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CYBAH Ep 7: How Does Hypnosis Work?

In this video I’m going to illustrate the power of hypnosis and give you a metaphor for understanding how it works. If you’ve been following along with me so far in this series we’re exploring what hypnosis is and are setting you up to become a master hypnotist.  

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.

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Here’s how hypnosis works. Imagine that you’re living your life

SFX: loud coffee shop chatter - background noise indecipherable. 

—the sounds you hear now are all the thoughts in your mind. So many things going on. So busy. Unfocused. Now if you were trying to find clarity, or a solution here, with all this NOISE - we’d call that chaos, or uncertainty, or ANXIETY - and it’s hard to figure out what is really going on with us. 

Now imagine, we employ hypnosis, and as we imply hypnotic techniques of focus, and filtering, your mind focuses on one thing in particular, and filters out everything else. 

Did you hear that?

THE SOUND DIMINISHES a bit, very faint kitten meow is heard.

There, again. A soft meow.

THE SOUND DIMINISHES more, a more pronounced kitten meow is heard, still soft.

From this quiet space, we’re able to notice that, there is in fact something deeper going on. Now that the mind is quieted, and focused, it’s easy to NOTICE what’s really going on. 

And we can realize, that the answer is inside of us, if we can get quiet enough to realize it. 


THE cafe SOUND DIMINISHES more, the kitten is clearly heard.


The more you focus on the meowing, the clearer it becomes, almost - as if the rest of the room’s sounds disappeared. 

This is the power of hypnosis. Isolate the issue you’re trying to solve from the noise. Achieve focus and unlock deeper understanding and results. 

In our next video, we’re going to do a deep dive into the systematic approach to hypnosis. We’re going to roll up our sleeves and delve into all of the elements of a hypnotic session. You won’t want to miss it. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to access all of our content. 

In Episode 7 of "Can You Be a Hypnotist?" Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI, OB, Erika Flint uses a metaphor involving a noisy coffee shop to illustrate how hypnosis works, focusing on filtering out distractions to reveal underlying issues.

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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