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What is hypnosis?

When most people think of hypnosis, they remember people acting silly on a stage. Most don’t realize that hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool. How many times have you found yourself staring at one point without staring at anything else for a few seconds. That’s hypnosis. Have you ever been looking for your keys when you realize that they’ve been in your hand the whole time. That’s hypnosis. And if you live in California, you most definitely know this one: You’re driving on the freeway and you all of a sudden realize that you’ve gone way past your exit. That’s because you were hypnotized. That is how natural it truly is! Using hypnosis we can literally use the same laws of the mind, but we use them to your benefit. Hypnosis can help you achieve a balance between your mind, body and spirit, and live a happier, more satisfying, and peaceful life. Hypnosis can help you literally create a better you!

At the Sigil Social Foundation in Temecula, California, our Hypnotists are professional and compassionate certified hypnotists. They are also certified practitioners in NLP, TIME Techniques, and EFT; all safe, natural, painless, and powerful therapeutic methods that both complement and even amplify the effectiveness of hypnosis and any program of “hypnotherapy.” Studying under the top hypnotists in the field, with over 99% effectiveness, they have created many successful hypnosis programs benefiting hundreds of people.

Therapeutic hypnosis, sometimes known as clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy, is a completely natural state of consciousness that we all experience every day, to help you bring lasting change into your life. The human mind is incredibly powerful. Hypnosis allows you to access and harness that power to quit smoking, lose weight, erase fears, phobias, anxiety, panic, eliminate negative habits and emotions, build self esteem, enhance performance, and much, much, more.

Each hypnosis session is highly individualized to fit your needs. Maybe you have a fear of flying, too much  stress or you’d like to enhance performance at work, at home, or in sports. It’s only a phone call away. Why not call today for a free consultation; whether you live in the Temecula/Murrieta area, find out what hypnosis and hypnotherapy can do for you.

• Boost Self­ Confidence & Motivation
• Reduce Anxiousness, Stress & Sadness
• Release Anger, Guilt, Fear and Shame
• Eliminate Negative Beliefs
• Ace Your Job Interviews
• Eliminate Test Anxiety
• Cope with Grief
• Quit Smoking
• Eliminate Insomnia
• Child/Teenager Hypnosis
• Stop Uncontrollable Blushing
• Overcome Trauma
• With Family Issues
• Eliminate Your Fears
• Phobia of Flying
• Attract a New Mate
• Acting And Modeling (Anxiety, Confidence, Character Switching, Stage Fright)
• Recover From A Break­up/Divorce
• Remove That Emotional Weight That Holds You Down
• Rid Yourself of Harmful Habits
• Improve Sports Performance
• Increase Creativity
• Increase Sensuality
• Medical / Pain Hypnosis (with referral)
• Learn Self Hypnosis & To Relax Anywhere (including work!)
• And Much More!

Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions (The Hypnosis FAQ)

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Is it true that I lose my free will when I am under hypnosis?

You do not lose your free will when you are under hypnosis. I cannot make you, nor can any other hypnotist make anybody do, say, or feel anything they do not want to. I often tell clients who are worried about it that if I could make people do what I want them to do this would be a vastly different world, and we would not be having this conversation. So no, you cannot lose your free will. You are always awake, you are always aware, you are always in control. In fact, one of the paradoxes is that by letting yourself go and enter this wonderful state of relaxation and focus, you actually gain more control. hypnosis is about giving people more control over their lives, not less.

Is it true that my hypnotist has control of me when I am under hypnosis?

Hypnotists cannot control you. You cannot lose control of your mind. The role of a hypnotist, if you will, is a facilitator. One of the most famous hypnotists of all time was Milton Erickson. And one of his tenets, his basic tenets, was that everybody already has within them the resources required to produce the change they wish to produce. A good hypnotist is a facilitator and perhaps a coach and a teacher but never a controller. We cannot control anybody else’s mind. We cannot make anybody do anything or think anything or feel anything they do not wish to. If I was to be stupid enough to suggest something to a client in the deepest of trances that was in any way against to their desires, goals, or desired outcomes, they’d instantly open their eyes and say, ” What’s wrong with you?”

Is it true that if I remember hearing the hypnotist, I was not really hypnotized?

When you’re in hypnosis, even the deepest of trance, you’re very likely to remember every single word you heard. About five percent of the time, a person in deep hypnosis will enter a state called spontaneous amnesia whereby when they come back to full conscious awareness, they may not remember anything.

Is it true that only weak­-minded people can be hypnotized?

That is exactly the opposite of the truth. The very best subjects for hypnosis are people who are obviously open to experiencing the state. Brighter people and more creatively­minded people tend to do even better. In fact, weak­minded people might be the hardest subjects to hypnotize, because it’s harder to get them to concentrate.

Is it true that I lose consciousness during hypnosis?

You never lose consciousness during hypnosis. If you were to lose consciousness, you’d be asleep. Deep hypnosis is the next step away from sleep. As far as the brain activity is concerned, deep hypnosis would be considered theta, which is a very slow and very rhythmic brain wave, with delta meaning full sleep. If you were to lose consciousness, you’d fall asleep. If you fall asleep, you can’t hear what I’m saying. And if you can’t hear what I’m saying, the suggestions are not going to have much effect. So I never let my clients fall asleep for more than a few seconds.

Is it true that I can be put under hypnosis without my consent?

No one can be hypnotized without their consent. It is impossible to make anybody enter any state of consciousness they do not wish to. In order to experience hypnosis, you have to consent to it and want to. Now, when you experience natural hypnosis, i.e. during a daydream or when you’re reading a book or a film, it happens without your conscious awareness. But the hypnotist can’t make that happen.

Does Hypnosis work?

According to American Health Magazine which compared Psychoanalysis, Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis, a whopping 93% of people recovered after only 6 Hypnosis sessions. With medical professionals being trained in it as part of their therapeutic treatment, it is easy to see how it’s acceptance by many agencies worldwide, like the American Psychological Association or APA in 1960, would embrace it for it’s powerful effectiveness.

Am I hypnotizable?

Yes. I would say that 95% of the population is hypnotizable. In fact, I would speculate – and this, of course, is my opinion – that almost everyone experiences natural hypnosis. Now, whether or not, someone’s hypnotizable in the clinic, in a setting which we would call hypno­therapeutic, is going to depend on, first of all, whether they allow it to happen. It is an allowed state. I cannot ­make­ you enter hypnosis, any more than I can make a dog stay if he doesn’t want to. ­You­ have to allow yourself to be hypnotized. Anybody that wants to be hypnotized, and of course, clients who come into the clinic generally do because they want change, and can allow themselves to focus, and allow their brain do what it already knows how to do, can be hypnotized.

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

The chances of not being able to be hypnotized are pretty slim. In all the years that I have used hypnosis before I chose it as a career, I have literally only had one client who refused to go into hypnosis. People who come to me want to experience hypnosis; they want change.

Can I hypnotize myself, or do I need someone else to hypnotize me?

Understand that you hypnotize yourself several times a day whether you know it or not. It’s just a natural transition. Can you learn to do it on purpose? Absolutely. We call that self­-hypnosis. The difference between doing it yourself and allowing someone to lead you into the state is that it’s a little easier to be lead into the state because you’re not trying to do two things at once. When you’re doing self­-hypnosis or auto­hypnosis, you are both the operator (the hypnotist) and the subject, so your brain has to almost split in two and do two things at once. It is a very easy technique to learn. People who want to do hypnosis do better if they are taught by an experienced hypnotist first.

Before undergoing hypnosis, is there anything I should do to prepare?

There’s really no preparation necessary for hypnosis other than having a desire to experience the state. Usually, your going to want to have something that you want to concentrate on. One of the things I ask new clients to do before hypnosis to make a list of the issues they want to work on. Then, just make sure you’re fed, wear loose clothing so you feel comfortable, that you feel okay, and you’re not too tired, because you might fall asleep. Also, don’t make appointments immediately before or after the hypnosis. This gives you the time and space to relax and let the change happen. Have an open mind. That’s about it in terms of preparation for hypnosis. Easy, huh?

How will I feel when I am under hypnosis?

When you’re in hypnosis, the only way I can describe it is that it’s extremely relaxing. You may get so relaxed, if you allow yourself to, that you forget your body for a while. You may not feel anything. You have a very wonderful sense of peace, well­being and tranquility, and while you’re in that state the hypnosis will often bring you to a place that you’ve envisioned that is very peaceful, safe and powerful. So it’s a very, very relaxed, mellow, and very focused state of awareness. You’re conscious, aware, and you know that you could end it instantly if you wanted to. The reason you don’t is because you don’t want to, because it feels really good.

What if I do or say something private or strange while I’m under hypnosis?

The chances of doing or saying anything strange or admitting something that you really don’t want anybody to know while you’re in hypnosis are zero. It just won’t happen. You cannot be made to do or think or say or feel anything in hypnotic trance that you do not want to. Now, if there’s a deep dark secret that you really want to get out, you might let it out. But you’ll let it out because you want to, not because you’re forced to during hypnosis.

How will I feel after hypnosis?

A lot of people are concerned about how they’re going to feel after a hypnosis session and here’s what you’re going to feel. First, you’re going to feel really, really relaxed and very mellow and often euphoric. You might feel a little disoriented for a few minutes, but a person that comes in for a hypnosis session gets on with their day, and what happens is they have a much better day because within a few minutes they’re right back where they were except they feel really good, due to the problems worked out during their hypnosis.

How many sessions can I expect hypnosis to require?

Every mind responds differently and every condition responds differently. As a rule, hypnosis is considered a short­-term, fast result therapy as opposed to longer, more conventional talk therapy. So, if we get results, we tend to get them fairly quickly and sometimes extremely quickly. When we do hypnosis right and correctly and the person’s committed to making a change, those changes will stick. It can also depend on what the client is looking for as a change.

What is the description in California for hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a legal stand­alone alternative and complementary wellness profession and not a licensed healing art profession.

 

Call our office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, for more information and to schedule a free hypnosis consultation. You can reach us at 951-290-2997. I’ll gladly work with you, both in person, and over the phone, so my services are available world-wide, in English.