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Do You REALLY

Go to Sleep When

You Are Hypnotized?

This article was originally published June 26th, 2011 by William C. Smith

“The greatest achievements
were at first and for a time dreams.
The oak sleeps in the acorn.”
James Allen
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A lot of people think when they’re Hypnotized they’re going to be asleep.

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Where do they get that idea? From television and stage Hypnosis. For whatever reason, Hypnotists in those circumstances use the word “Sleep” when what they really mean is “close your eyes and be relaxed.”
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Of course, it doesn’t help much that the word “Hypnosis” is derived from a Greek word for sleep.  It was originally called “neuro-hypnotism”, meaning “sleep of the nerves”. 
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It was first coined around 1841 by a Scottish surgeon named James Braid. Many refer to Dr. Braid as “the Father of modern Hypnotism”.  It was originally intended to mean a “sleep” of the nervous system where the person experiencing Hypnosis would become physically relaxed and focused on a single idea while minimizing distractions. 

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Later, Braid regretted using the word “Hypnosis” or “Hypnotism” because it encouraged the misconception that when a person was Hypnotized that they went to “sleep”. Here’s an excerpt from “Hypnotic Therapeutics written by Braid in 1853:
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“It is of great importance that is should be clearly understood by patients, that it is by no means generally requisite that they should lapse into the state of unconsciousness in order to ensure the salutary effects of the nervous sleep.  Many imagine that unless they become torpid and insensible, no beneficial effect can ensue.”   
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It’s TRUE – many of my clients today believe they are going to be asleep or even unconscious! 
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Dr. Braid continues:  “This is a complete misapprehension, for the happy results of innumerable cases treated with the greatest success by hypnotism, clearly prove, that cases which had resisted all ordinary treatment by the exhibition of medicines and external applications, have readily yielded to the impression made on the nervous system by this peculiar influence, even when they were perfectly conscious of all that has happened during the nervous sleep.” 
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And then Dr. Braid gives an example of self-Hypnosis he did himself using his method and how it helped him relieve pain caused by rheumatism: 

“This was strikingly verified in my own case, when I cured myself of a violent rheumatic attack by throwing myself into the nervous sleep (i.e., into self-hypnosis) for eight or nine minutes,from which I was aroused perfectly free from pain, although I had been perfectly conscious all the while.” -- Dr. James Braid
The word Hypnosis was first coined around 1841 by a Scottish surgeon named James Braid. Many refer to Dr. Braid as the Father of modern Hypnotism.

Another thing my clients ask is “Am I going to put them UNDER Hypnosis”! 

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UNDER?  No, I don’t like the word “under” when referring to the work I do.  But unfortunately, a lot of Hypnotists still use that term.  It’s a very outdated term used by many older Hypnotists, and even brand new ones.  Why would a new Hypnotist use that term?  Because they’re being taught by an older Hypnotist that still uses that outdated word!

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I tell my clients, when they come to my office, the only “under” they may be is under a blanket.  Many of my clients enjoy the feel of a nice blanket.  They feel safe and protected, maybe like a little kid would.  I know I enjoy using a blanket!

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When clients come into my office, I explain to them that Hypnosis is a natural, normal experience for all of us. You don’t have to be relaxed even!

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When you’re watching a sport being played, you’re in a state of focus to the extent that things around you seem to fade away. And even when an athlete is playing a sport, they are in a state of Hypnosis. In fact, the more they are into that state of Hypnosis, the better they play!

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Of course, most of my clients do get very relaxed in one of my big, comfortable recliners. Sometimes they do go to sleep. Sometimes they’re awake and alert all the way through. Most of the time, they drift back and forth between a very relaxed state and a relaxed, but aware state.

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“You can't depend on your eyes
when your imagination
is out of focus.”
Mark Twain
 
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In this relaxed state, I teach my clients to focus their imagination on their goal, or the intended outcome of our sessions.  Being very relaxed, even asleep helps the clients become more receptive to the suggestions I offer them.
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It doesn’t matter! Even when we’re deep asleep, we still hear. You did know that didn’t you? When you go to sleep, you close your eyes, but not your ears.

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When we are very relaxed, and especially when we’re asleep, that’s when we are most receptive to suggestions.  This is why you should NEVER have the TV or radio on when you’re sleeping.  You will probably agree that the TV or radio is probably not going to be giving you very Positive suggestions.  In fact, just the opposite!  If you would probably be getting a lot of Negative suggestions!

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That’s why I give my clients Hypnosis CDs I produce for them to listen to while they’re sleeping. Even in their sleep, they’re getting powerful, positive suggestions to help reduce stress while at the same time making the positive changes they want to make. 
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Here’s one of the things I’ve noticed when I work with my clients – even if they are asleep and even snoring, I can say in a very quiet, calm voice – “take in a nice long, slow, deep breath, and relax even more.”  And when I say that, even when they’re asleep, you can see them take in that nice, long, slow, deep breath!  So it proves they are still hearing every word I say!
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Earlier I mentioned “under” as an outdated term many Hypnotists use.  Here’s another one – “Subject” when they’re referring to their CLIENTS!  Hypnotists are not royalty (some think they are, but they’re not).  We are professionals who work to help people make changes.  We DO NOT have “subjects”, we have clients.

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So just something to think about -- if you talk to a Hypnotist, maybe doing a consultation, and he or she uses those outdated terms – they’re techniques just may be outdated too.

My professional office is located in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. And I am available to travel (at your expense) worldwide for individual and group programs. I am also available for Video Skype Sessions
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