Trance is a natural state of mind. It is the place where a tired mind goes to rest. We experience trance many times every day. When you catch yourself day dreaming, or you are so absorbed in a book that you do not hear someone trying to get your attention, or when you are so consumed in thought that you have driven past your destination or finding yourself at home and don’t remember the drive, or so focused on what you are doing that everything else surrounding you is excluded. These are all a form of a natural everyday trance. Each of us is quite familiar with these and can easily relate to them.
One common misconception about hypnosis is that it is a form of unconsciousness, similar to sleep. This is mistaken, current research suggests that hypnosis is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility with a marginal awareness. Unlike unconsciousness, you remain in control all the time.
Another common misconception involves the ‘popular’ idea of hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is an act, its application is based on a series of interpretations that stage hypnotist makes when people choose to come up on stage to be hypnotized. To be hypnotized any hypnotist must have the participant’s permission before he or she is taken into trance. If the hypnotist does not have your tacit acceptance you will just dismiss any suggestion the hypnotist makes. Any attempt at hypnosis would fail before it started.
Through hypnosis you can access the subconscious mind, giving it powerful suggestions for the changes that you wish to make in your life. In the case of hypnosis the saying “Change your mind …Change your life” could never be more accurate.
Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School states that “hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance.” She includes in her list of hypnosis treatment applications: phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches, and high blood pressure.” This is not a new technology western science is using. This is a time – honoured technique that expands across all medical diagnostic areas.
Medical authorities from both the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) highly praise hypnosis as a powerful and effective way to enhance the healing process or make impressive transformation. The Mayo Clinic offers hypnosis as a psychological and medical therapy to help relieve symptoms of some diseases and conditions and “the medical hypnosis program offered by the Stanford Center of Integrative Care is designed to be an integrated component of a patient’s overall medical care.”