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CYBAH Ep 5: Myths About Hypnosis 

Hypnosis is mysterious and amazing! There are as many definitions of hypnosis as there are hypnotists! As we’ve seen already in this series, hypnosis works by tapping into the subconscious mind and releasing unresourceful and limiting beliefs, habits, and emotions. Many of these limiting beliefs, habits, and emotions are actually untrue. They were misperceptions to begin with. 

I’m Erika Flint. a board-certified hypnotist, accredited master hypnotherapy instructor, and author of 4 best-selling books on hypnosis. I’ve helped hundreds to lose weight, stop smoking, and change their lives.

In this video I’m going to share four truths about hypnosis that you may not already realize. 

The first truth about hypnosis is that Everyone can be hypnotized.

Anyone who is able and willing to follow instruction can be hypnotized, and people cannot be hypnotized against their will. It is a consensual state. It works best when clients really want to make changes in their life but are having a hard time doing so or a hard time following through.

The second is that Hypnosis is not sleep, nor is it relaxation.

This is a common misconception because we often have clients focus on relaxation in the hypnotic induction. However, hypnosis is not relaxation. Hypnosis clients are often in a state of excitement and bliss while in hypnosis.

The third truth is that hypnosis clients are alert and conscious while in hypnosis and remember everything said. 

Many clients believe that while in hypnosis, they won’t remember anything that happened and that they somehow are unconscious or in an altered reality. The truth is that they’ll remember it as much as they remember any conversation. Usually not verbatim, but they’ll remember the summary of the session. 

There are states of hypnosis that can be used for medical procedures; however, those deep states of hypnosis are not as useful in the hypnosis office as clients are not as responsive to the hypnotist, and doing great work with them can be difficult because the interaction is slow. For that reason, most hypnosis is done while in a conscious and interactive state. 

Finally, the fourth truth of hypnosis is not mind control or a truth serum. Hypnotists don’t have any control over clients.

Hypnosis is a consensual state. The hypnotist has no control over the client, and clients are not compelled to tell the truth while in a state of hypnosis. It’s possible to lie while in hypnosis. Hypnosis is always an opt-in process with our clients. Hypnosis stage shows where people do incredible things is for entertainment, and that’s not what happens in the hypnosis office.

Unlike other techniques that focus on cognitive or conscious thinking, hypnosis is a focusing technique that puts us in the driver's seat of our most transformative work because it shifts how we FEEL in the body. 

Hypnosis allows us access to the part of the mind that has the TRUTH. This is why we say hypnosis is a REVEALNG mechanism. It also increases brain coherence which facilitates potential life-changing moments of insight. With hypnosis, we get control back. 

We get to operate from the newer parts of our brain, and eliminate those old, useless and worn-out limiting beliefs and erroneous emotions.

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For those who are truly passionate about diving deeper into the world of hypnosis and want to access additional resources, I invite you to visit my website at Whether you want to learn to be a hypnotist, find tools for personal growth, or even just understand more about the subconscious mind, you'll find something there that resonates with you.

Thank you so much for watching, and remember, your mind has an extraordinary ability to transform your life. With hypnosis, you can unlock that potential. Stay curious, keep exploring, and I'll see you in the next video!

In Episode 5 of "Can You Be a Hypnotist?" Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI, OB, dispels common myths about hypnosis.

Welcome to Can You Be a Hypnotist? – a groundbreaking series that will explore the fascinating world of hypnosis.

I'm Erika Flint, your personal guide through this incredible journey. 

Ten years ago I used hypnosis to stop drinking and it saved my life.

Since then, I left my career as a software engineer and fell in love with the human mind—the most powerful computing device available. 

Since then, I’ve become a board-certified hypnotist, and accredited master hypnotherapy instructor, have written 4 best-selling books on hypnosis, and helped hundreds to lose weight, stop smoking, and change their lives. 

The truth is hypnosis is all around us. 

When we’re captivated by movies or music, we are hypnotized, focusing only on certain perceptions and filtering out all others.

When we lose track of time while doing something we love, we are hypnotized, absorbed completely in the present moment.

When we’re “in the zone,” we are hypnotized, performing at our peak without allowing anxiety or fear to dampen our performance.

You’ve already been in hypnosis thousands of times in your life. It’s a normal, and natural state of mind. 

But why does any of that matter?

Because hypnosis does something VERY important that nothing else - as of now - does!

And that is it gives us access to the deeper parts of the mind - the parts that are “below” the thinking mind. Interacting with that part of the mind is where big changes can happen.

The definition of hypnosis, according to Wikipedia, is “a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.

The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis.”

Here’s my definition of hypnosis: Hypnosis is a state of mind where you are highly focused and receptive to positive suggestion.

In this state of mind, you become aware of things you weren’t aware of before, leading to important insights and mental clarity that help align what you want with how you feel - so you can more easily set and follow through on goals you have for your life. 

The insights and clarity help you feel more secure and confident in everything you do.

Ultimately, hypnosis is about EMPOWERMENT, and understanding yourself - at the deepest level. 

So who is this series for? You don’t need to know a THING about hypnosis or how it works to begin studying the techniques and getting results.

Everyone can benefit from the skills to fall asleep easier, learn more quickly, improve your memory, and to better understand how to meet the needs of your body and lose weight. 

Some of you might want to go deeper and are considering being a professional hypnotist. You’ll find lots of great tips in this content for you too. 

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need any advanced training in psychotherapy, counseling, or neuroscience. These skills will assist you, yes, however, they are not required.

What you’ll learn is your experiences living as a human will serve you!  You have a brain - a heart, feelings, and experiences, and all of that makes you qualified to learn hypnosis. 

My purpose is to help you learn the skills of a professional hypnotist so you can live more freely, more happily, and more contently.

So you can support your loved ones, and your community. 

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