Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years, even though the term hypnotism is a pretty new invention that a Scotsman named James Braid came up with. It can be used for all kinds of things, and that is why any attempt to list all the benefits of hypnosis will be futile.
The reason why I’m saying this is not to create the false perception that hypnosis is the solution to everything, because it definitely is not. Hypnosis cannot solve every problem. This limitation is not so much limitation of hypnosis in itself, but the limitation of the skills of a hypnotist.
Hypnosis is being used to help people lose weight, stop smoking and other negative habits and addictions, to treat anxiety and phobias, to help people get over the loss of loved ones, to help people better cope with traumatic experiences, to reduce and alleviate pain, to create more confidence in themselves, to enhance athletic performance in sports hypnosis, to treat and cure depression, to reduce stress and resolve fears, and the list goes on and on.
There are basically two kinds of hypnosis, and both of them can work if done right. The first kind is what you’re probably thinking of when you hear the word hypnosis. It’s a general hypnosis, where there are at least two people, one a hypnotist, and to the hypnotic subject, that is the person that is being hypnotized.
The other kind of hypnosis is self hypnosis, where a person uses hypnosis to hypnotized him or herself.
One of the benefits of hypnosis is that it is a completely natural method. You don’t have to take any kind of chemical drug. In fact, you do not even have to take any kind of natural herb. Because let’s face it, even natural herbs can be dangerous if used the wrong way. In traditional Chinese medicine they classify different kinds of treatments, and the “weakest” kind of treatment is giving people acupuncture or medicine. The stronger kinds of treatments are where people change their diets, exercise and meditate. So you can set hypnosis kind of in relationship to that. Hypnosis is the change that comes from within. And it is a change that comes from within that utilizes the most powerful part of your being: your subconsciousness.
Think about it this way: if you pop in a pill so you can sleep better, than you take in something that has been produced in the process that took some kind of natural material and synthesized. If you take a natural remedy, you take something that exists in nature and is known to have certain properties and use that to somehow alter your body’s chemistry. But if you use your mind to cause the same change that will be beneficial to you, then you who are really on your own, and if you do things on your own, that makes you stronger. If you walk on your own two feet, that makes you stronger than if you get from one place to another using a wheelchair. When it comes to muscles, we know that there is a use-it-or-lose-it-rule. But what about the beneficial power for our subconscious mind? Do you think the use-it-or-lose-it-rule applies to that too? Well, if you think it does, then you’re right.
The most lasting positive changes can be achieved with the help of hypnosis, which is really just a way of communicating with your subconsciousness. The subconscious part of yourself is much more powerful than the conscious thought. Really, the subconscious part that’s running things.
The reason why many people are a little bit uneasy with subconsciousness is that their consciousness, their personality isn’t in control of things. And, they don’t trust that the subconsciousness can make smart enough decisions. But if you think about it, you’re subconsciousness is keeping you alive every single moment. It’s making your heart beat. It’s making you breathe in and out just the right amount of oxygen. It’s releasing the right kind of chemicals in your brain to keep you alive. Sending the right kind of electric signals throughout your nerves. It’s making you hit the brakes when something all of a sudden pops up in front of your car, when you act on reflex because conscious thinking would be too slow. Your subconsciousness protects you and keeps you alive all the time. Don’t you think deserves a little more credit than many people give it? Don’t you think deserves our trust?
Source by Bob Walsh