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Hypnosis uses a hypnotic induction to get you into a state of trance. Most guided meditations do not.

  • A hypnosis mp3 might come with binaural beats or music designed to enhance trance. A guided meditation may do this, or it may just have peaceful music in the background not designed to influence your brainwaves.

  • A hypnosis session will use language patterns designed specifically to create change. Often times a guided meditation uses normal language and the person creating it may or may not be trained in the use of hypnotic language.


There is a part of your mind that actually protects you even when you are in a state of hypnotic trance. This part is called the ‘hidden observer’. It was discovered by a Stanford researcher named Dr. Ernest Hilgard during some of his experiments with hypnosis.


He found that even when you are in a state of deep trance, there is a part of you called the ‘hidden observer’ that is always aware of what is going on and protecting you. Even if the hypnotist is to suggest amnesia and for you to forget something consciously, your hidden observer will not forget.

This hidden observer will protect you and prevent you from doing anything that you would be against morally. For example, if a person in hypnosis was asked to take off all their clothes, take some drugs, or do something they normally would not do, their hidden observer would prevent them from carrying out those commands

(excerpts from sources below)

[1] – Ginandes C, Brooks P, Sando W, Jones C, Aker J. Can medical hypnosis accelerate post-surgical wound healing? Results of a clinical trial. Am J Clin Hypn. 2003;45(4):333-51
[2] – Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta- analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-6.

[3] – Anderson JA, Dalton ER, Basker MA. Insomnia and hypnotherapy. J R Soc Med. 1979;72(10):734-9.


Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. Everyone has already experienced hypnosis, by accident or by design.

As long as there has been human beings, there has been hypnosis.

We use this commonly occurring and natural state of mind unknowingly all the time. It is just natural for us. For example, if you have ever watched a television program or movie and become really absorbed into the program, you were probably in a trance. This trance is what caused you to not hear your mother calling you to dinner, until she raised her voice for the third time. (Advertisers understand this. They use television programs to induce a hypnotic trance and then provide you hypnotic suggestions, called commercials!)

Another common example of this naturally occurring state of mind.

When you are driving down the road, with your mind focused on some other task (a day dream perhaps), and next thing

you know, you have passed your next turn. That is called "highway hypnosis".

The U.S. government defines hypnosis as having two parts:

(1) the bypass of the critical factor, and
(2) the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

This seems to be a useful and accurate definition of hypnosis.

This "bypass of the critical factor" simply means the release of limiting beliefs. For example, the use of hypnosis for anesthesia has been accepted by the American Medical Association since 1958. It is well established to be a fact that hypnosis is useful for creating anesthesia. However, if you have the limiting belief that the mind cannot create a powerful anesthesia, you will be unable to do so. However, in hypnosis, this limiting belief can be bypassed, and

hypnotic anesthesia can be quickly created. "The establishment of acceptable selective thinking," the second part of the definition, refers to the process of guiding someone into hypnosis by using a hypnotic induction. The establishment of selective thinking creates the mental environment or state of mind that enables you to reject limiting beliefs (that you picked up by living in our society), so that you can accept new more empowering ones.

The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making changes in your life.

You can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been

preventing you from moving toward a more healthy, and happy you.

So now you know that you can be hypnotized.

You have done it literally thousands of times. You did it yourself when you were daydreaming and missed that turn (self-hypnosis), you have been hypnotized when you enjoyed a television program (being hypnotized by someone else), and you have followed hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions when you preferred some brand name that you saw repeatedly on television (hypnotic compounding of suggestion).


Now let's use hypnosis to make your life better.



Hypnosis can rewire the brain.

Does hypnosis REALLY work? The short answer is a resounding yes. Hypnosis allows you to bypass the critical factor to direct change, reprogram limiting beliefs and reformat and restructure erroneous emotions that are still running the program of the past.

5-PATH ® Hypnosis approaches 100% success. Your success

depends on your willingness to follow the instructions, guidelines and partner with your Professional Hypnotist for your success. Can we guarantee 100% success? No. But no professional can. The Teacher cannot guarantee you learn, the Dr. cannot guarantee you

get better. The Lawyer cannot guarantee your case will win. There are many factors involved, but what is remarkable is that when clients have clear goals, accountability and are compliant, hypnosis can help when all else has failed for an entire lifetime.

Those same clients tried so many things before. They tried counseling, or prescription medication, and self help books, all with little to no progress. It wasn’t until they experienced hypnosis that they were able to win that battle they had been


The short story is that hypnosis works, but HOW does it work?

If science says hypnosis works, how does it work? The short answer is that we just don’t know. However there are some medical establishments that are discovering what is triggered in the brain when you are in a state of hypnotic trance.

Stanford Medical recently released a study where they scanned the brain of people who were highly talented at going into hypnosis as well as those that had a lot of difficultly being hypnotized. They attempted to hypnotize both groups of individuals while their brains were being scanned.

