How Hypnosis Works and How We Get Hypnotized

Morning At Dune BeachLast summer I spend some time in the Hamptons having a good time with friends and also doing some hypnosis sessions and teaching private hypnosis courses for self-empowerment.

One of many things I teach my clients is relaxation techniques to manage stress and to elicit a relaxation response. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress and the opposite of the fight or flight response.

Another very important lesson I teach my clients is the ability to think critically, because I believe hypnosis is all around us: in the media, TV, internet, social media, politics and even in some of the interpersonal relationships we engage in.

To delve more into some of the insights I share about hypnosis and how it works, listen to the half hour Glimpse of Brilliance podcast hosted by Maayan Laufer, who I also met in the Hamptons this past summer.

Behind The Crystals of Hypnosis hosted by Maayan Laufer.

To schedule a hypnosis session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff, call 646 450 8167 or e-mail info@insidehypnosis.com

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How I can’t wait to be hypnotized every week

Creative InnovationThis is not as crazy as it sounds. We get hypnotized by TV, Media, music, sports or even our friends, colleagues and lovers on the day-to-day basis. I specifically enter a very deep hypnotic state every week on Sundays when I write weekly episodes of Quantum Voyeur with my friend and co-author John Zakour. Quantum Voyeur is a science fiction weekly series on Serealites.

How specifically am I hypnotized to write? Or am I hypnotized by writing?

There are many definitions of hypnosis. One of them comes from my first hypnosis teacher and great hypnotist Dr.George Bien: “Hypnosis is an escape mechanism caused by focus or distraction, interest or boredom, joy or sadness. It’s the escape to inner self that creates power or debility.”

Shall we dissect this? Hypnosis as an escape caused by focus or distraction. When you focus on something, like playing sports or writing an article or presenting a speech to your audience – you enter a powerful zone state, where you no longer judge or analyze your environment or yourself, for that matter. You simply flow. On the contrary, when you are confused by a gypsy, a con artist or a skillful politician, you may feel distracted, trying to make sense of what happened, what to do next and what direction to go. In this case, you are also in hypnosis, a state of receptivity, open to suggestion.

Hypnosis caused by interest or boredom. You can be so interested in Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, curious about the course of events or action in the next scene – you are in the state of attention, hence hypnosis – open to new information entering your mind. Commercials cost loads of money during SuperBall and the next season of a highly rated TV show. Advertisers know exactly when your minds are open to receive and absorb new information!

Boredom? You might ask how one is in the state of hypnosis when bored. You will be surprised. A person can be bored when they can’t process information anymore, they feel either tired or overwhelmed or simply uninterested. This is the time they could be triggered into the state of direct attention to suggestion, because they are already in the sleepy state, easy to manipulate. Give them simple and interesting instruction or information, they will quickly pay attention and follow.

Hypnosis caused by joy or sadness. If you are an indigenous person or aborigine ( thanks for reading my blog!), you know how dancing around the fire can produce tremendous joy and euphoria. That’s your method to enter trance states! If you are a modern person, then think of a joyous moment when you felt, almost like being on a natural ecstasy. Maybe you won an award or received a surprise gift you always wanted. This is a state of hypnosis. You can be so excited you can’t speak, filled with emotions! Sadly, some unscrupulous people, use this state for their advantage that could cause harm: Jim Jones would do it to his followers, creating a false sense of joy as they worshiped their idol.

Sadness. Yes. When you are sad or even depressed, you have a tendency to slip into the state of melancholy, dwelling on something that keeps you at an impasse.  You may think  of the past, visualizing what happened and what went wrong. The more you imagine it- the more you are in hypnosis, as you tend to put critical thinking on hold if not neglect it completely.

Now the final part of George Bien’s definition of hypnosis, “It’s an escape to inner self, that creates power or debility.”

All suggestions, be they from media, TV, teachers authority figures or your self – they enter your mind, penetrating your inner self, affecting your actions and behavior in a new way. They process, digest and produce either power or debility. If you stopped smoking, you gained power. If you continue to believe that you are worthless because your teacher or parent criticized you unfairly when you were a kid – you will create a low self-esteem, causing weakness and some sort of mental debility. Your thoughts create power or lack of it.

Every week I enter hypnosis on Sundays after we receive our final votes from our readers. We only have one day to write and post a new episode every Monday night. Thus far, we have nine more weeks to go. After that, we have two more months to finish a novella, to be published this fall.

It has become an addiction for me, to write every Sunday. I find that I can’t wait for that day, so I can enter a wonderful world of imagination. I plunge into a state of hypnosis caused by profound focus, interest and joy. I escape into my inner self, discovering a new universe of characters and stories. This process overall produces more excitement, joy an personal power. Not to mention an actual tangible result.

To schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff  to help you boost creativity call 646 450 8167 or e-mail info@insidehypnosis.com

Read weekly episodes of Quantum Voyeur, remember to vote!

P.S Now I just have to send this post to Dr.George Bien, hoping he will be happy with his former student:)

Hypnotized in 4 Seconds!

advertisingMany of my clients often ask me how long it takes to get hypnotized and if they are hypnotizable.

If you understand the nature and a basic logic behind hypnosis, you will be surprised to find out how we are hypnotized on the day-to-day basis by our environment, without any long extensive hypnotic inductions, normally used by clinical hypnotists.

Yesterday, I when was walking along Central Park West, I saw a bus passing by to my left  and suddenly, in just one instant my whole attention was on two words. On the side of the bus, in bold red color I read “Breaking Bad.” In that same instant I quickly paid attention to the image that was next to it: a dead looking man laying on the grass, his face is barely seen. In that same second I thought to myself “ Oh no, Walter White will be shot to death by the end of the ‘Breaking Bad’ season.” The following second I thought:  that’s impossible, why would the producers of the show want to reveal the ending? In the following third second I thought, “breaking bad” logo is supposed to be in green color, not red, so this ad is not for “breaking bad.” The following fourth second I thought “ what the heck is this ad for?” And then I saw one word RECTIFY. All of that logic happened in just a few seconds! I came home and googled  “Rectify and breaking bad.” Sure enough, it was a new show on Sundance, produced by the creators of Breaking Bad.

This is how I got hypnotized by two words and one image into googling RECTIFY. The “induction” into the state of receptivity –hypnosis- happened under 4 seconds!

Think about it, in one moment, my critical faculty was completely bypassed as soon as I saw the words “Breaking Bad” and a picture of a dead looking man on the grass. Two words and one image evoked a strong emotion of shock, mixed with worry “ Oh no.. Walter White will be killed.”

This conclusion was immediately rationalized by me when I realized that it would be illogical for producers of the show to reveal the end of the season, especially on the poster and even more, the “breaking bad” logo was supposed to be in green color, not red. But it was too late, the campaign has evoked the strong  emotion in me, for a “dead Walter White” and lo and behold, my attention was quickly fixated on the word “Rectify.”

Hypnosis is a bypass of a critical faculty and the establishment of selective thinking.

We are hypnotized every day by one another and our media and advertising driven environment. There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis. Hypnosis is all around us.

Here it is, the ad that hypnotized me: rectify on sundance.

To schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff call 646 450 8167. Overcome stress, bad habits, stop smoking, alcohol addiction, performance anxiety, motivate for success and more. Anything is possible with the power if your mind!