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10. What makes your subliminal CDs better than (and different from) those of your competitors? In other words, are all subliminal CDs created pretty much the same, or are there real, discernible differences that make some more effective than others?
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A: You naturally go into a relaxed, daydream like frame of mind everyday. Take driving home, for instance, you don't consciously think about every little action and turn you are taking -- you just go on "auto pilot."
When driving, your conscious mind is often distracted by other things -- what happened at work, what you need to make for dinner, etc. Even though you are preoccupied, you are still able to drive and get yourself home safely.
But, if something out of the ordinary happens, you "snap to it." This is because your subconscious is always "on." The goal of hypnosis is purposely go into that natural relaxed state to better access your subconscious.
Why would you want to access your subconscious? Your subconscious stores all sort of information that is uncluttered by your conscious thoughts. Have you ever noticed that when you want to think of a name, for instance, it seems the harder you consciously think about it, the harder it is to recall it?
And if you just relax and put the search on the "back burner" of your mind, the answer will soon pop up when you least expect it? Your subconscious is always "brewing" in the back burner of your mind without you being aware of it. It also stores your patterns of behavior. When you consciously pick up a ball to throw it, it is your subconscious that remembers how you have learned to throw and chooses whether you throw it over head, under hand or "granny style."
Since your subconscious stores your behavioral patterns, then it is the best place to go to change your bad habits or negative thoughts. We all know how hard it is to consciously change a bad habit. We have to use our will power to stop smoking or start eating healthy, for instance.
When we unconsciously reach for a potato chip, we have to consciously stop ourselves and redirect our behavior. It takes a repetition of at least seven times in order to establish a habit and much more conscious redirection to break it. Wouldn't it be great to directly access your subconscious mind in order to more quickly change your habits? In fact, a client of mine who had been smokers for more than thirty years stopped smoking after one session. Yes, it took just one hypnosis session to break a thirty-year habit.
How is that possible? How does hypnosis work? When you are in the relaxed, hypnotic state, your brain waves change substantially. In this state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. When you hear positive statements (affirmations) such as, "you like healthy food," or "you enjoy exercising," they are much more likely to be absorbed and accepted into your mind.
Whether you go into a state of hypnosis yourself (self-hypnosis), by a clinician (clinical hypnosis) or if you listen to a hypnosis CD, you are much more receptive to change in that brain wave state.
Hypnosis is not, however, "mind control." Only if you want to be hypnotized can it work. It is not a tool to make someone do something they are unwilling to do. In fact, a hypnotist cannot make someone do something they don't want to do.
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A: The hypnotist uses a variety of direct statements and suggestions such as, "You feel very relaxed. You increase your relaxation with every breath." These statements help bring you to an open, relaxed hypnotic state. Like hypnosis, guided imagery uses such positive affirmations, but it also uses mental pictures and metaphors to help you enter that state. In guided imagery, you can experience a visual journey. You may hear such statements as, "You walk along a forest path and listen to the rustling of the trees overhead." Like hypnosis, guided imagery is used to promote healing, personal change and development.
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A: Virtually anyone can be hypnotized as long as they are willing. It also depends on the hypnotist and the subject. If the hypnotist is not well-trained, he/she may not be able to induce the hypnotic state in the subject. Also, in some cases, the subject may be highly resistant and unwilling to go into the hypnotic trance. But, a well trained hypnotist and a willing subject make for a successful "hypnotic relationship."
A: Absolutely. I was very skeptical about hypnosis when I first looked into it. I could not accept that consciousness could be altered and suggestibility be enhanced by such simple techniques. However, some of the most powerful things are the simplest. (Think: aspirin.)
Some people think that hypnosis is mind over matter. That is incorrect. "Mind over matter" more correctly defines "will power" -- when conscious effect is used to make behavioral changes. Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness that opens the subconscious and can reprogram what you would like to change. The mind is very complex, but easy to use.
