In my previous article, I had already given an introduction to hypnotherapy – what it is about and what it’s not. Hypnosis is nothing but a deeply relaxed state. A state wherein all our conscious controls are lowered, we are at ease with what we feel, what we think and are more receptive to incoming information. Thus, it is an ideal state that we would always like to be in because it makes information processing that much simpler. Here, I’m going to be debunking the myths surrounding hypnotherapy!
Debunking the myths surrounding hypnotherapy
Some people would associate the idea of hypnosis with that of guided meditation. Though this is fine because the end result is relaxation, with hypnosis, that is not the only end state. The relaxed state is a means to an end as well. Hypnosis is simply a technique to explore those ‘unknown’ and ‘unidentified’ thoughts, emotions and beliefs that make us behave in ways we find contrary to our set beliefs.
For instance, a sudden burst of anxiety while driving a car without any reason and that too when you have been driving since ages! Feeling low, depressed, irritated for no rhyme or reason. Every time you think about why you’re behaving like this, you only have one answer “I don’t know”. Well, the truth is that you know the answers to all your questions and problems. They are simply buried in that part of your mind which is called the ‘subconscious’.
More about the subconscious
Yes, the subconscious is real. It exists and is not merely a Freudian fantasy!
Tapping the subconscious is not so easy. But at the same time, it’s very easy as well- through hypnosis. For that, we must debunk certain myths associated with this practice. Here are the certain important facts about this technique-
1. There are no pendulums or crystal balls or any such mystical stuff associated with hypnosis.
2. You are completely aware of your surroundings at all times. You are aware of what you or the therapist is saying.
3. If there are certain things that you don’t wish to share with the therapist during the session, you can say so. As long as you are willing to resolve those thoughts and emotions, therapy will work.
4. The therapist doesn’t do anything against your will.Your consent is of utmost importance.
5. The therapist doesn’t control your mind. He/she is a guide and merely helps you to connect with those hidden, unknown emotions and helps you to resolve them.
6. When you come out of the relaxed state, you remember everything. (Nobody is trying to steal your memory!)
7. It is practiced by trained professionals who are adept at handling various issues.
8. Hypnosis is effective with various issues like anxiety, depression, lifestyle changes, pain management, insomnia, relationship issues, etc.
9. It is a great tool for self-exploration.
10. Depending on the issue, the therapist decides whether a client needs hypnotherapy or not.
Just like there are so many alternate therapies that help us connect to our selves and overcome our issues, Hypnotherapy is one such effective technique although it is still largely misunderstood.
Here’s hoping that whoever reads this piece on debunking the myths surrounding hypnotherapy gets to learn and understand something new. After all, a little knowledge goes a long way 🙂
Contributed by: Mrs. Damini Grover, professional Hypnotherapist @ The Silver Lining