Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness.
It is a way of enabling conscious-alertness to "step aside"
and make way for an encounter with the unconscious. The keyword
is "encounter" as opposed to detachment or separation.
In other words - the conscious mind participates; it becomes
an observer and listener to the contents coming from within
by allowing its uninterrupted flow.
hypnosis is a tool in the psychotherapeutic
process. It is an amazingly powerful tool, enabling us to overcome
the natural "barriers" initially set in us to protect
ourselves, but are, in fact preventing us from "going down
there" to solve the conflicts.
you ever driven a car for some time, arrived at your destination
only to realise that you remember nothing of the way, the traffic,
the road signs and the scenery? You have been thinking, daydreaming,
fantasising and imagining things while actually driving on "automatic
pilot" mode! It was your conscious awareness that undertook
the driving process automatically while allowing the content of
different unconscious layers to surface.
This is, in fact, a form of hypnosis...
have developed some kind of a habit, say, overeating, or smoking,
or a peculiar working system, which you feel to be disturbing
and of which you are eager to be rid. There are reasons for being
unable to quit, and at times there might be some events in your
past that have triggered those. Whatever the cause may be - you
can not stop them and "something" won't let you encounter
these reasons and events. Hypnosis can enable your conscious defenses
to "agree" to rest, allowing you to meet with the originators.
Once this has taken place, contents of consciousness and unconsciousness
in you will start "talking" to each other...
trauma is an emotional outcome of an event in one's past that
has now triggered a symptom
which can manifest emotionally, behaviourally and even physically.
In order to resolve such a disturbing outcome one needs to get
down to its source of origin, which is now lying deep in the unconscious.
Like in the above case of habit, hypnotherapy can enable the "going-back-in-time"
down to the source, the road which is currently "blocked"
by conscious defenses. The resolution is then to follow.