Put simply, hypnosis is a state of focused awareness, allowing a shift in consciousness often called a trance.
We go in and out of trance every day without being aware of it. When you are daydreaming, engrossed in a good book or movie and are not consciously aware of your surroundings, those are all great examples of being in a trance. We’ve all been driving down the road and all of a sudden think, “How did I get here?”, - that’s called highway hypnosis.
These trance states are normal for any human being. Hypnosis is a wonderful method to use for overcoming life challenges that the conscious mind is simply too full of outside influences to overcome on its own.
According to a 2009 study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego, thanks to cell phones, the Internet, e-mail, television, radio, newspapers, books and other sources, our brains are bombarded with the equivalent of 34 gigabytes of information daily—enough to overload a laptop computer within a week. This information clutters up our subconscious minds which drives our everyday lives.
By narrowing your focus and relaxing your mind and body, suggestions can be given to the powerful subconscious mind to make the changes in your life which you desire. With the relaxation process, it brings the relaxation response to the mind and body negating the stress response, which we find ourselves in on a daily basis.
In 1996, a panel of the National Institute of Health concluded that hypnosis can be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have found it effective as a relaxation exercise for pain related to arthritis and burns.
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