Hypnosis – What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that occurs in daily life like wakefulness and sleep.

Someone is in hypnosis when driving a car and arriving suddenly at their destination without remembering how they got there. We are in a state of hypnosis while watching television or reading a book, as well as being at the Dr’s and listening to the diagnosis.

A hypnotic state can be self-induced like in Autogenic Training according to Dr. Johannes Schultz (for more details check our service) or when practising meditation. It can also be induced intentionally by another person, a so-called hypnotist, for example for the purpose of self-awareness and development. Any kind of meditation is a self-induced hypnosis, while a guided meditation is a foreign induced hypnosis.

The first years of our lives, which have been proven to be the imprinting time for our personality, are lived in a hypnotic state. During this time, we are learning about ourselves and believing what is told to us. Later on, in stressful situations our limbic system, located in the brain, automatically connects us to those childhood beliefs, and we enter, unwillingly, into a hypnotic state and feel helpless to react as adults. Suppressed feelings of the childlike fear, anger and sadness, as well as denied parts of our personality, are stored in our unconsciousness and recalled, thus hindering us to think with the full power of our brain, our conscious mind.

The brain is fully developed between age of 22 and 25.

Being in hypnosis involves a focused attention and reduced awareness of our surroundings, which makes it possible to reach special achievements, for example in competitive sports or advertising, where suggestibility is enhanced and makes improvement easier. On the other hand, this can be misused when we are not aware of the mechanism.

Since hypnosis is easily triggered in daily life and we are subjected to constant mass hypnosis, the question is how do we become more wakeful, recognising our full potential and being able to withstand unhealthy dynamics and influences?

The relaxed state lowers the trigger of our self-defence mechanism and allows us to access suppressed feelings and denied parts of our personality in the unconsciousness.

The ‘conscious’ hypnosis, according to Werner Meinhold, bridges the gap between the unconscious mind and the conscious one in a very gentle and safe way. Within the induced state of hypnosis, the person consciously accesses their own unconsciousness accompanied by the hypnotist. This means you are at all times aware of what you are saying, seeing, or doing during the hypnosis. The surrounding is reduced only to the limit that you feel safe and secure with. Suggestions are only given during the induction with the intention to feel relaxed, which is a warm and pleasantly heavy sensation.

Your own world view is the frame that is used to analyse your life story. Suppressed feelings and denied parts of the Self from unsolved childhood memories can unconsciously be acted out as physical symptoms or as self-sabotage destructive behaviour. Going through the process of analogising in hypnosis, those memories are transformed into self-awareness and therefore destructive beliefs are no longer needed. The Self has possibilities of healthful choices, which cannot only be seen but are also felt in a very vivid way. This deeper level of emotional and spiritual awareness can only be reached within a hypnotic state.

Werner Meinhold is the founder of H.I.T.T. ® Hypnosis; in this approach, hypnosis is used to analyse ones own life story. Two methods can be used in H.I.T.T. ®, ‘Focal Analysis’, and ‘Life Analysis’.

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