Have You Been Hypnotized Before?

As a hypnotist, one of the main questions I always ask people is ‘Have you ever been hypnotized before?’ The majority of people usually answer this question with a simple “no”.

Once in a while, I’ll meet someone who says they have been hypnotized, but that’s pretty rare where I live. When I hear someone say they haven’t been hypnotized before, I think to myself, “This is great!” I have a chance to educate someone on hypnosis and maybe, just maybe, change the way someone views this wonderful profession.

The fact is that most of the people on this planet have  been in hypnosis. Now, you may be reading this thinking,  “I think I’d know if I’ve been hypnotized before. I have never been to a hypnotist.” My answer to that is, if you have never been hypnotized before, then how do you know what hypnosis is?

What Is Hypnosis?

This answer usually has people scratching their heads a little, and this is where I grab their attention. Many people think hypnosis is where a hypnotist yells “SLEEP”! on stage, and they see a person drop into what the audience perceives as sleep. The fact of the matter is that what you have just seen is a ritual some hypnotists perform to demonstrate to the public a physical or mental change has happened. This is why you hear some Hypnotists say Inductions are Rituals.

We can actually see a person go from being alert to a relaxed state in a matter of seconds. They are not asleep, just in a very focused, relaxed and heightened state of awareness. This ritual helps to convince people that something has just taken place. Still, what the hypnotist just did isn’t hypnosis; it’s nothing more then a hypnosis induction, which leads to hypnosis. Hypnosis is the state that the person is in after the induction is performed.

So now that a person is in hypnosis, what does it feel like? The only way to tell if you have been in hypnosis is to have something to compare it to, especially if you don’t know anything about how hypnosis feels. Understand that hypnosis isn’t magic or some special power we hypnotists possess. Hypnosis is a natural process. Yes, you heard me correctly: hypnosis is a natural process

Hypnosis is Within Our DNA?

The majority of humans, with a few exceptions, are born with the ability to enter hypnosis. All hypnosis is is Self Hypnosis. Plus, most of us stay in a continuing state of hypnosis until we are about 4-7 years old, depending on the maturing rate of the child. All I do as a hypnotist is help facilitate the process for you.

Think of it as lacing up your shoes. We all have the ability to do this, but until someone teaches us, we just don’t know how. In other words, most of us enter into certain forms of hypnosis unconsciously, but we also have the innate ability to bring on hypnosis consciously.

In a second, I’m going to write a list here. If you have ever done any of them, then you have experienced hypnosis. You may not believe me, but you don’t have too. That’s the great thing about being human; we have a choice.

Still, you would seek out the knowledge of a medical doctor when you’re sick because they are trained in that field. You have recognized that they have some knowledge about your illness that you don’t.

Think of a hypnotist in the same degree. We are trained in the art of hypnotism, thus we have some knowledge in this field that you might not. So just keep this in mind when reading the list below.

Have You Been Hypnotized Before?

  • Have you ever been driving on the highway and “zoned out”? The next moment, you notice that you’ve somehow already arrived at your destination. If so, then you have just experienced a form of hypnosis.
  • Have you ever gone to see a movie? As you’re watching the movie and really “getting into it”, you are in a state of hypnosis.
  • Have you ever been watching a TV show or Sports game, and you don’t hear someone calling your name because you’re so focused on what you’re watching? If so, then you have been in hypnosis.
  • Have you ever been involved in a really good book? Almost as if you’ve entered the world in the story. If so, then you have been in hypnosis.
  • Have you ever been to a church? The moment you begin a sermon, you are in hypnosis. Most churches don’t realize they are even using hypnosis, but they are.
  • Have you ever been at school or work and started daydreaming? If so, you have been in hypnosis.
  • Have you ever gotten so mad at someone that you started to yell at them and said things you later regret? If so, then you have been in hypnosis.
  • Have you ever been in love? If so, then you have been in hypnosis.

If you have experienced any of the above items, then you have been in hypnosis. Hypnosis is nothing more then when your judgmental mind steps aside. The moment you suspend judgment, you are in hypnosis.

We call this the suspension of the Critical Factor. The Critical Factor is the part of your mind that determines whether new suggestions are accepted or rejected. As long as the critical factor is active, it will reject any suggestion that doesn’t match with your current believe system.

Hypnosis is all around you, and now you have the ability to spot it. Marketing executives use it all the time when designing TV ads. They know exactly how to bypass this critical factor using sounds, words and images.

I know some of you might be looking at this list and saying, ‘But I wasn’t asleep!’ Once again hypnosis isn’t sleep. While in hypnosis, you can hear everything going on. You can come out of it at any time. You can be in hypnosis with eyes open. You will not do anything against your morals or ethics. Hypnosis is just a state of mind we all enter through the day. It is normal and completely safe.

Hypnosis Is and Always Will Be…Everywhere

So, take some time and think about this. Hypnosis can be a wonderful tool to create some fantastic changes in your life. If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating subject, check out this site and you will find some great hypnosis training resources to help you out.