Have you ever been curious about what it feels like to be hypnotized? And what happens to your mind and body when someone brings you into a deep relaxed state with their voice? Hypnosis is often viewed in a mysterious light, but the reality is that becoming hypnotized requires nothing more than concentrating your focus and entering a relaxed state of mind. As more people are looking for ways to change their life, hypnosis is gaining momentum as one way to access our deepest thoughts and emotions in order do just that. In this post, I’m going explore what it feels like being hypnotized so you can feel comfortable trying out this powerful subconscious reprogramming technique.
Surprise! You've been hypnotized before
Yes, it's true. You've already been hypnotized before, even though you may not have realized it.
Hypnosis is a natural state of inner absorption and concentration to the point where you become completely focused and unaware of your surroundings. It can be compared to daydreaming or being engrossed in a book — during these moments, you're completely absorbed and your mind is free to wander.
We all experience different forms of Trance throughout our daily lives where we lose track of time and feel deeply relaxed — this is essentially what it feels like to be hypnotized. Some every day examples of experiencing trance are when you're driving and arrive at your destination but don't remember stopping at the stop lights or anything else about your drive, when you're so into a movie that the 2 hours goes by and feels like 5 minutes, or when you're falling in love and you forget about everything else around you. We all go through a natural state of hypnosis 30 minutes before bed and 30 minutes when we wake up.
Hypnosis is simply a more controlled and focused version of this natural state of trance.
This means that you already have the ability to be hypnotized, but with the help of an experienced hypnotherapist, you can use hypnosis to direct the inner focus to achieve a specific goal or outcome. With practice and guidance, you can reach even deeper levels of relaxation for longer periods of time in order to access your subconscious mind and start reprogramming it for a better life.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be hypnotized, the answer is simply that it can feel like any other form of relaxation — except this time it's being done in a deliberate, mindful way with clear goals in mind.
What is hypnosis and how does it work?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where a person's focus and awareness become heightened, enabling them to tap into their subconscious mind. It's been used for centuries by many cultures in the form of healing rituals and spiritual practices.
Essentially, hypnosis works by guiding you into a deep relaxed state using verbal cues and suggestions. This relaxed state is known as a trance, which is the key to accessing the subconscious mind. As the hypnotherapist, my goal is to help you feel deeply relaxed and open up your mind to new ideas and possibilities.
When in this altered state of consciousness, hypnotherapy can help you gain insight into your thoughts and feelings, and find solutions to issues that may be holding you back in life. It can also be used to break habits, reduce stress, and increase confidence. In addition, it can help you access your creative potential and gain access to information or memories stored deep in the subconscious mind.
Ultimately, hypnosis is a way for people to explore the depths of their mind and access the inner workings of their subconscious to create lasting positive change. With practice, you can learn how to achieve a deep state of relaxation on your own and use hypnosis as a powerful tool for self-improvement.
Is hypnosis dangerous or addictive?
No, hypnosis is not dangerous or addictive. In fact, a well-established therapeutic tool that's been used for thousands of years! It is considered a very safe and non-invasive treatment.
While under hypnosis, you remain in control of your body and mind and can choose to accept or reject any suggestions given by me. It is not mind control which means that hypnosis cannot be used to make you do something you would not normally do as your moral compass and personal values remain in place while hypnotized.
It is not mind control. And it is not a truth serum.
So no, you won't be forced to reveal anything you don't want to or cluck like a chicken.
Are there any risks associated with hypnosis?
There are no risks associated with hypnosis itself. It is a safe and natural state.
The only thing to be cautious of is making sure the hypnotherapist you're working with is qualified and has a good reputation. You should make sure any hypnotherapist you work with is certified, insured, and experienced in the type of hypnosis you’re looking for. It’s also important to make sure you’re comfortable with the hypnotherapist and that they respect your boundaries.
As with any type of therapy, remember that some emotional topics may come up while working together. Hypnosis is a venting state which means that stuck emotions will come up to be released from the body. While there are no risks with this, you should make sure that you are ready to address emotional baggage that might be needed to process in order to move you closer to your goals.
With this in mind, it's important to work with a practitioner that has the ability to provide a safe and effective session to process emotions. Hypnotherapists should be properly trained and hold appropriate qualifications in order to ensure best practice and client safety.
How do people feel when they're hypnotized?
The experience of being hypnotized varies from person to person. Generally, people feel relaxed, peaceful and in a state of heightened awareness.
In this relaxed state, they may feel their thoughts slow down or become more focused on one particular idea or sensation. They may also experience altered perceptions such as feeling like time is standing still or seeing colors more vividly.
The experience is often described as being similar to day dreaming or meditation, but with more focus and clarity. Some people report feeling energized while others may feel sleepy afterwards.
Overall, the goal of hypnosis is to help the individual reach a relaxed state in order to access their subconscious mind and open up their inner wisdom for healing and growth. With regular practice, this state of relaxation can become easier to reach as the individual learns how to self-hypnotize.
Some Things That You Might Notice When You’re Hypnotized
- A feeling of relaxation
- Slower thoughts or a more focused thought process
- Altered perceptions such as time standing still or increased vividness in colors
- Visual imagery or creative ideas flowing freely
- Feelings of peace and inner calm
- Rapid Eye Movement (your eyelids feel as though they are fluttering)
- Tingling in certain parts of the body (or all over);
- Feeling heavy and weighed down
- Heightened senses, such as hearing and smell becoming sharper
- Increased creativity and intuition
- A rush of energy or feeling sleepy afterwards
- Greater self-trust and confidence in making decisions
- Improved problem solving skills
Can anyone be hypnotized, or are some people more susceptible than others?
Yes! As mentioned earlier, hypnosis is a natural state. This means that every single person can be hypnotized as long as they are willing to enter into the relaxed state.
Some people may find it easier to get into a hypnotic trance than others. People who are naturally more open to suggestion often find it easier to reach a deep level of relaxation and focus in hypnosis. Those who tend to be more anxious may need to practice more and work on relaxation techniques in order to reach a deeper level. This can be something that is worked on together during sessions, and over time, they will be able to enter the hypnotic state quickly, easier, and effortlessly.
Ultimately, anyone can be hypnotized as long as they are committed and willing to take the necessary steps for success.
What happens during a typical hypnosis session?
A typical hypnosis session will begin with an assessment and discussion of your goals. This is to help me understand what you are looking to achieve and how best to approach it.
Next, you'll be invited to settle into a comfortable reclined position in order to enter into a state of relaxation. Gentle breathing and relaxation exercises may be used to help you reach a deeper level of calm. Once you are in a relaxed state, I will begin to lead you through hypnotic induction techniques, such as visualization and deepening exercises.
During the session, I may utilize specific therapeutic tools and techniques such as cognitive reframing, therapeutic imagery, and parts therapy to help address the your goals. I will also suggest positive affirmations that can be used by you outside of the session in order to continue progressing towards your desired outcome.
At the end of a session, you will be gently brought back up to consciousness. This is an important part of the process as it helps to ensure that you are feeling balanced and grounded. The session may wrap up with a brief review of what was discussed and any new insights or suggestions that were explored during the session.
The length of a typical hypnosis session will vary depending on each person's needs, but usually lasts anywhere between 60 - 90 minutes. It is also common to do multiple sessions over an extended period in order to achieve the desired results.
Check out What You Can Expect in a Hypnotherapy Session for more information on what sessions are like.
Let Me Help You Reach Your Goals
Hypnosis is a natural state that can be utilized to bring about positive and lasting changes in your life. From gaining insight into unresolved issues to rewiring thought patterns and habits, hypnotherapy can help you reach the goals you've set for yourself.
If you're interested in learning more about how hypnosis could benefit you, I invite you to book a free hypnosis consultation. During this call, we can discuss your current situation and what the best course of action for you would be.
Let's work together to make lasting changes in your life through hypnosis. Book your appointment today!