A client once asked me what surprises me the most about the work I do.  Initially I figured my answer would involve one particular client but I was wrong.  After thinking about for a moment I realized that what surprises me the most is about hypnosis is how easy it is for clients to become hypnotized.

Especially considering that nearly everyone comes into my office with no previous hypnosis experience and most don’t even have any experience with meditation or any relaxation techniques of any kind.
I don’t think it’s because of any particular skill I might have but rather with hypnosis in general.  Everyday we all routinely float in and out of a light hypnotic state in the form of zoning out or daydreaming. So being guided into this familiar feeling with hypnosis is naturally easy for nearly everyone.

I tell all my clients that making the shift from conscious to subconscious, to enhance our life experience, is how we are all hardwired to operate, but unfortunately this blissful, meditative oasis goes unnoticed by most.
Another reason it’s so easy for most is because of the hectic pace of day-to-day life these days.  Everyone is stressed out and overwhelmed.  Given the opportunity to hop off the grid and chill out is usually eagerly embraced.

Prior to doing the formal hypnosis session I teach clients how to do self-hypnosis, my brand of self-meditation.  This not only empowers clients to be able to relax o their own power but makes it extra easy for them to then slide into the formal session.

Three steps to success with hypnosis:

1) Genuinely motivated to change
2) Willing and eager to be guided into hypnosis
3) Listen to MP3 sessions daily for at least 3 months

By: Paul Gustafson RN CH