A Journey into the Subconscious - A Guide in Hypnosis

You are getting very sleepy....
You are getting very sleepy....

Sit back and relax. Clear your head. You are about to take a journey into your subconscious.

When most people think of hypnosis, they envision an alluring individual standing on stage surrounded by a highly susceptible participants sitting in chairs. These people are the guinea pigs of the show. They are for the purpose of the audience to laugh at while they perform different acts in the name of entertainment.

Some people believe hypnosis is real; some think they are cannot be hypnotized. Yet, most people find the idea of hypnosis intriguing. But, do you really know what hypnosis is?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility while in an artificially induced altered state of consciousness. Depending on the situation, the person can be in a sleeplike condition where they are willing to take direction from the hypnotist.

There are a few different forms of hypnosis. For the purpose of this article, hypnosis will be referred to as the regular form of hypnosis (not the entertainment kind) or self-hypnosis. These types of hypnosis are intended for reaching into your mind and learning more about yourself. While hypnosis shows can be entertaining, other forms can also be very beneficial!

FUN FACT!

Dr. Frank Mesmer was one of the first people to induce a person into a hypnotic state, which is where the word mesmerized was derived from. Mesmerized is a former word for hypnotized and is the ability to hold someone as if they were spellbound!


Being Mesmerized...

The history of hypnosis can be confusing. A long, long time ago, hypnosis was thought to be magical and a form of occult power. They could be seen as a way to communicate with gods and spirits or healing the sick. However, once the 18th century came along, hypnosis could finally be seen from a scientific point of view. Through the work of Frank Mesmer, there was finally a consistent method of hypnosis, which through the years, have been passed on and further developed by his followers.

Mesmer was famous for performing mass inductions and usually did this by dressing in a dark cloak and playing ethereal music in the background. This gave way to the magical sense of hypnotism. It was also tied to his downfall. However, hypnosis worked. And with further research from others, including James Braid in the 19th Century, they were able to further develop the theory to what we know today.

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Have you ever been hypnotized before?

  • Yes - but it was for entertainment purposes
  • Yes - I have used it for personal reasons
  • No - I can't be hypnotized
  • No - I have never tried it
  • Of course I have - everybody has been hypnotized
  • It's neither yes or no - so I will just comment below!
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Hypnotizing yourself...

Every person reading this article has been hypnotized at least once. Don’t believe me? Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream? Have you ever been driving home from work and suddenly you are pulling into your driveway without even remembering the drive? Have you ever meditated? I am sure many of you have experienced these types of situations, or many others. Which tells me, you have been hypnotized in the past.

Hypnosis works, and using certain techniques to induce self-hypnosis can be very beneficial to your health and your ability to deal with stress. It is also a great way for you to tune into your inner thought process and will help you open the door to your subconscious mind, all while you are sitting at the controls.

According to Oxford Hypnotherapy, “Self-hypnosis is a perfectly safe, pleasant, non-toxic and often more effective alternative to tranquillizers or painkillers. Self-hypnosis allows you to rejuvenate your body and mind, leading to a greater sense of well being.”

What can you do with Self-Hypnosis

  • stop unwanted habits (like smoking, drinking, bad spending habits)
  • manage stress
  • increase concentration
  • improve athletic performance
  • improve self-confidence
  • lose weight
  • improve sleeping
  • achieve goals
  • tap into your ESP abilities

Now that you know all the benefits of self-hypnosis, are you ready to get started?

Most people imagine hypnotist using a tool, like the one here, swinging in front of their face, to put them in a hypnotic trance. It is used to help you focus. Some have even used a light or a flickering candle.
Most people imagine hypnotist using a tool, like the one here, swinging in front of their face, to put them in a hypnotic trance. It is used to help you focus. Some have even used a light or a flickering candle.

You are getting sleepy...

Imagine yourself on the top floor of a very large building. You are standing in the elevator and about to go down. Looking around, you notice the elevator is completely made of glass so you can see gaze at the beauty of outside.

The sky is a light blue and dotted with a few fluffy and soft clouds. The trees are flowing in the wind and the birds are chirping a quiet and peaceful melody. You are feeling very relaxed as you are encased by the beauty of nature.

The elevator slowly starts to move downward as you continue to look at the peaceful scene outside.

You have started to descend. As you reach the 9th floor, you feel your body getting comfortable. Your arms are becoming heaving, your breathing is become slow and rhythmic.

You descend another level. Your eyelids feel like they are filled with sand and they slowly start to close.

Floor seven. Your entire body feels heavy and relaxed. Your breathing becomes slower and slower and slower. Your eyelids are heavier and heavier. The more you fight, the harder it is to keep them open, until finally you can no resist. You close your eyes.

  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

You are completely and fully relaxed.

NOTE: This is a great way to descend into hypnosis... however, for the purpose of this article, I didn't finish the script. Feel free to add any other imagery you find relaxing to complete your journey.

A few suggestions...

While you are putting yourself into a hypnotic trance here are a few suggestions.

  • NO SUDDEN or HARSH CHANGES OR WORDS. Remember, this is relaxing and using words in your mind like suddenly or abruptly can impact the relaxation part of the process.
  • Make sure to add a suggestion that upon waking from the trance, you will feel fully recharged and refreshed. You want to be alert when you come out of your hypnosis session. This is a great thing to add in at the beginning of the session (especially since it isn’t uncommon to dose off during a self-hypnosis session if you are inexperienced). If you add this suggestion, a 20 minute hypnosis session will make you feel completely revived, almost as if you had taken a 4 hour nap.
  • Add a suggestion to make it easier to go into a trance the next time you try self-hypnosis. As with most things, hypnotism becomes easier with practice.
  • Concentrate on your body parts. Individually tell each one to relax, including the muscles in your face. This will help you obtain complete relaxation.
  • Create your own inner world. You are in control of your destiny. If you find floating on a cloud relaxing, include this in your setting. Each person is different and each session will vary depending on how you want to create your inner world.
  • Do not use hypnosis as a way to take a nap. While it is possible to dose off during a hypnosis session, if you fall asleep, you will no longer be receiving the benefits of the suggestions. If you would like to fall asleep afterwards, you can add this in as a suggestion to fall asleep after the hypnosis session has ended.

NOTE: Feel free to comment below and add other suggestions that you have found beneficial to use during self-hypnosis.

What just happened?

You may recognize this technique. You may have heard a hypnotist use this to put someone else under during a show, or maybe you have been to a hypnotist yourself. This is, or something similar to it, is the process to bring a person deeper into their subconscious.

You may use the script above as a guideline. This is also a great place to input your goals. For instance…

You have descended to the 6th floor. A picture of you has entered into the scene. You will notice something is different. The person you see is not the person in the elevator. This person is stronger, has more confidence. This person is you in the future after you have (insert bad habit here!)

Self-hypnosis is the ability to offer suggestions to better reach a person’s goal. However, to be successful it is very important to know what is to be achieved. To be better organized it is advised to grab a notebook (or perhaps have a separate notebook just for your hypnosis suggestions and goals) and write out your hypnosis session.

Each session should only concentrate on a total of 1 to 2 goals. Be clear about your goals and write them down. This will help you set them in your mind.

The next step is to have a plan. Write down a script (similar to the one above) and include what you want to say during your hypnosis session. This is the spot to repeat your goals. It is ideal to express the same goals in different ways to help reinforce them into your subconscious.

Self-hypnosis is very personal. You are going to want to create your own vision of what is relaxing to you. You are going to want to imagine your goals and how you will achieve them. If you can see it happen, it can happen. You want to reflect your own experiences. Talk to yourself. You want to walk yourself through the whole process.

After all the prep work has been done, you can either record your script and play it back to yourself or you can speak the script in your head. Now make yourself comfortable. Get as relaxed as possible and try to make sure you are at a point where there will be little (preferably no) distractions. Now count yourself down.

NOTE: Thank you drbj for pointing this out. After all, we don't want you implanting difficult to remove suggestions. IMPORTANT: Your mind will not accept a negative suggestion while you are hypnotized. "No" and "not" are not recognized.

In other words, if you tell a subject or yourself, "You will no longer have a desire to smoke," the mind will only 'hear' "desire to smoke." If you say, "You will no longer wish to "eat any type of candy," the mind will hear, "eat any type of candy."

ESP, brain waves and hypnosis

What do they have in common? Many people are intrigued by the inner workings of the brain. Some believe you can tap into the different levels. Psychics, strange occurances, déjà vu, the third eye - we all want to know more; some of us want to develop our own abilities. Do you have what it takes?

ESP (extrasensory perception) is the ability to perceive or sense something outside of our 5 senses. All of us have ESP, however, some may not believe they do, and others are not aware of how to clear their mind enough to actually tap into their ESP abilities.

Parapsychologists believe the human mind has powers we truly do not understand and we can take in information without it passing through any of our 5 senses. Yet, not all scientists are in agreement with ESP findings, since it has not been effectively proven either way.

However, if you believe in ESP and you think hypnosis works, you can combine the two to help develop your own ESP. These telepathic abilities are buried deep within your subconscious. With hypnosis, you can tap into these abilities. So, if you feel like brain tapping, maybe we should think a little bit about brain waves.

The brain produces an electrical activity that we can measure. These are called brain waves. The electrical impulses are measured in hertz. Each different wave state, has a different frequency. The four states of brain waves are: Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. Each of these brain states relate to hypnosis in some way.

Brain Waves

When your brain waves are being measured... this might be something similiar to what you might see.
When your brain waves are being measured... this might be something similar to what you might see.

Beta is when you are completely awake. When you start a hypnosis session, this is were your brain waves will measure. This is the state where your conscious mind is dominate. The brain waves measure at 15-30 Hz.

Alpha is the daydreaming state. You may have closed your eyes and you may be relaxed. This is the state when your subconscious is coming to the forefront. This is the part where you will be able to tap into your inspiration and you will be at a heightened level of creativity. You will be in a light hypnotic trance as your brain waves measure about 9-14 Hz. This is were hypnotic suggestion will have the most powerful effects, since your subconscious mind can not distinguish between imaginary and physical reality. It just does what it is told or shown until it becomes a habit.

The Theta state is where the subconscious dominates and you will be in deep hypnosis. When working with a hypnotist, this is were they will find out about past lives or surface those buried emotions. This is also where a person must be if they are using hypnoanaesthesia, where you are so deeply relaxed, you don’t feel any pain. During this stage, your brain waves are 4-8 Hz.

Delta is the stage of unconsciousness or sleep. You will not remember anything during this stage. This is not a stage used during hypnosis. If a person falls into this stage, they have lost focus and are no longer under hypnosis. While it is normal for a person to fall into this stage for a moment or two, most will go right back into the Theta state. In Delta state, suggestions will not be held in your subconscious mind. Your brain waves will measure from 1-3 Hz.

Understanding brain waves and how they work with hypnosis is not necessary to become hypnotized. However, it can help you connect the experience to understand the whole process. During hypnosis, whether you have a hypnotist or you are doing self-hypnosis, it is best to be in either the Alpha or Theta state. In Beta, your conscious mind has too much control and in Delta, you can’t suggest anything to your subconscious mind.

Being in a hypnotic trance will not turn you into a human duck... unless you would normally act that way in consciousness!
Being in a hypnotic trance will not turn you into a human duck... unless you would normally act that way in consciousness! | Source

Every time you hear a bell ring, you will quake like a duck!

There is no danger involved in hypnosis, just the danger of being ignorant. Many people may shy away from hypnosis because they feel it is playing in the devil’s playground. However, there is no suggestion strong enough to make you do something you wouldn’t do in normal life. Therefore, those who are afraid of going in a hypnotic trance and suddenly become a psycho killer, don’t truly understand hypnosis. Unless you already have tendency, you will not do anything from a hypnotic suggestion that you wouldn’t do in real life.

According to Andre M. Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D., authority in the field of mind science, “Hypnosis… is no more dangerous than natural sleep. There is no evidence that hypnosis in itself weakens the will, damages the nervous system or in any way adversely affects the physical or mental well being of individuals.”

As of 1958, hypnosis was documented as a legitimate medical and dental treatment by the American Medical Association. Hypnosis, while some may view it as brainwashing, is far from it. While under hypnosis, you still remain in control of your actions, thoughts, and feelings. With the help of a hypnotist, which is more like motivational coach, you can tap into your subconscious.

If you are trying to fight bad habits or lower stress levels, hypnosis is a great tool to use. However, it is not guaranteed. While it can improve your odds of success, you still have to want to accomplish your goal.

Some may shy away from hypnosis because of fear. But, isn’t it more dangerous to not fully understand how to use your mind?

Can you be hypnotized? Try this - May not be suitable for those who suffer from migraines or epileptic seizures - try at your own risk!

