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What Is Hypnosis?

Updated: Jan 11

Hypnosis has been a source of healing since the 1770s, providing a way for people to improve their lives through its various forms and modalities. James Braid was the one who popularized the term "hypnotism," replacing the former terms of "animal magnetism" or “mesmerism” due to the negative connotations they had acquired. Today, hypnosis is used as a powerful scientific tool to help people heal and is divided into four distinct stages of consciousness: Beta, Alpha, Delta, and Theta. Examples of how hypnoses can help in everyday life will be discussed before exploring these stages in greater depth. Hypnosis is an incredible tool that can provide relief from pain, stress, anxiety and other forms of suffering, making it a valuable and empowering resource for anyone who wish to heal and improve their lives.

Hypnosis has been proven to be a powerful and successful tool for breaking hard habits, with many celebrities citing it as the reason for their successful change. Ellen DeGeneres went live on her show after using hypnosis to quit smoking, and with tears in her eyes, proclaimed that it "probably saved my life". Drew Barrymore was able to break her 16-year smoking habit with the help of hypnosis, feeling relieved and liberated from the addiction that had held her back for so long. Matt Damon was able to break his 20-year addiction with hypnosis, calling it the "greatest decision in my life". These inspiring successes suggest that hypnosis can be an invaluable tool to help improve one's life by breaking hard habits and addictions.

Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool for creating meaningful and lasting changes in your life. Albert Einstein used it to unlock his innermost creativity, Orlando Bloom used it to reduce his cravings for sugary foods, Bruce Willis used it to overcome stuttering, and Jessica Alba used it for hypnoBirthing during her pregnancy. These are just a few of the many people who have used hypnosis to make beneficial changes in their lives. Imagine how your life could be transformed if you could use hypnosis to break unhealthy habits, cultivate more meaningful relationships and access a greater depth of creativity. The possibilities are truly endless, and with the right motivation, hypnosis can be the key to unlocking a happier and healthier life. However, the truth about hypnosis is that you have to want the change, it is not a magic blue pill to solve all your problems without you having to do a thing. If you are ready to take control of your life and make positive changes, hypnosis could be the perfect solution for you.

The question I often hear when discussing hypnosis is, "Will I cluck like a chicken or do something embarrassing?" I can assure you that you are in total control during a hypnotherapy session. You might not even leave the alpha state and still recall the entire session - which can be an incredibly rewarding experience. In alpha mode, your brain can process 200 times more information than in beta mode, allowing you to reach a deeper level of understanding and insight. It is also important to note that when in alpha mode, information can easily pass through the brain's filter - the Reticular Activating System (RAS). To understand how these states of consciousness are used in daily life, let us take a look at them in more detail and uncover the amazing potential they can have in your life.

As you drift into Beta mode, you become fully alive to the world around you. Your Reticular Activating System (RAS) is on high alert, sifting through the cacophony of life to determine what is true and what is not. Examples of Beta mode include engaging in conversation, giving a speech or teaching a class.

Alpha mode, on the other hand, occurs when you are in a state of relaxed detachment; when you are reading, playing video games, on the computer, meditating, or driving long distances. This is the state you will likely enter during your first hypnosis session, and it is relatively simple to access. As you pause to reflect or meditate, you are allowing your brain to slip comfortably into Alpha mode.

As you drift into Theta brainwaves, your mind is filled with blissful daydreams and imaginative ideas. You're in an auto-mode, your thoughts becoming more vivid and creative as you drift further away from the mundane and into a realm of possibility. You find yourself automatically doing common tasks like cleaning or organizing your space, reveling in the joyful opportunities this state provides as your consciousness drifts off in a euphoric state of creative potential.

As you drift into the deepest brainwave, Delta, you enter a dreamless state of profound relaxation. Your body and mind become still, as all conscious thought fades away and all worries drift away. You are in a much-needed state of healing and restorative energy, allowing your body and mind to recharge and restore, bringing about a sense of relaxation and peace.

As you use hypnosis to break through your 'filter' (RAS), you open yourself up to a powerful transformation. Even if you feel like you barely remember the session, it has already had an impact - you were in a state of alpha, breaking down the wall that stands between you and the changes you so desperately crave. By reinforcing the new information during alpha mode - upon waking and before bed - you can strengthen those new neural pathways and finally see the results you desire materializing in your life.

Do you feel the familiar weight of restlessness in your chest? Is it that nagging feeling of unease, the fear of the unknown that keeps you up at night? Or perhaps it's the blocks that seem insurmountable, no matter how hard you try. Whatever it is, I challenge you to look within yourself and ask: what do I need to upgrade? Is it more focus? A deeper connection to yourself? The answer is entirely up to you.

Ready to take the plunge and upgrade your thinking? Schedule a private hypnosis session with Ashley today and start your journey towards transformation and self-discovery.

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