Can anyone be brought into a trance in hypnotherapy?
Well, if you really don't want to, you won't. A hypnotherapist can't make people do anything against their will.
But anyone who has fallen into a reverie while sitting in a traffic jam, been soothed by the sound of lapping waves, or lost themselves deep in some all-consuming task has, to some extent, experienced trance.
It appears to be a natural human ability, and one that a good hypnotherapist can utilise to bring about changes to thinking and behaviour.
For the definitive word on the matter, let us turn to the Elvis of hypnotherapists, the unconventional guru Milton Erickson: "Anyone who is human is going to get into trance ... experientially I have determined that all patients can go into a trance state - that anyone can.
"Now is it necessary to know that you are in a trance? No it isn't.
"How deep a trance is necessary? Any trance that is of sufficient level to let your unconscious mind take a look, a mental look at what's going on is sufficient.
"In those mental looks and understanding you learn a great deal more than you do by conscious effort.
"And you should use your mind at the unconscious level, even while you are using it at the conscious level."
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