Can You be Hypnotized?
Can you be hypnotized? That’s one of the most important questions I’m asked, and in order to answer it, I’l like to explain the levels of consciousness and let you in on the secrets of stage hypnosis.
The stage hypnotists out there would probably like to kill me for revealing these secrets, but I want you to know so that you have a better understanding of the mind.
Basically there are four levels of consciousness: beta, alpha, theta and delta.
Beta (12 Htz. And up) is wide awake and alert. This is where your critical mind is. This is linear, logical thinking. This is the realm of intellectual knowledge. This is where your, “Yes, buts. . . .” are. You know, “I would do this, BUT. . . .I would do that, BUT. . . . “ Become aware of your YES BUTS, because everything that you say to yourself after BUT, you are manifesting in you life.
Alpha (9 to 11 Htz.) is the state you experience right before you are ready to drift off to sleep. In alpha you experience what we call sensory acuity; your hearing gets better, you can actually see better, your sense of touch is more acute.
Have you ever had the experience when you’re falling asleep, right before you’re ready to drift off, and all of a sudden you hear the clock ticking, or the water dripping, and you get irritated and bring yourself back up to beta? That’s pretty normal. Next time that happens, say something to yourself like, “Oh, that’s what Diane was talking about!” And instead of getting irritated, allow yourself to go deeper and you’ll go into theta (4 to 8 Htz) . At theta you’re just not paying attention. Nothing outside you has changed, but your attention has turned inward.
The deepest level is delta (0 to 3 Htz.) Delta is where the body heals itself and rejuvenates.
Alpha and theta are where dreams occur.
Alpha and theta are where hypnosis occurs.
Alpha and theta are where meditation occurs.
I’m talking brain cycles per second. So if you had a brain wave machine hooked up to your head while you were in hypnosis, your brain waves would be measuring in the upper levels of alpha to the lower levels of theta, kind of like a sine wave. You are not at a static, unconscious state.
These are natural, normal states. What happens in hypnosis is that we bypass the critical mind (beta) to a degree. We usually don’t completely bypass the critical mind, because the critical mind wants to keep you safe.
The degree to which you go into hypnosis is based on your ability to let go of the critical mind and access the deeper levels of alpha and theta.
One of the secrets that stage hypnotists don’t want you to know is that all hypnosis is self–hypnosis. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. In a sense, I cannot hypnotize you! Just as I cannot dream you! I cannot meditate you!
I can take you into deeper levels of hypnosis. I can guide you, I can help you, but you are the one doing the work. I’m just the guide, the facilitator.
Another secret that stage hypnotists don’t want you to know is that going into hypnosis is a skill. You learn how to to do it, just like you learn how to use a keyboard, you learn how to ride a bike.
Remember the bell-shaped curve from math class? By definition, any randomly chosen group of 100 people will form a bell-shaped curve according to their ability regarding any particular skill.
So if I have a group of 100 people and test their ability to go very deeply, very quickly, into hypnosis, they will form a bell-shaped curve, which means that 8 to 10 of those 100 people will have the natural ability to go very deeply, very quickly, into hypnosis.
Let’s pretend I’m going to do a stage show. I’m not a stage hypnotist, but let’s just say I’m going to do a show. I would insist on at least 100 people in the audience. Why? I’ve got to make sure that I have enough people so that it’s likely that at least 8 to 10 of them have the natural ability to go into hypnosis quickly and deeply.
So I have a hundred people in the audience. I ask for volunteers to come up on stage and have some fun. I only ask for volunteers. I would never choose anyone to come up on stage who didn’t volunteer. Why? All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. If they didn’t want to do it, they won’t cooperate. Most of these people have seen stage hypnosis shows. They know they’re going to bark like a dog or do silly things, it’s part of the fun. It’s an opportunity for them to show off and act out of character.
Let’s say 20 people volunteer. I ask all 20 to come up on stage and give them a quick assessment to determine if they have the ability to go into hypnosis quickly and deeply.
Imagine that 10 of the 20 people do really well. Ten do terrible. I tell the 10 who did terrible, “Thank you very much, you can go have a seat now.”
After they’ve left the stage, who remains? The 10 who have the natural ability to go very deeply, very quickly into hypnosis! And they want to be there! They want to be silly and have fun.
But I don’t explain all this to the audience, that would ruin the show. So what does the audience think? She’s so powerful! Look what she can make those people do! Power has nothing to do with is! It’s not power, it’s math! It’s simply knowing what you’re doing!
Your ability to experience hypnosis depends not only on your natural talents, but also on your willingness to learn.
Going into hypnosis is a skill, and like all skills, the more you practice, the better you get.
So, can you be hypnotized? Of course you can! Going into hypnosis is fun, natural and easy! I believe you will be thrilled with the results. All you need to do is relax, let go and allow yourself to be guided into these wonderful, tranquil states.