Monday, 23 October 2017 17:45 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Angella Ocheltree

Lasting Change Made Easy with Hypnosis



Americans spent $11 billion in 2008 on self-improvement books, CDs, seminars, coaching and stress-management programs—13.6 percent more than they did back in 2005.—Forbes, January 15, 2009


Self-help is a huge industry. And why not? We all want to look and feel our best, but so many self-development or self-help programs fall short of the mark because they just work with the conscious mind. These books, seminars, and programs employ short-term tools like rational thinking and willpower to effect change, which means you have to remember to do the things you've learned.

How is hypnosis different?

Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind, which houses your emotions, memories, long-term habits, and imagination. It is ultimately responsible for up to 95 percent of your behavior. So change doesn't have to be the same old battle of willpower against self-limiting thoughts and behavior patterns. Hypnosis can help you erase old belief systems and negative habits, and then replace them with suggestions for positive self-talk and empowering behavior. Once your subconscious mind has accepted these positive suggestions, the change you desire is automatically sustained by way of new thought patterns and/or habits of behavior.

Does that mean you can put me under and take control of my mind?

No. Hypnosis is defined as a "relaxed state with heightened mental awareness." During hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally, you are likely more alert than your normal state of awareness. You hear and respond to everything. You have complete control over what you will and will not do. You will automatically reject any idea or suggestion that is uncomfortable for you. If you like and want a suggestion, it enters into your subconscious mind.

I already do positive affirmations. How is this different?

Hypnosis works because you are in a relaxed state of extreme concentration, solely focused on the message, deeply absorbing it, as opposed to a conscious mode in which you may trivialize, ignore or resist change. Once you've accepted the suggestion, your subconscious mind acts like a computer and responds to it automatically. With hypnosis, we are able to access the deepest thoughts and reprogram them, letting go of those old thought patterns and replacing them with positive thoughts and actions.

Change can happen quickly, sometimes even automatically. With hypnosis, it's easier than you think! Learn to relax with
this FREE Basic Relaxation MP3
, which is a guided self-hypnosis and is to be used with eyes closed. DO NOT use while driving or operating machinery.


Angella Ocheltree, Emotional Intelligence Development Specialist
NGH Nationally Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Sports Hypnotist, and Performance Coach