You can never be made to do something you don't want to do!!!
There is no need to fear hypnosis as you will always be in control. You will not be able to be hypnotised unless you are willing. Anyone can be hypnotised if they want to. Those who choose to, and willingly allow the hypnosis process to happen, are able to take control and make real change happen. Even when you are in a very deep state of hypnosis (referred to as the somnambulistic state), you will never accept anything that is contrary to your moral or ethical determination. You will never be under the hypnotherapist's control. The hypnotherapist in actuality is merely the facilitator to your own self hypnosis session, and you are fully in control at all times.
The number one deterrent to hypnosis is fear, and fear may be present simply because of a lack of understanding. Everyone experiences hypnosis (trance) every day of their lives. The only difference with a hypnotherapist is that the therapist will guide your session. Hypnosis (or trance) is that moment when your mind is drifting and external stimuli (like the sounds around you) don't seem to register. You are in a sense 'day-dreaming' and your subconscious imagination is doing its thing. This often takes place during that moment between when you are awake and when you nod off to sleep.When you watch a movie or your favourite fictional TV show, you know its not real, but your imaginative subconscious mind has quickly been allowed to take over so that you can be immersed in the show without any aggravating conscious reality checks reminding you that its not real. You are wide awake and aware of everything around you, but you are subconsciously involved in the perceived reality of the show.
From birth, as the days and months and years pass, we learn to figure things out for ourselves. And as we progress through life we embed thoughts, behaviours and habits - some of which are desirable and others which are unwanted and downright detrimental to our health and wellbeing! It's these unwanted mindsets where hypnotherapy can help you make real, desired changes. The negatives are replaced with positives!
Superconscious Mind: This is the spiritual part of us. When we just have a 'gut feeling' or something that makes the hairs rise on the back of your neck….
Subconscious Mind: This is the part of the mind that does all the heavy lifting and essentially makes us who we are. The subconscious mind is generally quite lazy but at the same time very accepting of information and suggestions that the conscious mind and critical factor allow in. This is where Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy goes to work and can help you make rapid and desirable change.
Critical Factor: Part of the conscious mind. It behaves as the 'security guard' between the conscious and the subconscious minds in the sense that it will only allow/accept information that it perceives to be 'real'. The critical factor is there to protect you (and your sanity).
Conscious Mind: Deals with the 'here and now'. It is argumentative and will debate information that is presented to it.
We enter this world with a brain that never stops absorbing information. Our brain is the physical organ that allows our minds to function. And our minds are what make us who we are, or who we choose to be. Our minds operate on very different levels: The conscious level, subconscious / unconscious levels, and the super-conscious or pre-conscious level.
A typical hypnotherapy session will involve: