At least, not with my help, you aren’t. I mean, sure, it might happen if I’m showing off at a party. Or if I’m performing on stage. But some people have told me they’ve been getting a little chemical help just before seeing a hypnotist.
Alcohol and marijuana would help most people enter a trance, no doubt. Despite this – and because of this – I wouldn’t want any of my clients to be in chemically altered states.
- Firstly, hypnotic resistance provides information. Some people don’t resist as all. Some consciously want to change but unconsciously resist. Others resist specific topics but are open around different ones. Some resist everything. Each of these tells me about you and how you operate. Shortcutting resistance wipes all that valuable data.
- Secondly, I don’t want you to doubt the process. I want to leave no room for doubt in your mind you can achieve amazing states of consciousness, and therefore amazing results. “I only felt that way cos I was tipsy” leaves room for doubt.
- Thirdly, it doesn’t do the profession any favours. You drink before seeing a hooker, not a doctor.
- Fourthly, it could, with some people, interfere with making the suggestions stick in their normal state. I’d hate for you to access amazing resources only after a couple of drinks.
But mostly I want to work with people, warts and all. If you’re nervous about the process, well… that’s normal. And it’s my job to alleviate that before we go further.
Hypnotherapy is different from mucking about with hypnosis. It’s an intense experience that requires your full commitment… and faculties. If you’re impaired, so will the process be.
But hey, maybe you think this isn’t right. Maybe it’s not fair. So what if you want a glass of wine before going under?
Yep, I’m a real tyrant.
Clearly you have no choice. You’ll have to rob me of my power by learning self-hypnosis. I’d hate for you to visit the link below, because then you could tell me to shove my moralising up my sitter.
No, please, anything but that…