For many people, the word “hypnosis” conjures images of mysterious men with swinging pendulums, holding innocent individuals under their sway.
You would often read or hear of people saying, “Never look into a hypnotist’s eyes!” – as if hypnotists have magic of their own and anyone can fall into their complete control, like robots.
Popular culture hasn’t helped clear the air of such misconceptions and fallacies. There have been countless movies depicting hypnosis as a means to gain an unfair amount of control over a person’s subconscious.
Since you are reading this book, we are going to assume that at some point in time, you have been curious as to what hypnosis really is and how it works.
This book will cover these topics – and more. The main goal of this book is to allow anyone to use self-hypnosis to improve parts of their lives that may have been neglected for some time. Hypnosis is not a magical tool – nor is it a weapon to wield against people.
From our perspective, self-hypnosis is primarily a tool for self-improvement and health enhancement.
Thanks to modern medical science, hypnosis has been acknowledged as a valid alternative health practice for more than fifty years now.
What practitioners knew about the subject back in the day are still applicable today, but we are much more fortunate now because we have been able to refine the existing hypnosis techniques so anyone can apply it specifically to improve one’s self.
Let us clarify the nature of hypnosis, so you can better understand why it is one of the most natural occurrences in the world.
Hypnosis is actually a heightened state of concentration where a person is able to give almost one hundred percent attention to a particular stream of thoughts.
This heightened state of concentration happens when we watch television (which is why the media is so powerful), or when parents teach impressionable children life lessons.
As a person ages and matures mentally, the process of hypnosis becomes more and more complicated because the person already has many normative values that are supported by both the subconscious thought processes and the conscious, or waking, thought processes.
That’s why hypnosis was born as an independent discipline – because in order to be utilized properly, there should be a well thought-out process. The end result of any hypnotic effort is self-hypnosis.
Anyone can be hypnotized. But the effectiveness of a hypnosis technique varies from person to person, depending on the person’s desire to accept the hypnosis process.
If a person consciously resists hypnosis, then the effectiveness of the method is reduced drastically. That’s why the belief that hypnotist’s eyes can control people is completely wrong. It has no scientific bearing and has no rational basis at all.