Understanding Hypnosis – The Most Powerful Healing Tool

Welcome to today’s podcast to help build your thriving therapy business, where we dig deep into the therapy bucket, the latest trends, and what you need to build your successful business. Here’s your host, Dr. Karen E. Wells.

Today’s podcast is really all about understanding hypnosis and what that is and what it isn’t. Many people, even nowadays, although hypnotherapy is a lot more accepted as the norm because it’s such an incredible therapy, still a lot of people have a lot of fears about actually what it is. So let’s have a look at what hypnosis is and what hypnotherapy is and really what it isn’t. It’s really something that’s very natural to all of us. When people have seen stage hypnotists on stage or in a pub or a club or something like that, they’re usually doing something for entertainment. They’re making somebody run around the room like a chicken. 

And of course that is the furthest thing away from hypnotherapy for therapeutic use, so put that out of your mind if you’re thinking about hypnosis. If you’re thinking, if you’ve heard that I hypnotherapy or hypnosis is really going to help you, put any idea of stage hypnosis to one side because it’s a completely different thing.

So if we look at hypnosis, hypnotherapy. It’s the same thing, really. Hypnotherapy is using hypnosis for therapeutic use. It is a very natural state that we all go in thousands of times every day. So if you’ve ever driven your car in a familiar route, it’s kind of like you’re in a different space, and sometimes it can feel like the car just drives itself there. That’s because you’re in an altered state of awareness. You can instantly bring back your normal consciousness, your normal waking awareness and be ready to do something. But if you’re engrossed in a movie or you’re reading a good book or you’re really focused on something, then that is a very light state of hypnosis. It’s something that’s natural for all of us when our focus is really on something. And it’s that slight shift of awareness, really.

That’s all it is, but it’s a very natural state. Now, when a hypnotherapist works with somebody, what they’re doing is they’re working with the subconscious because the subconscious mind is like the hard drive to a computer, because it holds all the programs, all the habits, all the behaviors, all the normal conditioning, the feelings, everything from that person, from the ancestral DNA. Everything is held within the subconscious mind. So a hypnotherapist, which is a therapist that uses hypnosis, gets their client or enables their client to just relax into a deeper state of that altered state of awareness. So the client just gently closes their eyes, finds themselves in a nice, relaxed place, and really is just guided by the hypnotherapist on a nice journey, and just where the hypnotherapists can put new suggestions to the subconscious mind to just tweak any patterns of behavior. Now, that’s what we call standard suggestion therapy hypnosis.

There’s a series of brainwaves that each person will go into during hypnosis depending on the kind of hypnosis that’s being used. And that simple natural process is exactly the same as when somebody starts to let go and go into the sleep. So when you’re falling asleep at night, you start off by going into the beta… Or you’re in beta. You start off going into the alpha brainwave, which is just slightly a deeper level than what you’re in in alpha. You then move into theta and then you go into delta. And as you’re letting go into sleep, you then go beyond delta and off you go, really. But for the purpose of hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will work really with the alpha brainwaves, which is the closest one to normal waking awareness. What that means in layman terms is it’s a very light level of relaxation.

If the hypnotherapist is using regression, which means to take somebody back to events in this lifetime or other lives, then they’ll take them into a deeper level, and that is the theta brainwave. There’s hypnosis that will take people into even deeper levels like delta. And I’ve just created a new program called Zero Point Focus, which is slightly different to hypnosis but that takes you beyond those brainwaves into the point of atomic creation. So there’s nothing that your mind cannot do and cannot go to, which means that it has the absolute ability to be able to change these patterns of behavior. The client just needs to be 100% positive that they wanted the change to happen and they’re willing to make the change. And then if the hypnotherapist is doing suggestion therapy, then they will just simply make more suggestions to the subconscious to overcome and to create new habits.

So if somebody was wanting to lose weight, the hypnotherapist might do suggestions of wanting to eat healthy foods. If somebody was wanting to stop smoking, that they would no longer feel the need to have cigarettes, et cetera, et cetera, regression works on the deeper brainwaves of theta. And that’s where you’re really taking your client back or the client is being taken back to events either in this lifetime or other lives where they can see where the root cause of the issue is. But every part of having a hypnosis session is completely safe, even with regression which is what some people get scared of. There’s absolutely nothing to be scared of. You’re gently guided back to a memory that holds the root cause of your issue. And believe me, to explore that for 10, 15 minutes is much easier than living with your issue every moment of every day.

So hypnosis is completely safe. The client is aware. Sometimes with suggestion therapy they’ll drift off into sleep. That doesn’t matter so much because the suggestions will still go into the subconscious. With regression, the hypnotherapist will still need their client with them. They’ll need to be aware of what’s happening because they report back to them everything that they’re experiencing in the memory as they’re guided and helped very well by their competent hypnotherapist. So yes, they are aware. And most of the time, yes, the client will remember. But it’s a very pleasant experience where you can just sit on a chair, allow somebody to just talk to you. You’re completely in control yourself.

You’re never at a level where you’re not in control. You can move your body, you can open your eyes, but you’re guided into a very nice, relaxed state where you can just let go and just let that trained hypnotherapist put some great new suggestions to that subconscious. And at the end of a 20, 30 minute session your mind has simply been changed into what you want to create. Hypnosis, in all my years of working with different therapies, is my favorite therapy to use, in particular regression. But it’s the most powerful healing tool that you can enable yourself to go into for absolute change.

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  1. John

    Hello Karen I have had hypnosis work for me as a changing and healing program when I was trying to escape drug addiction . However I did not persevere with it and am wondering if you have worked with drug addiction at all

    • Dr. Karen E. Wells

      Hi John
      Yes I have worked with drug addiction many times, although I do not offer 1-2-1 sessions anymore.


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