How does it feel like to be hypnotized?
Hmmm great question. It’s so simple but difficult to answer. It’s almost like asking what does a first kiss feel like, or what did you feel when you graduated from high school or college? You were amongst all those graduates and they were all feeling the same thing right? or were they? It’s a great feeling! It’s amazing! What a relief! Those are all expressions but none really describe what you really feel inside. The same holds true for the first kiss question. You feel like you’re flying, elated, like nothing matters, time stopped etc. but that really doesn’t answer the question does it?
Why can’t this question be answered?
The reason is because it’s very personal to each one that is asked. What does hypnosis feel like? You’ll be able to answer that for yourself, but not for anyone else. (Now we’re getting somewhere.) In order to begin to answer this question with any accuracy let’s begin by understanding what hypnosis is.
It’s a state of mind, not body.
I get into detail in another article that I’ve written on what hypnosis is, but simply put… hypnosis is a state of deep mental relaxation. It can also be described as a state of deep mental focus where the conscious mind is suspended and the subconscious mind is susceptible to suggestion. For our purposes though where anyone would ask “what does hypnosis feel like?“ It is a state of deep mental relaxation. When it comes to hypnosis, we don’t really concern ourselves with what the body is doing because when the mind relaxes, eventually the body will relax. I should mention here though that a person can still be in a hypnotic state even though their body is not relaxed, but that is a topic for another discussion.
You are in hypnosis every day
Since it’s a state of deep mental relaxation, you are in that state when you’re falling asleep and when you’re getting up. So how do you feel when you’re drifting off into a peaceful sleep, but you’re still awake? Meaning kind of asleep, but kind of awake. When people usually get to that state, (and this probably includes you as well) they usually fall asleep so quickly that they’re not aware of it. If you think about it, and how good it feels to let go and be in that peaceful state of mind but not fall asleep and hold onto that state for a longer period of time to enjoy it…that’s your hypnotic state. How does it feel to you? I can’t say, but it may feel like you’re floating, heavy, care free, disconnected from all your troubles, more connected to yourself etc etc etc. Only you know how it feels, but a common denominator to everyone is that it feels so good.
Why does hypnosis feel so good
There are several factors involved in answering this question. One of them is that your mind is relaxed, and disconnected from the crazy thinking that usually plagues us every day. That on its own is a big plus. Besides being disconnected, the mind also stops from thinking, or has much less thoughts than usual. You can consider this like a “mental vacation.“ Another factor is that the physical relaxation is so deep that body including the brain benefit from the depth of relaxation that is usually only obtained from holding on to this state. The reason the state is so special is because your mind borders on being awake, and asleep. In this state, you can think perfectly fine, and are aware of all your surroundings, but don’t really have to be. It’s more like a choice that you make when you’re there, and that is a great choice to have.
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