HYPNOSIS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What YOU should KNOW before having a HYPNOSIS EXPERIENCE
Q. Can you please define hypnosis? Will I be asleep? Will I ever get "stuck" in hypnosis?
A. The word hypnosis comes the Greek word, "hypnos" meaning sleep. However, when a person's mind approaches hypnosis, just the opposite influence takes place. That is, one becomes more "awake" to their surroundings. In some cases, one or more of the five senses increase not one hundred percent, but could increase one thousand percent. The point is a person using hypnosis can become more aware of everything they think, say and do. It is a pleasant, voluntary, state of relaxed attentive concentration during which the conscious critical mind is relaxed and becomes somewhat quiet, and the doorway to the subconscious opens with a person’s permission. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental effortless focus and the senses increase. The inner mind becomes more receptive to acceptable, positive beneficial suggestions. As to whether you will open your eyes again after being hypnotized. The answer is yes. Your cannot get stuck in hypnosis because you are always in control when you are hypnotized. You retain full control over your mind and your body. Finally, you will not tell any secrets. Again, you retain full control over what you think, say, and do.
Q. Can you please explain what exactly is spiritual hypnosis and can you tell me more about how a spiritual hypnotist works?
Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things: I am responsible for his spiritual welfare the spiritual values of life.
An artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.
A. Spiritual hypnosis is based upon a philosophy, which says that intuition too can be a reliable and valid source of information. A spiritual hypnotist may believe in prayer, or distance healing, understand practical applications of positive mind dynamics, and many times can use psychic systems similar to business futurists who make probable predictions about the future of a client's portfolio and this goal can be one of the major focuses of the work being completed. Spiritual hypnosis is distinct from traditional therapeutic modalities, which for the most part, encourages the exercise of the hypnotist's emotional intelligence and analytical objectivity. Rather than relying on just the intellect as the main source of knowledge, the spiritual hypnotist goes beyond logic to access greater awareness of the past, present and future through intuition. The spiritual hypnotist will not make decisions for a client; the guidance provided by the spiritual hypnotist positively encourages increased client responsibility, an atmosphere of hope and empowers the client to make better and informed decisions. The spiritual hypnotist does not tell a client what to do based on any one or more spiritual messages given, but what may happen if a particular choice is made. In spiritual hypnosis work, the word intuitive refers to the ability to go into a heightened state of awareness where intuitive impressions are received. The word hypnosis, hypnotist or sometimes the word coach in the title relates to the ability to understand the impressions and their relevance as they may relate to the client, as well as the ability to ethically talk about the information received in a way that is helpful, sensitive, and deeply respectful. Unless licensed as a mental health professional, the application of spiritual hypnosis and or a spiritual hypnotist does not perform the work of psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. Furthermore, through educational spiritual learning discussions, the spiritual hypnotist may reveal otherwise unforeseen opportunities which may have a positive impact on the client's life, and as a result the client may become more empowered and begin to exert more control over his or her future in order to reach desired goals. Therefore, one of the benefits of spiritual hypnosis for the client is to experience new strategies of success based on science combined with certain beliefs to reach specific life enhancing goals. Besides making predictions about a client's life, the spiritual hypnotist may provide insight into relationships with family, friends and coworkers. Information about human energy management, karma and soul mates may become topics of discussion. Many spiritual hypnotists primarily focus on career, business, financial issues, and even provide advice on stock market investments. Some spiritual hypnotists function in other specifically related areas of consciousness studies and may include being a spirit medium as is the case with the Rev. Dr. Robert Fahey; and in such types of spiritual hypnosis sessions, there may be included comforting messages from loved-ones, friends who crossed over to the Other Side. In addition, spiritual hypnotists may include the practice of medical intuitive messages as they provide insight into one’s health and wellness. Regardless of content, the messages provided are for educational purposes only (see disclaimer). A spiritual hypnotist does not require a belief in a personal deity, a religion, or a belief in the existence of an immortal soul. At the heart of spiritual hypnosis is the belief that as we connect with this higher awareness we do transform. As we transform, we are emboldened to create the life we envision for ourselves. Most important is that spiritual hypnotists do not treat mental illness, nor do they provide services that duplicate any form of therapy provided by mental health professionals. Instead, spiritual hypnotists provide educational spiritual based learning technologies and believes in traditional therapies frequently referring clients to medical and mental health professionals whenever needed.
