Pulling Back the Curtain on What It Really Feels Like to Be Put Under by a Hypnotist
When you think of what it feels like to be hypnotized, your mind probably conjures up this scenario:
A man with a jeweled turban stands on a small stage in a smoky nightclub. He invites a brave soul up to stand in front of the audience. He swings a pendulum in front of their eyes and repeats, “You’re getting verrrrrryy sleepy” until the volunteer falls into an unconscious state of complete submission.
Now the volunteer is at the mercy of a stranger’s whims, vulnerable and exposed both physically and emotionally. The hypnotist has complete control over their subject and can make them say and do whatever they want. The volunteer is made to crow like a rooster and perform other embarrassing acts while the crowd howls.
With a snap of the hypnotist’s fingers, the volunteer wakes up from their unconscious state. They are immediately aware that both the man in the turban and the audience are chuckling at some private joke . . . perhaps at their expense.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
When a reputable practitioner hypnotizes someone, the client is completely and totally in control of themselves while, at the same time, deeply relaxed.
Hypnosis, often shrouded in mystique and misconceptions, is a profoundly transformative experience that allows individuals to unlock their inner potential and bring about positive change in their lives. The experience of being hypnotized is often likened to a state of deep relaxation, similar to the feeling of watching a sunset, getting a massage, or even daydreaming.
Many who have been hypnotized report that while they were certainly conscious and able to process everything that was going on, they still had their own thoughts while receptive to hypnotic suggestions.
Hypnosis sets itself apart from other methods by several key benefits:
- A relaxed natural state of mind.
- A heightened state of awareness/suggestibility.
- A heightened attention span (narrowing of the perceptual fields).
- A client-centered mechanism.
- A deep state of relaxation.
The Three Effects of Hypnotism:
It’s important to understand that the state of hypnosis is made up of three major components: the physical, the mental, and the emotional. While it’s not critical for success to be in a relaxed state during a session, it often spontaneously occurs as part of the induction process.
Let’s explore the different parts of hypnosis and how they can affect you:
What it feels like to be hypnotized varies from person to person, but it is generally a natural state of calm serenity and heightened awareness. You may feel like you’re daydreaming or in a trance, but you’re still conscious and aware of everything around you.
During hypnosis, a person’s body tends to loosen up because they are focusing on something else. Stop right now while you are reading this and notice your body . . . most of the time we don’t notice what our body feels like unless there is discomfort or pain.
The body relaxes as the subject focuses their attention on the hypnotist’s suggestions. This calm state is akin to the feeling of reading a book while warm inside on a cold day or enjoying a gentle massage. Everything else seems to fall away as the mind fixates on the hypnotist’s words.
There’s actually a state of being called hypnodial sleep which is the time between being awake and falling asleep. You feel so relaxed, yet so aware of everything that’s happening. This mirrors how hypnosis works but stops before actually surrendering to deep sleep for the night.
What’s really fascinating about the physical response to hypnosis is when the practitioner suggests to the subject that their body feels heavy or light. To the one being hypnotized, it generally does. This is a phenomenon involving what’s called “convincers,” wherein the body can respond physically to a simple suggestion that doesn’t make a lot of conscious sense. For example, the subject accepts the suggestion of physical heaviness in the eyelids without consciously analyzing why they need to or don’t need to feel heavy.
Your mind will be more focused and receptive to suggestions. You may find it easier to visualize and imagine things. Some who have been hypnotized report that they’re able to let their minds wander freely, or in turn, to focus intensely on one specific thing. This mental freedom provides a wonderful benefit, helping individuals escape the constant chatter of their conscious mind and tap into the power of their subconscious.
It’s like becoming completely engrossed in a movie. Your mind becomes completely consumed and transfixed by what’s happening on the screen and can shut out the world around it. Yet, you’re still completely aware of what’s going on around you.
This heightened focus can bring a profound sense of calm and detachment from one’s surroundings. That natural relaxed state allows one to be more open to suggestion and positive change.
