When we think of hypnosis, often what comes to mind are the phrases ‘and sleep’ or ‘one, two, three and you are back in the room.‘
That’s the impression I had from hypnosis when I was approached by Turan from Feel Good Hypnosis about the possibility of writing a blog on my experience of hypnosis.
I’ll be honest, my first thought was:
‘I’m not letting someone take control of my mind like someone out of Star Wars using the force!’
I expressed my feelings and hesitation to try hypnosis to Turan and he reassured me that was not the case and, in fact, hypnosis has many benefits which can effectively change peoples lives. Still, I was not convinced.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Turan in person – I agreed to meet with one condition – no actual hypnosis allowed.
On the lead up to our meeting, I researched a little bit more on hypnosis and read a lot of really encouraging stories about the difference it had made to their every day life. From weight loss to anxiety to something as silly as biting your nails – where other methods had failed, hypnosis had actually worked.
Like any woman who is still a child at heart, I turned to my mum to chat about my hesitation in trying hypnosis and I was so shocked when she started to laugh – it turns out I’ve had hypnotherapy before! When I was grieving for a lost family member, I was plagued by nightmares and hypnotherapy changed my life – so why was I so scared of it now?!
Turan really helped me feel at ease and answered all of my questions regardless of how silly they were. He made me aware that stage shows need to be snappy and entertaining, so you will only see a certain type of hypnosis at those events. Films give a fictional portrayal and are often seen as a helpless person doing things without being aware of actually doing it. So, you can’t really get any accurate ideas about hypnosis from either of those situations.
Feel Good Hypnosis also has a YouTube channel which is fantastic. (Check it out here) Seeing Turan working with clients and talking about their individual experiences of hypnosis also really helped me realise that there was nothing to be scared of at all – by letting this fear take over (which was unreasonable and I still have no explanation as to why I felt this was something I didn’t want to try) , really, I was only limiting myself instead of embracing every opportunity that comes my way.
During my chat with Turan we spoke a lot about the ‘unconscious mind’ – things that our mind does for us without even having to think about it.
For example, when you type your pin in for your bank card, you do it automatically without even thinking because your unconscious mind has taken note of this. However, if someone asked you to say your pin out loud – you have to think for a minute to recall what your pin is. Another example would be if you take your car for MOT and they ask you to push the brake pedal – you do it every day without thinking (unconscious mind) however, when asked on the spot you actually have to take that second to think which pedal it is.
I found this extremely fascinating as it really delved into how our brains work.
It was in that moment that I realised hypnosis isn’t just entertaining or isn’t even scary – its understanding how the brain works and altering your thought pattern and reaction to allow you to become the best possible version of yourself.
I don’t know about you – but I would love to become the best version of me.
Let’s face it, we all have issues and no one is perfect. But what if we didn’t have to let those issues affect our every day life. How amazing would that be?
I think it’s time for me to find out!
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking ever will.”
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