To many people, hypnosis seems like a mystery.

You might have seen a stage hypnotist get people to do weird and even wonderful things in front of an audience, for example, acting like a chicken. As an audience member, you probably cringed at the thought of doing some of those things in public. You don’t realize that the stage hypnotist could never get you to do those things unless you were willing. The hypnotist deliberately chooses people who are naturally outgoing and receptive to his instructions.

The famous psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, Milton Erickson would demonstrate the limits of hypnosis to his students. He would instruct a subject, who he had placed in trance, to take off his or her clothes. The person always refused.

No hypnosis practitioner can get you to do something that is against your will. You would just pop straight out of the trance. Any hypnosis practitioner has to be in rapport with you (i.e. aligned with your will) to be able to hypnotise you in the first place and to be able to keep you in the trance.

I have noticed in my hypnotherapy practice that if I make a suggestion to a client that does not accord with his or her views – even slightly, he or she will begin emerging from the trance. When using hypnotherapy, I always talk with the client beforehand to make sure the intervention is aligned with exactly what the client wants.

Of course, there are often blocks to the client getting what they want. It could be trauma from childhood or past lives. Even though they want to be put into the trance, because of these subconscious fears, they are afraid of letting go. I work with the client and their guides to remove as many blocks as possible as long as this is comfortable for the client. Making changes in a way that does not offend the client’s world view, moral code or operating system is part of the skill of hypnosis practitioner. Ultimately, clients’ spiritual guides ensure they recieve what they need whether that is what they desire or not.


To put someone in a deep trance in a regression takes a lot of skill on the therapist’s part and much trust of the part of the client. The conscious mind is responsible for all our day-to-day thinking and problem solving. There are many challenges in our lives. We need to have food, shelter and not be fooled so we can survive. Our conscious mind is focussed on keeping us safe in this physical world. To go into trance, the client’s conscious mind needs to step back so the deeper wise self can be accessed. 

To be regressed, you need to feel safe and secure in the environment where the regression is happening. You need to be open, receptive and confident in your ability to gain access to your greater self. This is why you need to feel safe and secure with the hypnotherapist, trusting that she will be a caring, approachable and a skilled guide.

Read more about your hypnotherapist, Karen Joy.


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