As an author, I have from time to time published on my blogs snippets from a book I am working on. Usually covering a chapter a day. This latest project is called “The Laymen’s Guide to Hypnosis”  I am actually going to take that practice one step further in this blog and publish each and every chapter as I go. So you can read along and be enlightened day after day in the process. Of course, I would love to get your comments as we go along be they the good, the bad, or the ugly. Feel free to make any comments you might have about the days writing.


We all would like to believe that our actions and reactions are a result of the logical thought processes that goes on within our minds, but the fact is that external suggestions influence a great deal of our thinking, a great deal more than logic ever does. Whether consciously or unconsciously, our thoughts and our feelings about just about everything are to some extent molded by the ready-made opinions and attitudes that have been planted in our minds by other mass methods of communication. After all, we cannot buy a bottle of soda, a fast food hamburger, or just about any other product we might purchase without having been influenced and conditioned through the power of suggestion. That is a simple reality of life. Whether it is right or wrong, we place more confidence in what “they” say or have said over and over through the advertising campaigns of the mega corporations than we do in our own powers of reason. As a matter of fact, we often desire someone else to tell us what we think or feel. And even though we have that desire we have always been minimally aware that we can, in fact, influence our own destiny, simply by directing our thoughts and actions toward the constructive, that our mind does exert a powerful influence over our destiny the thoughts that we harbor in our minds can have either helpful or harmful effect on our physical and emotional health.


There has been a myriad of books dealing with the power of positive thinking written throughout the years, and their market success is proof positive that millions of people throughout the world are aware of the benefits of constructive thinking and the beneficial results that those thoughts can bring into our existence.


What most of them do not know however is that they themselves are capable of embedding those very thoughts into their own minds? This is accomplished through self-hypnosis. All hypnosis is, in fact, a form of self-hypnosis, and the hypnotist is simply a guide that walks you through the journey.


The rapid growth and worldwide acceptance of hypnosis in the last few years is just another example, that people have accepted the fact that they can modify behavior and experience radical life change through hypnosis, and there has been a shift from hetero-hypnosis toward self-hypnosis. The individual directing themselves to a better life.


Hypnosis better defined is a highly suggestible state of mind or consciousness wherein the individual or the therapist can direct suggestions to the subconscious level of the mind. The subconscious mind is like a child, it does not differentiate between good or bad when it comes to such suggestions it simply acts on those implanted suggestions.


Hypnosis can be also a very powerful tool in any therapeutic process. The scripts are carefully crafted to deliver the most effective messages to the subconscious while the subject is in that trance state.

Now the best way to describe the hypnotic trance is that it is the level of conscious between awake and asleep. In this state the guard of the subconscious mind (the conscious mind is often unaware or has been intentionally confused whereby it allows the suggestions to slide on by into the subconscious.


When that happens highly motivated subjects can accomplish tremendous results whether it be through hetero-hypnosis or through self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis can also be used as a calming agent allowing the subject to relax and it can even afford lasting results in many areas of the life that one wants to improve upon. Self-hypnosis can even alleviate distressing symptoms from phobias or fears, it can substitute strong responses in place of weak responses, it can even help the subject overcome bad habits like smoking or overeating, it can create good habits to replace the bad habits, and it can also help one’s power of concentration. It is not uncommon in some cases that the total personality of the subject is eventually changed to the point where they can function adequately in an increasingly difficult environment.


One of the biggest misconceptions about hypnosis had been that the subject would relinquish control of himself to the hypnotist or the therapist, and that is simply not true. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true; the subject under hypnosis is in control of his or her mind throughout the process. And can simply come out of it whenever they desire. The opposite thoughts have often been portrayed by Hollywood in relation to hypnosis.


The subject will not act out in a manner that is inconsistent with their morals or conscious beliefs. Now, of course, some might argue that fact using the actions of the persons that have taken part in a stage hypnosis show. But those people are willing participants in that show, they have accepted the fact that they may do some peculiar things while under hypnosis. But I assure you that they will not act outside of their core beliefs. I have seen this proven time and time again during different stage shows that I have attended throughout the years. I have actually been on stage myself during a recent trip to Las Vegas, where a group of friends and I attended a show at Binions (down on Fremont Street) by an incredible hypnotist by the name of Kevin Lepine. I had seen his show previously and on my next visit to town, one of my friends encouraged me to go up onstage. Having had my professional curiosity satisfied the last time I agreed. And I had a blast as was evidenced by the DVD that now resides in my office safe for safe keeping. And the crazy things that I did during the show included such things as talking on my sneaker (as though it were my cell phone, danced and sang, I even did a Britney Spears impression, now had I not been hypnotized I can assure you that never would have happened, but it was all in fun.


Now that we have clarified that aspect of the hypnotic experience let’s address some of the positives. Self-sufficiency and self-confidence are inevitable results in the process. Of course, we must always remember that even good things can be overdone, and in that respect, it is always necessary to exercise good judgment when we desire favorable results. With that understanding, it goes without saying that neither hypnosis nor self-hypnosis should ever be used arbitrarily. The effectiveness and the results that one will achieve through self-hypnosis depends upon many variables or factors. The keys to success are a strong motivation, intelligent application of suggestions and diligence are prerequisites to the desired results.


