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Have you ever been so engrossed in a novel that you were unaware of someone talking to you? Or have you been so focused on something else that you read an entire page and had no idea what you’d read? Have you ever been so deep in thought while driving that you drove right past your exit?

What you were experiencing was a self-induced hypnotic trance, an entirely natural phenomenon which we experience routinely on a daily basis. Most forms of prayer, meditation and yoga employ the techniques of self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is an artificially induced altered state of consciousness characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction. It is a state of completely focused attention and is a means to contact and communicate with your unconscious mind and encourage the acceptance of positive suggestions. While a hypnotist may assist you to achieve this state of consciousness, it cannot be overstated that ALL HYPNOSIS IS SELF-HYPNOSIS.


What is hypnosis?
The state of hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, where
the subject experiences profound relaxation. This state of
relaxation increases the mind’s ability to concentrate on and accept
positive suggestions. States of hypnosis vary in degrees of
openness to suggestion, yet even in a light state, you can
experience dramatic changes in achieving goals.

Can I be hypnotized?
Everyone is hypnotizable to some degree. The key factor is in
determining your level of hypnotizability is that you must want to be
hypnotized and cooperate with the hypnotist in order to have
success. The level of concentration you achieve will depend
directly on how well you follow the hypnotist's instructions.

Can I be hypnotized against my will?
Hypnosis is a state of 100% consent. If at any time you want to
emerge from the state, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally,
open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can put you in or
keep you in hypnosis against your will.

How do I know I'm hypnotized?
Often, people being hypnotized for the first time won't think that
they have been "under" or in a state of trance at all, simply
because they think it will result in being unconscious. However,
while hypnosis is a state of complete relaxation, you remain
conscious and in complete control at all times. Some people sense
a feeling of "heaviness", while others have a light or floating
sensation. Although you are perfectly aware of surroundings and
sounds, your attention becomes concentrated on the voice of the
hypnotist, and other sounds seem to fade away. Your ability to
succeed in being hypnotized relates directly to how well you are
able to concentrate and follow the instructions of the hypnotist.

Is it possible that I could not be brought out of hypnosis?
Absolutely not! The state of hypnosis requires that you
concentrate on an outside stimulus, the hypnotist's voice. If that
voice disappears for a few minutes with no other stimulus, you will
naturally fall asleep and awaken after a short time. Because you
are not "asleep", it is impossible for you not to "wake up".

Can hypnosis hurt you?
In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no
documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. A hypnotized
patient will not violate his or her ethical standards. In other words,
you will not do anything while in a hypnotic trance that you would
not do otherwise. If anyone tried to give you suggestions against
your morals, religious beliefs, or anything else about which you felt
strongly, you would instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on
your own.

Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is no more dangerous than normal sleep. Many
hypnotists begin with an initial suggestion that if any emergency
occurs, you will be immediately alert and ready to deal with it. In
this sense, it's safer than normal sleep. There is no evidence that
hypnosis causes any physical, emotional, or psychological
damage. Relaxation, which is the primary focus of hypnosis,
actually helps relieve anxieties and allows greater relaxation in a far
shorter period of time than natural sleep.

Does hypnosis really work?
Yes, hypnosis really works! Hypnosis will not solve every problem
completely, but it will be of value in every situation. If you'd like
more information about what you might stand to gain in your
particular situation, please contact Trish Casner at (443) 617-5082
or via email at


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