McFly - Hypnotized

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Just reading your are getting sleepy on that large building

got me pretty relaxed. I think I need to go back to bed now :) I am going to come back and watch the banned self hypnosis video after my nap. Excellent Hub!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Excellent! I AM very sleepy. But of course, that is always the case. I can sleep standing up. Comes from taking call in the medical field.

I'm going to try some of these techniques to help me on my weight loss program. Wish me luck!

Hypnosis is VERY useful for curing phobias in case someone needs a phobia cured. Check it out.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sweet BBG! This is awesome and a great explanation and great facts! I didn't know the origin of the word mesmerized and throughout this hub I was mesmerized!

Hypnosis an excellent tool for relaxation, phobias and predicting the future and cooking nude. Lol;) ok the first two things are true anyway!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Im linking this now - and these hubs were a ton of work BBG! You nailed it.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, bbg, for this excellent exploration of hypnosis. One fact about hypnosis that is IMPORTANT to remember, your mind will not accept a negative suggestion while you are hypnotized. "No" and "not" are not recognized.

In other words, if you tell a subject or yourself, "You will no longer have a desire to smoke," the mind will only 'hear' "desire to smoke." If you say, "You will no longer wish to "eat any type of candy," the mind will hear, "eat any type of candy."


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Drbj - cool - I really still didn't realize that! My brain hadn't made the connection of the power of the word NO in the subconscious. Thanks to you both now;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just ask Susan - I was going to say - you should watch the video before you take a nap - but then I realized I did it before Bed and then when I was done I was wide awake... stupid video... lol

@Austin Star - I had the same thought in my mind - the weight is just melting off... I envision a skinnier and healthier person... I did that yesterday and suddenly I saw curves. Ok - NO immediate success... lol... but we will see how it works! LOL

@Real - I have always loved hypnosis. When I was a junior in High School I did a whole report on hypnosis. I even experimented with doing hypnosis on a few guinea pigs. I believe it works. I have been hypnotized in the past and I have hypnotized others (and not just because I am talking in a monotone typing voice... lmao - I need more sleep!) I have got some great stories of my experimenting with hypnosis - but this was already getting too long. I only wanted people to get sleepy because of them trying it out... not because I was super long winded... lol

@drbj - Thank you so much for pointing that out. I am going to add that. There is so much information with this topic that after reading it, I kept feeling like there was something missing.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Two parts here .. Part one: This was a great subject, and put together very well. I voted this up, useful, funny, awsome, and beautiful. I threw in beautiful and funny because it was so good it needed a perfect score.

Part two: This is embarrising to say on the Internet, but you're my friend, so what the hell. I'll just say it .. I bark like a dog every time someone says the word Pages. I never understood it until now, and it's very troublesome considering where I write. Now I realize that some bastard somewhere got me with the old shinny object trick. What a jerk or jerkette. That probably has something to do with me not having any pants damn it! I wonder what else that prick, whoever he or she is, has me doing that I'm not even aware of. Maybe I'm not even Jim! Maybe my name's Elmer or something like that! Oh dear .. Well, whoever I am, I sure enjoyed this piece here the Hub Page..Oh know! Here I go again ..

jim


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

That's funny Jim - my uncle keeled over in a bar - heart attack. Shuffle board got to him that night:) two of his friends were vetrinariams and they did their stuff and kept him alive u til the helicopter arrived. We told him we were really nervous while we were waiting for him to wake up because we thought he might bark and ask for Alpo:)! Last family holiday one of our cousins in the AF called and when he asked how Mick was (the uncle) I said oh he's been great except for that one time when he died for a couple minutes:) true story!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I should write a hub on my experience from the head on. They lost my vitals three different times. I had the out of body thing for real, but I don't talk about it because so many people talk about it who are making it up, or at least embelishing things a bit.

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

After I studied hypnosis and learned how to do it in high school, I tried doing it on a group of friends on a sleep over. One of the girls after I put them down, would not come back. Apparently, she decided to go her own way and was trying to have an out of body experience. I was freaking out because I seriously thought I had put her in danger - since she wouldn't wake up. It just goes to show that the hypnotist is a guide. She choose her own path purposefully... the rest of them it all worked on. It was kind of cool.

Jim - I have to say it is much better to bark like a dog then quack like a duck. Can you imagine all the people staring at you if you quacked everytime you heard a phone ring! LOL Oh yeah - and thanks for saying this is beautiful... my beautiful rating on hubpages is far out of the league of awesomeness... lol... I was trying to work on that!

Real - that is a crazy story - but for some reason I can see you being so nonchalent about it... like - yeah - when he was dead for a couple of minutes. But don't worry - it takes five before you suffer any kind of brain damage! You have some great stories! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Life is weird BBG. Jim you should write a hub about that! I would support you whole heartedly. I have been knocked unconscious and experienced hypnosis so I'm a believer in it because weird sensations do occur. I can't explain it though - it was like being in a black hole and when you wake up the rest of the world has been doing stuff without you:) I was o ly out for several hours at once and it was crazy! I remember certain things right before and right after one accident but I don't remember feeling pain. Not ever. I just woke up all patched up:)

BBG - my cousin Craig - he's a pilot btw - thought I was kidding - my uncle elbowed me for saying it:) Everyone knows that when I say anything - it might be true and it might be false - I make them guess a while:) fun! It was awesome when I worked in the lab - I messed with everyone's head:) If the patiens would ask me what something meant? Ha! Usually I told them crap like - if you have big brain waves it means you have a big brain! Lol!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Counting sheep is a form of hypnotism.

I often use it to relax at night so I can sleep. I imagine a long escalator, descending from the noise and traffic of a crowded mall floor, down and down into a sleepy and quiet flower garden, populated by softly singing birds.

Works every time!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I think I am too rigid for hypnosis. I used to work with a woman who hypnotized herself and other on a regular basis. It was cool. But I am too uptight:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Real - I have never been out for long amounts of time... however, I can relate how you feel like you dived into a black hole when you have passed out or something. I have done that a couple times... once when I was giving blood as a junior in high school. One minute I was there and the next everything looks all funny and people are all staring at you. It is a weird feeling. Granted - mine only lasted for a few minutes. But you don't really feel anything. I found out later that I actually had a seizure.

@Will - that is a great point. I never really thought about the whole sheep counting thing as a form of hypnotism but really, it is no different then counting yourself down into a trance. I personally have never used sheep, but I have heard it works.

@Hyphenbird - I too have a difficult time fully relaxing. It is difficult, but once you actually get more comfortable with self-hypnosis, the feeling of relaxation is very addicting. I have to actually tell each of my body parts to relax - especially my jaw because I have a tendency to clench my jaw alot. Let me know if you ever get a chance to try it again. I would be curious as to how it worked. :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - omg! Why did you have a seizure? Did you find out? Is there a danger of it happening again or was it hopefully a one time thing?

It is so strange huh? I had bitten my tongue almost completely in half, i had to get stitches for a gaping hole in my chin and the last thing I remember is seeing everything upside down. I have no memory of hitting the concrete! I have always wondered if it was the brains way of protecting the body? I don't know because I was somewhere else! Haha!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

How neat! I love this hub. I used to have a hypnotic CD that I used for sleep and it was AWESOME! I have always believed in it as a tool to stop smoking also, but I can't bear the cost to do it. Anyway, this hub was very interesting and really awesome.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Mo, I was a two pack a day Marlboro smoker. I quit by leaving my cigs in a place I couldn't get to easily. In my glove compartment of my car.

I could always run out and get a smoke, but eventually I cut down and then was able to quit the habit.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Austin - if I tried that, I'd somehow end of living in my car:)!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Austin! OMG - I've tried that before, and I do not smoke AT ALL in my apartment. I thought it would cut me down, and it did, but then I started battling the BPD again, and I went back to almost a full pack a day. But between your advice and a really great hub I found a while back about how to quit, I'm going to try it again soon. BUT, the patches help me a lot! - Real, I feel your pain, woman...lol


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well put them on the top shelf somewhere where you need a ladder to get to them. At least you'll get some exercise!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Shoot, Austin, my husband is 6'3"...everything in the house is on a top shelf where I can't reach it! lol But, he and I were just talking about him keeping them for me and limiting the number I smoke. Me giving him a number each day, and him holding me to it. Not like I couldn't use some exercise, that ain't such a bad idea!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Someone asked me if I wanted to try a patch once, I said, sure - roll it up, I'll smoke it.

then I bought a pack of smokes:)!

I'm trying Welbutrin now. It's not working like it's supposed to. Bummer. They are mood elevators though :)


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

HAHAHAHA - The patch is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Till you're ready, don't even try it. And you'll know when that it. Mood elevators are good. :-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Right - up up and away!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

I wish they worked that well for me...lol


credence2 5 years ago

Scholarly work and great videos, although I am not one that is easily hypnotized. I did work with biofeedback many years ago, Cred2


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - the seizure was from taking blood - so they won't let me donate again... although I tried donating plasma once and didn't tell them about the episode - heck - I needed the cash! I only did it once - it makes me dizzy.

