Myth buster #10 – Hypnosis is like sleep
Though the theta state of trance is biochemically similar to REM sleep, it is very different from sleeping.Though you are extremely relaxed physically and mentally, hypnosis is actually a heightened state of awareness that is very intentional and focused.
In trance, you hear everything around you – doors closing, dogs barking, someone coughing – you simply don’t care about it and let it fade into the background. You are very focused on the guiding voice of the hypnotist and what is going on in your mind. Thoughts may come and go – I forgot to buy milk, or what’s the secret to the universe. Sometimes, like highway hypnosis in the Alpha state, you might check out for a moment or two, but then come back and pick up right up where you left off. The conscious mind never shuts off completely, it just steps aside so your subconscious mind can do the work it’s focused on.
Your long term memory is housed in the subconscious mind and never forgets anything. Virtually everything that has ever happened to you is there – everything you’ve tasted, smelled, seen, heard, felt, and experienced. Though your conscious mind may take a mini vacation, and then recall something in a few days you thought you’d forgot, your subconscious never checks out and will retain everything that is done while in trance.
I’m Roberta Fernandez, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Trainer at The FARE Hypnosis Center, located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Let us help you take back control by unlocking the power of your mind to reach your goals of any kind.