Hypnotic Phenomena and Advanced Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is often regarded as strange and mysterious, to the uninitiated. The truth is that hypnosis is capable of producing some truly fascinating phenomena. In this article we are going to explore some of these. We shall examine the following: Anaesthesia Hypermnesia False Memory Syndrome Cryptamnesia Repression Anaesthesia […]

Learned Beliefs and Acquired Behaviour Patterns

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In the very depths of your being, you have a basic view of who you are and how you fit into the world. Everyone has that fundamental belief system, that basic view of self, which has a lot to do with the teachings received since the moment you were born. Many of those teachings, especially […]

Suggestibility and Hypnosis

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The process of suggestibility is not created by hypnosis, but is merely enhanced by it and many individuals exhibit higher degrees of suggestibility out of the hypnotic state than others do within it! It is difficult to say why this should be. But it is established that an individual who erroneously believes he has drunk […]

The Conscious Critical Faculty

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Within the hypnotic state, most people’s suggestibility is increased; that is, they are very much more susceptible to the ideas that are suggested to them than they would be in ‘normal’ levels of consciousness. The reason for this is the by-passing of what is often referred to as the ‘Conscious Critical Faculty’. It is this […]

The Fundamental Belief System

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Beliefs, especially our core beliefs, are very important to us. They are essentially to our identity. Our beliefs define who we think we are and what we believe we can and cannot do — and these beliefs extend into just about all areas of life. Our fundamental belief system provides us with a number of […]

The Subconscious Mind and Hypnosis

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We have two parts to our brain – the conscious part and what we call the “subconscious.” These two parts have very different roles. When you cut your finger, for instance, you can consciously decide to clean the wound and apply a plaster. But all the work that actually heals the wound is controlled by […]

The Depth of Trance – The States of Hypnosis

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Everyone’s experience of hypnosis is unique. There are some people who can experience very deep states of hypnosis, while for others, only a light state is possible. The great thing is, for the purposes of our self hypnosis audio programs, it really does not matter. If you are willing to listen and relax as deeply […]

Hypnotherapy – Metaphor and Story-Telling

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I expect most of us know what a metaphor is, but it would probably help to begin this article with a definition. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which the words we use are applied to something which is not literally applicable. It can also be representative or symbolic of something else. A […]

Suggestibility Tests for Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

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There are many ways to test how susceptible a person may be to suggestion and hypnosis. These are commonly known as suggestibility tests. These tests are not needed and are seldom used in a clinical setting. However, stage hypnotists do rely on them because it is very important for them to quickly identify the most […]

Meditation vs. Self Hypnosis

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There is some confusion, even for people who both meditate and use self hypnosis, about whether there is any difference between the two disciplines. They both induce extremely beneficial, deeply relaxing and calming states of mind that can help you get through your day in a positive, calm and stress-free way. But, are they really […]