There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about Hypnosis. To many, the mere thought or mention of Hypnosis creates a perception of mind control, or a special trance in which you lose control of your mind to a Hypnotist waving a pocket watch in front of you. At the very least most people don't really know or understand Hypnosis, or have heard a variety of ill perceived ideas causing confusion and great misunderstanding. Unfortunately most people respond to lack of understanding with fear and skepticism.
Webster's Dictionary defines Hypnosis as:
Hypnosis has always existed and has been documented throughout history. Many ancient cultures used Hypnosis for pain control and meditation. In the Polynesian Hawaiian culture Hypnosis was regularly used as a form of pain control allowing tribesmen to walk barefoot over hot, burning coals. Eastern cultures also have been known for their strong philosophies regarding the power of the mind through concentration and meditation. Hypnosis actually comes from the Greek word Hypnos, meaning sleep.
Today in the modern 21st century Hypnosis is becoming more popular than ever. Through better understanding of it's natural abilities, Hypnosis is being used in a variety of fields and applications including psychiatry, law enforcement, sports, and many medical applications from painless dentistry and childbirth, to working with children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Hypnosis is also becoming more widely utilized for personal self-improvement to help stop smoking, to lose weight, to improve concentration and study abilities, for improved athletics, better sleep, and much, much more.
Hypnosis works only if you allow it to. It's been said that all Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis, meaning that only you have the true control over your ability to experience Hypnosis. The Hypnotist is only the skilled operator who carefully guides you into the state of greater suggestibility, while teaching you this true art.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state of mind. Through relaxation and concentration Hypnosis focuses on the subconscious part of the mind and it's ability to respond to suggestion.
Hypnosis as an entertainment art form is simply the demonstrating of these abilities through temporary suggestions that are often humorous or uncharacteristic to the participants, resulting in a controlled performance showcase of the many benefits and possibilities available through Hypnosis.
The true appeal of a Stage Hypnosis performance is that unlike magic, which is not real but an illusion consisting of tricks, props, hidden strings, mirrors, trapdoors and devices, Hypnosis is an actual real phenomenon. The audience will actually witness the transformation of the volunteer participants before their very eyes as they journey into Hypnosis. The performance continues with a variety of well-crafted demonstrations, routines, and features of the many talents and abilities of the participants, resulting in a hilarious, captivating performance that is truly enjoyed by everyone of all ages. In the end, all temporary suggestions are removed and the skill of the Hypnotist and the abilities of Hypnosis have been both enjoyed and better understood by everyone.
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