Looking At The Mind And
Looking At The Mind And Hypnosis. Most hypnotists and
psychiatrists will agree that hypnosis involves the mind and a
state of being in a heightened imaginative - trancelike state
in which extreme suggestibility can take place where the
subject is in a state of being alert while appearing to be
unaware of what they are doing or saying.
They come out of the hypnotic state feeling refreshed. We
can go in and out of hypnotic-like states during the day.
Examples of this are when you are driving somewhere and when
you get to the destination you wonder how the heck you got
there because you do not remember the drive or parts of the
There are people who can become really intent on reading a
book and appear as if in a trance-like state so much so, that
they are totally unaware of their surroundings.
There are other circumstances where droning noises like
those made by machinery can put us into a trancelike state
where we are unaware of other events happening around us, so
absorbed are we in the droning of machinery.
We observe our spouses or our kids as they sit in front of
the TV set totally submerged in a television program and appear
to be in a trance-like state, unaware of what is going on in
the room outside of the TV program. Researchers call these
trance-like states - self-hypnosis.
Psychiatrists can then duplicate the observation of how we
daily put ourselves into this type of state and hypnotists then
purposely put clients into a state of relaxed and focused deep
hypnosis. Many describe these intentional states as being a
"relaxed mental state somewhere between wakefulness and
During hypnosis, the client is aware of the suggestions and
reacts to them as if they were experiencing the suggestion but
do so, subconsciously as if they are playing a childhood game
of make-believe; one foot firmly planted in
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Hypnosis And Meditation
With meditation though a person would achieve a prolonged tranquil state where a person can calm their mind and relax. The person usually practices breathing a certain way and the clearing of any thoughts. Hypnosis is quite a lot like meditation in that a person focuses breathing, relaxes the body and might even reach an even deeper level into their mind.
A suggestion of something scary will make them react in fear
with all the physical signs of one who is really fearful yet
they will understand that they are safe because it is after
all, just a really intense level of pretend. Those who are
under hypnosis can feel a sense of being uninhibited, or being
really relaxed because they are really in tuned to what the
hypnosis is saying and are tuning out all the stresses of their
The same phenomenon happens when you watch a television
program. You become engrossed in what the characters are
experiencing on the screen and all the pressures and cares
of your world melt away. While the client is in this
trance-like state you are open and suggestible to whatever
the hypnotist tell you to do.
If you are hypnotised it does not mean
that you are in a state of sleep. However
in order to help you enter into a deeply
relaxing state, the hypnotist might voice
the suggestion to sleep.
This is why those who practice stage-hypnosis can do so and
make the audience laugh at people doing ridiculous things
on stage that they would not normally do when they are
inhibited by their normal everyday surroundings. They are
doing things with no fear of being embarrassed. The
client/subject will however not be able to do anything
morally or ethnically that they would not otherwise be
willing to do.