Can I be hypnotized?

Hypnosis is gaining popularity and credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles. Recently, much research has been done using the latest brain-imaging technology. PET, MRI, and EEG scans show that hypnotized subjects actually have altered sensory perception. A 2000 study in The American Journal of Psychiatry revealed that when hypnotized subjects were told a black and white picture was in color, their brain activity was consistent with seeing colors. Other studies indicated brain activity congruent with hearing noises when there were none, or not feeling pain when a subject’s hands were submerged in painfully hot or cold water. Researchers at Harvard University have found it diminishes the need for anesthesia during invasive procedures such as angioplasty and breast reconstruction and speeds post-operative healing.

The treatment of ailments by suggestion has ancient roots but is earning widespread recognition in modern medicine. The American Medical Association recognized hypnosis in 1956 as a legitimate form of therapy. The benefits of hypnosis are profound. Hypnosis is able to make rapid and substantial change because it helps a person to access the “programming” of their mind in order to make a desired permanent change. As positive change is made a person becomes healthier mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. A healthy, happy person who is feeling positive and fulfilled in their life radiates this success and therefore attracts even more success into their life.