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Weight Loss Hypnosis Is Not Magic

Hypnosis can help you lose weight. It sounds like an idea out of “Inception,” but in reality it is just the simple gesture of putting thoughts in your mind to aid in weight loss. It really does work. According to studies done at the Mayo Clinic hypnosis is not a way to diet, but a way to change the mind’s thinking when it comes to food.

The problem with hypnosis is that many only know what they see on television. They have this concept of being sat in front of a swinging pendulum and made to cluck like a chicken. Hypnosis is nothing like that in a professional term. Being medically hypnotized simply means you are put into a relaxed state of mind and given a speech in a sense. Hopefully in this deep state of relaxation the patient will begin to believe the things said and believe they will lose weight. During hypnosis some doctors will try to change the automatic response to food in order for the patient to see it in a different light. Food is paired with something unpleasant so when the patient sees a fattening food they think of just plain fat. The hope is that they will begin seeing healthy food in the best light.

Hypnosis is not always about food. Doctors can talk about emotional issues as well as the want to exercise or the craving of water. It is all about the healthy body as a whole and a tiny way to get on the track to your goals.

Many dieters do not have much willpower. The smell of a freshly cooked cinnamon roll can ruin their whole diet for a day. Willpower fails because it is associated with the logical conscious level of the brain. The urge to eat whatever you want because you deserve it comes from the unconscious level. It is best to combine a behavioral weight management program with the hypnosis. Long-term hypnosis combined with a behavioral weight management program appears to contribute to weight loss and helps maintain it.

It is not magic and it will not put you in a trance to run away from food. Hypnosis is basically just a way to get your subconscious mind to make better decisions. Skeptics have tried it year after year and most have decided it is a pretty neat little tool. Losing weight is about changing your destiny. Hypnosis is about changing your thinking in order to reach that destiny.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Clinical Hypnosis?

Before I received training in clinical hypnosis, I researched it thoroughly.

I wanted to know everything about it. I found a lot of information. Unfortunately, much of the information was just plain wrong.

I read that the US government used hypnosis to train assassins. A blatant lie. I also heard that if you were in a hypnotic trance and the therapist died while you were in the trance, you would be lost in some sort of mental limbo.

This stuff is almost laughable.

There are, however, both pros and cons associated with clinical hypnosis.

On the pro side, your life is pretty much run by your subconscious mind. What better tool to access that part of your mind than hypnosis?

Time and time again, hypnosis has been proven to be the best way to reprogram your subconscious, bringing you the change you want to see in yourself. But isn’t this change merely psychological? What effect would these kinds of changes have in the real world?

Well, maybe you’ve heard of something called the law of attraction.

Contrary to popular belief, this is not just thinking positive, or sitting around repeating affirmations.

It means like attracts like.

To attract wealth, you have to be wealthy. If love is what you’re after, instead of focusing on finding the right person, focus on being the right person.

What on earth am I talking about?

Pay attention to lottery winners. Many of these people are low-income, hardworking people who just happened to buy the right lottery ticket while buying their 6-pack after work one evening.

Nobody taught them how to be wealthy. As a result, almost all of these people lose their millions within 2 years.

On the other extreme, we have somebody like Donald Trump. Trump has made millions, and he has lost millions. But nothing has kept him down. He’s truly wealthy.

You could take away all his money, blindfold him, and drop him off in some foreign country, and he would still prosper.

Hypnosis, if used properly, can cause you to pretty much attract whatever you want.

So, that’s the pro side of hypnosis. What about the cons?

The only con to hypnosis is that it can be difficult to find a credible hypnotherapist. What’s worse, is that most states have no laws or licensure requirements for those practicing. This means that anybody can pretty much call themselves a hypnotherapist. They can even charge money for it.

My advice to you is simple. Don’t be afraid of what hypnosis can do, but don’t trust just anybody when looking for a hypnotherapist. Ask questions, make phone calls, and find out if the person you’re talking to really knows his stuff.

Hypnosis and Past Life Regression – Do the Math

Past Life Regression (PLR) appears to be on the increase within the Hypnotherapy community with many therapists offering it as an additional service to clients. From a therapeutic standpoint PLR can be very beneficial, however much of what takes place in a PLR session can be tied back to events in a clients life that has been ‘shut off’ into a previous life persona. Working within the reference of a Past Life can be very beneficial, but what it isn’t, is a real historical personal history.

I have no doubt that this will sit badly with those people who want Past Life Therapy, or want to relive their ‘history’, but I am a realist, and I work extensively with clients who have real problems in the here and now and I would much rather solve them in this lifetime, than one that didn’t happen.

There are 2 clear issues with Past Life Regression, the first is the matter of the numbers. There have been more people alive in the last 50 years than in all of the rest of history put together. What this means is that a very small percentage of people can have a past life beyond the 50-year mark, and certainly far less can have multiple past-lives.

The second issue relates to those population figures and is highlighted by what happened in my practice some years ago. In July of 2007 I had 2 women visit on different days, for different conditions, during both session spontaneous PLR happened, both regressions back to the same person – Cleopatra. I know that she is supposed to have been quite disturbed, but it’s no wonder as she obviously had far to many people in her head!

Fortunately in both cases I was able to resolve the their problems, which (unsurprisingly) was found to have its roots in their ‘past life’, by working on solving it in the present rather than leaving it in the past.

This showed that PLR therapy is useful and helpful for some clients, what it is not is a therapy in its own right, and offering it as a service undermines what can really be achieved with Hypnosis.

Past Life Regression has a (small) place in Clinical Hypnosis, but let us be clear on what that place is and not fall foul of the mumbo-jumbo and mysticism that has held Hypnosis back for centuries.