Q. Does hypnosis work?
A. Similar to people today still trying to define electricity, I believe one hundred years from now, many will be asking what hypnosis is, and does it work. Perhaps this is because hypnosis cannot be explained. Being hypnotized is similar to being in love, and then trying to prove it works for you. You might say, "Well, I tell so and so I love him or her every day." Unfortunately, people say many things of many reasons. You could be lying. You might then say, "My love is real because I show it by the things I do." Again, people do lots of things for many reasons, and mostly for their reasons which could be for other motivations than love. No one can really define love, but we certainly experience it. Defining hypnosis and being hypnotized is similar to having a dream. We all dream three to five dreams every night, and sometimes we have a bad dream that are called nightmares. We may even wake up and tell how everything seem so REAL. The most anyone else can do is think that maybe it happened. That is, the person had a dream, because no one prove they had a dream. After 40 years of experience in the field, with each new generation, the same themes about whether hypnosis works, is fake, myths, how one needs to be impressionable for it to work, and more continue. To me this is so strange, but tells how some many are already hypnotized and controlled to keep thinking in the same old ways. At the time of the story I am about to tell, I was in private practice on the island of Maui, Hawaii for nearly a decade, and by that time offering hypnosis services for more than 29 years. Some friends who worked on a Hawaii cruise liner invited me and my wife for a 7-Day vacation to all the Hawaii islands. We took the couple up on the offer and each night dinner was served in a special dining area. On the third evening while at the table with my friends, other people also joined us. While taking a delight in our first serving (the fresh island salad dish), a woman dining with her husband sitting directly across from us asked what I did for a living. My friends who invited us on the ship for the week were seated directly to their right of this couple smiled waiting for my response. I was silent for a moment and then said, "I practice psychotherapy, nutrition and hypnosis." The woman quickly said, "Hypnosis, really now, how long have you been doing hypnosis?" 29 years! I said. Then she asked something that was at least strange to me, "Does it work?" The woman’s husband must have noticed my body language. At this point, her husband dropped his fork, politely but lovingly gazed at her and said, "Honey, seriously? The man just said he has been doing hypnosis for 29 years . . . NO! Of course it doesn’t work, he is going to spend one more year making it 30 years in doing something that is not real and quit." Well, a few interesting exchanges took place before we all got to settle down. So there you have. I do have to say that by the time I reached 30 years of age, I decided to become highly selective about who I accepted as a hypnosis client. I just got tired of listening to the same old misconceptions about the science. Even now after over 40 years of practicing hypnosis, there is a still a large population who continue to have little or no idea about what hypnosis is, how it works and maybe because of all the myths and misnomers, they cast their negative messages about. And after all this time and all the successes hypnosis has had on millions of people, in many types of places and practices such as hospitals and clinics there are still people who are uninformed about the benefits and no matter what is shown hold the same exact views about hypnosis. So I am convinced in my lifetime, there will always be those who think of hypnosis as fake, a scam, is for only the weak minded, impressionable, and pseudoscience. There seems to be always a new generation who continue to come along that have no idea about what hypnosis is, its practical applications and benefits. Thus, because life is short, I make real certain any new client is more than ready to invest in themselves and my time. Finally, let me say this, if you have even the smallest doubt hypnosis is fake, does not work, is not real, or you seek hypnotic guarantees, please do yourself favor and do not apply for any hypnosis service. Of course, this is true of any type of help. For example, many people think seeing a psychologist, or marriage counselor is going to make everything perfect again. A nutritionist to enjoy more life forever, a chiropractor, and in many cases a medical doctor cure them of a disease. Nothing in medicine works a 100 percent for anyone all the time. Your thoughts alone make much of life what it is, and this is so true regardless of any type of help given. Even if when some people have to go and get help and it works, some actually get depress the methods given worked. Of course, these people are their own worst enemies. The point is, just do not participate in hypnosis, not even as an experiment, or just to “try it” as people generally get the results they expect or think more about before they even begin. I will never forget the client who became fearful because hypnosis was helping him not smoke pot any longer, and so he asked, “This hypnosis stuff really works, as it has been a week now and I have not had any desire to smoke pot. In fact, I feel like I have been buying the right stuff, because hypnosis makes me naturally high all by itself. However, I am concern that my change will also make it so that I want to stop smoking cigarettes. And I don’t want to do that.” Another client once said after realizing hypnosis was helping him to stop stuttering, “Hypnosis will not make it so I completely so stuttering will it? You see, I don’t want it completely gone, because when I do in certain situations, I kind of get what I want from people.” These are just a few of hundreds of statements given to me by clients. Think before you apply for any hypnosis. You just may get more than you expect.
