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World Hypnotism Day 2008: Recognizing the Power of the Mind

Saturday, January 05, 2008 by: Steve G. Jones, Ed.S.
Tags: hypnotism, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) World Hypnotism Day is on Friday, January 4, 2008. World Hypnotism Day is a day when professionals in the field of hypnotism from many different organizations around the world will be sharing their expertise and promoting the truths and benefits of hypnosis.

There has been as enormous amount of research in the field of hypnosis in the past several years. People have experienced great benefits from hypnosis in various aspects of their lives. Everything from weight loss, quitting smoking, to improving concentration and confidence. There's no doubt that hypnosis is becoming more and more acceptable by doctors in the medical field and by the average person. I believe that people no longer wish to depend on prescription medication. They feel that if there is a more natural way to approach their problems, why not try it?

Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.

The deep relaxation and focusing exercises of hypnotism work to calm and subdue the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process. In this state, you're still aware of what's going on, but your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows you and the hypnotist to work directly with the subconscious. It's as if the hypnotism process pops open a control panel inside your brain.

In alpha, your mind is slowed down just a little, your focus is narrow, your breathing is slow, and you are relaxed. Most people have either driven a car, played a video game, worked on a computer, or read a really good article; therefore, to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state. Since you are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of alpha, anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (i.e. programming someone to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome fear of flying, etc.). You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of and able to recall every word spoken by the Hypnotherapist.

I believe that it is important for people to become informed on the topic of hypnosis. It's a great tool to better your self and your life. Many of my clients have achieved great success with hypnotherapy as a tool. No matter what you wish to work on in a hypnotherapy session, the session will relax you and make you feel at peace. I suggest that on World Hypnotism Day, you take some time and learn a little more about hypnosis and perhaps you will try to apply it to your life!

About the author

Steve G. Jones, Ed.S. has been practicing hypnotherapy since the 1980s. He is the author of 22 books on Hypnotherapy. Steve is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists, on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Lung Association, and director of the Steve G. Jones School of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Steve G. Jones, Ed.S. is a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Florida (1994), a master's degree in education from Armstrong Atlantic State University (2007), and is currently working on a doctorate in education, Ed.D., at Georgia Southern University. Learn more at:

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