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Can Hypnosis Help You?

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Perhaps the first thing you need to know is that hypnosis does work. Did you know that there have now been hundreds of peer reviewed studies on hypnosis? (A peer reviewed study is a professional study that has been reviewed and accepted by experts in the field.) These studies demonstrate that not only does hypnosis work, but that it works very well for a great many issues. These include eliminating smoking, reducing weight, handling stress, reducing pain and/or anxiety, overcoming insomnia, eliminating phobias, improving self-esteem, enhancing sports performance, improving concentration and study skills, and much more.

Since it does work so well for so many issues, why don’t more people take advantage of it? The problem is that there is still much misunderstanding about hypnosis. Two big myths are that the hypnotist controls you, and that you could get stuck in trance. Neither of these is true. You are always in control and will never do anything that goes against your values or moral beliefs. In addition, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. You can always come out of trance if you desire to. Hypnosis is very safe.

Hypnosis can actually help you in two different ways. It can help you change your unhealthy beliefs by making positive suggestions and affirmations to the subconscious part of your mind. Once the subconscious accepts these suggestions, change will occur. What is required is to get both your conscious mind and your subconscious mind in agreement with each other. Hypnosis can easily accomplish this.

There is another way hypnosis can be of help. All of us have received both positive and negative messages when we were growing up–some from parents, teachers, peers, friends, etc. The problem is that often the negative messages are believed and stay with us, and can interfere with our life as adults. It may be hard to believe that messages we received when we were young are still affecting us as adults. Unfortunately, this is the case. As an example, let’s imagine that as a young child you were always told you wouldn’t amount to anything by one of your parents. After hearing this message repeatedly, it becomes what is called a core belief. In other words, you now internalize this message and start to act as if it were true. Can you see how much this would interfere with a person’s life? It’s easy to understand why an individual would not do well at school, or would not attend college. Perhaps he or she would not do well with a career, or would have difficulties with relationships, etc. By believing these false message, a person’s whole life is impacted in a very negative way.

Perhaps you have some negative core beliefs that are interfering with your life. Some of the more common ones are: believing you are not good enough, you are not worthy, you can’t do it, you’ll never amount to anything, you’re a loser, you’re not lovable, you are not entitled to pleasure, etc. If any of these messages resonate with you, then you cannot be living an optimal life. In addition, if you find that you are often sabotaging yourself and blocking yourself from succeeding where you could easily have been successful, you are carrying some negative beliefs in your subconscious mind that are causing you to keep doing this. The only solution is to become aware of the negative core belief, challenge it, and replace it with a much healthier and honest message. You need to root out these negative core beliefs if you wish to have a happy life. Hypnosis can easily help you do this.

One of the great things about hypnosis is that it works with the subconscious part of the brain; it can determine what negative core beliefs are affecting you, and then help you to challenge these beliefs and replace them with much healthier beliefs.

Another significant finding about hypnosis is that it does not require numerous sessions. Often, one can achieve a great deal in just three to five visits to a hypnotherapist. In fact one important peer reviewed study demonstrated that only a few sessions of hypnosis could accomplish what might take twenty or thirty sessions of a more conventional therapy. Think of all the time and money you could save. If you are in pain, why prolong the agony?

Phil Rosenbaum

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