To set your mind at ease, we now know that just about anyone can be hypnotised, but only if they want to be.
In the eighteen hundreds it was thought that only a small percentage of people could be hypnotised. They used very slow, cumbersome methods and they didn't have a good grasp on the nature of consciousness then. Their thinking was definitely wrong. Fortunately we've come a long way since then even though this perception still remains in some circles.
Newcomers to hypnotherapy need not worry. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of awareness that most people experience spontaneously and often. Most people are not aware of being in this spontaneous altered state of awareness. There isn't a light that comes on in your head when you move into hypnosis. Hypnosis is as natural as breathing and it’s just as easy as breathing. As such, almost everyone can go into hypnosis if they want to. Hypnosis is far easier done than said.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to go into hypnosis on their own and so they need to use a hypnotist to help them. The hypnotist's job is to direct them into hypnosis. To allow a hypnotist to guide you into hypnosis you need three things: intelligence, communication and consent.
- Intelligence; you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to go into hypnosis - you just need to be intelligent enough to follow the hypnotists directions into hypnosis. Remember, hypnosis is very simple and natural. Generally speaking, if you’re able to follow simple directions you'll be able to follow the suggestions that will guide you into hypnosis.
- Communication; you need to be able to hear and understand what the hypnotist is saying so that you are able to follow the directions. Being hard-of-hearing can hinder the session and take a little longer. Being totally deaf will prevent you from being guided into hypnosis. If you don’t understand the language the hypnotist is using will also to prevent you from going into hypnosis. Obviously, you would be best served by a competent hypnotist that speaks the same language you do.
- Consent; you need to be willing to follow the hypnotists directions. If you don’t, you won’t go into hypnosis. If the hypnotist asks you to close your eyes and you don't, the session is over.
Generally, there’s no need to be concerned about your ability to go into hypnosis. It’s a very pleasant and easy-to-reach state of awareness. The best advice I can give you is to just enjoy the relaxation and follow your hypnotist’s directions.