Q. I tried hypnosis before and I didn’t feel hypnotized at all. And I definitely wasn’t asleep. What happened?
A. Many have uninformed "expectations" about hypnosis and specifically what it should be like when they go into a state of mind we refer to as hypnosis. Some expect to close their eyes and become controlled and clueless about their surroundings and whatever he being said by the hypnotist. Others expect to totally be unaware of anything or anyone. So far I have been safe in saying if you have not much research on the science of hypnosis, then whatever you think if will be like, think the opposite. If you think you will be asleep and remembering nothing after, then believe in the truth. That is, even though your eyes may be closed, you will not be asleep light you are when you go to be, and you will remember everything that happens to you.
Q. Does a hypnotist ever have control over another person when they are hypnotized?
A. Never. In fact, the hypnotized person has more control over everything they think, say, and do while in hypnosis. I know this may sound strange and a little bit unbelievable, but what takes place when a person decides to use hypnosis is that they give rise to a special mindset that provides them with a heightened ability to know more about whatever is going on around them, including being able to listen to and hear every word the hypnotist is saying. So much so, that whatever a hypnotist says, the hypnotized person can (and some do) reject certain messages instantly.
Q. Can everyone be hypnotized?
A. No! Most hypnotists are taught that no all will go into hypnosis, and in most cases this has nothing to do with the hypnotist. Usually, it is because of the mindset of the client. For example, a woman may only allow herself to go into hypnosis when the hypnotist is another woman. The reason can be anything the client holds that will influence whether he or she will be successful.
Q. Can a personal be hypnotized against their will?
A. No! However, a person can be hypnotized against their knowledge. Keep in mind that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps another person to intuitively focus and see through an increase of awareness alternatives to choices about a situations. So we also need to look at hypnosis as a sort of positive push or nudging of one's thinking and behavior toward to a certain direction. Many times through repetitive messages, a person can convince themselves something is just fine to do when it is not. Advertisers do this all the time using emotional words to help push or nudge you into doing something. Are they successful? Yes, because they use other psychology related to the human condition (curiosity, fear, a need for love, and more money) to grab your attention and hypnotized or persuade you to ACT NOW!
Q. What do the religious communities say about Hypnosis?
A. MOST major religions see hypnosis the same as they would any other tool you may use to help you with self-improvement. The Catholic Church approved the use of hypnosis in the 1950’s. At one point even the American Medical Association approved the use of hypnosis in the 1950’s. Most mainstream religions realize hypnosis has many positive benefits and are in no way anti-religious. Regardless, there are still some religions that forbid their members to use any type of medical services including the use of blood transfusions. Some religions do not want their members to think for themselves. Clergy of whatever faith who respects their member’s right to make their own decisions, have no problem with hypnosis.
