Q. I have very strong willpower. How do I know I can be hypnotized?
A. Anyone can be hypnotized as long as:
1) You have a pulse and are breathing.
2) You have an IQ above 70 (because you need to be intelligent enough to follow simple directions and use your imagination).
3) You have the desire and you feel you want to be hypnotized.
Q. What if I like to be in control?
A. Well, then you might want to consider this…
What would it be like if you were to use your incredible willpower to learn how to take yourself into the pleasant and useful state of hypnosis whenever you want?
What if, instead of making the common mistake of interpreting hypnosis as a lack or loss of control, you were to realize that…
the ultimate achievement of control
is being able to control â€œletting goâ€
…knowing you can always pick that control right back up if you ever needed to.
Q. Does my I.Q. have anything to do with my ability to be hypnotized?
A. Yes, the HIGHER your I.Q., the MORE hypnotizable you are. Being hypnotizable is not about being gullible. Hypnosis is about being open to suggestions and your willingness to examine new approaches on your own and see how they work for you. In general, if you are intelligent, you are naturally more open to suggestion. Thatâ€™s because intelligent people constantly experiment with new ideas and readily adapt those that will improve the way they think and do things.
In fact, there is even a common household term we use to describe a person we consider less intelligent precisely because they are not open to positive suggestions.
We call them â€œnarrow-minded.â€
If youâ€™re naturally the kind of person who, when hearing a suggestion, tries it on, tests it out, sees if it fits, and then keeps it as your own only if it worksâ€¦then you know youâ€™re in the same league as Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein and that hypnosis can benefit you too.
Yesâ€¦both of these geniuses, like so many other famous scientists and artists, openly credited many of their breakthroughs to their ability to enter into trance-like states.
Q. Do I have to believe in hypnosis to experience its benefits?
A. Research has shown that oneâ€™s belief about hypnosis has no bearing on your true ability to be hypnotized. In the same way, no matter how much you might want to believe the world is flat, it wonâ€™t stop you from enjoying a flight around the world if you get on the right plane.
Q. Is it easy to be hypnotized?
A. Yes. Again, it all depends on is your desire to be hypnotized and get the benefits you want (providing you have an I.Q. above 70 and can imagine).
Itâ€™s as simple as:
Â· Agreeing to be hypnotized.
Â· Realizing you will be aware of everything said to you.
Â· Understanding that you have ultimate control over what suggestions you choose to accept at all times.
Â· Appreciating the fact that the state is 100% voluntary on your part and thatâ€¦
Â· You have the power to emerge from trance whenever you want.
Q. How do I know that hypnosis works for me?
A. When you realize that you naturally go in and out of the hypnotic state many times each day anyway (whether it is on the way in and out of sleep, watching TV, or just daydreaming), you already know it works. Now itâ€™s just a matter of how much you are willing to learn how to enter and use the dynamic state of hypnosis whenever you chooseâ€¦whether you want to achieve your goals, activate new abilities you didnâ€™t even know you had, or just relax.
Q. How safe is hypnosis?
A. There has never been a documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis during its over 200 years of history. Hypnosis was approved as a safe and effective means of behavioral therapy with no harmful side effects by the American Medical Association in 1956. Hypnosis is not considered appropriate for individuals who are schizophrenics or other extremely unstable psychotics (who are already in their own kind of self-induced negative trance state), but is fine for those with reasonably stable minds, which is the vast majority of people, which more than likely includes you.
Because the most important job of your subconscious mind is to protect you, and the hypnotist is talking directly to your subconscious mind, your mind is just as ready, willing, and able to protect you while you are in hypnosis as it is when you are wide-awake (if not more so).
Q. Can I get stuck? What if I donâ€™t wake up?
A. No, nobody has ever been stuck. It is impossible to be â€œleftâ€ or â€œlostâ€ in hypnosis. Since you are completely aware of your surroundings while in hypnosis, even if the hypnotist were to leave you midway through your session without counting you up, you would eventually realize it and emerge yourself.
Hypnosis is not sleep. Hypnosis is actually like being more awake, but in a relaxed way. It is very relaxing like sleep, but unlike sleep your mind is still very alert and aware. Technically you never â€œwake upâ€ from hypnosis, since you were never asleep in the first place. Stage hypnotists will often use the word â€œsleepâ€ because thatâ€™s the closest word we know that people will respond to in order to relax immediately. Other than in stage hypnotism, hypnotists prefer to say that one â€œemergesâ€ from trance and hypnosis into the normal conscious state, rather than say, â€œwake upâ€.
Sometimes people who are very tired do fall asleep during hypnosis. If that happens, they just end up having a very pleasant nap and awaken normally feeling rested and refreshed.
One of the many positive side effects of trance is that, if youâ€™re like most people, youâ€™ll feel extremely well rested and refreshed upon emerging from hypnosis. Most people emerge feeling as though theyâ€™ve experienced a very comfortable and peaceful nightâ€™s sleep.
Q. How much do I have power over whether I am hypnotized or not?
A. A person cannot go into hypnosis thinking something like â€œI bet he canâ€™t hypnotize meâ€ or â€œThis canâ€™t possibly work for meâ€. Hypnosis is a 100% consent state, and the person with the ultimate response-ability for your going into hypnosis is YOU.
Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, it means that if you want to do it, you will. You hypnotize yourself. Your hypnotist can only guide you into learning how to enter that state and use it for your own benefit. Hypnosis is actually a highly focused, relaxed stateâ€¦and nobody can be forced to focus, nor can anybody be forced to relax.
Hypnosis will only work for you if you want it to, so no one can put or keep you in hypnosis against your will.
Since itâ€™s really you who hypnotizes yourself, you can either learn how to hypnotize yourself to succeed, or stumble blindly hypnotizing yourself to fail without even knowing it.
The choice is yours.
Q. Do I have control over my own thoughts when Iâ€™m hypnotized, or do I have to turn my mind over to you?
A. You will find that you actually have even more control over your thoughts in hypnosis. In fact, thatâ€™s the whole idea!
Itâ€™s your subconscious mind that becomes highly responsive in hypnosis and, since its job is to protect you, it would never agree to accept anything you feel is wrong or against your morals and values. Knowing that your mind always has the choice to accept or reject what is said to you by the hypnotist, we call the positive suggestions given to you by the hypnotist precisely thatâ€¦â€suggestionsâ€. NOT commands, but suggestions. If by chance one hears a suggestion that conflicts with his or her value system, that person can simply emerge him or herself out of hypnosis or just ignore the conflicting statement completely.
You are in complete control at all times.
Q. Heyâ€¦then why do hypnotized people do embarrassing stuff and act like fools during a hypnotistâ€™s stage show?
A. Absolutely everything a person hypnotized on stage does during one of those shows is something they want to do. Even though you will not do anything in hypnosis that you would not otherwise do, what other people would otherwise do can surprise you.
They are doing the silly things they do because they feel so unusually good, uninhibited, and probably more relaxed than they have ever felt in their lives. In factâ€¦they feel so good that they just donâ€™t give a damn about the audience and choose not to feel embarrassed. They think at the time that whatever they are doing is fun and the hypnotist makes them feel like stars. The more the audience laughs, the better entertainers the participants feel they are.
Next time you watch a stage show, notice how the hypnotist picks and chooses among the volunteers and asks many of them to return to the audience. He carefully selects the people who he wants to participate for the entire show. The ones he keeps are usually people who would go ahead and do those same things had you bought them a few beers and given them the spotlight.
If a person onstage really doesnâ€™t want to do something that the hypnotist tells them to do, they just wonâ€™t. You
see this happen at stage shows all of the time.