Hypnosis involves a particular way of enhancing focused attention, which in turn helps in bypassing the logic of the conscious mind and also helps in engaging with the unconscious.
The following points will provide a summary of what is involved in the experience:
- There is a discussion about hypnosis with the therapist prior to the actual process.
- The patient is then simply asked to sit comfortably and allow the experience to unfold.
- The ‘language’ of hypnosis is attuned to how we communicate with the unconscious: through sensations, feelings and images.
- The hypnotic state of mind has been referred to as altered state of consciousness or trance – or else following imaginatively a suggestion or a possibility
- The degrees of absorption in this state can vary:
- Some clients report finding themselves as though in a vivid dream, except that they are aware of what they are doing and what is happening to them within and without.
- Others say that it’s like being in an ordinary conversation with the hypnotherapist except that there is an atmosphere of some subtle brightness, as though there was an unusual openness for things to happen and for them to have more interesting ideas/realisations.
- Most report a deeply familiar state of being which yet had been forgotten
- In most cases, change happens independently of the depth of absorption.
- Hypnosis can be used as the main intervention, for instance to stop smoking.
- It can also be used to support other psychological interventions – to enrich the current exploration by taking a ‘dip’ in the psychic waves of the unconscious and hopefully draw from its wisdom.