What is hypnosis?
Hypnotic trance is in fact familiar to almost all of us, even though we might not be aware of it as a hypnotic state. When we become absorbed for a moment in a daydream or an inner reverie, or are preoccupied with an internal dialogue, or we play out a past or future event in our imagination, we are in a light hypnotic trance.
Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of consciousness in which a person’s attention is more inwardly focused and they are more open to creative and alternative pathways to resolving issues using their own internal resources and awaken latent potentials. Being in this state enables a person to more easily by-pass limiting beliefs and habits, as well as pain centers, and facilitates re-routing neural pathways – channels which carry messages from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. This is due to the brain’s neuroplasticity, as we explain below.
Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Self-Guided Imagery
Guided and self-guided imagery are among the means used to develop new neural pathways so that a person can reframe their cognitive networks, reorganize the mind-brain-body connection, dial-down pain and revitalize their daily life.
Neuroplasticity is the discovery over the last few decades that the brain can and does change itself, structurally and functionally, through thought and activity. It is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as the capacity of neurons and neural networks in the brain to change their connections and behavior in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, damage or dysfunction.
The word “neuroplasticity” is a compound of neuro for “neurons,” the nerve cells in our brains and nervous systems, and plasticity – indicating that neuron pathways can be modified, redirected and regenerated. An excellent and very readable book on the subject is Dr. Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself (2007). Hypnosis and guided imagery are excellent tools for utilizing the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.
More on neuroplasticity can be found at Wikipedia.org
I am not a physician, nor a licensed health care provider, and I do not provide a medical diagnosis nor recommend discontinuance of medically prescribed treatments. The information in this website is for instructional purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for proper medical treatment.