It is one of the inevitable questions when someone works as a hypnotist: Does hypnosis work?
I had the same question when I booked my very first hypnotherapy session.
It took me quite a while to find the right person. I read the web pages of all hypnotists in my town – many of them were psychologists – and what I saw was confusing. Very much so.
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My quest for the right hypnotherapist
Some fancy psychologist scared me off, saying that she would only use hypnosis when it was inevitable. Otherwise, she would prefer psychotherapy. Yes, it could take years, and yes, it costs.
There were other therapists, as well, who added hypnosis as an auxiliary activity, as if not entirely convinced of its use. Still, it could be used at least for marketing.
Other therapists looked unhappy and tense. Some seemed rigid or had a tooth-paste marketing smile. Some downright tried to look like someone they were not.
I didn’t understand, if they knew how to do hypnosis, why didn’t they use it for themselves? Some of them looked as if they could have used it.
Then, there were hypnotists, who promised to show past-lives. You could book a journey to your past-life as if it was a trip to Hawaii. Others pledged to help quit smoking or lose weight in a session, merely by using suggestions.
There was no one I could relate to at that point. I knew quite a lot about psychology and mind programming, to see that it was not that simple.
Finally, I came across a website, apparently designed in the previous century.
There was a hypnotist, telling his story: how he beat cancer, and how he fought alcohol and other addictions with the help of hypnosis. He believed in hypnosis. He used it, not just with his clients, but on himself. He was the living proof that hypnosis worked.
It was then that I finally booked a session.
How did my first hypnosis feel?
I have to admit that even though his story woke some trust in me, I went to the session somewhat defiantly. I didn’t want to hear any esoteric brainwashing or about letting go of negative feelings.
My problem didn’t seem very bad. I just felt utterly lost in my life, unhappy and numb. I felt depressive and detached. I carried a pain, although I had almost everything I could need. I got entangled in the web of my psyche and couldn’t get out. I felt miserable and helpless.
The session was nothing I imagined.
- First, there was no brain-washing. Instead, there were questions. Always the right questions.
- It felt normal. Secretly I was anticipating a peculiar feeling. Something extraordinary. For example like in the Matrix, sliding down a slope, being caught up in a different reality, whatever. But no. I felt normal.
- The answers came naturally; as if I had always known them. Still, as they started to add up, I began to see an astonishing picture.
- There were emotions. I’m not particularly emotional. I’m more of an engineer. So these feelings surprised me. They were vivid. Incredibly deep and strong. Such vivid emotions I only experienced in dreams.
So, does hypnosis work?
That one session changed my life forever.
- I discovered just how thoroughly we detach ourselves from our feelings (even those who think they know all about themselves) and I learned how to get in touch with them and what to do with that energy.
- I received a lot of invaluable information from my subconscious, and I learned to cooperate with it.
- Instead of losing control in hypnosis, on the contrary, I regained my power, and not just over my suppressed, long-forgotten emotions, but also over my life.
- I soon learned to work on myself very efficiently. And it wasn’t just getting rid of unhappiness, but gaining a meaningful life full of possibilities and things I have only dreamt of before. I became a new and fuller person.
Okay, you can say that there are many methods to achieve emotional or mental health. You can use meditation, yoga and so on.
What is so unique about hypnosis?
It is its fantastic physical effect on the body.
For me, the most shocking proof of the effectiveness of hypnosis is hypnosurgery.
It is surgery done with no anesthesia or very little analgesia.
Sounds unbelievable? See it for yourself in the following video:
In the video, you can see Dr. John Butler, my teacher.
Does hypnosis work in my opinion?
Yes, definitely. I have seen enough evidence.
If hypnosis didn’t work, hypnosurgery would not be possible. We have much more control over our body than we used to think and our body is more powerful than we suppose. Hypnosis helps to break the old, obsolete ideas that make us feel powerless.
Clinical evidence of the effectiveness of hypnosis
The papers of Dr. Milton H. Erickson, one of the greatest pioneers of hypnotherapy, describe in detail effective treatment of various physical, as well as psychological issues of his clients. But there is a growing number of scientific researchers in this field in our days, as well.
Let me show you just a few, random examples:
1. Hypnosis for treating gastric problems
Treatment of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with hypnotherapy
According to a study on patients with severe intractable irritable bowel syndrome, 100% of the patients under 50 years and 25% of patients over 50 years responded to well hypnotherapy.
Compared to psychotherapy, hypnotherapy gave “dramatic improvement in all features.”
2. Hypnosis for pain control
Treatment of refractory fibromyalgia (a condition with chronic muscle pain) with hypnotherapy
The pain experience, fatigue on awakening, and sleep pattern of patients treated with hypnosis showed significant improvement on a controlled trial.
Hypnosis was found useful in the pain reduction of severely burnt patients, while they went through “dressing changes, and wound debridement.”
3. Hypnosis in treating allergy
Children diagnosed with bronchial asthma showed an improvement of over 50%.above the baseline measurement
4. Hypnosis for treating obesity
5. Hypnosis for treating incontinence
50 patients with proved terusor instability received hypnotherapy treatment. By the end of the 12 session treatment. 29 patients were entirely symptom-free, 14 women improved, and only seven stayed unchanged.
6. Hypnosis for treating insomnia
Symptom-based hypnosis (without revealing and addressing the causes) treatment has shown a significant effect on patients with chronic PTSD.
As I said, this is but a little sample of what is possible by using the potential of the human mind.
That’s why I encourage all of you to start learning to use it properly. For that, I will provide the best support I can to help you on your way.
In the next article, you will find out how does hypnosis work and why.
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