Through self-hypnosis, you can learn how and why you engage in the same negative behaviors, day after day and year after year. It is possible to make positive changes in your life through the application of relaxation techniques which may reduce or eliminate these unwanted negative behaviors. And, because of your awareness of the areas of your own life that need direction or special attention, you can choose sessions that are best suited for your personal situation.
People have five levels of consciousness. In the alert state, we experience normal intellectual daily functions. In the light trance state, we experience some daydreaming and are somewhat relaxed, but still functioning normally. In the moderate trance state, we start to lose awareness of our surroundings. In the deep trance state, we are able to imagine and be creative in our thinking, and we are receptive to suggestions. The last trance state is sleep, a place we all go every night. We are receptive to suggestions for behavior modification in the light, moderate and deep trance states. Relaxation is the key to attaining these trance states.
A hypnotherapist cannot make a person do anything that he or she does not want to do, or anything which the person finds unacceptable. It is your choice to relax and enter into the "trance" state, and you can still open your eyes at any time and be fully conscious. Hypnosis has gained acceptance and momentum as part of our evolving healthcare system. Hypnotherapy is an effective therapeutic method that can be used to help you change old patterns of negative behavior into new patterns of positive behavior.
Hypnosis is a natural state that you visit every day in your life. For instance, how many times have you been driving on a familiar road in your car and suddenly realize that you have reached your destination and cannot remember how you got there? As you were driving, your conscious mind was drifting and your subconscious mind became more active. You automatically become engrossed in your thoughts, entering a light trance state, but your conscious mind will "come back" into play in order to avoid an accident. We sometimes call this phenomenum "daydreaming". In a hypnotic state (controlled daydreaming), your conscious mind is diverted and your subconscious mind will become open to suggestions.
You can experience hypnotherapy on your own and change your behavior, once you have mastered the art of relaxation, through repetitive listening to your program. This can open up a whole new world for yourself. In fact, you may want to work on many other areas of your life where you have conflict or emotional blocks.