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Many people seem to have a fear of Hypnosis. But in reality we are all in a hypnotic state at some-time every day….. This might sound strange, but think about it... there are times when you are watching TV and some-one talks to you and you haven't a clue what they are saying. That's because watching the TV has put you in a hypnotic state.
What about when you are driving?.... How many times have you got to your destination and not remembered passing the usual landmarks. Or when you lie down in bed and your drifting off not quite asleep and not quite awake. This is also a hypnotic state.

The Myths of Hypnosis explained:

Hypnotherapy is not to be likened to the Hypnotists you see on stage or TV. You will not be jumping around clucking like a chicken or barking like a dog or anything else that might embarrass you. Your mind is a very moral thing and it will not let you do anything that your moral code disapproves of.

I have put down here an explanation of Hypnosis by Milton Erickson who was probably the most influential hypnotherapist of the 20th Century.

It [hypnosis] is a state of consciousness -not unconsciousness or sleep- a state of consciousness or awareness in which there is a marked receptiveness to ideas and understandings and an increased willingness to respond either positively or negatively to those ideas. [Collected Papers, vol. IV, 224]

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and as Erickson says, you are conscious at all times, and although it may look like you are asleep on the outside, you are aware of everything that is said and everything that is going on around you. You are in control and able to open your eyes and stop the session at any time that you are not comfortable.

During the time you are in this wonderful relaxed state, your subconscious mind listens more intently and can take on board positive suggestions that can help you make some changes that will help you to make your life what you want it to be.