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A: No. Hypnosis is not about putting a person to sleep, although it may appear to be that way. The subject is in a deeply relaxed subconscious state. Hypnosis is quite enjoyable and relaxing. Most subjects prefer to close their eyes and relax their body while their brain waves are in this calm state. It is a very normal state that you go into everyday but you probably just don't realize it.
When playing the hypnosis CDs, you may become so relaxed that you do fall asleep. When you wake up, you will feel as if you had just taken a restful nap.
Clinical note: In my practice, on a few occasions, the subject did pass through the altered awareness state into a sleep state. I found that the hypnosis outcome, upon follow-up had been just as successful as if they would have remained in the altered hypnotic awareness state.
A: You had better believe it! In my experience, hypnosis should be the first step in change, instead of a last resort. But, if it is a last resort, it will be just as effective.
Hypnosis is quite useful because effects are often immediate and noticeable. Many of my clients over the years have been astounded by the fact that they may have only experienced and/or needed one session to stop smoking (up to a 38 year old habit) or stop fingernail biting, or gain the confidence needed to ask for a substantial raise in their job.) Some people may require several sessions to reach their desired goal. Some may need only one.
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A: No. That is one of the many great things about hypnosis. It is natural and safe. Unlike medication which can produce some nasty side effects, hypnosis promotes a natural relaxation and allows you to create a foundation for desired and positive changes in your life. It is completely safe.
A: I have seen some recent television shows that portrayed hypnosis as controlling people and their actions. There is an "entertainment value" to hypnosis, only further backing proof of the incredibly powerful effects of tapping into that part of the brain. But, ethical hypnosis is not about that. It concerns me when they do not distinguish between the therapeutic aspects and the entertainment value of hypnosis. Ethical hypnosis is not about "control."
The truth is, most physicians, psychologists and health care professionals do not completely understand how and why hypnosis works. They just know that it does work. Remember, it took years to understand how and why aspirin worked for swelling and pain, but most everyone keeps aspirin in their house.
Hypnosis is actually used least in the
as compared to other countries in the developed world. Not because it is less likely to work than most conventional methods, but simply because it has not been integrated into the US medical schools or health care US
Some instances in stage hypnosis show the hypnotized subject appearing to act at the whim of the hypnotist. The hypnotist may suggest the subject is a ballerina dancer or an opera singer. On either instance, the well-hypnotized subject can often deliver a performance with uncanny accuracy, even if they have no experience with those events in their lives. This is because stage hypnosis focuses on people who have a strong desire to be the center of attention or a need for recognition. This creates not only a willingness for the subject to participate, but it also produces a desire to please the audience with show-stopping behavior. However, if the hypnotized subject was asked to kill someone who she liked or asked to jump off a cliff and are not suicidal, there would be no compliance.
I have said it a thousand times and I will say it again. "Hypnosis does not make anyone do what they do not want to do." On the contrary, it gives people the ability to tap into the subconscious power of their own mind. Do you remember Sirhan Sirhan who killed Robert Kennedy? He used being hypnotized as his defense for the Kennedy assassination. One of the main reasons he was not able to apply that defense was that all of the educated legal consultants and medical/hypnotherapy practitioners unanimously agreed with the fact that the must have wanted to assassinate Kennedy in the first place, even though he still may have been under a hypnotic influence. That is the only way he could have carried it out.
Which, oddly enough, is good news for you because it shows that the more you want to achieve results, the more effective hypnosis will be. This desire for results is not a placebo effect because there is no placebo involved. You are working with the actual power of your subconscious and
A: I have spent many years doing my best to educate medical and psychological practitioners -- let alone the general public -- on hypnosis and its incredible value. After proving to them of its therapeutic merit, I discovered the reason that they do not accept hypnosis is because they were never trained or introduced to it in medical school (or related educational field). However, it is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) as valid treatment. I find that it is simply the lack of education and inexperience with hypnosis that makes US Practitioners reluctant to consider its worth.
Many doctors and health professionals have gone out of their way to acquire extended training in hypnosis and use it regularly in their practice. I applaud them. I have witnessed M.D.s, dentists and psychotherapists who have dropped their former practice to pursue hypnotherapy full time. Because of the limited and subjective research over the past century, especially in the US, hypnosis has not evolved into a standard therapeutic tool in the health field. Also, the lack of consideration and teaching of hypnosis in medical school seems to have turned off our society to hypnosis because of "old school" medical practitioner views.
In my experience, the more research a health practitioner has done in the area of hypnosis, the more objective and open-minded he or she is to its effects.
For further investigation, read about Milton Erickson, MD, C.Ht. and his teachings and techniques.
Q: Over the years, the media has focused negative attention on regression hypnosis. What is your opinion of hypnotic regression and its effects?
A: I would like to point out that regression therapy is a very helpful and therapeutic tool used in professional counseling and hypnotherapy. When correctly practiced, in the proper context and administered by an experienced professional, it can achieve wonderful results for clients.
Unfortunately, that is not what we often see on television. Often hypnosis is portrayed as mystical, manipulative and elusive. Rarely does television seek out a professional, practicing hypnotist who is properly educated to comment on the story they are presenting.
What I commonly see are stories which are based on hypnotic regression. We see a subject who is convinced of an experience that are fantastically reproduced over long periods of time which come from nothing and lead to nothing (therapeutically speaking). Then we find a hypnosis practitioner who dabbles in regression (a "regressionist" as they are called) who generally has had many encounters with many subjects who have all encountered similar subconscious episodes and circumstances.
Usually the subject is at a very vulnerable stage in her life. What happens next is similar to "leading-a-witness". The regressionist puts her into a hypnotic state. This state allows her to have enhanced visual and sensory experiences combined with enhanced memory and recall. The only problem is that without proper therapeutic direction, the subject begins to combine all of her sensory and recall experiences and it produces dreamlike episodes.
Over a period of a few sessions, the regressionist begins to ask questions and lead a person to visualize, sense and experience episodes that are a combination of real, past experiences with imagined or conjured events. After leading a subject through these semi-imagined events during the beginning of each session, they only continue to “search” for more extended baggage in the subjects subconscious. The subject begins to believe that his or her episodes are real and that the regressionist has brought these episodes to light. The overeager regressionist will continue to use these semi-imagined, subconscious events as the foundation of their “therapy” with the subject.
This is slightly over amplified, but it is to the point. Be very careful of what you learn about hypnosis from television. The field of hypnosis is so broad and new to this society that television jumps at every chance to do a story about hypnosis and its wonders. Unfortunately, they do not have enough knowledge yet to discern appropriate hypnotherapy/hypnosis from generalized and experimental evolutionary subconscious work.
First of all, it is ridiculous to believe that everyone who ends up at a regressionist’s office requires regression therapy, but that is generally the way the regressionist portrays his or her practice. Secondly, those regressionists who claim to have unearthed astounding episodes with subjects and can be very vocal about the results, usually have very little appropriate training.
A trained and experienced regressionist is not going to seek out publicity nor will they allow the press to dissect a case and disrespect the therapist-client confidentiality ethic just for fame. What I am getting at is that regression “therapy,” if you will, is currently very poorly regulated and allows any new age, mystical, etc., individual to dabble with the subconscious of another person.
Q: I read that all forms of hypnosis are "self-hypnosis." Is this true?
A: Well, that is kind of a trick question -- with a simple answer.
All individuals who are hypnotized must be willing participants for change. While a hypnotist may appear to be the one "changing" the individual, they need to be looked at as more of the "facilitator". Hypnosis is a very simple instrument for change. With a willing participant, it only requires the proper brain wave state and appropriate positive affirmations and suggestions to change or create a habit, new awareness or openness. While the hypnotist may appear to be in control, it is truly the subject who allows the change. So by definition, the change or "new awareness" is accomplished by the subject or "self".
This is why hypnosis CD programs work so well for individuals wanting change. You already understand what you want to change. You just need to be facilitated and conditioned to assist in making the permanent change in your life. Unlike mental health therapy, hypnosis is not about diagnosing and sometimes medicating or following a treatment plan. It is about mind/body conditioning with positive affirmations to facilitate a new awareness for change.
