What is the relationship between hypnosis and mind control?

This is an important question for many people. Obviously, "mind control" is a term which can be interpreted in many different ways. Usually it connotes something like a Svengali-type influence of one person over another.

The reality of hypnosis is far different than the typical theatrical interpretation. In one sense, it is about giving you more influence or control over your own mind, although not necessarily at the conscious level.

Because we are continually trying to plan a course in life using the conscious mind, we tend to give it too much credit as we assume that current conscious planning of future activity means that our current behavior and results are a result of our prior conscious planning. The actuality is that what is currently happening is far less predictable, and more of a factor of our habitual inclinations and beliefs than of any conscious effort.

Hypnosis is not sleep or unconsciousness, although it can be said to open a more direct pathway to the unconscious mind. Through a conscious process of determining what it is that we really want combined with delivering well-formed positive suggestions to the unconscious mind, we can have a more beneficial influence on our own minds and therefore our lives; this is completely different than the common concept of mind control.

What is a typical session like?

There is no such thing as a typical session. Every person is different and is facing different issues in their life. Burt has gone to great lengths to be trained and certified by multiple teachers who are outstanding leaders in their areas of specialty. He adapts his practice to meet you where you are at and address your needs in a way that is very effective and as comfortable as possible for you. Some sessions may seem more like an intense conversation than traditional hypnosis, but significant shifts occur and results are attained nonetheless. At other times, more traditional trance-based techniques may be used. The focus is on the principles which underly healthy growth and change vs. following any set techniques or script-based approaches (which many therapists and coaches unfortunately limit themselves to doing).

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Hypnosis is more of a process than something that is done to someone or happens to someone. The desire to participate is probably more important than anything else as well as dispelling any associated fears (which are nearly always unfounded as there is very little to fear about hypnosis).

You are in control and so it is ultimately up to you what happens - the hypnotist is really just a facilitator. If any apparent obstacles to hypnosis are encountered along the way, we can gently work through them in a pace and manner that is comfortable for you.

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