Q. Is hypnosis contrary to religious teachings?
A. The Catholic Church, while thought by congregational members to oppose hypnosis even into the 21st century, has never condemned the practice of hypnosis. A decree of the sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on July 28, 1847 stated in part that, “the use of animal magnetism (the earliest form of hypnosis) is indeed merely an act making use of physical media that are otherwise licit and hence it is not morally forbidden, provided that it does not tend toward an illicit end or toward anything depraved.” Objections continued to be raised by some theologians stating that if not applied properly hypnosis could deprive a person of their faculty of reason. Saint Thomas Aquinas specifically rebutted this stating, “The loss of reason is not a sin in itself but only by reason of the act by which one is deprived of the use of reason is licit in itself and is done for a just cause, there is no sin; if no just cause is present, it must be considered a venial sin.” Pope Pius XII is credited as giving the official nod to hypnosis from the Catholic Church. He stated in comments before an audience of obstetricians and gynecologists on January 8th, 1956 that he believed the judgment of the morality of hypnosis would ultimately be based on sound medical opinion.
The Jewish faith has not spoken out on hypnosis in support or disapproval. So it would seem that the faith as a whole has a neutral attitude towards hypnosis there have been several parallels drawn between the religion and hypnosis, these parallels even supplied by rabbis. The most significant is that the Jewish cabbalistic state of Kavanagh is very similar to autohypnosis. The word Kavanagh intimates empathy, rapport, righteousness, and steadfastness. In the Talmud it implies concentration, motivation, and correct attention. It was used to create a deep state of religious enlightenment and also a reflective state of deeper understanding and experiencing of God. The rhythmic rocking of the body during prayer and chanting has also been found to be hypnagogic and the Kavanagh was used to produce depersonalization in the past so the prophet could see himself elsewhere. Buddhists also seemed to have been quiet about hypnosis over the years. Their meditation techniques, like the Kavanagh, appear to be very closely related to autohypnosis, leading to insight and wisdom. Viewing the self with a greater openness of insight allows the clear discernment of one's needs leading to a deeper understanding of the self, a deeper self-realization. Christian opinions of hypnosis vary with each individual. Those who have researched the purpose of clinical hypnosis have an educated and positive view of hypnosis. A clear and simple answer is this, the word hypnosis, or any word meaning hypnosis, does not appear in the Bible or the Talmud. I have not had anyone present me with scripture or verse that condemns hypnosis without committing some sort of overt textual umbrage. So all misgivings I have encountered in the religious communities, including those noted, are not from God but rather from fear and lack of education.
Q. Can hypnosis work on me to stop smoking?
A. Maybe. The research shows it takes up to six times trying to quit before it happens for good. Otherwise, it takes only one small emotional crises to set off the habit again. Then, the claim will be for you similar to so many others, "I tried everything, even hypnosis, but now luck." I once had a client who said before he even sat down to talk, "By the way, I want you to know I am here to stop smoking and I have already been to 9 other hypnotists." My eyes opened wide. So my first question was, why are you seeing me -- another hypnotist? His response was priceless. He responded by saying, "I know hypnosis works, I just haven't found a good hypnotist." So he blamed the hypnotist for the lack of success when in fact, what I found out through counseling was they he was just not reading to stop the habit. By the way, we succeeded, and 20 years later, we coincidentally met at a nearby mall. While I walking along looking in the stores windows, I felt this tap on my right shoulder. When I looked around, there was my client. He asked if I remembered him. I told him of course I did. He went to tell how he recognized me and just wanted to let me know he still was not smoking.
Q. Can you make a person do something they do not already know how to do?
A. A man who worked for the Boston Globe called me and asked if I could hypnotize him to play the piano. I was amazed at the question, but realized if he took out the time to call, he must be in search of the truth. I asked if he could play the piano now. He said no. Then I asked if had ever played the piano. Again, he said no. Next, I was not exactly sure what he was thinking, so I asked him the following question. Are you asking me if I could hypnotize someone who never played the piano to play this instrument proficiently are going into hypnosis? He said, yes! My quick response was, no. Hypnosis can help improve a person's talent to play the piano, but no automatically make him a genuine piano player without the talent to play or many piano lessons.