@Mo - Hypnosis is great for quitting smoking... as long as you are really ready to quite. Last year I spent about $500 to try and quit with hypnosis. However... I got some good relaxation out of it! I don't think I was ready to stop then so I didn't. But, if you are ready, save the money and try inputting your own suggestions. That might help you cut back as well.

@Austin - that is great advice! Put them up high where you can't reach them so at least you get some exercise.... healthier and healthier! LOL

@Credence - I think for those that are more difficult it takes a real stubborn person to try to get them under. Luckily, I am easily susceptible so at least I can get the relaxation from them.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - don't do that again! That's scary - I wonder what Austinstar would say - I mean like if she has heard of that?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha Ha - I will try not... I have a thing for blood - I don't know why I had a seizure that time - but it hasn't happened again!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Maybe it was a one time deal, I hope. Did they do an EEG on you?


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

i am going to use the video to get over my internet addiction so if you don't see me on hubpages any loger you know your hub has cured me.

my father was an amateur magician and i have always had very mixed felings about hypnosis wheras he at times claimed that some people he hypnotised on stage actually did get hypnotised while toehrs justa acted hypnotised and so on so i did not actually believe in ti when i was tounger.as i grew older i realsied there was as cience to it and maybe this hub will galvanise me to use it for myself.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - they never really investigated into the whole thing what so ever... they sent me home and the next day it was normal normal. It hasn't happened again - at least that I know of so I will just stay away from the blood - ha ah - I guess I just worked myself up too much.

@Neel - Okay - so input the suggestion I am NOT addicted to the internet... I an NOT addicted to Barbergirl's hubs and will NOT read anymore stuff here on Hubpages.... (By the way - don't read the above suggestion on how NOT does not work in the subconscious mind... lol... and this will work out great for the both of us! LOL)

I have to say though - that must have been way cool to have a dad that is a magician. That would have been awesome. I would have been trying to learn all his tricks!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is a very informative hub about hypnosis and you have obviously done your homework. Most people associate hypnosis with stage hypnosis and entertainment but few realise its potential in the healing professions. Dave Elman is the father of Hypnotherapy and he taught Doctors how to use hypnosis. You would love his book and I think it is the best on the subject.

Unless you have been trained I don't recommend people playing with hypnosis. I use hypnosis in my private practice and combined with Psychotherapy it is a powerful way to deal with conditions created by the mind. Part of the procedure is the person reliving a traumatic experience from the past in order to release the negative emotion that has been repressed. When this happens it is important to know what to do and this would be very scary for someone who has not been trained. This is a called an abreaction and can happen spontaneously when a person enters hypnosis even though the hypnotist hasn't asked the person to revisit the trauma.

Giving yourself suggestions while in hypnosis does work but unless the underlying emotional root cause is dealt with a person can give up smoking and take up over eating! So symptom is replaced with another. The mind is complex but in the hands of a qualified professional you can avoid these pitfalls.

Thank you.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Spirit Whisperer - I ain't gonna lie, I was a little nervous about you reading this because I know this is your area of expertise. Thanks for the wonderful insight. I have been interested in hypnosis for as long as I can remember. I even thought about taking classes on how to effectively use hypnosis and become certified. The whole process really intrigues me. However, I am fully aware that inproper suggestions can lead to worse problems and in addition to that, if you truly don't want to take the suggestion, you really won't.

I had a friend who used to do stage hypnosis and he once hypnotized me to pass my run in the Army. It had been years since I had to run because of an injury and medical condition. The first time he did it, I dropped a couple minutes off my run time. The second time he did it - because the first time I did cut enough off to pass - I ran the 2 mile faster than I ever have. Hypnosis has some great uses, but in the wrong hands can be dangerous in away.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

No need to be nervous you did a great job and you are honest enough to also explain the dangers and drawbacks.

The problem with using it to help you pass the run is if there was underlying emotional problem connected with the medical condition. If you had come to me I would made darn sure that by helping you to pass the run I wasn't going to create a worse condition in some another area of your life. Do you see now what I mean? Read Dave Elman's Book titled Hypnotherapy and I guarantee you will want to learn how to do it properly especially since you are interested already.

