In this article I will be discussing hypnosis; what it is, how it works and how it can serve you. Hypnosis can be a touchy subject. I, for one, didn’t use to believe in hypnosis until not too long ago. I believed it was a con practiced by charlatans to fleece gullible people of their hard-earned money.
I no longer believe that. I have learned through first-hand experience that hypnosis is a very real phenomenon. And we can each practice our own personal hypnosis for wealth and abundance.
Hypnosis – What Is It?
As defined by the Mayo Clinic, hypnosis is a trance-like state in which you have enhanced focus, concentration and creativity. It is usually performed by a hypnotist who uses verbal repetition and mental images. When a person is hypnotized they become calm, relaxed and are more open to suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a form of hypnosis practiced by licensed physicians and is used to treat depression, anxiety, sleep and eating disorders and other conditions. It is a legitimate field of medicine with a rich documented history. And it’s growing every day.
My first encounter with hypnosis took place when I was in college in upstate New York. During the first few weeks of my freshman semester a stage hypnotist put on a show in one of the university’s auditoriums. I went to the show, not knowing what to expect.
At the beginning of the show the hypnotist addressed the crowd, asking for ten volunteers. He informed the volunteers that they would be put under hypnosis and that they would have to be alright with making fools of themselves for the duration of the show. He also informed them that if he detected that they were not suggestible enough to be put under hypnosis he would let them know so they could move offstage. He got his volunteers and he asked them to sit in a row of chairs along the length of the stage.
Before starting, the hypnotist informed the audience that some of them could also become hypnotized, if they were suggestible enough.
He started. He first asked the volunteers to relax, using his voice to guide them into a state of deep relaxation. To do this, he deepened his voice and lengthened his speech as he counted down from ten to zero. He instructed that, when he reached the number zero people would reach their deepest level of relaxation and all the tension would leave their bodies.
Right after he said “zero” he blew air out of his mouth in an imitation of a gust of wind. I saw that the moment he did this several of the volunteers actually did appear to go limp as all the tension left their muscles. This was the moment he asked a few of the volunteers to step off the platform, as they hadn’t been put under.
Then, the hypnotist conditioned the volunteers. He told a young lady that he (the hypnotist) was wearing clothes which only covered the front of his body. He told another that when he said the word “sun” he would believe he was in the middle of a hot dessert. And he told another that whenever he said the word “golly” he would find it to be the funniest thing in the universe.
After delivering his suggestions, the hypnotist snapped his fingers and all the volunteers awoke.
Then the fun started.
Whenever the hypnotist turned to face the audience, the young lady he had hypnotized to believe his backside was uncovered would squirm in discomfort. She would raise her hand and shout “Excuse me, sir!” and would cover her eyes and turn her face away in disgust.
When he said the word “sun” the hypnotized volunteer began to sweat and even to strip on stage, before the hypnotist stopped him.
He said the word “golly” and the volunteer would let out bellows of laughter; the hypnotist then said the word many times in rapid succession and the volunteer nearly fell over from laughing so hard.
One of the audience members had also been put under, she also saw his naked backside whenever he turned around. She would stand up and call to him whenever he turned his back on the crowd.
And I sat there, laughing because it was genuinely funny. But I didn’t know whether to believe the volunteers were actually hypnotized or whether they were talented actors putting on a show. But it did leave me thinking about the power our beliefs have over our actions.
What I just described is known as “stage hypnotism.” It is meant to be a form of entertainment. But, as I wrote above, hypnotherapy can be and is used to treat several conditions of the mind.
And poverty, or the feeling of scarcity, is, inherently, a condition of the mind.
Hypnosis – How Does It Work?
The mechanism by which hypnosis works is up in the air. Some theories suggest that hypnosis is a trance wherein we inhabit a state of consciousness wherein we are more open to suggestions. Other theories state that hypnosis is equivalent to the placebo effect and yet others maintain that its nothing but role-playing.
Based on what I’ve read, I believe that it’s the first type of theories which are on the money. Hypnosis is an altered state of enhanced suggestibility. I believe this because of the science of brainwaves.
Brainwaves underpin every functional aspect of the brain. Our neurons fire in characteristic frequencies based on our state of mind, which (for an untrained mind) mostly depends on the input of our senses. There are five different types of brainwaves: alpha, beta, delta, theta and gamma. Each type of wave corresponds to a different state of being which is beyond the scope of this article. For hypnosis, it’s just necessary to know that theta brainwaves have frequencies between 4 to 8 hertz and are associated with states of deep relaxation, enhanced creativity and… you guessed it, enhanced suggestibility.
This is why the hypnotist first guided the volunteers to a deep level of relaxation. He guided the volunteers into a state of theta brainwaves. It’s when we’re deeply relaxed, but not so relaxed that we go to sleep, when we drop our analytical defenses and become open to suggestions.