Q. Can a hypnotized guaranteed success?
A. No. This is because a hypnotist can only teach another the wisdom and applications of hypnosis. The hypnotist can demonstrate hypnosis on another person, but again and always, it will be the client who is charge of any level of outcome for any reason they seek help.
Do you schedule private spiritual hypnosis sessions?
A. Yes. Over 90 percent of the private sessions are now completed through Skype, telephone, online Chat and through email. Additionally, LIVE sittings are completed prior to scheduled public or private events. Each session, or session can last up to twenty-five (25) minutes. Fee: $200.00
Q. Do you have a private mailing or email list?
A. Yes! To simplify records there is a special confidential list of those that want to stay connected with me. The purpose of the list is to inform you about up-coming events and classes prior to public notice. My email is easy to remember: mailto: email@example.com
Q. How should I conduct myself during a hypnosis sessions?
A. During a private spiritual hypnosis session, you should be discerning when it comes to expectations and or predictions. Tomorrow’s fate is planned spiritually today. The energy of those plans exists within your personal energy; however, know that no prediction of the future is etched in stone. Positive changes can always be part of the experience. Always use good judgment concerning the future. Furthermore, always remember that the most effective attitude to have during a session is one of hope, love, harmony and that of cooperation. If you have had prior hypnosis sessions, never compare one with the other, or one hypnotic experience with another as the practice of spiritual hypnosis is NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE. The people who can most benefit from hypnosis are those dealing with a need to grow more positive, such as with self-motivation and confidence. Spiritual hypnosis can provide an opportunity for the development of new positive habitual ways of thinking for a full knowing and healing.
Q. Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal or immoral acts while under hypnosis?
A. People who are hypnotized will NOT do anything in hypnosis that they would not do in the waking state. This applies as well to sexual acts. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. When you are in hypnosis, you retain your values and morals
Q. Does a weak-minded person make a better subject than a strong-minded person?
A. No. Strength of mind has little to do with being a hypnotizable.
Q. What are some of the benefits of hypnosis?
A. There are many benefits and uses for hypnosis. The more common uses include to:
reduce and control fear, stress, and anxiety
control mood swings
modify or change hurtful baits
lose weight through changing eating and other habits
improve concentration and memory
improve study habits
develop natural abilities
aid police work
stop fingernail biting
preparation for surgery or other medical procedures
Q. What can Hypnosis "cure"?
Q. How long is each spiritual hypnosis session?
A. Each sitting is scheduled for about 25-minutes. There are times a session might be shorter or longer because we have accomplished our goal and on other occasions a session may be longer because we need to deal with an issue that emerges.
Q. How often are the spiritual hypnosis sessions?
A. This depends on the program and individual goals. In person one-on-one session may take place once weekly or every other week by telephone and with if necessary extra support through email and or private Chat. The number of session depends on the problem or issue for which the client is seeking help. The number of sessions also may depend on how long the client has had the issue or presenting problem, their motivation to change, and their ability to follow instructions and responsiveness to spiritual hypnosis.
Q. Do you accept all clients?
A. No. Some clients are not suited to my extremely positive and confident personality and type of educational spiritual hypnosis lectures.
Q. What is my investment?
A. That depends on your goals and reason(s) for seeking services. I have worked with almost every kind of problem and have created specific programs for many issues. Some long standing problems have taken months. I offer specialty educational spiritual hypnosis programs for small and large businesses for weight loss, smoking cessation, sports improvement, anxiety, stress management and other areas of concern. Of course, we take credit cards (online only by a secure server), Certified Bank Check, Postal Money Orders and CASH at the door for all events - No checks personal and or business) are accepted unless prior approval is given.
Q. Are results guaranteed?
A. No. I am good, but I am not God. I cannot guarantee human behavior. A client’s results depend on their motivation to change and ability to follow instructions.
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