Hypnosis and How It Works
Hypnosis is merely a state of focused concentration. It is a state of mind of inner absorption. Hypnosis is actually a misleading term to some extent because all it really means is a state of trance.
All of us go in and out of trance throughout the day, whether we realize it or not, every time we turn on the television or get lost in thought. Hypnosis helps you supercharge your capacity and ability to make changes, nothing more and nothing less.
Your subconscious mind acts like a sponge, absorbing everything around it. Hypnosis helps you access your subconscious mind, helping you make changes much more quickly.
Hypnosis works by combining relaxation and motivation and because the subconscious mind does not differentiate between reality and imagination, it is an easy way to make changes that last.
Hypnosis for Pain Management
Hypnosis is a great way to help manage pain because it helps you tackle it at the very heart of the problem, the subconscious mind and the brain. The body and the brain work in tandem, and hypnosis can help patients both manage and overcome pain.
Hypnosis can alter the pain sensors in the brain, and research has shown that hypnosis used in a clinical setting can be helpful for acute and chronic pain.
A study done by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that an analysis of 18 studies showed that hypnosis offered moderate to large pain-relieving effects, which supports the hypothesis that hypnosis helps manage pain.
Hypnosis for Self-Healing
The primary goal of hypnosis as a complementary therapy is to help patients get back a feeling of control by helping them better understand the mind-body connection.
In reality, the mind is a very powerful tool, and there is no limit to what can be overcome using the subconscious mind. There are many ways to use hypnosis for self-healing from offering yourself suggestions to using guided imagery to taking yourself somewhere pleasant.
Let’s look at a simple technique now called the red ball technique.
Begin by straining your eyes and focusing on a spot on the wall or the ceiling. This type of eyestrain, once you close your eyes, brings you into a nice form of trance rather quickly.
Continue staring and focusing at the spot, and count backwards from 20 to one. Your eyes may begin to water or blur. When you reach the point where you cannot hold your eyes open any longer, simply close them.
Now imagine yourself walking along a beautiful beach. Imagine your pain has a color ¾ the color red. Imagine as you walk along the beach that you are actually walking inside of your pain, literally.
Imagine your pain is all around you, and envision yourself inside of a very large red ball. As you slowly move along the beach, begin to dial down your pain by first popping your arms out of the beach ball, then your legs. Keep moving and popping out various body parts, such as your head, your neck and your shoulders.
After a bit, begin to imagine the ball getting smaller and smaller until finally, you are holding your “pain” in the palm of your hands. Take your “pain,” toss it up into the air, envision it turning into a lovely red balloon and watch it slowly float away.
This is a very simple technique that is easy to do, and you do not have to be in a deep state of trance to make changes because even light states work well.
You may feel like you are simply imagining the process, but don’t let that stop you because the truth of the matter is that hypnosis works, whether you believe in it or not!
There is a theory that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because you cannot force anyone to be hypnotized against his or her will. In essence, people allow themselves to be hypnotized or put into trance; the hypnotist is merely the guide who assists the process.