The Truth About Hypnosis No One Talks About

This is the tea that no one is willing to spill and I may get canceled in the hypnosis profession for saying this in public.

In the healthcare profession I saw doctors unwilling and afraid to call out malpractice, unethical and harmful actions because they feared being sued, losing their credentialing and being called a troublemaker. 

In other words, they would save their own skin at the expense of future patients’ potential suffering at the hands of an incompetent physician.

Let me be honest. Over 25 years in health care the number of these bad apples can be counted on  2 hands as compared to the hundreds of highly skilled physicians I worked with.  But it does not change the culture of shoving the ugly under the rug.

Yes, I said what I said. And I’m going to say what I’m about to say.

The last few weeks I’ve been having conversations about hypnosis and how it’s a safe, naturally occurring state.

And it is. Hypnosis (n.) is a state of mind and is considered an altered state of consciousness because we aren’t in a critical thinking state of mind. The brain oscillates through various states throughout the day. Hypnosis (n.) is also the set of techniques used to  facilitate a hypnotic state. 

 

If you are observant enough, you will see people around you all the time having moments where they are ‘in hypnosis.’

 

If you are reading this right now with rapt attention, you are in hypnosis. 

 

Did that startle you out of your reverie?

 

GOOD. 

A healthy level of skepticism, or critical analysis, is a good thing when we are taking in information in any format.

When you are scrolling on social media, getting absorbed into a book, TV show or movie, or are deeply moved and drawn in by a speaker,  you are in hypnosis. 

If you want to see what a mass state of hypnosis looks like, go watch news footage of NYC the day of 9/11.

Hypnosis, as a skill, is simply a technique. There are many different ways the subconscious can become more receptive to new information, ideas or suggestions and formal hypnosis is NOT required. 

In marketing and advertising this is referred to as neuro-persuasion.

In the military and intelligence agencies it is referred to as psy-ops.

Some of these techniques are so subtle and effective that those who teach them will say things like “use this ethically” and turn a blind eye to those who abuse this influence.

Why am I bringing this up, right now?

I have been doing  research for marketing my hypnosis training. It’s become obvious that it’s easy to find people on social media platforms who glorify mind control, manipulation and using hypnotic techniques to persuade people to ‘do your bidding’  in an unethical way. 

These individuals are promoting and teaching how to use these techniques to influence and manipulate special classes of people, such as women. Some of these accounts are viral, and I will not help promote or increase the virality of these accounts by directly calling them out.

The truth is there are people out there from all walks of life who have learned these techniques so they can influence the subconscious unethically. 

This is the reason I don’t use neuro persuasion techniques to ‘bust objections’ on my consults to close clients. My clients need to know the relationship we have is built on trust and integrity. 

Just to be clear, I do not personally know any hypnotist who would use what they’ve learned unethically. There are hypnotists calling out these harmful practices in protected spaces. 

However, out of fear of scaring people off from working with them, they don’t share the whole truth about subconscious influence and the mind. 

In 2022 at the National Guild of Hypnotists convention I gave a lecture and made a call for mandatory updates on ethics to renew membership. Last year an updated, optional ethics training was made available on the NGH website along with the guidelines that were already in place.

Using hypnosis to facilitate shifts in perception, beliefs, habits and behaviors to more quickly become the person you want to be in order to be happy, successful and fulfilled IS safe.

Your mind is your most potent and powerful asset. Safety using hypnosis isn’t about hypnosis. It’s about the intention, ethics and integrity of the person facilitating hypnosis. Be discerning who you work with. If something doesn’t feel right in your gut, find someone else.

If you want to avoid being ‘influenced’ unknowingly, be MINDFUL. When our attention is on where our attention is, we are in ultimate influence of our own mind. 

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