Most people have crazy, outlandish misconceptions about hypnotism out of superstition and fear that are so far from the truth that they boarder on the rediculous. Those that meditate share some of the same benefits of hypnotism,but deny the role it plays in their practice. The general populace believes hypnotism to be akin to some form of mind control or even that its some form of voodoo magic. With anything else, without understanding, i s likely to be feared and yet its the fear of, or lack of understanding that creates these misconceptions that makes them so dangerous.
There is not one single documented case of harm coming to anyone as a result of its therapeutic use. There is absolutely nothing supernatural, paranormal, metaphysical or magickal about hypnotism.Hypnotism remains a misunderstood subject even though its benefits are well established.
The power or force in hypnotism doesn't come from the hypnotists or even the swinging pocketwatch or swirling design. It comes from the subconscious mind of the subject. The danger is in not controlling the subconscious mind for the effects of the uncontrolled power working against us are the ailments and mental depressions when the power could easily be used to work for us and not against us.
Although hypnotism is not metaphysical or religious, it does explain how many miracles and works of faith are done. Hypnotism doesn't contradict any of the teachings of religions and it is in fact used in conjunction with many religions. Hypnosis is simply any thoughtor idea repeated at length repeated in a calm setting to affirm to the subconscious. We are hypnotized to some degree every single day of our lives. We do this when reading a book, watching tv, at any time the conscious mind is so absorbed, the subconscious is at a more volunerable state.
Today, hypnotism is gaining more acceptance from medical communities with the more mainstream forms of alternative medicine practices as well as the mental health community using hypnotism for psychotherapy to help with psychosomatice and often complimenting drug therapy with hypnotherapy often reducing treatment time. Hypnotism is being used by dentists, cancer facilities and even in child birth to reduce and control pain. I've even seen chiropracters practice hypnotism to eliminate habits like smoking and losing weight with many ads listed the in local yellow pages.
What is important to remember is that the subject is the one in control. The subject cannot get trapped into a trance unless he or she wants to stay in the deep relaxed state. A subject that does not want to be hypnotized will not, cannot be hypnotized unless he or she wants to and there is a section of the population that is difficult to hypnotise even when they do want to.