By the way I left a comment for you on Just Ask Susie's hub about Beer. LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks - I will definitely have to check that out. I know I have a lot of books that centralize around hypnosis, palm reading and all that other stuff packed up in storage. I might have to go and splurge on this one!

I will go check out the beer hub!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Congrats BBG - I was checking out the new homee page that I have "heard" people talking about and this was a suggested read!!! Way awesome!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Sweet - I am not sure if I am liking this new format... it reminds me of facebook and I use this to get away from facebook. I will have to check out that new home page thing... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I really looked the old format better! I miss stuff on FB sometimes because I don't scroll down far enough. I'm not well versed at the whole hub set up though either - so I suppose it's less annoying for me.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It isn't too bad... because usually I am hanging out on the part of the site that hasn't been affected by the new changes. It was just kind of weird to suddenly see it. I was a little alarmed and a little grumpy so that didn't really do much for me. I think I also had a migraine. Today is much better! :)

BTW - go to my facebook page and check out the ugly dance... if you need a smile that is sure to entertain!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I had a day from another zone yesterday - one of those "is this real or memorex" kind of days. I know I WILL laugh about it way in the future but not now.

I done the ugly dance:) omg! That is so funny!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

You are now entering the twilight zone... luckily for us... when we go into the twilight zone, we can usually emerge. I feel lucky to not really be in the TV show - they aren't scary but oh so... ironic. lol

Glad you liked the ugly dance... now you can share it with family friends and even strangers. Be like - I got me some dance lessons and now I can do the robot! ha ha ha


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Right - yesterday I kelt telling myself - everyone has bad days - I just couldn't wait for it to be over. Then I dreamed really weird stuff - a bird was the main character so there ya go. Lol

Tonight I'll be doing the ugly dance! TGIF


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I had a bad dream the other night... I had to order my bridesmaids dress for my sister's wedding. Well, I was trying to lose weight for the wedding and that isn't really going so hot so I ordered the size that I said I was going to order a while back. It wasn't that I smudged the results, but a part of it might be a little on the snug side (If I suck it in it should fit right) Well, I must have been feeling guilty because when I went to bed that night I had a dream that I got the dress and it was busting at the seems... I guess I better start working a little harder I guess. Ha ha ah


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh BBG someday we will have to invest those disposable clothes! I'm not working out! Lol I'm not even gonna kid myself - I'm afraid I'll hurt myself. I didn't dream anything last night but I won't complain it's better than a nightmare!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Those disposible clothes would be a godsend... I only work out because I like the feeling of it later on. I just wish my metabolism would kick in gear so that it actually doesn something for my waistline. I swear, I have been up and down the weight roller coaster that even healthy eating barely shows results. It gets discouraging. You are fortunate, because you don't really need it! :)

Fortunately, I haven't had any weird nightmares either... I have been so exhausted since my head hits the pillow I am like a rock. :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well gravity is kicking my butt but whatever, I'll just pop on a fake one and keep going!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - and here we thought it was a wasted $15 investment... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh no - after 40 you might need it on ya know, special "dress up" days. Lol


Hollie Thomas 5 years ago

This is a really interesting hub. What caught my attention though was the highly relaxed state, where you mention problem solving. I have to admit, that I always seem to find the answers to my problems when it feels like I'm just about to fall asleep, or when I've just woken.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - what - after 40 you still have those special dress up times... lol... inconcievable... lol... that is why I made the investment... for the future! LOL

@Hollie - Thank you for stopping by. Hypnosis has some great benefits, if nothing more to relax you. I truly believe the more relaxed you are the more clearly you can think. At least I know that is what works well for me! :)


Susan  5 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful information. I have personally done and assisted in group hypnotherapy and it is amazing to see such deep and profound change so fast. Group settings make personal work go much faster and places you in a safe environment. I don't talk a lot about my work to friends, but it is so nice to see the different info out in print. Thanks again...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - you are very welcome. I am really glad that you enjoyed it. I haven't heard much about group sessions other than for entertainment purposes, but I bet it is not only beneficial but a safe environment depending on what you are looking to achieve. Thanks for stopping by and offering your support.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

This was a great write-up on hypnosis. I wish hypnosis had less mysticism surrounding it. I was trained in hypsosis and did it on the side for a few years- got many people to quit smoking and have still quit since. The person that trained me asked if I had ever zoned out while driving and arrived at my location without remembering how I got there- I answered that I had plenty of times. This was a sort of hypnosis and ever since that explanation hypnosis is less mystical and quite logical- no fear. I have gotten some awesome benefits from self-hypnosis and still use it, never a bad experience.

