What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis in our view is something that can be both scientifically defined and demonstrated as well as can be highly unique and abstract based upon the particular methods, teachings, and understandings of the Hypnotist and Hypnotee interaction.
Hypnosis is simply one of an infinite number of methods used to create cognitive changes in an individual that will eventually lead to changes in their physical life as well. Hypnosis consists of utilizing naturally occurring alternate states of consciousness both of the conscious mind and of the subconscious mind. Traditionally, hypnosis is a form of altering a person’s state of mind to the desired level where that person (both consciously and subconsciously) will be open to suggestions. Suggestions are usually given verbally but alternate communications can be used as well by a highly skilled hypnotist.
In hypnosis there are usually two parties involved. The hypnotist and the subject. Self hypnosis is common as well but in our opinion should be framed as trance work, meditation, visualization, or self suggestion rather than self hypnosis but this is simply our belief. In deep level hypnosis there must always be a hypnotist to deliver the suggestions as the conscious mind of the subject is too pre-occupied to both deliver the suggestions and to guide the self to the desired level of awareness. In other words the subject is in too much of an alter state to do anything else but to follow the suggestions of the hypnotist (within reason of course).
Hypnosis can be tested via various physical and observational tests to insure that the proper level of trance has been achieved thus a trained hypnotist can tell the difference between a light state of relaxation and a deep state of hypnosis.
For more information we recommend reading anything on the famed hypnotist Milton Erickson.