To many individuals, the word "hypnosis" still conjures up feelings of fear and apprehension. They think they are unconscious and under the control of the hypnotist, but nothing could be further from the truth.
What is Hypnosis?
When you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally you are many times more alert than in your normal state of awareness. You hear and respond to everything and are an active participant. You have great control over what you will or will not do and you will instantly reject any suggestion that feels uncomfortable to you.
Hypnosis is a "natural state of mind." There is no such thing as a good subject or a bad subject. Every person has a natural capacity for response to hypnosis. To achieve goals, it does not matter whether you are in the lightest level of trance or the deepest level. Depth of trance is simply one of the many variables that have to do with hypnotic response.
Nature of Mind
There are two different "levels of mind." The conscious mind is the decision making, judgment passing, thinking analyzing part, but makes up only 10% of your mind. This is where willpower is located. The nature level of awareness is called the subconscious mind. It houses your feelings and emotions, memory and habit patterns, and it is responsible for the functioning of major organs. The subconscious is responsible for 90% of mind power. It controls behavior and performance.
The subconscious mind cannot think, that is the job of the conscious mind. Through hypnosis, your subconscious mind can be given positive suggestions and it will wrap itself around those positive ideas. Whether in a session with a qualified certified hypnotist or with the aid of self-hypnosis tapes and CDs, the subconscious mind is capable of reprogramming new neurological pathways.
You are everything the programming in your subconscious mind perceives you to be. If this part of your mind views you as overweight, you become overweight. If it perceives you as a smoker, you smoke. This applies to many areas of your life as well, such as mental attitude, motivation, stress, fears... the list goes on.