I have never experienced hypnosis for entertainment. I know a little about it and know that someone would never do what they don't want to or would not normally do.

As far as preferences, I love Milton Erickson and a book about him called 'Uncommon Therapy' and there's another great book with his hypnosis scripts.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Izettl - Thank you for the wondeful comment. I have always been a little intrigued by the things that can be mystifying. This is just one of them. While I haven't been professionally trained, I did dabble in it myself a little bit. Last year I actually thought about taking classes and getting certified, because I think that it would be an interesting.

As for entertainment purposes, when I was stationed in New York, I was one of the guinea pigs that got to go up on stage. They gave me a prompt that I was Sharon Stone... I played out the whole Basic Instinct scene. It was on tape, so I got ot watch it later. It was funny, all in the name of comedy!


Kate 5 years ago

You are getting very sleepy... haha! I love watching the hypnotist at the fair.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kate - hypnotists are absolutley amazing. Not only do they provide some good entertainment, but it is amazing the benefits that you can get from them!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

That sounds hilarious about the Sharon Stone thing- I can't imagine what you were thinking when seeing the tape!

The absolute hardest thing about hypnosis is getting the other person to believe it works, not be scared of it, etc.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

The first thought that came to mind was... good thing I was wearing pants... the second thing that came to mind was... damn - I did a pretty good impersination... lol

There is a lot of people scared of hypnosis... it is definitely something that takes alot of trust... especially if you aren't well educated it in. I wish I could get certified in it. I find it absolutely interesting.


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Brilliant post barbergirl. I found this very informative and intriguing.

A friend of mine is a trained hypnotist. She told me that it was very effective in clearing away many of her childhood traumas. Personally, I would like to use it as well. I am well aware of the fact that many people live their lives on an unconscious level. Their subconscious is running the show. Of course, as you have already stated, it is only as effective as you want it to be. If you do not have any desire to change an unwanted behavior, then the treatment will not be very effective in changing that behavior.

Thanks for sharing this.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Terry27 - I am a big fan of hypnosis.... whether it is for pesonal reasons or entertainment. However, it is one of those cases of mind over matter. If you really don't want it, it won't happen anyway. I have used this for running, I have used this for relaxation, I have used this for health. It really is a great outlet.

Glad you enjoyed this.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I remember when you used to be obsessed with hypnotizing people! I love doing it though as well. I use a similar technique to fall asleep. Still you gave me an idea that I want to try it on Darrel. lol. I will update you on how that goes! Great and interesting hub!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I am still obsessed with hypnosis, unfortunately finding guinea pigs... I mean subjects... that will let me practice my hypnosis skills is sometimes difficult. That means I am left with just myself! LOL Good luck on your hypnosis with Darrel.. definitely keep me updated! :)


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anne91 4 years ago from india

is it true that hynposis takes us to our previous lives?how do we do that?


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@anne91 - Hypnosis works based off the power of suggestion. Being able to go into previous lives would probably depend a lot into whether or not the person being hypnotized believes in past lives. However, if you do and you bring in these suggestions to remember passed lives, it might work. Unfortunately, I have never tried to access past lives so I can't be certain, but if you understand the concept of hypnosis you can do almost anything you need, like lose weight, quit bad habits, become more successful. There are so many aspects out there. Good luck and I would be interested to hear what you have come up with! :)


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anne91 4 years ago from india

i took an attempt at hypnosis for the first time after reading your hub but it hasn't yeilded anything remarkable yet except for the fact that it helped me to relax to a great extent for the time.i am going to make it a point to go into a trance pretty often now both coz i need to cure my depression as well as try and unravel some mysteries of my past lives.:-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@anne91 - Good for you. Hypnosis is really great for depression. Did you know that you dont' have to be in a "hypnotic" type state to hypotize yourself. Another good thing to do is positive self talk. When you build yourself up, you will start feeling better.

Another note to add, the more you practice hypnosis, especially self-hypnosis, the more successful you will be. Soon it will get easier and easier to get the results you are looking for. I also believe there are some sites online that have videos that you can listen to for free that will induce hypnosis. I have used a few of those in the past. Good luck!


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