The scientists discovered that there were at least three parts of the brains effected by hypnosis:

Three Parts of the Brain Affected by Hypnosis

Decrease in activity in an area called the dorsal anterior cingulate. This is the part of the brain that takes the

information from our senses and decides which is the most important. By decreasing activity in this area, you are less concerned about the outside world and more focused on your internal world.

Increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. This is the part of the brain that helps process and control what is going on with the body.

Decreased connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the medial prefrontal and the posterior cingulate cortex. This creates a disconnect between a persons actions and the awareness of their actions. This is why during a hypnosis show a person can be doing some pretty silly and not be embarrassed. It’s because their brain’s awareness is disconnected from what they are actually doing.

There are two parts of the mind, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is where you make active decisions using logic and reason. The conscious mind is between 1% – 12% of all your brain activity.

The unconscious (or subconscious) takes up the other 90-99% of the mind. It is the part that controls the automatic functions of the body (heart rate, breathing), as well as your belief systems. How you think about yourself, how you think about love, how you think about money, all of these things are controlled by your unconscious mind.

In fact, most of the decisions we make throughout the day might actually be made by the unconscious mind, but your conscious mind is just taking credit for it. There is an interesting study published in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Sciences by associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University

Ezequiel Morsella.

Morsella theorizes that all of the information from our five senses (as well as our thoughts and memories) are all processed in the unconscious mind. When you need to make a decision about something the unconscious analyzes all that data and comes up with a solution. It gives that solution to the conscious mind, who thinks that it came up with that solution all on it’s own.

The conscious mind takes credit for all the work of the unconscious mind.

Fair? Maybe not, but this is actually a good thing.

The brain processes about 400 Billion bits of information per second. We are probably only conscious aware of about 2,000 bits per second. If we had to be consciously aware of all that other data we would become overwhelmed and cease to function.

The unconscious mind is really the part that comes up with most (if not all) of the creative solutions to problems in our lives. That is what makes it so powerful and why it can be used to help a person sleep, conquer anxiety, or even control pain in the body.

(excerpts from sources below)

[1] – Ginandes C, Brooks P, Sando W, Jones C, Aker J. Can medical hypnosis accelerate post-surgical wound healing? Results of a clinical trial. Am J Clin Hypn. 2003;45(4):333-51

[2] – Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive- behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-6.
[3] – Anderson JA, Dalton ER, Basker MA. Insomnia and hypnotherapy. J R Soc Med. 1979;72(10):734-9.

What is 5-PATH®?

Some hypnotherapists and hypnotists have undergone advanced hypnosis training and certification in 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy. These hypnosis professionals are among some of the most advanced hypnotists with whom you can work. Training and certification in 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy allows the hypnotist to go far beyond what most hypnotists can do in a hypnosis session.


Here is a quick outline of how these highly trained hypnosis professionals differentiate themselves from all of the rest:

  • You will receive a comprehensive "pre-talk" in which you will learn about hypnosis.

  • You will interact with the hypnotist during the "pre-hypnosis interview" during which the hypnotist will find out what your goals are, and how best to help you to reach those goals using hypnotherapy and self- hypnosis.

  • Your hypnotist will use a modern hypnotic induction (no swinging watches or blinking eyeglasses are used). These modern inductions are fast and efficient allowing them to spend more time with you working on helping you to attain your goals.

  • Your hypnotist will ensure that you are going into just the right level of hypnosis for the kind of work you will be doing together. This will be done with covert and overt testing. The covert testing is done by they hypnotist so that he or she will know that you are hypnotized, you probably will not notice this testing being done. Once that has been accomplished he or she will do overt testing to provide you with some objective evidence that you were hypnotized.

  • Your hypnotist will customize each session for you. 5-PATH® hypnotists know how to match the right inductions, deepening techniques, suggestions and other techniques to each client for maximum results.

  • Your hypnotist uses the 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy System. Your work with him or her will not be one of those one-shot deals. You will work together as a team as you go through the process, neutralizing any old limiting beliefs, emotions or habits that have caused you to not be as successful as you would like to be regarding the issues that you want to work on.

  • Your hypnotist will go beyond merely suggesting changes and the visualization techniques offered by so many which only bring about limited results. Your 5-PATH® Hypnotist has been trained to find the actual cause of the problem and eliminate it, and then give you suggestions for success. This enables our clients to be very successful and experience long term and even permanent results.

  • Your 5-PATH® Hypnotist is even able to deal with issues that could be causing problems that you may not have thought of such as internal conflicts. For example, most people who want to make positive changes in their lives also are a bit conflicted by making the changes, like the smoker who wants to stop but is fearful that he or she will miss the cigarette habit or gain weight. Another example is the person who has been abusing alcohol or drugs who fears that if he or she abstains they will be lonely or anxious without the alcohol or drug.

  • Your 5-PATH® Hypnotist will take you through each phase of the process, customizing each phase for your needs, making sure that your hypnosis experience is completely professional, confidential and effective.


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