Love Lesson No. 120
I’m sorry if the entertainment industry has ruined hypnosis for you.
It get how you could be convinced that it’s scary. Or that I’ll cause you to lose consciousness. Or gain control of your mind. Or *gasp* make you cluck like a zombie duck for laughs.
But, I won’t. I promise. Because I respect the trust required for you to let me hypnotize you.
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Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness you drift in and out of throughout the day. When you lose yourself in a good book. React emotionally to a movie you are watching. Drive past your exit on the freeway. Or scroll through Facebook on your smartphone.
A hypnosis session is relaxing. It’s more like a daydream than sleep. You are still in charge of your own thoughts. I’ll never ask you to do anything outside of giving me a signal that you are comfortable with the process and ready to continue.
Hypnosis allows you to visit your natural state of inner awareness. It calms your consciousness (the over-thinking and overwhelming part). Just enough to allow your subconsciousness (the keeping you alive without you even trying part) to make some empowering choices.
At least that’s how I do it.
We might start with an inhale as I guide you to notice the depth of your breath. Not changing it. Just noticing.
Once you have focused your awareness on your breath, I may ask you to physically relax your body… which also relaxes your mind. Then ask you what that feels like to you. Physical relaxation. Mental relaxation. And, now, inner awareness. Hmmm…
All you do is keep listening. Allowing. Deepening. Trusting the process.
I continue to guide your subconscious. Asking it to accept healthier and happier choices. To update old beliefs. To promote positive thoughts. To create empowering outcomes.
So, it does.
Because it supports the best version of your highest, most authentic, true self.
And, so do I.
Eventually, I help you return to normal waking consciousness feeling calm, clear and refreshed. Ready to continue your day.
And, even though I shouldn’t have to say this, I’ve never hypnotized anyone without explaining this to them. No one I have hypnotized has ever regretted it or felt worse after.
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Now, this is the part where go all Iyanla Vanzant and “call a thing a thing.”
I’m not going to call it meditation, to make you more comfortable or more interested. It is similar. But, it’s also more.
I don’t water it down when I bring a session to the end of a yoga class or present to a group or host an event.
Because I’d be selling you short on the truth. I’d be selling myself short on offering you the best of my abilities. To support your growth. To help you succeed. To make the changes required to live your dreams.
If I did, I’d also lose the opportunity to gently guide you to expect more from what I have to offer.
And none of us benefit from that!