Imagine you have a bright yellow lemon on a kitchen counter in front of you. Now, picture cutting the lemon in half. Mentally, lift one piece to your nose and sniff it. Do you notice how your nostrils tingle? Now imagine biting into the cut surface of the lemon. If you are like most people, by now your lips have puckered and your mouth has filled with saliva simply from imagining the tart juice. Congratulations! You have just hypnotized yourself.
This classic exercise shows just how easy—and powerful—hypnosis can be. It produces physical and emotional effects, so the applications are extensive. My practice focuses on helping people to relieve stress and pain, lose weight, stop smoking, cope with chronic illness, and enhance performance in athletics, test-taking, or other demanding situations. I can also teach you how to use hypnotic and meditative techniques to explore and develop your inner life.
Addressing stress is a big part of every hypnosis program, whatever the goal. Why do we hold onto bad habits like smoking? Why do we continue to eat foods we know are not right for us? It almost always comes down to stress relief. There is some sort of emotional comfort or feeling of release we get. Some clients begin by saying they are afraid to quit or don’t want to be disappointed by yet another weight loss program. Yet these same people marvel at the feeling of relaxation and self-confidence they experience with hypnosis. As one former smoker shared after he quit: “I feel really at peace inside. Truth is, I would have spent $1,000 to feel this good!”
At the same time, the stress response itself can become a habit. Many people have learned to key themselves up with fear or anxiety as a way to get motivated. The good news is that they can learn a more relaxed way to reach their goals. Clients learn to develop new internal resources so that it becomes easier to behave differently.
Hypnosis is a natural, enjoyable state of mind we experience daily, even with our eyes open—while driving, watching TV, daydreaming. Hypnotists emphasize that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You choose to cooperate with the process. Hypnosis is a powerful way to strengthen your decision to change, empowering you to do what you want to do.
Cara Gallucci performing hypnosis.
So, if all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, why bother with a hypnotist? Successful hypnosis is a partnership between you and me. Although it's a natural state, it must be properly directed. In daily life, people can be hypnotized into negative behavior by fear, shame, and other painful emotions. A good hypnotist is like your favorite coach, helping you develop the skills you need to achieve peak results.
Here’s a fascinating secret to the science of mind power: 1 + 1 does NOT equal 2. It’s actually 1 + 1 = 2 squared or 4. Having someone help you hold and direct the energy of your intentions multiplies the energy you have available to fuel change. When you work with a skilled hypnotist, you amplify the power of your own innate abilities.
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