Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis and Ennar Hypnosis
#1 – What is the conscious mind and what function does it perform?
The conscious mind is the critical reasoning and logical part that occupies 12% of your mind. This is where your short term memories reside. When you are awake, the conscious mind constantly receives information input from your five senses. When you are asleep, the conscious mind is almost at rest and hardly receives any information input. In your waking state, everything you see, hear, taste, smell or touch is an information input to the conscious mind.
Obviously, since the capacity of the conscious mind is limited, it cannot store the huge amount of information that is constantly streaming into it every waking moment. Therefore, within a few hours after receiving information, it passes it on into the critical filter area. The conscious mind can focus on only a few inputs at one time. The conscious mind is like a butterfly, flitting about sampling the various inputs from the senses. Now aware of one input and thena moment later aware of another input. This restless nature of the conscious mind is typical for a normal human being. Try this test. See if you can simultaneously concentrate on the words of a song that i s playing, focus on your breath, notice what you are looking at while enjoying the taste when you bite into a juicy apple. You will find that you cannot focus on all these inputs at the same time. When you direct your attention to the song, you may lose your focus on your breathing. When you concentrate on your taste sensation you may not pick up on details of what you are seeing and so on. The critical filter and the subconscious record whatever information input from your senses is not directly being noticed by the conscious mind.
Any information that enters the conscious mind starts to degrade almost immediately. An hour after a sensory experience, the memory of a taste or smell or sound is less intense than at the start. Information that is passed on immediately to the critical filter is not diluted. Information that enters the critical filter later has a tendency to be degraded or distorted. Please scroll down for a diagrammatic representation of the mind.
#2 – What is the critical filter and what function does it perform?
The critical filter lies partly in the conscious and partly in the subconscious areas of your mind. The function of the critical mind is that of a gatekeeper who controls the flow of information from the conscious to the subconscious. The information flowing into the conscious mind is evaluated here and the decision is then made whether to accept or reject that input. If the information is accepted, it is immediately passed on to the subconscious mind for long-term storage. If the information is not accepted, it is either rejected immediately or vented later during sleep in the dream state.
When we are born, the critical filter is not developed. At birth a child's logic, reason and inhibitory processes are not developed. At this time the subconscious mind only contains fight and flight responses deep down in the primitive memory area. Therefore, a child only has access to these primitive mechanisms. As the child grows, the inhibitory processes slowly develop.
A baby is born with only two fears - the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Everything else is learned by association and by identification. From birth to age eight (approx.), a child develops a library of these associations and identifications. The child learns that some of these library elements are good (positive associations) and some are bad (negative associations). These positive and negative associations form the Life Script for the future adult. The Life Script is formed from what the child knows. The child is only aware of associations and identifications and does not yet know right from wrong or good from bad. Hence, every Life Script contains some associations that the conscious mind now recognizes is bad.
Between the ages of approximately eight and twelve, the child starts to develop logic and reason and is capable of making decisions and developing will power. This is when our conscious mind develops. The remaining 88% of our total mind power is our subconscious mind.
Please scroll down for a diagrammatic representation of the mind.
#3 – What happens to the information that the critical filter rejects?
When the critical filter evaluates some information and rejects it, it is either rejected immediately or vented later at night when we sleep and when we dream. When we sleep the conscious mind almost completely shuts down. This allows the critical filter to catch up with any backlogs in processing information inputs.
#4 – What is the subconscious mind?
The subconscious is the most important part of your mind and occupies 88% of your total mind power. The subconscious has two functions. It stores all the long term memories and asociations and also controls all your bodily processes and emotions.
Any time the conscious mind focuses on a bodily process, the subconscious hands over control of that process. However, the very instant the conscious mind concentrates on something else, the subconscious takes back control of that process. The focus of the normal conscious mind keeps flitting from one input to another, never staying fixed on one input for too long. As the conscious mind releases focus on one input, the subconscious mind smoothly picks up that input without a break. When the attention of the conscious mind turns to another input, the subconscious smoothly releases it's control on that process. Every waking moment, this dance of life, between your conscious and subconscious minds, happens over and over again, thousands of times a minute.
If you are driving a car down the freeway, and your conscious mind begins to daydream, then your subconscious smoothly steps in and takes control of the steering wheel to keep you safely in your lane. When you snap out of your reverie, the subconscious releases control of the wheel to your conscious mind.
#5– How does the subconscious mind work?
The subconscious does not judge the information that it holds. It does not care whether something is good or bad. As far as the subconscious is concerned, it views all information presented to it as being either known or unknown. If the information is already in the subconscious then it is known and is considered the truth. If the information is new, it is unknown and is considered a lie. The subconscious always accepts the known as the truth and reject the unknown as a lie.
All the information contained in your subconscious mind is playing in your mind, on an endless loop, all the time. It is like a radio station that is broadcasting this information, 24 hours a day in your mind. This results in progressively amplifying the effect of these messages. The positive messages playing in your mind benefit you more today than they did yesterday. In the same way, the negative messages running endlessly in your mind harm you more today than they did yesterday.
For example, your conscious mind may know that smoking is bad for you, but the subconscious mind, welcomes smoking as a familiar KNOWN event. That is why it is so hard to break a long-standing habit or addiction. Your conscious decision to stop is powerless against the subconscious mind's decision to stay with the known and continue smoking.
#6 – How does hypnosis ACTUALLY work?
The mechanism by which hypnosis works is simple. Usually the reason why we cannot bring about a desired change is that our subconscious is fighting the change. Using hypnosis, we can have our subconscious help us instead of fighting us. Change that seemed impossible will then effortlessly become a reality.
During hypnosis, the conscious mind and critical filter are disabled giving the hypnotist direct access to the life script area of the subconscious mind. During the session, the hypnotist implants optimally structured positive and negative messages, deep into the life script area of the subconscious mind, without any intervening distortion or degradation. Any suggestion that is implanted in the subconscious it is treated by it as fact. It does not matter how bizarre the suggestion, the subconscious will always accept it as the truth, and add it to your life script.
The subconscious does not judge the information it contains in the life script area. It does not care whether something is good or bad. As far as the subconscious is concerned, it sees all information only as being either known or unknown. All the information that is in your subconscious is known. Any new information is unknown. The subconscious always accepts the known and rejects the unknown. For example, your conscious mind may know that smoking is bad for you, but to your subconscious - smoking is a familiar known.
As described earlier, the subconscious mind contains both positive and negative messages. All these messages play in an unending loop, repeatedly, in your mind 24 hours a day. These messages never stop – even when you are asleep.
During hypnosis, new positive and negative messages are introduced into your subconscious mind. The precise phrasing of these messages is of paramount importance. An improperly worded message may not only do no good it may actually cause harm. This is where the experience and capability of the hypnotist plays a major part in your success.
When you come out of the hypnotic state, these new messages will join the other messages that are being looped, repeatedly, in your mind. These new positive messages will provide positive reinforcement for your subconscious. For example a weight loss client may receive the positive suggestion, "You only put wholesome and nutritious substances into your body." If enough of these positive messages are added, they will eventually "swamp out" the old negative messages. Over time, the old messages will then slowly disappear.
Negative messages may also be deliberately added to the subconscious to cause you to desist from undesired actions. Continuing with the weight loss example, a negative message that may be used is, "Whenever you think of eating fried or oily food you feel as if you are going to be sick."
For optimum results, we program the subconscious with carefully structured combinations of positive and negative messages tailored specifically to your requirements and for your condition.
#7 – Why have I been unable to make a change in my life?
When you decided to make a change in your life, which was a decision that was taken by your conscious mind. The conscious mind is only 12% of your mind, while the subconscious is 88%. Consider this for a moment. Your subconscious mind is seven times more powerful than your conscious mind.
No wonder you were unable to follow through on your desire for change.
How many fights have you won against someone who is seven times larger, stronger and more determined than you are? I can safely guess that you do not have many victories against such a formidable opponent.
However, it is time to look on the bright side. The fact that you are reading this right now is a good sign. Perhaps this time, your desire for change will come true when you harness the power of hypnosis to help you. After reviewing all the information that is provided on this site, if you feel that hypnosis will help you, please contact Ennar Hypnosis for a free telephone consultation.
#8 – When did all this information get loaded into my subconscious mind?
Most of the information that is in your subconscious mind now was loaded before your critical filter was fully developed. The critical filter acts like a tough security guard at the entrance to your subconscious, and is programmed to let very little in.
When you were born, your critical filter was not developed, so it let all the information that it received into the subconscious. As you grew up the critical filter allowed less and less information to enter the subconscious.
Most of the information in your subconscious was entered when you were less than 8 years old. A lesser amount of the information was loaded when you were between 8 and 12 years of age. After 12 years, your critical filter, which is now well developed, hardly allows any new information to get into the life script area of your subconscious. Any associations and conclusions in your life script area are accepted and acted on by the subconscious as fact.
#9 – It all sounds so simple. Does hypnosis really work that way?
Hypnosis is very powerful and at times appears to produce miracles, but in reality, the way it works is very simple. Hypnosis is a tool that can help to improve our lives in a great many ways.
#10 – If you had a great childhood, there no negative experiences in your subconscious mind.
