Hypnosis is a process used to access the sub-conscious mind. Our patterns of behaviour are based on associations we have made from our thoughts to our emotions. Certain thoughts trigger certain emotions, and likewise, certain emotions can trigger certain thoughts.

Within hypnosis, you can learn to tune into your feelings and associate your thoughts with your feelings, and then learn to be more discerning in your conscious waking state when a certain feeling or thought arises. In this manner, merely by recognizing the connection of the thought and emotion, you are stopping the automatic, or trigger reaction. This is essential when dealing with behavioural changes.

Many people are wary of hypnosis and have misconceptions around the process of hypnosis. The hypnotic state is a very natural state of physical relaxation and heightened mental awareness. We slide in and out of different states of consciousness all day long, and we often enter into a hypnotic trance state while wide awake. One example of this kind of trance state is road hypnosis. When you are driving, you often slip into a trance state because of the constant movement of the car and the road going by. Sometimes you may become drowsy while driving or not remember driving the most recent mile or so on your trip, or you may even miss your exit on the motorway. Another common trance state is when you are very absorbed in watching a film or reading a book, you may even not hear someone in the same room talking to you. You are in a waking trance state when these situations occur.

There are many myths surrounding hypnosis, mainly due to movies and books. Here are some truths on Hypnosis: