How To Define Hypnosis? Traversing The Worlds Of Hypnotherapy

How do you define hypnosis?
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How do you define hypnosis?

When most people hear the word “hypnosis,” their imagination carries them to mysterious, wizardly lands (like those of Las Vegas). Lands where $10 grants you admittance to an arcane chamber of enchantment (for your best friend’s birthday party).

From behind the red curtains, a caped sorcerer appears. Slowly, he begins performing feats of what seem like alchemy, divination, and voodoo (card tricks).

He begins waving a polished, antique pocket watch— now that his audience has consumed a considerable amount of magic potion (Corona Light), they are ready to bear witness to his greatest magic act of all…


While that’s great and magical and all, it’s not the only way to define hypnosis.

Since the dawn of time, the idea of hypnosis has taken on many shapes, forms, meanings, and even names, but the general concept has remained the same.

A running definition of hypnosis is:

“The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction.”

As such, the hypnotize definition is:

“To produce a state of hypnosis in (someone).”

This seemingly simple concept has been stretched and redefined overtime — from being a way to communicate with Gods, to complete heresy, to effective medicinal therapy.

So, where did it all begin, and where is it now?

Defining Hypnosis, A Journey Through Time

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Ancient Hypnosis

Hypnosis is by no means a recent innovation in “New Age” medicine. In fact, hypnosis has been around for at least 4,000 years.

In Greek mythology, hypnos is the God of Sleep (literally meaning “to sleep”).

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians even built “sleep temples.” These temples were centers where hypnosis was used to heal illness (of all kinds). Supplemented with sacrificial rituals, patients were diagnosed and treated in hypnotic and trance-like states.

Hypnosis was common knowledge to shamans, sages, and healers across the ancient world. Indian yogis, Persian mystics, and Aboriginal ngangkari all used hypnotic states to cure various ailments, believing it would enable their patients to talk with gods and goddesses.

So, the ancients would define hypnosis as a communion with the divine.

A Rediscovery Of Hypnosis

In Paris, during the late 18th century, Dr. Franz Mesmer made a discovery that would shape the field of psychiatry.

With changes in consciousness, Dr. Mesmer noticed that some of his patients could be spontaneously healed. He described this ability to change states of consciousness as a type of magnetism, and thus dubbed his discovery “Animal Magnetism.”

Though unaware, Mesmer had actually rediscovered a powerful tool from ancient times: the controlled induction of trance.

Although his work had extraordinary medical potential, his methods were feared and “proven” false at the order of King Louis XVI. Animal Magnetism was labeled quackery; it was stigmatized and banned from medical practices.

However, his practices were still used in secret. Overtime, they expanded and evolved, becoming known as mesmerism (does the word mesmerize make a bit more sense now?).

With it’s many successes, mesmerism brought a new form of treatment to psychiatry — it was even used to induce a trance-amnesia during surgery.

Over the next century, mesmerism would evolve into the modern field of neuro-hypnosis (nerve sleep), or hypnosis for short.

Modern Hypnosis

Although modern people oftentimes define hypnosis as a stage performance where audience members walk around like chickens for a chuckle, it is now also used for something far more powerful and enriching…

Modern science and technology have unveiled much of the mystique surrounding hypnosis and how it works.

Today, hypnotherapy is used to access and rewire the subconscious mind as a treatment for phobias, addictions, mental disorders, and ultimately, for improvement in every facet of our lives.

It has taken on many different forms; including, but certainly not limited to:

But perhaps hypnotherapy’s most highly evolved form today is called Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy…  

How Will The Future Define Hypnosis?

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Want to know how the future will define hypnosis? Look no further than Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy (RTT).

RTT was founded by world renowned hypnotherapist, Marisa Peer (author of Mindvalley’s life-changing Uncompromised Life program), and it’s taking the world by storm.

RTT has created a whole new way to define hypnosis and hypnotherapy — it combines hypnotherapy with unique and personalized methods for permanent, lasting change.

As opposed to visiting a hypnotherapist several times a month for sessions that show slow, gradual change, RTT typically only requires one session with a trained RTT hypnotherapist.

What RTT hypnotherapists do is help you to break bad habits, achieve amazing results in all areas of performance, overcome fears and phobias, and increase confidence and motivation (to name a few) by designing a recording that is personalized just for you.

After a private therapy session, RTT hypnotherapists create a unique, guided hypnosis recording that uses customized words and language to plant new seeds in your subconscious mind.

When this recording is listened to for at least 21 days, it will provide fertile soil for these new, positive thoughts to take root and flourish. New neural pathways will be paved, and new beliefs, thoughts, and behavior will follow.

The transformations truly are rapid.

This is the “hypnotize definition” of the future.

Oh, and don’t worry, those enchanting Las Vegas hypnosis shows will still be around for your late night entertainment, perhaps with more wizardry and awe than ever before!

Are you ready to transform self-doubt into self-confidence? Try Marisa Peer's FREE Transformational Hypnotherapy session and free yourself from limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

So, how do you define hypnosis? God-like, nonsensical, therapeutic? Share with us in the comments below!

Natasha Wanderly

Natasha is a happy no-mad with a love for living lucidly, dancing with fire, and talking to strangers. From living with Shamans in the Amazon to studying hieroglyphs in Egypt, she is always on some type of adventure. Every day, she wakes up with two goals: 1.) Be here 2.) Be love.

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