Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a voluntary state of deep physical and mental relaxation. It is an altered state of consciousness and focused concentration, where the conscious mind is relaxed and becomes relatively inactive, opening the door to the subconscious (the inner) mind. The subconscious mind is much more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions than the conscious mind.

Who can be hypnotized?

Almost everyone has the ability to be hypnotized because it is a natural, normal state that each of us enters at least twice each day – upon awakening and falling asleep. Anyone who can pay attention and follow instructions can be hypnotized. However, the extent and depth of hypnosis varies from person to person. To be hypnotized, you must be a willing participant. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. Hypnosis must be a cooperative and collaborative effort between the client and the hypnotist/hypnotherapist.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

Contrary to what is depicted in Hollywood, while in hypnosis you are not in a zombie-like trance. There is no particular feeling or sensation in hypnosis. You are very much aware of everything that is going on, and retain full control over your mind and body. Everyone experiences hypnosis differently. We enter a hypnotic state whenever we get totally engrossed in a movie or TV show, or when reading a good book. Also, whenever we are driving and daydreaming enough to miss a turn, we probably were experiencing a light state of hypnosis.

How do you hypnotize someone?

There are many ways to induce a hypnotic trance, including progressive relaxation, as well as rapid induction techniques. I practice client-centered hypnosis, so the techniques may vary for each client and perhaps from session to session. The consistent aspect is that you are comfortable and relaxed during your session.

Do you make house calls?

Appointments are conducted in my office. Pathways to Healing Hypnosis does not make house calls.

Will I be asleep under hypnosis?

You are not asleep in hypnosis. In fact, you are very much aware of all that is going on. In hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. However, if you are tired, you could fall asleep during hypnosis. A simple suggestion to wake up given by the hypnotist is all that is required to lift your trance level.

Will a hypnotized person perform any criminal acts while under hypnosis?

The hypnosis practitioner is merely a guide or facilitator through the hypnotic process. The hypnotist cannot “make” you do anything against your will. In fact, during a hypnotic session, you are completely aware of everything going on around you. If you do not like where the hypnotist is guiding you, you have the power to reject the suggestions. People will not do anything during hypnosis/hypnotherapy that they would not do in a conscious state.

Will I do something to embarrass myself during hypnosis?

Again, people will not do anything in hypnosis that they would not do in a fully conscious state. However, people who volunteer for a stage show will typically go along with the stage hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun. The stage hypnotist is there to entertain, and they are experts at selecting volunteers who will help them put on a good show. This is not to say the volunteers are faking hypnosis– they are not. The selection process for volunteers is very thorough to maximize entertainment value.

Can people get stuck in hypnosis?

It is not possible to get stuck in a hypnotic trance. This would be like being “stuck” in a daydream – it simply never happens. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that everyone enters and exits during the normal course of a day. If the hypnotist fails to emerge someone from hypnosis, the client will return to a fully alert state on their own. Depending on a person’s need for sleep, the client will either drift into a natural sleep or simply emerge to full consciousness spontaneously within minutes. Further, any time you choose to emerge from hypnosis, for any reason, you would be able to simply open your eyes and become fully alert.

Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not truth serum. You are in complete control over what you choose to reveal or conceal. Subjects in hypnosis reveal no secrets in the hypnotic state that they would not reveal in the waking state.

How many sessions will I need to achieve my goal?

The number of sessions will vary with each person. A program will be tailored to meet your specific needs/goals. This will be discussed during your free consultation.

Can I work with you even if I’m under the care of a physician or mental health professional?

I receive many referrals from physicians, dentists, and mental health practitioners throughout the state of Indiana. Please note, I always work in tandem with health care providers to ensure consistency and appropriateness of hypnosis with the client’s overall treatment plan. 

How do I select a past life regression practitioner?

This is a deeply personal decision. I recommend you think about the criteria (cost, training, experience, availability of other services, etc.) that is most important to you in the selection process. Don’t be afraid to ask about a practitioner’s training and experience. Did they complete a basic and advanced hypnosis training course, and did they receive certification in general hypnosis? Many past life regression practitioners have NOT had general (basic and advanced) hypnosis training.  Where did they receive their past life regression training? How long was their past life regression training (most are 3-6 days), and was it an online training course (that did not provide opportunities for experiential learning)? Are they certified in conducting past life regressions? Is their past life regression training and certification recognized by professional hypnosis organizations? What is the cost of the past life regression hypnosis? What is included in the cost? Also, ask yourself, “what other hypnosis and non-hypnosis services am I looking for in a past life regression practioner?”

I believe all of the above questions are important to ask to be an informed consumer. However, everyone will come up with their own list of questions depending on the criteria most important to them. 

Will I have a past life experience during my first attempt with hypnosis?

It’s absolutely possible that you will have a deep, profound experience during your first experience with past life regression hypnosis. I always emphasize to my clients to allow the story to unfold and not to analyze or judge the experience during hypnosis. Analysis engages the conscious mind and will pull you out of a hypnotic trance. During hypnosis, the conscious mind (which is responsible for analysis and judgement) needs to be relatively inactive as we actively engage the subconscious mind. My best advice is to allow what happens to just happen! There will be plenty of time for analysis after the session is complete. 

Can I work with you even if I don’t live in the Indianapolis area?

Even though Skype can be a great tool for certain circumstances, I find it best to work with my clients face-to-face. Many of my out-of-state clients request hotel recommendations in close proximity to the Pathways to Healing Hypnosis office. There are many reasonably priced options within 2 blocks of my office. This is particulary practical for longer past life regression sessions, especially if multiple sessions are requested by the client.

How can I learn more about past life regression hypnosis?

Please call or email Pathways to Healing Hypnosis in Indianapolis to schedule a free 30 minute consultation. During the free consultation we will discuss how you should best prepare for your past life regression appointment to help achieve optimal outcomes.

Additionally, my personal favorite book on this topic is Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, MD, who is one of the world’s leading experts on past life regressions. I highly recommend this author to those wishing to learn more about this topic. Please also see my recommended reading list.