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About Hypnosis - Part 1

What is Hypnosis - Part 2

Ultradian Rhythms - Part 3

How to Use Hypnosis - Part 4

Dreaming - Part 5

Self Hypnosis - Part 6

Trance - Part 7

Negative Hypnosis - Part 8

Using Hypnosis - Part 9

Hypnosis Exercise - Part 10

Counselling - Part 11

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Hypnosis, Dreaming and REM


The deepest trance state you ever experience is when you are dreaming. During dreaming, you are completely immersed in a self-created imaginary reality with little or no awareness that it is not ‘for real' (similar to the hypnotised stage subject).

Dreaming is an amazing demonstration of your brain’s ability to 'simulate reality' and a clear indicator of why hypnosis works. It is fairly common for a hypnotized subject to vividly experience an imagined reality, less so than in dreaming perhaps, but absorbing nonetheless.

The rapid eye movement (REM) of dreaming is also often observed during hypnosis. And indeed, a traditional way to induce hypnosis was by swinging a watch in front of the subject’s eyes.

Since dreaming is largely concerned with ‘clearing' the brain of emotional arousal, it is not hard to see one reason why hypnosis is so good for helping people with emotional problems.

Hypnosis, Catalepsy and Dreaming

A famous stage trick is to lie a hypnotised subject between two chairs and stand on their stomach. This is the sort of demonstration that has led to the idea that hypnosis is something strange. (Don’t try this at home by the way, it’s really bad for your back! )

However, when we consider the link to the dream state, the reason this is possible becomes much clearer. When you are dreaming, your ability to move is inhibited for obvious reasons - acting out your dreams would be highly dangerous for you and your sleeping partner.

This phenomenon also occurs during hypnosis and allows us to create 'catalepsy' where parts of the body can become immobile or self supported for long periods without discomfort.

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