“I can not be hypnotized.”
There is no secret or mystery. It is simply a matter of having an open mind and following the instructions you will be given. ~Rene Bastarache
Rene Bastarache is the founder of American School of Hypnotherapy. While I did not study there, his statement is profound. Many people who do not understand hypnosis and make the claim “I can not be hypnotized,” should understand the way of mesmerizing first. As their statement is true as well as false.
When you watch television, you begin in the Beta state of mind, conscious and aware. Within ten to twelve seconds you drift to an Alpha state of mind. The Alpha level of mind is the stage of light hypnosis. Your left brain hemisphere begins to shut down and allow the right hemisphere to take over. Experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that while viewers are watching television, the right hemisphere is twice as active as the left, a neurological anomaly. E. Wilma van der Veen, Ph.D. states when in alpha state, 25 to 200 more times suggestible. That should be disturbing news to the person who believes they can not be hypnotized.
If the above makes the statement, “I can not be hypnotized.” false, then what makes it true? When you set your intention, this short session of hypnosis will not work, that is your free will telling your subconscious this exercise will not work. The subconscious rejects the suggestions you asked to be given.
Can you retrain your brain to work with a hypnotherapist to achieve your desired results? Of course, but! you will have to trust them. Unwavering trust will be your key to allowing your subconscious to follow the instructions you will be given. At that point, your left brain will turn control over to your right brain permitting the shift in consciousness you desire for your results.
Krugman, Herbert E. “Brain wave Measures of Media Involvement,” Journal of Advertising Research 11.1 (1971): 3-9. Krugman later became manager of public opinion research at General Electric.
For more on brain state changes occasioned by watching television, see: E. Wilma van der Veen, Ph.D. http://www.people.okanagan.bc.ca/wvdveen/WILMA%20WEBPAGE/index.htm