Frequently Asked Questions
No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotized against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The 'control' misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Paul McKenna told someone to walk out of the theatre and shoot someone - of course, they would refuse to accept the suggestion and would probably be very cross. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are about empowerment and people's incredible capacity for change. If hypnosis was about control or making people do things there would be no money left in the banks and I wouldn't be writing this.
Will you be asleep when hypnotised?
You will not be asleep when hypnotized. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep. It is a misnomer. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. Many people after a session of hypnosis don't believe that they were hypnotized at all but that comes from misconceptions about just what a 'trance' in fact is.
Will you be able to wake up and come out of the trance?
Hypnosis is not about control. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and knocked themselves out you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Will you blab out secret information under hypnosis?
No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don't want to. Remember that you are completely in control and empowered. Again, if this was not the case, don't you think the police would just hypnotize their suspects and get them to 'tell the truth'?
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that is enough so therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
What about all the different words? What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotism for instance?
You will hear lots of different words and expressions used and as with anything, people often like to use technical descriptions for simple and straightforward subjects. Hopefully, we have made a reasonably successful attempt to simplify the whole subject on this website. Hypnosis and hypnotism basically refer to the same thing. Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis or hypnosis used in a clinical setting as opposed to say, stage hypnosis. In many states in America, it is not permissible to refer to oneself as a hypnotherapist without having an appropriate medical or psychological background. Hence, the word hypnotism has become far more common for practical reasons.
Each person is different and while theta has the potential to heal instantly, each person has their own blockages that are the reason they have invited or are holding on to that problem in their life. The healing process always differs from person to person and each person takes a different amount of time to heal so there is no pre-determined number of sessions.
What is ThetaHealing®?
ThetaHealing® is a technique that teaches how to put to use our natural intuition, relying upon unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual "work". We believe by changing your brain wave cycle to include the "Theta" state, you can actually watch the Creator Of All That Is create instantaneous physical and emotional healing.
In ThetaHealing® you talk about the Creator. What is the Creator?
The Creator is the spirit that intertwines and binds all things in existence.
Do I Have to change my religion to practice ThetaHealing®?
No ThetaHealing® is a technique, not a religion.
What is activation?
It's waking up our DNA to our highest potential.
How many strands of DNA do we activate?
We have 2 strands of DNA in 46 chromosomes, but when we activate DNA we activate the phantom strands, giving the appearance to the intuitive of 12 Strands, but really to the trained intuitive observer there is hundreds. Don't worry about the little stuff, when you command an activation, everything is activated including mitochondria.
This tends to vary from person to person, but is usually quite a relaxing experience. Sometimes it can feel rather like a daydream, whilst other times it can seem as if you are really there - but still know where you are physically right now, at the same time.
Are you asleep, awake or what?
If you think of what it feels like when you wake up gently after a good night sleep, then the moment when you know you are awake but haven't yet opened your eyes is probably the best way to imagine the hypnotic state required for Past life Regression.
You are neither fully awake nor fast asleep - but drifting somewhere in between.
Are there really past lives?
This is always a topic for lively debate and the only thing I can suggest is to try it for yourself and then decide. There are times when you feel that maybe it was just imagination, but at other times you are in no doubt that something quite profound has just happened... when you've been there, you just KNOW!
Can you really have a genuine Past Life Regression this way? Is it safe?
This regression recording is word-for-word what I say to my private clients. Obviously you don't get quite as much interaction between therapist and client - but its pretty close. And this can sometimes be an advantage.
You see, many people are afraid of going to see a past life therapist for fear of having to open up in front of someone, or find someone they can trust. With My past life, it's just you and the program, safe and secure in your own home.
Your mind will only take you to something that is useful and beneficial for you at this time, and you can bring yourself out of the experience anytime you choose.
The whole experience lasts about 40 minutes each go - but you can use it again and again, as many times as you wish...
HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth. In HypnoBirthing classes, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.
How does HypnoBirthing differ from other childbirth preparation methods?
Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins-the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labor and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing. Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical "prepared childbirth" programs, HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the laboring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labor for herself and baby.
How is the Birth Companion involved?
The Birth Companion of the mother's choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing experience. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labor the Birth Companion guides the laboring mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as he emerges.
Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?
Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. The HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labor process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. HypnoBirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.