What Exactly is Hypnosis Therapy? – Keeping It Simple
I was first introduced to hypnosis over three decades ago when I took an intensive course in it. This was before I studied with the very well known Past Life Psychiatrist, Dr. Brian Weiss about 20 years back.
Once upon a time, hypnosis was seen as a show; a spectacle. It has since then taken on a much different meaning, the same way that massage is now seen as therapeutic and not as a place to go for sex. Many people want to know why and if they need to see a hypnologist?
Why Use Hypnosis Therapy?
Many times you see it advertised for weight loss, smoking cessation, etc. However, hypnotherapy has taken on a completely new meaning when used for healing past traumatic events that prevent a person from living a relatively normal life. For example, there are those who are afraid to fly, have a fear of choking, sleeping, or getting sick from germs etc. At the root of all these maladies is the common theme of fearing the unknown which we call death.
For many years, in my talks as a Unity teacher and counselor I would suggest to my audiences that the way a person looks at death will determine how they live their life.
So, to break it down at the simplest level; hypnosis can indeed be used to stop smoking, lose weight, or end any other habit that is bad for your health. However, in the past two decades it is also seen as a way to live a fuller life by quelling unnecessary fears.
In that respect then, ask the question of why would I want to go on punishing myself or not feeling good? For example, I once had a client with an ongoing, repetitive dream which caused him a fear to fall asleep. As we discovered, the dream was about an unhealed rift with his brother. As a result of the hypnotherapy, he was able to reach out by letter after two decades of silence to this brother. They both decided to meet and talk about what had happened and resume their long lost relationship. This is just one example among many.
I myself was ready to stop smoking back in 1989 and had tried many other therapies to do so, with none working. I chose to attend a four hour hypnosis session given by Dr. Steven Present in West Palm Beach with many other smokers that evening. Included in that session were photos of problems with smoking. However, realistically speaking, I had come to believe that smoking was really bad for me and I was feeling the affects of it with nausea, dizziness and other negative side affects like the horrible smell of all the chemicals in the cigarette, the odor it left on me, my clothes, my environment and the increasing embarrassment of so many non smoking public places. I knew when I went to that seminar that I was ready to stop and would do whatever it took for me to do that.
You have to really want to change a habit that is having negative consequences on your life and your thinking.
In closing, why not give yourself a gift to change whatever is hampering your lifestyle? A reputable hypnotherapist is honest and integrity oriented. Feel free to contact me with any questions and let me help you decide if hypnosis is right for you.