Hypnotherapy is a naturally occurring state of altered
consciousness, it is a highly relaxed state of mind, where critical reasoning
and the conscious mind are no longer on the front burner, leaving room for the
subconscious mind to step up to the plate.
Unfortunately, many people
are under the false impression that hypnotherapy has to do with the kind of
hypnosis that used to be observed in movies depicting individuals deprived of
their will power and being psychologically coerced to do embarrassing or silly
Hypnotherapy as it is commonly used in clinical or therapeutic
settings today has very little to do with those vaudeville scenes of
old-fashioned cinema reels.
Above all, it should be stated, that an
individual undergoing hypnotherapy does not lose awareness of his or her
surroundings. While there is a lessened awareness, there is nevertheless, a
cognizance of background noises and other occurrences, and a total freedom and
energy to react to said situations. Should a fire alarm bell peal, for
instance, or should the therapist behave in an inappropriate fashion, the
individual is able to come totally awake immediately and act - or react - in
During an induced hypnosis, or session of hypnotherapy, the
memory is less repressed and compartmentalized; the mind is more open to
suggestion, and therefore therapeutic work can take place. This may occur -
among others - via the revisiting of painful moments in the past that the
client remembers, the regression to moments in the past that the client has
repressed, and the regression to moments in a past life or past
Sometimes exactly what will happen during the session is not
predictable, since it is the client's subconscious that in great part
determines this. In other words, the intention may be to revisit something the
client remembers, but would like to attenuate, because the feelings associated
with the memory are painful. That moment in the client's past may indeed be
re-lived during the session, but other memories - associated to the painful
one, and that are helpful to its resolution, but that the client did not
consciously remember - may also surface. And occasionally memories of other
lifetimes will surface, also as helpful adjuncts to the solution of the
Does the manner in which these differing
possibilities manifest themselves depend on the individual's personal beliefs?
Not always. Does it matter with regard to the solution of the problem?
Generally not. Why? Because the mind, and our emotions - as neuroscientists on
the cutting-edge of current research will attest - is still - even now in the
21st Century, a mysterious thing.