Everyone is already familiar with hypnosis, although they may not realize it. You pass through altered states of consciousness at least twice a day, as you awaken in the morning and as you fall asleep at night.
Brain researchers and medical practitioners have divided brainwave activity into these four levels, based on cycles-per-second of activity:
Beta: Full consciousness
Alpha: Falling asleep at night, awakening in the morning, hypnosis,
Theta: Early stages of sleep, deep hypnosis, deep meditation
Delta: Full sleep to deepest sleep
Hypnosis has been used for a long as records have been kept. Modern clinical hypnosis is dated from the late 1700s, and the use of hypnosis has grown by leaps and bounds since 1958.
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used by a certified/trained hypnotist/hypnotherapist for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state.
Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.
Hypnosis is used for phobias, anxiety, sexual problems, alcoholism, smoking control, speech disorders, weight control, chronic pain, age regression therapy, self-esteem/ego strengthening, memory/concentration improvement and forensic work. In medicine, it uses include anesthesia and surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, control of bleeding, pain control, burn therapy, dermatology and habit control. Dentistry uses it to control fear, dental surgery, saliva control, gagging, bruxism, control of bleeding, tongue biting and general oral hygiene.
Prigogine's theory states that complex structures (such as the human brain) require an enormous and consistent flow of energy to maintain their structure. In the brain, that energy is measured as brainwave levels on an EEG machine. The up-and-down pattern of brainwave levels reflects the fluctuation of energy to the brain. The larger the brainwave levels, the larger the fluctuation of energy.
When you are fully awake (in Beta consciousness), your brainwave levels would show up on an EEG graph as small, rapid, up-and-down lines. There is little fluctuation in the energy.
When you alter your state of consciousness with hypnosis, meditation, or as it happens naturally when you are crossing over into sleep, your brainwave levels shift to Alpha or Theta in these altered states, and there is a large fluctuation in the level of energy.
According to Prigogine, large fluctuations of energy can cause the structure to break apart and reorganize itself into an even more complex and higher form. That's why suggestions given to an individual exploring in Alpha or Theta are so effective in creating change. The new suggestions, dropped into the uneven Alpha rhythms like a pebble in a pond, create a ripple effect through the stretched brainwaves, tearing apart old programming and creating new behaviors and viewpoints. This is not possible while you are fully awake in Beta, for the small fluctuations of energy are suppressed by the brain. They are tight and compact and cannot be torn apart easily.
If you are going to use hypnosis or sleep programming to create positive change in your life, it is not necessary to believe it will work for it to work. If properly programmed in an altered state, your brain, your brain will accept the programming as reality. It may take a few days, weeks or even months, but your subconscious will do everything within its power to match your outer reality with the new inner belief.
According to Prigogine's theory, there's also an added bonus: each transformation makes the next one likelier! Carried to its logical conclusion, every time you successfully use an altered state of consciousness to solve a problem, program a new ability or achieve insights, you increase your chance of success the next time.
That's when the miracles begin.
You will not become unconscious and you will be aware of everything at all times. Your will is not weakened in any way. You are in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will. You will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret. Hypnosis is not sleep.
One common misconsception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the command of the hypnotist. Nothing could be further from the truth. This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists. You are in control of yourself, and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will.
Hypnosis, particularly the deeper forms, can appear to be like sleep because the person's body is typically very still and quiet. There is usually a great deal of mental activity, and measurements of brain activity during hypnosis show a significant level of neurological activity.
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