What is Hypnosis?

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Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

This work is so “old hat” to me that I sometimes forget it’s a new adventure for a lot of people.  And they may not be sure what it is, confused by media misrepresentations of hypnosis.  So, once again, I’d like to explain this cool, accelerated learning state.

So much info is on my Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP website proper, and especially, on my frequently asked questions page.  Here’s another iteration of what I know to be true about this beautiful, powerful thing called hypnosis. Hypnosis is my passion, it’s the most wonderful thing I’ve encountered in my life!

What is hypnosis?  It’s a very pleasant and relaxing experience, it’s a calm and a centered kind of clarity of mind. You’re not asleep and you’re not zonked out, you’re in full control. You’re aware. It’s a kind of hyper awareness, which is inner focused.

What happens in hypnotherapy is that a person connects to their creative mind, their problem-solving mind, their intuitive mind and through creative language, stories, imagery, ideas, and “suggestions,” we direct that mind to desired goals and to create new internal strategies. I believe that people are massively powerful and resourceful in hypnosis. It is very much an accelerated learning state.

Hypnosis is an everyday naturally occurring thing, we slip in and out of this state all the time. My mother was an artist. While she’d be painting at her easel, THAT’s hypnosis. Reading a book, losing yourself in thought, that’s hypnosis. Daydreaming. Going to a movie! Filmmakers are master hypnotists! The experience of being in a movie theater and
caught up in a story (forgetting momentarily about the crunching of popcorn sounds around you and the sticky floors), THAT’s hypnosis.

It’s a narrowing of focus, it’s a suspension of disbelief. In hypnosis, we let the conscious, analytical, critical mind take a mini vacation, and that opens up a doorway to communication with the deeper (more powerful) part of our mind.  The part of us that runs the habits and patterns of behavior and responses.

My clients come out of hypnosis and they say: “Wow! That was amazing.”  Yes, it is.

Learn more anytime on my website.  I have many videos where I talk about “What is hypnosis?” as well.  If you’re interested in private hypnotherapy sessions, I also offer a free in person consultation where I explain much more.  I invite you to take advantage of that!

Connie Brannan, CHt and Licensed Trainer of NLP

Connie Brannan, CHt & Licensed Trainer of NLP

All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis

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Why did Michael Buy this Book? — The Power of Unconscious Communications.

Unconscious Communications
Non conscious communications in action!

Hi, Hypno-Friends.

This is a funny story.  Yesterday, Michael and I were browsing books in Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Michael grabbed a book off the shelf, looked at it for a moment and informed me he was buying it.  It was another book on unconscious communications.   We have a LOT of those books at home.  I asked him:  “Does it look good?”  He said:  “Yes!  I’m buying it.  There’s something about it, I noticed it right away.”  I said:  “Perhaps it’s that brilliant green cover.”  🙂

So, we browse more, and eventually end up at the checkout register.

As the book is sitting on the counter, I notice that there are some words on the cover that I had not seen before, secret words:  “Hey, there, Sexy!  Yes, you.  Buy this book now.  You know you want it!”  The words are invisible unless the book catches the light just so, and then creates a momentary silvery shine based on a difference in paper surface.  We laughed uproariously.

Looking further, we also noticed that along the spine were the secret words:  BUY, BUY, BUY, and on the back in HUGE letters BUY, BUY, BUY and also on the inside jacket flaps.  I asked Michael if he had noticed the words while looking at the book.  Nope!   But of course, he had!  With his UNconscious mind.  The unconscious notices everything–taking in billions of pieces of information in any given moment.

Too funny!  🙂  The proof is in the behaviors.   This purchase supports the premise of the book itself — unconscious communications affect our choices.  Michael wanted the book, and bought the book!  Why?  Was it just his innate interest in the topic?  Or did those invisible words add a motivational pull?  I think both.

This drives home the idea that drives my work.  Unconscious communications (things we are not aware of) have massive power over us.  This is my realm, this is my playground, to notice and change these things, and create more behavioral choices for people.

I’m reading this book that Michael bought, too.  Will take me all of five minutes.  But that’s another story–Michael and I are just now returning from a multi-day training on hypnotic reading.  Absorbing massive amounts of written information quickly using self hypnosis.  🙂

Think for a moment about what you don’t notice.  It’s noticing you.  And moving you.

Warm Regards,

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Success Can Last

SUCCESS!  Great word, fabulous idea.  Seeing the word in print should spur positive feelings, should it not?

I saw a picture the other day.  A beach, with “success” scratched in the sand near the surf’s edge.  A friend shared this on Facebook, as an inspirational thing.  No, it isn’t!  I delve daily into the world of unconscious communications.  I find and study (and change when useful) what is being communicated under the surface, which absolutely does affect us.  A facet of my job is that I have trained myself to look for and listen in particular for “limiting beliefs,” ideas which stop us from success.

This picture has a very limiting belief embedded within.  It’s an unconscous communication, and it’s quite negative.

Imagine this picture.  The tide is out, and the sand is fairly dry but still moist.  What’s about to happen?  Soon, that word will be washed away, vanish, be obliterated.  You know it’s going to happen, it’s a function of the location of the word and the ephemeral manner in which it is written in the sand and the inevitability of the tide.  Messages in the sand do not remain.  They go away.

“Success does not last.”

NOT a message I like for my unconscious mind!

I’d rather believe success is something we control and keep for as long as we want it.  Not subject to the whims of nature.  I’d rather have a message of empowerment (I create success) rather than disempowerment (you’re going to lose it soon and there’s nothing you can do).

Beliefs are not just ideas.  They are movement operators.  They create action and activity in us.  Or they stop us.  This picture is a stopper!  Something to muse upon!

Warm Regards,

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