Hypnotherapy – Dispelling the top 10 myths

Hypnotherapy is a wonderful modality for helping to create positive, permanent change.  I’ve had it myself and it really helped me to leave the past behind and focus on creating a much, much better future.  But while hypnotherapy could help many more people, so many are stuck in fear of it.  In this guest post, the fabulous Tina from Hypnotherapy1 for Health and Happiness helps explain the truth of hypnotherapy and busts the most common myths about it.


Myth #1 The hypnotherapist will be able to control my mind

Fact: No-one can control your mind. Your hypnotherapist will be the catalyst to the changes you wish to make. You will be given suggestions only based on the pre-hypnotic discussion and agreement. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.


Myth #2 I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or walk like a duck

Fact: This assumption is based on stage hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.


Myth#3 Hypnosis comes from “Black Magic” or is “Supernatural”

Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not psychics or palm readers with “special powers”. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and more recently, by Milton Erikson, John Kappas and Richard Bandler.


Myth #4 If I become hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, or hypnotherapy is dangerous

Fact: Hypnotherapy is very safe, and is in fact a state of hyper-awareness or higher-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state very simply by opening their eyes and stretching or speaking.


Myth #5 I have never been in hypnosis before – what it if doesn’t work?

Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice every day: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awakening every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter ‘Environmental Hypnosis’ while at the movies, watching television, driving on the motorway or while reading a good book.


Myth #6 Hypnosis is a “Miracle Cure”

Fact: While hypnotherapy is a highly-effective, relatively quick method of making permanent improvements to one’s life, there is no such thing as a one-time “Hypno-Miracle”! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. In my experience, each session will take 2-3 days to process in the mind.


Myth #7 Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to “confess”

Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept completely private and confidential and cannot be used for court evidence/testimony. It is not an alternative to lie detector tests. Hypnotherapy cannot force anyone to “tell the truth” or to confess.


Myth #8 When hypnotized, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of the session

Fact: Hypnotherapy is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.


Myth #9 Self-hypnosis is safer, better or more effective than going to a trained professional

Fact: Self-hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, as a negative attitude or belief about oneself will be reinforced regardless of suggestions given. This can cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while self-hypnosis cannot.


Myth #10 I can’t be hypnotized because my mind is too strong/disciplined

Fact: This is an archaic belief that has, in recent times, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotized. Over the last 40 years, hypnotherapeutic specialists have developed methods to induce hypnosis in 100% of the population. During your first session, we utilize these methods to determine what type of suggestibility you have, and hence, how to hypnotize you.


It is your decision to use hypnotherapy for self-improvement. I will do my best to serve you in the most efficient and enjoyable way possible.


Tina Heath

Hypnotherapy1 for Health and Happiness



The Soulful Wisdom of Marianne Williamson

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”
― Marianne Williamson

I was googling Marianne Williamson quotes to share with a client and I found a page of wonderful quotes by her.  There are so many soul-reaching quotes from her that it was difficult to choose just one to go here.  I couldn’t find the actual one I was looking for (it was a quote about people either reaching out for love or expressing love in their actions) but there was so much inspiring wisdom in the quotes I did find, that I didn’t need that one.

Here is the page of quotes if you fancy a bit more of her inspiration: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/17297.Marianne_Williamson



The Power of Thoughts and Emotions


The more I study the brain and the mind, the more I realise how powerful thoughts and emotions are. This article is a lovely example of how re-training and redirecting our thoughts can make positive changes to how we process life.  As this article shows, the brain can be rewired to cope better with emotions and work with them regardless of previous experiences.  I think this article is a ray of hope that we can help people overcome anything if we can help them control their thoughts.

At the moment, I’m reading “The Trauma of Everyday Life” which is written by a psychiatrist discussing Buddhist ideas and how they can be integrated to help patients.  Just last night I was struck by the following Buddhist quote in the book:

The mind is restless

To control it is good

A disciplined mind is the road to Nirvana

I find it fascinating that scientific research like the article above and Buddhist philosophy are finding common ground – controlling the mind can help us grow, evolve and move beyond problems.

Gaining control of our own mind is no easy task, because most of what it contains is unconscious.  But tools that can get the conscious and unconscious minds working together like ThetaHealing, NeuroLinguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are wonderful ways to begin.

It’s my belief that we really can transform the world by the transforming our inner worlds.  And now, more than ever before we have greater access to the tools to do so.

Debt Blizting!!!!

As some of you may know, I’ve joined Financial Freedom University which was created by The Wealth Chef, Ann Wilson. It has really changed my relationship with money and taught me so much about how our stuck emotions can influence our money story.

So today I was shopping and found a really funky dress in a major department store chain. Lately I’ve been disciplined with my money and only buying things if I would pay cash for them. Credit cards have a nasty habit of making us spend much more than we would otherwise – all those attractive little extras like points and airmiles plus the fact it doesn’t feel like you’re spending money at all! I loved this dress so much and the sale price was so good that I decided I’d be happy to pay cash for it.

But at the till, I was told about some attractive offers if I signed up to get the store credit card. I’m only used to being asked to join loyalty schemes which are pretty harmless and I figured that as I wouldn’t use this card much at all, it would be OK to apply and take advantage of the offers.

BIG MISTAKE! For whatever reason, after half an hour of messing about, I was declined and left with a black mark on my credit record. I was annoyed with myself for not sticking to my original plan to pay with “real” money and I was really annoyed with the store for trying to push a credit card with an appalling interest rate on customers and profit from more debt creation. I learned my lesson big time and will never again apply for a credit card on the spur of the moment.

Of course I wouldn’t be as annoyed if it all went through. But it points to a larger problem. There are big profits to be made from debt and many people’s ignorance in financial matters. I was certainly completely ignorant and buried my head in the sand about finances. Starting my own business forced me to learn about money and getting myself into debt while setting it up, forced me to make big changes to how I use money.

For me, I have turned the anger from this mistake into rocket fuel for my debt blitzing and I am more determined than ever to be debt free ASAP and to be financially free within 10 years.

I’ve done the inner work, now it’s time for the outer action!