In a hypnotic trance, emotions are heightened, allowing clients to experience feelings of love, joy, and happiness more deeply. This emotional enhancement has a positive impact on both the mind and body, enabling individuals to explore and address their emotions in a safe and controlled environment.
Hypnosis can help individuals gain insights into their emotions and access buried or repressed feelings. They may even be able to recall forgotten memories or past traumatic experiences, which can be emotionally intense and cathartic.
This can lead to the release and processing of unresolved emotional issues. Again, it’s essential to note these experiences can vary greatly from person to person, and not everyone will respond in the same way. Some may find themselves experiencing a range of emotions more vividly, while others may feel detached or emotionally neutral during the session.
Funny thing is, there’s always a part of me saying “this isn’t going to work”, but next thing you know I’m in a deep state of hypnosis. I don’t know how Valerie does it! She’s amazing and so gentle and down to Earth. I could literally go on and on!I highly recommend The Flow Center for Hypnosis. Please check it out. ❤️Dehvon Young – Dallas
This is why it’s so crucial to have an experienced and reputable practitioner to guide you through the process. Hypnosis is powerful and effective when it’s in the hands of someone who understands how to wield it with thoughtfulness and nuance.
Coming out of a hypnotic state:
Awakening from hypnosis often feels like you are waking up from a deep nap. There’s no snap of the fingers. Instead, the hypnotist will slowly bring you out of the trance-like state. You may feel a little disoriented at first, but you should quickly return to your normal level of consciousness. You may also find that some circulation needs a moment to return as you shift your physical position. Within a minute, clients are fully awake, refreshed, and ready for the rest of their day.
Some people also report feeling refreshed and invigorated after a hypnosis session. They may feel more relaxed and centered, with a better understanding of themselves and their goals.
Awakening from a hypnotic state can also feel like time has been distorted. Thirty minutes of hypnosis can feel like only ten minutes to some people. In fact, some have remarked it feels like they’ve been bending time.
How we do it:
The Flow Center’s program has been helping people for decades who want to banish their negative thoughts and habits and transform their lives:
Journey deep into your subconscious: You’ll be guided into a deeply relaxed state that lets all other thoughts fall away so your mind can focus. This allows your subconscious to be more receptive to suggestion. The hypnotist will begin to unlock issues that have prevented you from experiencing self-acceptance and bring them to the surface.
Create new lovable habits for yourself: The hypnotist will then reprogram your old internal belief system and rewire it to accept self-love. This new “coding” will allow you to transform the way you see, respond, and attach meaning to your issues. Instead of the negative emotions and patterns you once had, you’ll be able to create new and lovable habits surrounding the way you see yourself.
Develop new positive and loving beliefs: The voices in your head telling you that you’re not enough will be silenced. No more beating yourself up. Instead, you’ll have effortless kindness and respect for the amazing person you already are. You’ll be able to step confidently into new habits that celebrate all your strengths and see your old habits with more compassion as they depart from your life.
Imagine a future where it is all possible: You’ll be able to take more chances now that nothing is holding you back. Boldly embrace a new mindset where the opportunities open to you are endless. Nothing is beyond you. In fact, success is at the forefront of your mind.
Additionally, imagine a future where you break the cycle of negative thinking so your children don’t have to go through what you did.
See the benefits of self-love: The result is a gentle and effective ability to return to your natural love for yourself. It’s always been there, but it eroded over time when those negative beliefs crept in. Now that you’ve released those feelings, you have more space to allow your self-esteem to blossom.
Feel confident and free knowing you’re in safe hands.
Being put under hypnosis is different for everyone. Many report afterward that it felt almost as if they were following a guided meditation that took them to a relaxed, safe space. A place where they felt comfortable looking inward and open to change, yet still allowed them to embrace a sense of inner calm.
There have never been any instances in my practice where someone left feeling worse than when they came in. I pride myself on providing an environment that allows my clients to confidently access the deeper recesses and feel safe while doing so.
Whether you’re in Dallas or on the other side of the world, we offer in-person and virtual appointments for your convenience.
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