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The Feeling of Hypnosis

Updated on June 12, 2014

Hypnosis is a normal everyday feeling

Hypnosis is a feeling and we all get this feeling at various times during our normal waking day. The more chilled out and relaxed you are the more you tend to get the feeling of hypnosis.

All the times you have stared blankly with your mind focussed on some idea and you were brought back when someone called you were times when you were experiencing the feeling of hypnosis.

A prime example of everyday hypnosis is a person's behaviour while they are engrossed in something on TV and coming out of hypnosis when they are called out to their dinner . How many times have you found your mind slipping into the feeling when you sat at your desk in class or attended a boring meeting? Then there were the times when you found yourself having to reread a paragraph of a book and each time you did you couldn't remember what you had read.

Hypnosis is commonly a misunderstood feeling

We all recognise the feeling but many people do not associate the feeling with the word 'Hypnosis'. For many people hypnosis is some mystical or magical process used by a hypnotist to take control of a person and make them do strange things for a laugh on stage. It is a shame that many still do not recognise the therapeutic potential of hypnosis in healing.

Hypnosis + Psychotherapy = Analytical Hypnotherapy

The feeling of hypnosis gets you in the frame of mind to make changes that would ordinarily be impossible to achieve. Hypnosis does this by suspending the little voice in your head that analyses everything that is presented to you. What the critical voice might normally dismiss out of hand as complete rubbish is seriously considered while experiencing the feeling of hypnosis. This is where the therapist comes in.

Behind every condition is a belief that perpetuates it and associated with this belief is a repression that anchors you emotionally and keeps you stuck. While you are feeling hypnosis the therapist invites you to question the beliefs that hold a debilitating condition in place and provides you with the opportunity to release the negative emotion that keeps you stuck.

Hypnosis coupled with psychotherapy is a very effective approach to dealing with debilitating conditions created by the mind. The therapy is called Analytical Hypnotherapy or Hypno-Psychotherapy and was the therapy practised by Freud before he decided to concentrate on Psychotherapy without hypnosis.

Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis without hypnosis just takes longer because the client's critical factor is in place during therapy. Ordinary Psychotherapy can take years to resolve a condition whereas most of the conditions we treat at our private Hypnotherapy Practice take no more than 12 weeks to be resolved.

Learning how to deliberately feel hypnosis

Anyone can learn to deliberately experience the feeling of hypnosis and my wife Mary and I have created our own audio that you can download from our website which teaches you exactly how to hypnotise yourself. We require all our clients to teach themselves how to feel hypnosis by playing this audio for at least a week before commencing therapy so when they arrive for their first session they are already in the frame of mind to make the changes they desire. By teaching themselves how to experience hypnosis they also realise that it is not the therapist who controls them. Link to Audio Downloads Page

Following are some of the conditions we treat at our private clinic here in Peel:

  • Panic Attacks & Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Post Traumatic Stress

  • Underachievement

  • Lack of Confidence

  • Fears & Phobias

  • Irritable Bowel

  • Tinnitus

  • Smoking

  • Eating Disorders

Video explanation

Following is a 5 minutes video Mary and I made to explain hypnotherapy as we practise it here at our private practice Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic, Peel, Isle of Man.


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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you onegreenparachute for the visit and comment.I also wish you all the best in your healing practice.

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      9 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Very interesting!

      I lead guided meditations and enjoy nothing better than watching clients slowly coming awake with a most peaceful, relaxed expression on their faces.

      Prior to my healing work as a Reiki Master, I also find a guided meditation induces in my clients both a state of relaxation and a greater ability to accept the healing process. I have not thought of this type of meditation as hypnosis, but perhaps it is. I'm grateful that I have been very careful with the words I have chosen. Thanks for this very insightful hub.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you tammyswallow and momster for taking the time to visit and comment.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting. I have never been officially hypnotized, but I easily slip into that state of being lost in what I am doing, watching, or reading. Great hub!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Minnetonka Twin for your visit and insightful comment. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent information on hypnosis, Spirit Whisperer. I remember when I was in college to get my Master's degree, how shocked I was to learn that hypnosis is not about the practitioner taking over your mind. Hypnosis has helped me tremendously in the mental health field as well as personally. I think many see the on stage hypnosis where people quack like ducks and this does a disservice to hypnosis and what it really is. I hit all buttons except funny. You always have great information in your hub :-)

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for RealHousewife for the visit and I do appreciate you taking the time to comment. Your support is always appreciated.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi SW - I think I know what you mean! Like when sometimes I'm driving to work and I will realize I have driven much farther than I thought and do not remember driving for a few miles!

