you may have quite possibly experienced a hypnotic state without realizing that is what was happening. Daydreaming, meditating, driving, may all be times when you experienced a hypnotic state.
Have you ever zoned out while driving and before you know it, you’re at your destination? You have no conscious recall of the drive that got there. That was a form of hypnosis.
Your conscious mind was daydreaming, but your subconscious mind was in a state of hyper-focus and in complete control. While your conscious mind was elsewhere, your subconscious mind got you where you needed to go.
Myth #2, You can be hypnotized without your consent.
Truth – All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Let me explain what that means. You do the work, and I am simply the guide to help you relax into that hyper-focused state of concentration. You have to be willing to work with me to relax; you have to believe that you are safe. This all requires consent.
No one can hypnotize you without your consent. There is no magic teacup and spoon that when tapped three times, sends you to the sunken place. Hypnosis must be a fully consensual partnership, or else it’s a waste of time. It’s your subconscious; no one has access to it but you. Even I, a hypnotist, don’t have access to any of your thoughts or your deepest, darkest secrets.
Many people ask me if I will make them cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog. Some of that stuff does happen with stage hypnosis. But that’s entertainment, and even then, volunteering to participate in a stage hypnosis show is consent.
Myth #3 – The hypnotist can read your mind and will know all your secrets.
Truth – True story, someone once told me that they had to wait until they were out of the military to use hypnosis to help them gain control over anxiety and excessive thoughts. They feared that their high-level military clearance would be compromised because I could “get into their brain.”
It’s your subconscious mind. Unless you tell me your secrets, I can’t know them. In hypnosis, in a trace, you won’t say or tell me anything that your subconscious truly wants to keep private.
Some of my clients have experienced deeply wounding and traumatic events in their life. Their goal in working with me is to stop responding to subconscious triggers that are preventing them from moving forward in their life. I can help them do that without ever knowing the details of the underlined trauma. I don’t have to know their secrets.
Myth #4 Hypnosis leaves your mind open for dark energies, or demons or the devil to enter it.
Truth – I thought it best to answer this myth with scripture. At one point in my life (really a whole other life ago), I was studying to be an Evangelical Minister. I mention this to say that I do know my way around a bible.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.
If hypnosis is a concentrated state of focus and a hyper-sense of awareness, then how much more watchful can you be?
Myth #5– Hypnosis is a cure-all.
Truth – It’s not. It is a powerful tool for uprooting deeply held subconscious beliefs about yourself and life, but it is not the cure-all many hope it is. It’s not a magic wand or a mind excavation tool that can “take all the bad stuff out”.
Hypnosis is an adjunctive modality that pairs well with other holistic and even traditional mental health tools.
My favorite holistic trio is Family Trauma Mapping, Constellation Healing, and Hypnosis. Family Mapping and Constellation Healing helps with healing the family soul from intergenerational entanglements and trauma. Hypnosis helps my clients work through the personal, subconscious patterns and emotional triggers created out of those intergenerational entanglements.
For many of my clients, I work in partnership with their therapists to help them work through difficult times or when they reach plateaus in their care plan.
It also takes more than one session. Some clients will have one session, expect it to be a one and done magic wand, and it’s just not that.
It’s a process; healing is a process, that when stayed the course, helps you move forward in your life in empowering ways.
So there you have it, five common myths about hypnosis.
I hope you found this helpful and enlightening.
I would love to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in speaking with me about Family Trauma Mapping, Constellation Healing or Hypnosis, feel free to book a no cost 10-minute discovery call with me.