What is hypnosis and how exactly does it work?
Well the beauty of hypnosis is its ability to access certain states of mind – like the subconscious mind. It does this by inducing an alpha state in the mind – and this is where the fun starts.
Here you will learn about the best way to generate an alpha state. The alpha state is the brainwave state needed to open the bridge to your incredibly powerful subconscious mind. At this level of mind you start to make quick, easy changes at an internal level, that affect external things in your life (like wealth generation, relationships, increased confidence etc.), that would be tough changes to make normally.
Hypnosis prompts the natural mental brainwave state known as alpha in which a person enters into, an out of the ordinarily, relaxed state of being both mentally and physically as well as experiencing a calm emotional state.
Alpha is the brainwave state that allows you to gain access to the subconscious mind – the seat of your beliefs, feelings, automatic actions and your reactions. It is a natural state of mind that we enter into many times during every day. When you daydream, watch TV or read a book you have entered the alpha state. This state leaves you mind wide open to outside influences that can affect your emotions, thought processes and decisions.
This is one of the reasons that advertisers spend millions on marketing campaigns for television and radio – all designed to take advantage of the fact that while you are watching or listening you are in the alpha state and highly susceptible to their suggestions!
However, it’s possible for us to prompt the alpha state ourselves through the use of self hypnosis or with the guidance of a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a fairly straightforward process to learn and it’s easy to apply but the results are truly amazing.
But before we find out how to prompt an alpha state, now is the ideal time to look at the 4 brainwave states and gain a better knowledge of every one of them. There are 4 brainwave states – namely beta, alpha, theta, and delta.
Beta is the standard waking state. Alpha is a state of heightened focus and openness to new ideas. Theta is like a light sleep state – the type of find yourself in just after you fall asleep. Delta is the deepest state and you would find yourself in this brainwave state when you are deeply asleep.
Through hypnosis or the use of binaural beats it is possible to entrain the brain to display these brainwave states at will. This gives you instant access to variety of states of mind, body and emotions.
The alpha state is crucial in hypnosis for a variety of reasons. Alpha waves serve as a bridge between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. This bridge gives us the chance to reprogram our subconscious mind.
So, when we practice hypnosis, we can reprogram our subconscious or access information about ourselves that we otherwise couldn’t readily recall.
One more note on brainwaves. These brainwave states are not exclusive. To paraphrase, when you’re in a dominant beta state you are also likely manufacturing some alpha waves. And if you were to chill just a little, you would probably be manufacturing more alpha waves and less beta waves. Shut your eyes and you will further deepen your alpha state, but you can still be manufacturing some beta waves.
If you start daydreaming you will probably start producing some theta waves. You’re actually the one who decides your brainwave state. Self hypnosis is merely a process that helps make an explicit brainwave state in which the mind is more highly targeted and more open to suggestions. You do not truly need a hypnotherapist to attain a trance state. You’re in it daily.