Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a highly relaxed state of mind and body, an altered state of consciousness. It is a normal and natural phenomenon that we experience every day. Hypnosis can be described as concentrated and directed daydreaming. A person in hypnosis is always in control, fully aware of his or her surroundings in a detached sort of way. You hear everything that your therapist is saying, and can respond when ask questions. It is a state very similar to just before you fall asleep or just before you are totally awake.
Actually, all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist is only your guide. Anyone who wants to be hypnotized, can be hypnotized. A person in the state of hypnosis cannot be made to say or do anything that is against his/her morality, religious beliefs, upbringing, or beliefs. The mind and body relaxation that is experienced is enjoyable, pleasant, energizing and refreshing. It is said that 20 minutes of hypnosis is like 2 hours of sleep.
While hypnotized, you are highly suggestible to statements, imagery, ideas, feelings, emotions, attitudes and memories that support your stated goals. Remember, you will never accept any suggestion that conflicts with your ethical or religious beliefs, personal preferences, desires, responsibilities or well-being. You are free to come out of hypnosis at any time.
You never give up control of your mind or body in hypnosis. Quite to the contrary. As Dr. David Spiegel, a leading hypnosis expert, professor and associate chair of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine says in the September 27, 2004 issue of Newsweek magazine: “It’s actually a way of enhancing people’s control, of teaching them how to control aspects of their body’s function and sensation that they thought they couldn’t.”
The phenomenon of hypnosis has been known to medical sciences for centuries. Modern medical technology realized the benefits of hypnosis in treating a wide variety of disorders. It was officially endorsed by the American Medical Association in 1958 as an ethical, legitimate and safe therapeutic approach to medical and psychological problems. Today more people recognize that the mind and the body interact. Mind and Body are integrated parts of a whole human being . . . a change in one part affects the other. (see Mind, Body article)
The experience of being in hypnosis also varies from one individual to the next. Some people report feeling a weightiness, or heaviness in their chest, arms, legs, hands, and/or feet that they experience as pleasant and comfortable. Others indicate a feeling of lightness or buoyancy of body and/or spirit, a bit like floating. Some relate having felt a slight tingle in their fingers or toes. Still others speak of drifting in and out of conscious awareness into a sleep-like state. Color and imagery may appear more vivid. Forgotten memories from the past may be recalled. In virtually every case, individuals comment on how relaxed and peaceful they feel, and how a sense of ease and comfort takes over.
Stage Hypnosis vs. Clinical Hypnosis
It is important to understand the difference between stage hypnosis performed in a club or at a party and clinical hypnosis induced in a private office setting.
Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment that seeks to amuse an audience by directing willing participants (notice willing) to engage in sometimes-silly behavior or stunts under the direction of a stage hypnotist. You will notice that those who participate have eagerly volunteered to be part of the show as a way to ham it up in front of others. Frequently they have been drinking. Unfortunately, stage hypnosis, often seen as humiliating its subjects to a get a laugh, has undermined the credibility and therapeutic benefits of clinical hypnosis.
Clinical Hypnosis is a widely practiced, extensively researched and highly successful form of brief-term therapy for treating a vast array of psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual issues. It is done in the privacy of a safe, comfortable office setting. During each session, the client enters a natural state of focused relaxation and calm. Through directed dialogue and suggestions and techniques, the client learns to move beyond their fears and limitations to achieve their specific goals for lasting self-improvement. It is always important that you ask about the education and training that the therapist has, and it is also important that you trust and feel comfortable with any therapist you choose to work with.
Time Line Therapy™
Time Line Therapy ™ is an accelerated therapy to help release negative emotions and limiting decisions producing a very positive impact on ones behavior, personality and health. Time Line Therapy was developed by Dr.Tad James.
Time Line Therapy ™ is based on how people encode and store their memories. By restructuring and eliminating the emotional root cause of behavior and emotional issues people can experience life as it is supposed to be. Healthier and happy! Being free from past programming, emotional issues and self-limiting decisions can be gone forever!
