What is Hypnosis?
As long as there has been human beings, there has been hypnosis.
We use this commonly occurring ,and natural state of mind, unknowingly,
all the time. It is just natural for us. For example, if you have ever
watched a television program or movie and become really absorbed into
the program, you were probably in a trance. This trance is what caused
you to not hear your mother calling you to dinner, until she raised
her voice for the third time. (Advertisers understand this. They use
television programs to induce a hypnotic trance and then provide you
hypnotic suggestions, called commercials!)
Another common example of this naturally occurring state of mind is
when you are driving down the road, with your mind focused on some other
task (a day dream perhaps), and next thing you know, you have passed
your next turn. That is called "highway hypnosis".
The U.S. government defines hypnosis as having two parts: (1) the bypass
of the critical factor, and (2) the establishment of acceptable selective
This seems to be a useful and accurate definition of hypnosis.
This "bypass of the critical factor" simply means the release
of limiting beliefs. For example, the use of hypnosis for anesthesia
has been accepted by the American Medical Association since 1958. It
is well established to be a fact that hypnosis is useful for creating
anesthesia. However, if you have the limiting belief that the mind cannot
create a powerful anesthesia, you will be unable to do so. However,
in hypnosis, this limiting belief can be bypassed, and hypnotic anesthesia
can be quickly created. "The establishment of acceptable selective
thinking," the second part of the definition, refers to the process
of guiding someone into hypnosis by using a hypnotic induction. The
establishment of selective thinking creates the mental environment or
state of mind that enables you to reject limiting beliefs (that you
picked up by living in our society), so that you can accept new more
The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making changes in
your life because you can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been
preventing you from moving toward a more healthy, and happy you. Hypnosis
can be the key that unlocks the true potential height of your body.