Frequently Asked Questions
Can everyone be hypnotized?
A lot of people say, “Oh no, I can’t be hypnotized!”
First of all, congratulations, second of all, you have been been misinformed about what hypnosis is and is not.
The lightest state of hypnosis (Alpha) is achieved easily. Everyone enters alpha states multiple times a day while doing things like walking, working, and you guessed it, driving. Especially driving… you don’t have to tell yourself how hard to press the gas pedal, or when to put on the turn signal. You program yourself to drive/walk/run unconsciously so that you can think about your day, your boss, a future vacation, and many other things. Sometimes you can drive/walk/run an hour and not remember one minute of it. We call this, “Dissociated Trance,” because you are doing two things at once.
On the other hand, if you were a race car driver you wouldn’t be thinking about other things because you would be focused on driving. Accidents happen when race car drivers lose focus, and that’s why they need to be, “In The Zone.” This would be an “Associated Trance,” because all your attention is in the moment.
Trance is the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. You are not fully conscious, but you are not fully unconscious either.
Unknown to many people, while in light alpha dissociated states (daydreaming), you can be up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake and associated into the moment.
There are other trance states in the hypnotic playground; Theta states- meditation, intuition, memory. And Delta states- detached awareness, healing, sleep. If you can allow yourself to reach these deep states of relaxation, then hypnosis will not only work for you, it’ll change your life.
What if I go into a hypnotic trance and don’t wake up?
Impossible. Less than 20% of the population is “somnambulist,” meaning they will enter a Delta State on their first try. Even these people wake up at the end of a session. Most people, however, achieve a light trance state (alpha) in which they are aware of what is happening although they are completely relaxed and focused.
What if I’m too intelligent for you to put me under?
The more intelligent you are, the more easily you can be hypnotized. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic state of Alpha most of the time and therefore enter hypnosis easily.
Unfortunately I am not a genius, but I’m no dummy either. I’m just an average North American dude who enjoys exploring alternate realities.
What if I fall asleep during a hypnosis session?
Then you are going to have a great dream! Seriously, your eyes close, but your ears cannot close. Your hearing is on 24/7, like a sleeping mother who hears her baby cry. She will “awaken” immediately.
Even if you fall asleep during hypnosis, your unconscious is always listening, and it enjoys hearing positive encouragement.
When is the best time to listen to hypnosis?
You may be aware of the new science, Ultradian Rhythms. Some scientists say your brain needs a break every 90 minutes, and others 45 minutes. Ernest Lawrence Rossi Ph.D, author of The Twenty Minute Break- reduce stress, maximize performance, improve health and emotional well being using the new science of Ultradian rythms. Teaches people how to understand, and optimize these natural Ultradian rhythms in everyday life. You can grab a used copy of that book on Amazon for about 8 bucks.
Some say that understanding Ultradian rhythms is a key part to hypnosis because even the most resistant people naturally fall into a state of rest every 90 minutes…when this happens it’s goodnight left brain, and good morning sunshine. It’s like reading a book, when you enter “break time” your eyes get fuzzy, maybe watery, and you’ll probably start reading sentences over and over. Your left brain is saying that it needs a rest, and often times we go right to sleep.
If you’re into the Ultradian rhythms, then you’ll know exactly when to listen to these MP3’s… and 20 minutes later (the length of many of my MP3’s) your brain is ready for more action.
If this is your first time hearing about Ultradian rhythms, and you’re first time trying hypnosis then I suggest listening to MP3’s right before bed. Your brain is probably exhausted, and you might just fall asleep which we’ve already learned is perfectly OK.
That being said, I enjoy listening to my MP3’s all times of the day, even in the morning when my brain is the most active. I also write motivational 5-7 minute trances that work like pattern interrupts… you’re going about your day… zip, zoop,… and you’re going about your day again. Sometimes many things happen right away, sometimes nothing happens, but weeks later something great happens that leads to something greater, and you’re looking back through time remembering that one moment you had… on that day you completely forgot about.
How often do I have to listen to hypnosis MP3’s?
Never if you don’t want to, but if you do enjoy my MP3’s you can listen as often as you want. I recommend just one trance a day for at least 12 days in row. That will get you started enjoying the benefits of hypnosis.
Do I wear headphones?
Unless there are others in the room that want to hear the recording- or you have no other option- I suggest headphones because I feel it intensifies the experience. However, my good friend never uses headphones, and he claims he trances deeply even while his neighbors were making loud love behind thin walls. He wants me to write trances he can listen to while he walks around.
Is there anything else I should know about hypnosis?
Yes, find a comfortable place to relax, focus on doing the exercises, and enjoy yourself.
You are a great and wonderful person.