      I know that kind of therapy really works wonders for relaxation - thank YOU!

      Up and all that!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you phdast7 for visiting and your comment bears out what I said about the way most people view hypnosis. I specialise in treating depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia,PTSD, low self esteem and confidence using a combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy and it is wonderful to see how people emerge from the process free of their debilitating conditions. 12 weeks is normally all it takes and many have been referred to me by their doctors.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you barbergirl28 and I do agree, the practice of self hypnosis is indeed beneficial and I am glad you are going back to it.

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      Theresa Ast 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I know next to noting about Hypnosis (except the magic and party tricks version to which you referred). This is another way to look at it. Very interesting explanation of what the process, the feeling is and of how it can be used to benefit us.

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      Stacy Harris 

      9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very interesting. I have always loved hypnosis and I have practices self hypnosis many times. I really should do it again. It has been awhile since I have! I love the feeling of being relaxed and at peace.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Alastar I will read your hub and their comments and will do as you ask. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

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      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Spirit Whisperer. The course I took was run by an accredited hypnotherapist. I do understand that saying the wrong thing can be detrimental, hence my reluctance to try what I have learnt. Sleep talk is what had been suggested to me by the hypnotherapist running the course and by another hypnotherapist. I just think it could be so good for him but I have to say he is coming along nicely at the moment. I haven't tried it on anyone else you will be happy to know.

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      Alastar Packer 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I've heard that because of the flicker rate on American tv a person falls into a sub-trance after 15 minutes of viewing. Maybe thats why so many fall asleep on the sofa. Good to read your explanation of Analytical Hypnosis Spirit. The vid was interesting and brings up a question: on my latest hub about an unusual experience two ladies commented in the one case about going completely blank for awhile during a car drive and the other similarly while washing clothes. Would very much like your opinion on this my friend. PS-if you chance to go on the comments to read their experiences the names are quality girl and faithful daughter.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hello Tebo. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad your children had the strength of mind not to cooperate with you. :)

      I wouldn't go to a dentist who had taught himself dentistry to have a tooth pulled and I certainly wouldn't allow anyone who was not fully qualified to experiment on my mind.

      I would encourage you to seek the proper training from an accredited institution/school before you practise on anyone else. I can't tell you the number of people my wife and I have had to help as a result of unqualified people treating people with hypnotherapy.

      I am sure you don't mean any harm and I hope you take my comment in the light in which it has been sent to you - words of encouragement to do the right thing before any harm is done.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Ruby for your taking the time to read my hub and I am glad you no longer smoke. I hope I was able to get the point across that hypnosis is a feeling and that many people don't realise this. With the right training it is amazing what we can do with this feeling. Alternatively seeking the help of a person who has been properly trained you can enter into a very beneficial therapeutic relationship to achieve what you both agree upon.

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      9 years ago from New Zealand

      I shall come back to this and re-read. I did a hypnosis study course a while back with the intent of using hypnosis on my son who has special needs and cant get over something that happened some years ago. My problem has been coming up with the right script and also having to try it when he is nodding off to sleep Your audio sounds interesting. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a very interesting topic..Years ago i wanted to stop smoking..I went to a hypnotist..I was able to stop, but it only lasted a short time. I realize now that i was not ready to quit. I was able to quit smoking eight years ago, but only because i had learned to become more in tune with my inner being. I did this through meditating and drawing closer to God. I do believe in Hypnosis. I know of many who were able to achieve their goals through this method. Thank you for sharing..


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