This is huge.
Because this means that by relaxing deeply while listening to (or giving ourselves) suggestions we can quite literally change our beliefs. Like how the volunteer believed the hypnotist’s backside was uncovered.
And our beliefs determine our actions. All of our actions are aligned with our beliefs. Whether these beliefs are helpful or unhelpful to us doesn’t matter. To us, our beliefs are true, and we always act according to them. Our beliefs form the bedrock of our choices.
How Our Beliefs Determine Our Choices
All of our choices are in alignment with our beliefs. We go to sleep early because we accept as true (believe) that we are going to work the next day and so need to wake up early in the morning to get there on time. We plan vacations months in advance because we believe we will live long enough to enjoy them. We read books because we believe we gain something from it.
Yes, our beliefs birth every choice we make. And most of our beliefs are subconscious. We aren’t even aware of them, yet they shape our lives. Our beliefs are to us as water is to a fish. We can’t tell they are there, but they make up our world.
And make no mistake, even though we can’t perceive our beliefs consciously, they are there and they are fundamental to our choices.
For example. What if you started believing you were going to die tomorrow? How would that belief change the way you live? What other choices would you make? Would you make the same choices you normally make? Or would you make different choices?
If you’re a healthy, young person, then odds are that up until now you’ve lived as though death were far off in the distance. All of your choices have reflected that belief. But the moment you start believing that death is at your door your choices can change radically. This happens regularly to people who receive the news that they have only X amount of time to live. Suddenly confronted with their own mortality, their values change, almost overnight, and they start making choices they never would have made before receiving the news. They forgive people who wronged them, take trips they have always wanted to take and do work they’ve always wanted to do. In some cases the change in choices even leads to the patients healing themselves and living longer, happier lives.
Another example. What if you started believing that the sun wasn’t going to rise tomorrow? That’s not something anyone would ever consider, we subconsciously believe that the sun will always rise. But what if we believed it wasn’t going to rise? How would we prepare? What would we do differently? Because we would certainly do things differently. All of our choices throughout the day take for granted the fact that the sun is shining. Assuming that the sun is going to continue on shining allows us to focus on other things that need our attention. That’s how our subconscious beliefs guide us.
But what if the sun suddenly stopped shining one day? All of our beliefs would need to be reshaped, and thus our choices would change.
So our beliefs determine our choices. What can we do about it?
Turns out we can do a lot.
What Are Some Of Your Beliefs?
I’m going to ask you a few questions which can shed light on some of your unconscious beliefs:
- What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe you are a wonderful person worthy of love, success and abundance? If not, what do you believe?
- What do you believe about work? Do you believe work is meant to be fun? That work is meant to be a means of creative achievement? If not, what do you believe?
- What do you believe about money? Do you believe money is a tool which makes life easier? That money is plentiful and easy to make? If not, what do you believe?
- What do you believe about education? Do you believe education is easy and exciting? That education is a way to better yourself so you can offer greater value to the human community? If not, what do you believe?
These are only a handful of questions which get at the surface of some of our beliefs. Asking questions of ourselves opens our minds and allows us to see with new eyes.
The truth is, if you believe you’re not worthy of love you won’t experience love. If you believe success is not for you then you will not be successful. If you believe work is meant to be boring you will be bored with what you do. If you believe money is scarce and difficult to make you will be poor. If you believe education is hard you will have difficulty learning.
Our beliefs make our choices and our choices determine our futures. It’s as simple as that.
If you are currently experiencing a challenge (or challenges) in your life such as loneliness, poverty or a lack of education, then it’s because of the subconscious beliefs which have led you there through your choices.
I know this because I experienced all of these things. And it was only when I started changing my beliefs when I began changing my choices and hence changing my future. How I (we) picked up those subconscious beliefs is the subject of another article (and what an article it is).
For now, just remember this: We all have the power to change our beliefs. We just need to know how.
How You Can Start Changing Your Beliefs Now!
Your subconscious mind is home to your subconscious beliefs. As humans, we all have the power to communicate with our subconscious mind. But that communication doesn’t happen through spoken or written language. It happens through images and feelings. That’s how you communicate with your subconscious mind.
It is by imagining images of success, abundance, love, health, and anything else you want to experience, and tying those images with the corresponding feelings that you reprogram your subconscious mind. And once you reprogram your subconscious mind for success or wealth, or love, then you start making the subconscious choices which lead you to those experiences. It doesn’t happen immediately, but if you’re patient, persistent and consistent it eventually does.
Again, I know this because I have experienced it all firsthand. I created this website to share my experience with you.
So if you’re interested in learning a technique to reprogram your subconscious mind check out the article “Use the Power of The Subconscious Mind To Make Things Happen – Succeed Effortlessly”.
To your success!