How Hypnosis is Useful

UKGHP’s members help people and organisations make positive changes

How Hypnosis is Useful

UKGHP’s members help people and organisations make positive changes

  • What is Hypnosis?

    Hypnosis is a relaxed natural state of mind. We all go in and out of a hypnotic state often. If you have ever been watching a TV programme, zoned out and lost track of the plot, then you were in an hypnotic state. If you do repetitive tasks, like ironing or washing up for example, you may let your mind wander and experience a light hypnotic state. Daydreaming is a hypnotic state– and it’s in that daydream state that we often get our best ideas and make breakthroughs in our understanding.

    Hypnosis practitioners work with clients using this hypnotic state to to bypass their conscious mind and access their unconscious resources.  The unconscious mind is much cleverer and more powerful than the conscious mind. It is where our emotions, memories, attitudes and creativity lie. Rather than in the conscious mind, the unconscious is where our behaviour is forged, where we make our big decisions.

    By working in an hypnotic state, clients can be helped by their hypnosis practitioner to get to know how they are the way the are and change their mind. They can be helped to think more positively, to overcome old beliefs and behaviours that may be holding them back.   Hypnotic trance is also deeply relaxing and so is a significant aid to managing and relieving people of the symptoms of stress, anxiety and pain too.

  • How NLP relates to Hypnosis

    Neuro Linguistic Programming is the practice of understanding how individuals structure their experience of life and then using that understanding to help them to make subtle changes so they can fulfil their potential.  NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1970s, through studying the change strategies of successful therapists, including notably those of a hypnotherapist called Milton Erickson.

    Put simply, NLP is a set of thinking and communication tools that can be used to help individuals and groups, in their personal lives or in business, make positive changes and achieve their goals. It can be particularly effective, when used with hypnosis, to help with unwanted habits, phobias, repetitive thoughts, lack of confidence and other embedded patterns that drive a person’s behaviour.

  • Hypnosis as a Creative Tool

    Traditionally hypnosis has been used for therapeutic purposes (and for entertainment, though that is not a use that we are concerned with here).  As our understanding of the brain grows, so we are becoming more aware of the role of the unconscious mind in  coming up with innovative ideas.  Many inventors and artists describe how they ‘saw the answer in a dream’. Hypnotic trance is similar to awake dreaming and gives us access to that creative ability that lies deep inside all of us. Hypnosis is increasingly being used beyond its therapeutic role. Hypnosis is now recognised as a powerful tool in helping the brain make ‘lateral connections’ to generate new ideas and help solve seemingly intractable problems.

    Hypnosis practitioners can help individuals and organisations develop that creative aspect. Through using hypnosis they can be helped to develop effective solutions and visions of new ways of being.