A: Wow. That is a long story. I will try to be brief. I was born with Cerebral Palsy. It affected my function and mobility in my legs and right arm. Also, I suffered some cognitive and speech setbacks along with a slight learning disability. During my fifth operation, at Duke University Medical Center when I was thirteen, I underwent a double femur rotation. Without getting technical, it is a major orthopedic surgery which involves cutting both femurs (upper leg bone) and implanting large metal plates in the hips and involves a lot of pain and rehabilitation.
Before going through the inevitably large amount of physical therapy, I was introduced to my physical therapist. Before she ever touched me, she spent three or four sessions working with me, teaching what she called "progressive relaxation". Her technique worked wonders on my rehabilitation and taught me how to control my pain. I mastered the technique and applied it regularly to control pain, only to find out four years later that it was a form of hypnosis.
Amazingly, I denied the association of my pain control technique with hypnosis simply because of my preconceived notions about hypnosis. After a few months of research, I realized that I was rediscovering what has worked for many years, but is hardly ever used. My search for knowledge led me through specialized training at Hypno-Tech Institute in
and I became a member of The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) in 1992. Orlando, Florida
I also maintained a clinical practice at The New Smyrna Beach Wellness Centre before branching over into Mind Design Unlimited. I have used hypnosis, subliminals, music therapy, psychoacoustics and NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) for several years, and have seen very impressive results. I have taught self-hypnosis to many people who have found it to be incredibly effective for meeting their self-help needs.
B.A. Psychology University of Central Florida Orlando, FL B.A. Legal Studies/Pre-Law University of Central Florida Orlando, FL M.A. Mental Health Counseling Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Specializations in Depression and Marriage & Family Counseling
A.S. Recording Engineer The Recording Workshop Full Certification Chillicothe, OH
Specialized Certification in Hypnosis Hypno-Tech Institute Orlando, FL Hypnotherapy Certification National Guild of Hypnotists Nashua, NH NLP Master Trainer Certification Omni Institute
NLP Mastery Los Angeles, CA
Honorary Member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy
A: A subliminal message is a positive statement or sentence that is covered by other sounds (called masking). The statement is recorded just under your ability to consciously hear it. However, scientific studies show that subliminal messages are picked up by your subconscious. Your brain has the ability to hear and process information that seems inaudible to your normal hearing level.
A: An example of a positive affirmation (or positive statement) is : "I enjoy exercising." This statement is common among weight loss recordings or exercise motivation recordings. All subliminal recordings and all hypnosis recordings include a form of positive affirmation. This is how the change is facilitated using your subconscious.
A: Hypnosis and Guided Imagery are best utilized when you want to devote time to experience a relaxed state to facilitate your personal change. Some people prefer Hypnosis or Guided Imagery because they are audible and directive recordings that walk you through a pleasant process. These audio programs take you into a relaxed state and then bring you back to a conscious awareness, leaving you more relaxed and confident about your personal change. People can usually see immediate effects and benefits from these two types of recordings as they have audibly heard all suggestions within the audio program.
Subliminals are very useful because they can be played in a variety of settings. Mind Design subliminal recordings include at 100 positive affirmations that are fed directly to your subconscious. A subliminal is valued because you do not need to make time for its use or devote a conscious effort towards listening. Many people use subliminals in conjunction with hypnosis and guided imagery programs. The affirmations are all related to positive change. You may use subliminals while you sleep, relax, work at your desk, do housework or any environment where alertness is not constantly needed.
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A: No. Just like hypnosis, it is natural and safe. Unlike medication which can produce some nasty side effects, listening promotes natural relaxation and allows you to create a foundation for desired and positive changes in your life.
A: No, it would not be as effective. The digital frequencies utilized on our Audio CD's are between 20 htz and 20,000 htz. A cassette can only reproduce frequencies between 80htz and 16,000 htz (generally). A non-professional transfer may even offer lesser quality. So, I would not recommend using any CD to tape transfers.
