Another thing my clients ask is
“Am I going to put them UNDER Hypnosis”!
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 It’s a very outdated term used by many older Hypnotists,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being taught by an older Hypnotist that still uses that outdated word!
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!
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!
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!
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
“You can't depend
on your eyes
when your imagination
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.