Hypnotism refers to the use of a safe, natural state of relaxed, inward focus to quiet the chatter of the conscious mind. During this time, your goals (in the form of thought, image, and emotion) are more clearly understood and managed. Hypnosis feels like something between awake and asleep: aware of surroundings but choosing to focus inward or at least “play along” in relaxing and imagining – much like getting caught up in the drama of a movie or dream.
During hypnosis, you are always in control of what you do and say. Ethical hypnotists practicing “motivational hypnosis” do not try to get you to do or say anything that would go against your personal moral code or comfort level.
Clients naturally monitor and achieve a level of relaxation and inward focus that feels accessible and safe for them. You can remember the entire session if you choose to. You can trust your subconscious mind to reveal only what you feel is safe and useful for you at the time. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis because you can choose to exit the state as easily as waking from a daydream. (More about what to expect during a session).
However, from what I’ve observed and experienced myself, you do not need to enter a deep level of relaxation to benefit from the introspective techniques of motivational hypnotism. Simply closing your eyes and focusing inward (meditiaton) can provide enough of a foundation for personal curiosity and transformation.
If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with me. I’m happy to discuss how hypnotism could work for you.
See Also: my colleague Andrew Gentile’s website has some great links to research and hypnosis applications in the left-hand sidebar.