Unfortunately, this is not true. Even someone who had an ideal childhood has negative experiences and false experiences stored in their subconscious. When you were young, your view of the world was from a child's perspective and was not necessarily correct. The meaning that you assigned to experiences was assigned from your perspective and from your maturity at the time and is generally not the truth.
Let me give you an example. Suppose when you were four years old, a tiny puppy once came barking towards you and bit you. Your subconscious will then always associate the sound of a puppy's bark with the fear and pain that you felt when you were four years old. Now, even though you are an adult, a puppy's bark always brings on unexplained feelings of anxiety or panic. This is because your subconscious acts on all the information it contains as if it was the absolute truth. For your subconscious, the sound of a bark is always associated with the unpleasant incident of your childhood.
For someone else, the sound of a bark may bring back memories of a beloved family pet and this automatically causes a smile and feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
#11 – Can hypnosis harm me?
It is possible that hypnotism may not help you but it will definitely not harm you. Please see the
Myth Busters section on this site, where this question is answered in detail.
#12 – I do not believe in hypnosis. Can hypnosis still help me?
Hypnosis is not a religion, and you do not have to have faith in hypnosis to benefit from it. Even if you are skeptical about the efficacy of hypnotism, if you are motivated to change, then hypnosis can definitely, help you.
#13 – Can I learn to do this for myself?
Yes, you too can learn self-hypnosis. Ennar Hypnosis periodically conducts classes in the community, where we teach people self-hypnosis. Watch this site for the next upcoming class. If you have a group of at least 15 people who want to learn self-hypnosis, then please contact us for a special class for you.
#14 –What are the uses of self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis cannot produce the results that a session with a hypnotist can achieve. However, self-hypnosis is extremely effective for stress control, anxiety, insomnia and changing annoying habits. Post session self-hypnosis, practiced regularly, can also increase the effectiveness of a session with a hypnotist. Indeed, self-hypnosis can be a very healthy part of your daily routine.
#15 – How many sessions do I need to fix my problem?
There are too many variables to give a definite answer to this question. Your motivation, the specific condition that you wish to change and the ability of your hypnotist are some of the main factors.
Usually during the first session, after reviewing your specifics, your hypnotist will give you an idea of the approximate number of sessions that may be needed. As treatment progresses, this estimate of the number of sessions may be reduced or increased. It all depends on the individual client and how he or she is responding to the treatment.
In general, though, hypnosis works very rapidly to solve your problem. Some time ago, a comparative research study was conducted by the American Health Magazine on Psychoanalysis, Behavior Therapy, and Hypnosis to determine the efficacy of hypnosis treatments. This is what they found:
Patients treated with Psychoanalysis reported a 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Patients treated with Behavior Therapy reported a 73% recovery after 22 sessions
Patients treated with Hypnosis reported a 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
In our experience, after the second session our clients usually see some measurable improvement in their condition. In fact, Ennar Hypnosis guarantees this – or your money back.
#16 – How can you prove that you have solved my problem?
The only authority who can certify that your problem is solved is YOU. If you feel that your problem is solved, then it is solved. However, it is important that you complete all the sessions required by the hypnotist. If you feel that you are cured in less than the number of sessions that your hypnotist recommends, be warned that it may only be a temporary cure.
To get a permanent cure it is necessary to complete all the sessions that the hypnotist suggests. This is particularly true with addictions. If you have not been desensitized to ALL triggers then you have not been completely cured and you may have a relapse when exposed to that triggering event.
#17 – Can you guarantee that my problem will be solved?
No. We cannot give you a guarantee that your problem will be solved. Nevertheless we do know, from personal experience that if your motivation is high, the change that you desire WILL happen. We are so confident in our abilities that if after two sessions there is no change in you, you may request a full refund of all the money that you paid.
#18 – Is it possible that my problem will reappear?
Yes, this is possible - particularly if you have not been following the post session instructions. After your scheduled treatment, you may be given self-hypnosis exercises that must be regularly performed for maximum effectiveness. It may also be suggested that you purchase a custom MP3 recording made especially for you and your condition.
If your problem re-appears, then you will need more sessions. If the problem re-appears within a year, you may be given free sessions to fix the problem again, (if you have been following the post-session instructions.)
#19 – If I want to try hypnosis, how do I get started?
The fastest way to get started is to call Ennar Hypnosis for a free telephone consultation.
#20 – What happens during my free telephone consultation?
During your free telephone consultation, you will speak directly with the hypnotist Ramdas Menon, who will evaluate your suitability for hypnosis. Not everyone can be helped by hypnosis.
