- You are not under control of the hypnotherapist during hypnosis.
- Anyone can be hypnotized, if they desire.
- You do not become unconscious during hypnosis.
- You are not weak-willed or weak-minded, if you choose hypnosis.
- You cannot get stuck or fail to exit hypnosis.
- You will not reveal any information you do not wish to reveal during hypnosis.
- Hypnosis is scientific, not magic. (See below)
From conception until about age 7, you were taking in all the information about the world around you and learning about your relationship to the world. Information flowed freely between the conscious and subconscious mind. At about age seven, you developed what’s called the Critical Faculty. This is the time when you started questioning the idea of the tooth fairy or Santa Claus.
The Critical Faculty becomes a gatekeeper between the conscious and subconscious mind. It stops the flow of any information that doesn’t match what is already in the subconscious mind. This explains why a person may think they are not intelligent, even if there is substantial information to the contrary, e.g., the person is promoted at work or excels in the classroom. If the subconscious mind had formed the belief, “I’m stupid”, then a person continues to subscribe to that belief, thinking, “If they only knew the real me, they would know I’m stupid”.Hypnosis reduces brain waves from 14-32 cycles per second to as low as 4 cycles per second, which is the normal rate at which learning takes place. When brain waves slow down, the Critical Faculty opens up the gateway and new information can come in. New beliefs about ones-self can be formed. You may not have known it, but you are in a hypnotic state right before you go to sleep and right before you awaken. It’s not magic and there’s no mystery!