The terms hypnosis and hypnotherapist are familiar to most people but new to others so the question is often asked “what is hypnosis?”. To answer this it helps to describe the work of the hypnotherapist. Originally hypnotherapy was, and often still is, a suggestion based therapy where some concept, idea or suggestion is put forward to the client. This form of therapy is particularly useful to help a person stop smoking for instance.
At a second level hypnotherapy is used to release some mind condition through analysis and is more concerned with discovering why a client is as he is and bring about the change he desires. Panic attacks, phobias, self confidence, anxiety, depression and similar are examples of problems where this approach is most useful.
In the third level the hypnotherapist uses his skills and knowledge of the mind to help the client gain access to the subconscious mind and utilise the immense power of the subconscious to bring about healing of bodily conditions. Arthritis is a classic example of this therapy. Th e holistic hypnotherapist using Creative Mindpower Techniques is a therapist trained and competent in all three levels and as such is relatively rare and exceptional.
What is hypnotherapy? As with other therapies, hypnotherapy is used to heal, the one unique and vital factor of difference is that hypnotherapy is directed at healing through the power of the subconscious mind, the supreme human bodily programme. In this way it becomes possible to not only treat the mind itself but the entire bodily system in a natural and safe way. This is possible because no part of the body can function without the mind and no part can perform efficiently and properly if the mind fails to completely fulfil its functions relative to that part.
Hypnotherapy is conducted with the subject in the natural state of hypnosis which gives the therapist direct access to the subconscious mind. It is the subconscious mind that governs us and makes us the personality we are and causes us to react in the way that we do, therefore if we are reacting or behaving in a way that is detrimental to us we can change that just like deleting some unwanted programme from a computer and installing a new and better one. Hypnotherapy is not concerned with disease and general illness though it can assist conventional medicine by stimulating the subject`s immune system.
Hypnosis should not be used to replace conventional medicine, rather it should go hand in hand with it for the simple reason that should the subject`s condition be a symptom of the mind state and the therapist brings about the relief of that state the condition will be resolved in any case.
Regarding the status of hypnotherapy, whether it is an alternative or complimentary therapy I suggest the answer is neither. Th e hypnotherapist is the only practitioner specialising through hypnosis, therefore it can be considered a separate branch of medicine. Because of the uniqueness of hypnotherapeutic approach and the fact that it is directed at treating the most significant organ of the human body, hypnotherapy must ultimately become recognised as of equal if not more importance than other medical approaches.
Hypnosis can be used to treat a very wide range of conditions, commonly neurotic ones, but also those that appear to be non-neurotic, in fact the hypnotherapist can resolve physiological conditions also, for example slipped discs, trapped nerves and mysterious pains that defy conventional medical treatment.
Hypnosis can also be used to help the body heal rapidly following surgical operations or injury, I use it a lot to prepare a person for surgery to enhance the success of the operation and speed the recovery process, indeed a recent client I helped in this way reported that the surgeon and medical staff were amazed at her recovery rate. Th e hypnotherapist can help a subject to permanently alter his mental reactions and by doing so become more positive, fulfilled or at ease, the subject can be helped to perform better at sports, public speaking, tests and exams, and the mother to be can be helped to experience easier labour and more comfortable child birth.
The hypnosis can release such conditions as depression, migraine, panic attacks, hay fever, and allergies, eating disorders, improve self-confidence and self-esteem and many other problems, conditions and maladies far more effectively and safely than any conventional medical approach.
Since the mind runs the body and itself, a truly unlimited potential for healing and change exists and the hypnotherapist, through hypnosis, has access to this amazing power.
Further, what the hypnotherapist can do for others he can also do for himself. Right now we only need to catch a glimpse of the possibilities to spur us on and it makes no difference if you are presently sceptical or have doubts about your ability to do these things.
In all my experience as a professional hypnotherapist I have never given or implied a guarantee of any kind but in writing this book I can happily give a guarantee to provide in easy to understand language and step by step instruction all you will need to be able to heal yourself and others. To practice these self healing techniques you only need average intelligence, common sense and above all, a sense of commitment and conscientiousness.
You will only need a limited medical knowledge and must never ignore any medical advice you may have been given.
With the above qualities and some self-confidence you will be well able to achieve excellent results and amazing successes.
When you use the knowledge and skills gained from this course to help someone it is imperative that you observe absolute confidentiality at all times. Personally I do not even discuss clients with my immediate family and if I have occasion to telephone a client I do not state who I am or what I am calling about to anyone else who may answer the phone – it could be that the client has not told anyone that they have consulted me or what they have consulted for.
This is often more true when treating relatives or friends. Please always be conscious of confidentiality and never use the knowledge acquired during therapy to mock or ridicule the client in any way. It is advisable to caution the client to observe confidentiality for themselves.