Hypnosis occurs when people experience a trance state. Trance states are naturally occurring and happen every day. If your mind ever drifts off when someone is talking to you, or if you get lost in a good book, you were in a trance. The most common concern regarding hypnosis is the fear of losing control. This cannot happen. People can only enter into hypnotic trances voluntarily; the hypnotherapist is simply a guide or a help into these states. You retain control at all times.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is an approach that is derived from the most recent research on how the mind works. It holds that thoughts are consequences of emotions. Negative behaviours are often driven when an unconscious “trigger” in the environment creates an emotional response. We try to remove this emotional response so that when the trigger happens again, you experience and react differently to the event.
Hypnosis assists you in discovering the underlying cause of the connection between emotion and behaviour, and then the hypnotherapist helps to try to restructure your unconscious so that the emotion and the behaviour are no longer linked. This can all be accomplished with a relatively light trance.
Neuro-linguistic programming, combined with hypnotherapy or used on its own, can enable you to view the world differently, and therefore think about and respond to it differently.
Why are some people able to cope with events and situations, while other people allow those same events to affect and control their lives? Why do some people “just get on with it” while other people, when faced with the same situation, remain distraught and upset?
NLP examines how people can experience exactly the same event and yet interpret, react to, and remember it differently. People tend to live their lives in patterns. NLP helps you to recognize and break those patterns so that your life can progress along the course that you consciously want it to.
If your strategy used to interpret events and the world is not working for you, various NLP techniques can be taught to you to enable you to alter some or all of that strategy so that you too can see the world differently and “just get on with it”.
It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that cause us to suffer. Pema Chodron