I attended a workshop at a conference this month about legal concerns. I have a definite scope of practice by which I abide by. Unfortunately others do not practice these boundaries and that makes it hard on those of us that do.
But it got me thinking about a group of people that want to decide who can and can’t “do” hypnosis. If all hypnosis is self hypnosis – and it is – how can someone say that what comes naturally to each individual may only be done by some?
I know this sounds a bit confusing, but here’s what I mean. There’s two components to hypnosis: trance and suggestion. The trance state is a natural state of mind. You go in and out of it all day, and at minimum twice a day as you fall asleep and wake up. People who meditate do it intentionally. Some would argue the same for prayer. I cannot make you go into a trance state – you have to allow it, to give me permission to guide you.
The second part is suggestion. You get suggestions all day every day from a variety of sources – your significant other, your kids, your boss, your minister, advertising, television, news people. The list goes on. Some of them you choose to take in, others you don’t. The most powerful suggestions you receive come from yourself. Again, you are in charge.
One of the biggest obstacles to laws that regulate hypnosis is that people cannot agree on a single definition of it. Ask a hypnotist, a therapist or a scientist who researches hypnosis and you will get different definitions. How can you regulate what can’t be defined?
If laws are made that only give certain people the right to practice hypnosis, we will all be in violation of those laws, because all hypnosis is self hypnosis. I teach people how to do it on purpose with intention so they don’t need me.
Just my thoughts for the day……
I’m Roberta Fernandez, a Board Certified hypnotist and Certified Trainer at FARE Hypnosis, helping you take back control, by unlocking the power of your mind to reach your goals of any kind.