Did you know that all of our memories are stored on what we call a Time Line? Using certain techniques, negative emotions, (bad feelings) limiting decisions, anger and other conflicts we have within us, are liberated from memories of past events. This results in dramatic improvements in personal growth and development. Often negative emotions are held for years and the holding onto negative emotions prevents us from obtaining our true potential, or becoming the real person that we are capable of! With the help of Time Line Therapy ™ you can be rid of all these negatives from your life, and on these being released this will then allow or permit you to gain emotional control over your life. Gone will be inappropriate emotional reactions, such as anger, apathy, depression, anxiety, sadness and fear. These type emotions are responsible for preventing many from achieving the quality of life they desire and deserve. Thoughts such as I am not good enough or I don’t deserve to be happy create limitations on you and prevent you from reaching your attainable goals. The Time Line Therapy ™ procedures allow you to delete many negative times and emotions from your past, and this therefore allows or permits you to go forward towards your goals and future desires.
THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND: In the context of Time Line Therapy®, the words “unconscious mind” are not intended to signify anything mysterious or unusual, simply the part of your mind of which you are not conscious, right now. Your unconscious mind is a very important part of you. Think about it for just a moment. Here is a part of you that runs your body; it makes your heart beat, causes the lymph system to circulate, your breathing to continue, your eyes to blink, your stomach to digest your food, and many other tasks that perhaps you had never even considered.
The first thing to appreciate is that your unconscious mind is the source of all learning, all behavior and all change.
Your unconscious mind is the part of you that learns, not your conscious mind. Now, you may have thought that you learned consciously in the past, and although your learning has to go through the conscious mind, it is your unconscious mind that remembers everything. EVERYTHING, once learned, resides in the unconscious mind.
Think about all the things you have ever learned. Until the subject was mentioned, how many of them did you remember consciously? Probably none! If you had to remember all the phone numbers you know consciously, there wouldn’t be enough room for anything else, would there? So all learning takes place at the unconscious level.
Think of all the phone numbers you have learned, and which you now know. For example, you know your home phone number, do you not? If you’d like to do this with me, please say it to yourself. Now before you were thinking of your home phone number, where was it? Obviously it was stored somewhere, of which you were not conscious — that is your unconscious mind — the part of your mind of which you are not conscious, right now. What’s important about that is that all your learning — everything you have ever learned — is stored in your unconscious mind.
What Is Energetic Toning?
by Jonathan Goldman www.healingsounds.com
Of all the sound-making devices and instruments found on this planet,the human voice is believed by many to have the most healing qualities. No other instrument is capable of such a wide variety of different sounds and textures; and in fact,many other instruments were created in order to emulate the various qualities of the human voice. The range of sonics found in the human voice can go from the growl-like depths of the Tibetan monks to the birdlike qualities found in South American Indian tribes. We can sound like musical instruments—including percussion instruments—as well as nature sounds and other sounds not found anywhere else in nature. We can create an extraordinary spectrum of frequency and timbre using our own voices.
“Toning” is the use of the voice as an instrument for healing. While there are many different possibilities inherent in toning,for most,the term toning means using the human voice to create elongated vowel sounds or single syllables for the express purpose of either release and relief of imbalances in the body or to resonate the physical body and the chakras. It is nonverbal sound,relying primarily on vowels,though it may incorporate the use of consonants to tone single syllables as long as they are not utilized to create coherent meaning. Sighing,moaning,and humming may also be recognized as forms of toning.
Toning is not chanting as we normally perceive it,although toning may sound like chanting. Chanting uses words as either liturgical texts or incantations for a specific purpose with meaning. Such chants use predetermined sounds such as “Om Na Ma Shiva Ya” or “Om Mani Padme Hum.” However,the elongation of a single syllable such as “Om” or “Ra” can be considered a form of toning.
There are a number of reasons why toning may be the most effective use of sound as a healing instrument. First,we can learn to use our voice to resonate with different areas of our body and our chakras in order to bring them into balance. This is based upon the principle of resonance. Every organ,bone,and tissue in the body has a healthy frequency at which it normally vibrates. When imbalances set in,the vibrations in that portion of the body become out of tune. Through toning,we can set these vibrations back in tune. This principle of sound healing is also true of the energetic body as well as of the physical body—and is especially effective when focused on the chakras.
Second,the human voice is able to focus sound as a vehicle to project the energy of intention better than any other instrument. Intention is the energy behind the sound that is being created. It is the consciousness we have when we are making a sound.
In my book Healing Sounds,I created the formula “Frequency + Intent = Healing.” Frequency is the actual,physical sound we create. When it is coupled with the intent of healing,the overall sound that is produced creates the vibration of healing that can affect our physical body and our chakras.