The human brain is an advanced biological processing hardware that allows for unimaginable analysis and monitoring of data that is perceived by our senses. On average we consciously think of 60 thoughts per second which includes the colors we see, the sounds we hear, the tasks we are doing, and the ideas on our mind at the moment. This may seem like a lot, however, we subconsciously process more than 20 million thoughts per minute, which is a staggering amount in comparison. Most of our subconscious thoughts go unnoticed by our consciousness, and include things like heart beat processing, breathing, endocrine gland monitoring, emotions, and analysis of our surrounding external and internal environment. Hypnosis is a technique that was developed in an attempt to communicate with our subconsciousness to retrieve some of the data that is stored in our complex processing system and help us overcome issues that we are experiencing in our awake life. Hollywood shed a lot of bad light on hypnosis, and it's time for us to spread the truth for all of you to know what is hypnosis, what is the difference between classical hypnosis and quantum healing hypnosis technique (QHHT), and what are the benefits of each.
To start let's talk about hypnosis as a technique and break it down into easy to understand segments. Hypnosis is the process of changing the brain waves from beta to deep alpha or theta, whilst having an ongoing conversation with the individual. The process uses the natural ability of human sound to connect with others and help them transition their brain waves. This is what parents instinctively do to calm their newborn babies down when they are crying. The technique resembles an advanced guided meditation, followed by body monitoring, interview questioning, and voice pitch transitions to match the hypnotee's brain wave motion. Hypnosis is easier said than done, and requires the collaboration of both the hypnotee and the practitioner, as well as lots of practice to advance the different skills needed, which is why becoming a certified practicitioner takes anywhere from a year to 4 years, depending on the criteria. But as much as it is difficult to pursue, it is very rewarding to see the results that it produces on the individual as well as the practictioner. Furthermore, the technique is not in any way taking control from the person, and no one can be hypnotised clinically without their permission. That is another thing altogether called "Mesmorism" and is more of a manipulation scheme than a healing technique, and is used by some street and stage magicians. Also, added to that, everyone CAN be hypnotised, contrary to common belief, however some people undergo hypnosis quickly and others need more practice to get there, and that is due to several factors, the one that is most important is the ability to use right brain functions with ease, such as visualization, imagination, and quieting the ego; and as always, practice makes perfect.
Classical hypnosis was first used to communicate with the subconsciousness by Sigmund Freud and was a tool to enhance subject suggestibility, and rewrite the hypnotee’s subconscious programming. QHHT was a technique that was developed by Dolores Cannon half a century ago in an attempt to converse with the subconsciousness and allow it to do the rewriting of the programming without the direct interference of the practitioner. Classical hypnosis is primarily used to help individuals enhance their self confidence, get rid of fears, or quit a bad habit such as smoking. The classical approach is simple and to the point, in which the practitioner performs an induction on the hypnotee, and proceeds to repeat the new program to the hypnotee while they are in deep alpha brain waves - a hyper suggestive state. This method requires several sessions, and usually aims at fixing one issue at a time, and is more suitable for people who know what stressing problem needs primary attention. Classical hypnosis has been effective on many people, and is used clinically all over the world to help with fears, and substance addictions. QHHT on the other hand uses the induction as a first step to get the hypnotee to deep alpha, but then proceeds to slowly bring the person down to theta, in order to establish that communication. At which point, the practitioner can communicate regularly with the person and proceed to ask questions, and ask the subconsciousness for support in reprogramming the brain and the physiological body, to match the true desires of the person to heal, or rid themselves of emotional or mental blockages. QHHT sessions are generally longer, and can be upwards of 7 hours long, and they try to tackle multiple issues at once. Many people experience emotional, mental, and physical healing during, and in the days proceeding the session.
In the grand scheme of things, know that hypnosis is just a tool to connect you with your deeper thoughts, and help you understand your inner and outer reality better. As such, you can always access this information by becoming a regular meditator, and learning to listen to the inner dialogue that you have within, with your wiser self. Remember that the truth is ultimately within you, and you don’t need anyone’s permission to access that, but sometimes a little help to do so goes a long way… so choose to receive help when you need it, and listen to your intuition as to what area or tool is going to be the most helpful for you at this moment in time...
To learn more about Hypnosis, you can watch our latest discussion, where we hosted level 3 QHHT practitioner Soojna Kim, and Classical Hypnosis Intern Svetozar Nopoleos.