A: You can use several subliminal programs at the same time. The Mind Design Subliminal Series was developed for people who want to use multiple CDs during the same time period for change. So, yes, you can play the CDs back to back in a disc changer and work on several issues in one day. Also, you can play them back to back at night while you sleep, softly in the background, if you have a disc changer in the bedroom. Many of our clients do.
A: These Audio Programs were designed to be listened to in most any playback format, as long as it is stereo playback. Stereo headphones are usually the best playback format because of the close proximity to the ears as well as to guarantee perfect stereo separation. However, playback in any stereo format is acceptable.
A: Your baby will be fine when exposed to these audio programs. They are full of positive affirmations. The psychoacoustics are created and employed to stimulate learning, growth, positive change and health. So there will be no problems with your child listening before or after birth.
A: Positive affirmations are definitely recorded onto each Mind Design CD produced -- at least 100 different affirmations on each recording.
To prove it, you can take it to a sound engineer, trained in psychoacoustics. S/he could use frequency equalization to bring out the audible portions of the voice, separate from the masking (music and nature sounds).
Interestingly, I had a woman who wears hearing aids approach me about the subliminal CDs she has been using. She told me that she thought the subliminals were supposed to be "unheard", in which I affirmed that they were well masked below the nature sounds and music.
She told me no, and that she could make out almost every statement/affirmation on each CD. I did not believe her so I asked her to write down the affirmations she could make out. To my surprise, she did so, and perfectly. She wrote out most of the affirmations in the script!
Her ability to discern the affirmations amazed me. Her hearing aids had allowed her to develop a hyper acuity to the frequencies of the human voice. Therefore, she could easily hear the statements/affirmations on the CDs. Her hearing aids canceled out the masking sounds and enhanced the voices so she could hear them loud and clear!
Q: What makes your subliminal CDs better than (and different from) those of your competitors? In other words, are all subliminal CDs created pretty much the same, or are there real, discernible differences that make some more effective than others?
A: This is probably my favorite question. I will try to keep it short…
I have spent more than 20 years studying subliminals and their effectiveness. My education as a Mental Health Counselor and as a Master Hypnotherapist are probably secondary to my education and knowledge as a sound engineer.
I became a sound engineer in 1986. By 1992, I had opened my first recording studio where I not only developed my own hypnosis and subliminal recordings, but I also accepted clients who wanted to develop their own specialized recordings and productions. I learned a lot from these audio collaborations. I continuously work to make them more and more effective as time goes on.
The advent of digital technology and recording and especially computer analysis, has greatly enhanced what I do. It is an exciting time to be on the cutting edge in this field.
I know most of my competitors and I have researched many of them. I even encounter some of their former customers who have changed over to Mind Design products. These users can be very descriptive about what they experience with the use of subliminal products which is very helpful in my business.
I have discovered that many of my competitors use and boast of "trademarked" technology and impressive sounding names that are intended to make you think there is something more to their products than there really is.
I can give you a couple of trade secrets that sets ours apart:
a.) We use both male and female voice on the affirmations. I began researching subliminal affirmations back in the mid-80's. Tests show that the most effective subliminal products were those that use voices of both genders. This is because most people are more receptive to either a male or female voice.
Our subconscious tends to prefer one over the other -- not always -- but it is true for many people. Maybe it is because of trauma induced at a younger age? Maybe it is because we grew to accept more support and validation from one specific parent? The possibilities are endless and subjective to each individual, so we provide your subconscious with as many options and support as possible. Almost all of our competitors use only one voice, either male or female.
b.) The frequencies and intonations I use vary from product to product. The music with ocean waves serves a purpose. It is intended first and foremost for relaxation. But, most importantly, the psychoacoustics stimulate your subconscious to help you be more receptive and responsive.
Most all of my competitors use one or the other: nature sounds or music alone. I worked for a long time to find equalization where I can bring up the subliminal affirmations well into the mix, while using the masking effects in the most potent way to stimulate the blood flow in your brain and body.
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