spiral_galaxy Hypnosis is a term describing a natural state of consciousness that you experience many times during your wakeful day. The term trance also describes this state, which is when the conscious, analytical mind becomes so relaxed that you are only passively attentive to your outer environment.

Official Definition
The official definition of hypnosis is "Bypass of the critical factor and establishment of acceptable selective thinking".

The critical factor is the part of the conscious mind that "protects" the subconscious mind from accepting inappropriate suggestions.

For example, if I told you that you are the worlds richest person, your critical factor would analyze this information, compare it to current beliefs and memories and reject it.The trance state allows easier access to the subconscious, or unconscious mind. The subconscious is receptive to positive suggestion without judgement that often happens from our critical mind.

You Experience Hypnosis Naturally Many Times a Day
Your personal evidence of being in the hypnotic state occurred if you ever found yourself so immersed in a movie or television program that you lost track of time, or didn't even notice when someone walked in front of the screen. Automatic driving is another form of trance, which is when you find yourself at your destination without remembering how you got there.

Hypnosis Myths Dispelled
A person in hypnosis does not act in a manner contrary to their own deeply held values. The subconscious is ever vigilent and always working to protect you - even in a trance - against any perceived danger or harm, be it physical or emotional. Stage hypnotists usually ask for fun-loving, out-going people to come on stage. If that is not your normal personality, it is unlikely the stage hypnotist could get you to entertain the crowd.

Benefits of Hypnosis
Using the open receptivity of the mind that accompanies trance, it is possible to promote positive and wanted change within individuals. The aim of hypnotherapy is to use the power of the mind to create a different reality or strong vision for how you want your life to change. The hypnotist is just a facilitator to help you accomplish your goals. Using the trance state enables you to deeply embed your desired outcome into your subconscious. The results are truely life-changing.

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