Hypnosis is as old as mankind. The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today, the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry, law enforcement, professional sports, and education.
Our minds work on two levels—the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change the habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.
For most people they simply feel relaxed. There is a change in the brain wave activity, similar to that time just before sleep when the alpha state is entered. Our brain's waking state is a beta brain wave, just as you are going to sleep it changes to alpha and then to delta and theta in deep sleep. The alpha state is a very dreamy, pleasant state. During this time the mind is very receptive to suggestions for change. Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally controlled hypnosis session.
We are constantly hypnotizing ourselves. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, when we call ourselves names, or put ourselves down and reinforce fears and limitations. It can get to be a habit and if you do it long enough you will develop a belief that will get the results you ask for.
Is Hypnosis effective ?
"A study presented on October 22, 2007 to the American College of Chest Physicians found that hypnosis was more than twice as effective as quitting 'cold turkey', and over three times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy." "Only 7% of smokers achieve long term abstinence without professional help." Source: chestnet.org
"Hypnotherapy has the HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE of ANY form of therapy for smokers wishing to quit" Source: New Scientist -1992
"Hypnosis is the most effective method of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little." Source: New Scientist Magazine - 1992