Ramdas will find out what condition you wish to change as well as some background and contact information. During the conversation, he will also get an idea how strong your motivation is for the change that you desire.
If Ramdas determines that you can be helped by hypnosis then you will be asked to make a reservation for your first session.
#21 – What happens during the first session?
The first session may run a bit over an hour. During the first session, the hypnotist will review your issue in detail and what you are hoping to accomplish. He will answer any questions you may have about hypnosis and explain how the treatment plan will work. The treatment plan is specially designed to help you reach your goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.
He will ask you several questions about your habits and daily routines to figure out the various triggers that initiate the unwanted condition. During the course of this and subsequent sessions, you will be desensitized to all these triggers. After all your doubts are cleared and your questions answered, the hypnotist will then gently guide you into a hypnotic state during which several beneficial messages will be implanted into your subconscious.
You will then be gently brought out of hypnosis into a fully conscious waking state and given a drink of water. You will feel as if you are awakening from a short nap. The hypnotist will then discuss your experience under hypnosis and answer your questions. If further sessions are required then an appointment will be made for your next session. You will be given some post-session instructions and a plan to follow until your next appointment. Your progress will be charted by the hypnotist and notes will be made as to what was accomplished in this session.
#22 – How long does the effects of a session last?
There is no definite answer to this question. It all depends on the client and how ready they are for the change that is requested. If your motivation is strong, and if you have a capable hypnotist, the effects of a session may last a lifetime. Again, if you are not ready for the change, or if the hypnotist is not very capable, the effects may only last a few hours.
We at Ennar Hypnosis have full faith in our capabilities and if after two sessions there is no change in you, you may request a full refund of all the money that you paid.
Furthermore, the effects of a hypnotic session are cumulative. Each subsequent session builds on the previous session in a sort of layering effect. Each successive session brings about a more pronounced and greater effect on the client. For this reason if a treatment schedule has been created, the client should not miss any scheduled session in the treatment plan.
The situation is different when treating clients for addictions. You see, there may be several different triggering conditions that result in a client succumbing to his or her addiction. If all these triggers are identified correctly during the session and the client is properly desensitized to all of them, no further sessions may be needed. If a trigger has not been identified, then when the unidentified trigger occurs, (maybe years after the session) the client may relapse back into addictive behavior.
For this reason when clients are treated for addictions at Ennar Hypnosis, efficacy is guaranteed for a twelve-month period. During this period, if extra sessions are required for the same problem, they are given at no cost.
Therefore, an honest answer to the question is that it varies by the motivation of the client, by the abilities of the hypnotist and by the specific condition that is being treated. During the first session, the hypnotist will give you an idea of how many sessions are required to solve your problem.
We also suggest that after your treatment is complete, you purchase a custom MP3 created especially for you that you can listen to at night when you go to bed. This further enhances the efficacy of the sessions and serves as a lifetime maintenance tool that you can use as and when you require.
#23 – What happens between the first and second sessions?
During the first session, powerful positive and negative messages have been loaded into the subconscious. These messages have been carefully created for maximum effectiveness. Once these messages are in the subconscious they are accepted as the truth. They now join the play list of messages that run continuously, hundreds of times a minute, in a never-ending loop in your mind.
Repeated plays of these new messages will start inducing the desired changes in your condition. This effect increases with time and each day, the impact of these messages will be more and more noticeable. Therefore, the beneficial effects of your first hypnosis session do not end when the session ends, but rather continues to increase in the following days.
#24 – When is the second session scheduled?
There is no typical answer to this question, as it depends upon the specific circumstances of the client. If a second session is required it is usually scheduled anywhere from 24 hours after the first session to a week after the first session. Subsequent sessions are usually spaced 7 to 14 days after the second session. The hypnotist will make a determination as to the appropriate time interval between sessions for a particular client.
#25 – What happens during the second and subsequent sessions?
During the second session, more messages are added to the subconscious to complement and support those that were added during the first session. Depending on feedback from the client, the messages introduced during the earlier session may be modified to increase effectiveness. If a condition is initiated by several triggers, then the client will be will be desensitized to several different triggers during each session.
#26 – How can I reduce the cost per session?
There are many ways that you may reduce the cost per session.
You can purchase pre-paid sessions that are cheaper than paying individually for each session. Please see the Services and Rates section for more information.
You can also reduce the number of sessions required to solve your problem, by following ALL the post session instructions that are given to you. This will reduce the net cost for your treatment.
If you see that you are being helped by us, please refer your friends and family to Ennar Hypnosis. For every one of your referrals that becomes a new client, you will earn a voucher for a free 30-minute mini-session. You may use two of these vouchers to pay for one regular 60-minute session.