I often fall asleep while using hypnosis CD's. Am I wasting my time?
It depends. If you really are falling asleep you’re probably wasting your time. There is a chance that you aren't actually falling asleep but are instead experiencing a very deep state of relaxation and just aren't recalling the session.
Sometimes, especially if you've listened to the hypnotherapy recording a number of times and nothing eventful happens during the session, the session just isn't recalled. This is sometimes incorrectly interpreted as sleep when in fact it’s an effective hypnotherapy session that just not worth being recalled by the bored conscious mind. If something was worthy of being recalled it would be.
There is a “law of the mind” that recognises that repetition is very valuable to learning. This is why advertisers spend so much to have their adverts repeated so frequently on TV. It’s a good idea to keep listening to the recording with repetition if you’re not falling asleep.
If indeed you are falling asleep, you’re probably not getting much value from the recording. It might be a good idea to listen to the recording first thing in the morning when it’s more difficult to fall asleep.
Do I have to be “feeble minded” to be hypnotised? No. The exact opposite is true. You need to be intelligent enough to follow the hypnotherapist’s directions in order to go into hypnosis.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. As such, as professional hypnotherapist, the only person I’ve ever hypnotised is myself. To guide myself into hypnosis all I need to do is give myself the instructions into hypnosis and follow the directions into hypnosis. By doing this, the only place I can arrive is in hypnosis. I certainly wouldn't arrive in Beirut by following the directions into hypnosis.
It’s no different for anyone else wanting to go into hypnosis. All a person has to do to go into hypnosis is to follow the direction into hypnosis. Most people don’t have the directions needed to go into hypnosis and for this reason most people need to get these directions from an experienced hypnotherapist. Being able to following the directions into hypnosis takes a certain amount of intelligence which may disqualify the so called “feeble minded”.
Fortunately hypnosis is far easier done than said. It’s not rocket science and so most people are intelligent enough to follow the directions into hypnosis. What is becoming more evident to me is that it's the people with higher intelligence that are increasingly making use of hypnotherapy. There are several reasons for this:
I have encountered a very small number of clients that are too feeble minded to follow the simple instructions necessary to go into hypnosis. I have had the privilege of working with many people considered to be mentally disabled and most were able to patiently follow the directions into hypnosis. Most of them found benefit in hypnotherapy and returned many times. Very few, in my experience, have failed. I find this very encouraging.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.