I am in no way suggesting that self-hypnosis can or should take the place of all other forms of psychotherapy. As a matter of fact the truly skilled and proficient hypnotist understands the need for, and even sometimes when they deem necessary will recommend it as an addition to professional help or therapy when indicated. Hypnosis should never be used as a replacement for qualified medical advice from your health care or mental health professional, but many more doctors these days are realizing that hypnosis can be a benefit in the treatment when used judiciously, it can, in fact, contribute a great deal to the individual’s physical and emotional well-being and happiness.


As a professional hypnotist for many years, it has been my pleasure to have seen astounding and apparently miraculous results by individuals using self-hypnosis. Dealing with so many of life’s issues while many of these cases seem unbelievable to those who are not familiar with the hypnotic phenomena. It should be remembered, though, that many individuals seek hypnosis only when all other forms of therapy have failed. As a last resort of sorts, It is not uncommon that hypnosis has come to be known as a last resort when the client feels that they have exhausted all other avenues, Yet, despite the seeming hopelessness of such cases, these is medical literature that lists thousands of remarkable cases.


There is honestly nothing hit or miss about hypnosis. When it is used intelligently, the results that are experienced are pretty much the same for all those who are properly motivated. These type results are not just accomplished by the modern hypnotists alone but has been pretty much consistent throughout the years, as a matter of fact, while reviewing the literature going back more than 100 years, the same gratifying results were obtained. There are many books that have been written on the subject, although many are out of print some can be found at the local library’s that cover the benefits of hypnosis, and as an inspiring hypnotist, you might want to ponder through some of those books also.

As detailed in this book’s title it is my intention to write this book so that it is understood by the layman, him or her with little or no formal experience or education of the subject. In doing so the step by step instructions afforded the reader should be a way of acquiring the skills necessary to train oneself. Throughout this series of posts, we will show you the way, and all you will need to do is follow along and practice the exercises following the instructions as outlined herein. In doing so it is my sincere hope for you that you will achieve the life that you truly desire through the use of self-hypnosis.

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Please feel free to leave any comments or questions on any page or post throughout the site, after all, you are the reason that we exist here at the American Self-Help Institute and we value your feedback.

-Dr. Carl Welliver, Ph.D., CHT

10 thoughts on “The Layman’s Guide to Hypnosis – Introduction

  1. Well, we are on our way on this most incredible and awarding journey. Once you have completed this short course you can and will be able to hypnotize yourself, as well as others. You will be the life of any party, as most people have at least a mild curiosity about hypnosis, and some will even ask to be hypnotized. So enjoy it, play around with it. But remember, this is an awesome power that should never be abused, take your new found talent seriously.

    Love and Respect,
    Dr. Carl

  2. Hi Dr. Carl –

    Okay, you have piqued my curiosity and I will follow along with this series of posts. I have to tell you, I’ve tried hypnotism a couple of times during my life with very dissatisfying results. I tried it once for weight loss – and lost no weight. Then more recently (within the past 5 years), I have done a couple of hypnosis sessions with a therapist. Mixed results this time. I did recall some painful childhood memories and was able to kind of “re-live” them and bring them to the forefront of my mind so I could get them out in the open and deal with that pain consciously, rather than let it fester in my subconscious. However, I never really felt like I was “under” during those sessions. I’m hoping that you’ll continue to offer information on how this works, because like most people, the only source of information I have been exposed to on hypnosis is what I see in the movies or on television – and I’m sure that doesn’t reflect reality.
    Thanks for sharing and I’ll be bookmarking your site to follow along.

    • Julie,
      Hypnotism is an odd subject, and until recently the people who practiced it were very secretive about how it actually works. As far as the couple of instances where you have attempted it I would seriously love to chat further about the circumstances. In particular about the attempt at weight loss, was it in person, or by means of recording?

      As far as feeling like you are “under” that is a comment that I love to address. The induced state of hypnosis is just a level of conscious that is between being awake and being asleep. While in that trance state you should continue to hear everything that is said, and be aware of everything that happens around you. Because in hypnosis you are in complete control, your mind can accept or reject any suggestion that is stated by the therapist, for example, if a person is attempting to lose weight the suggestion is made in a variety of ways and depending on how it was presented will obviously be directly related to the results achieved. In other words when you say that you did not feel like you were under the suggestion may or may not have been implanted in your subconscious mind, and was intercepted by the conscious mind that as a rule is resistant to change, it likes things just the way they are, “you are not going to starve me” attitude.

      I do assure you that the benefits of hypnosis are real, and I have seen tremendous results both personally and with clients.

      Love and Respect,
      Dr. Carl Welliver, PhD, CHT

  3. As it is mentioned in this article,advertising campaigns of the mega corporations as well as suggestions from local shops or our friends have powerful effect on as and we place more confidence in what they say or have said without regonizing that the product which we purches or we’ll purches is healthy or harful for our physical and emotional health.Therefore, somehow advertising campaigns and/or friend’s sugestions work like hypnosis (hypnosis refers to the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories).

    You are right,constructive thinking is important to have beneficial results for everything.

    • Lela,
      Thanks for the comment. And your analysis is right on the money. But that game has been played in advertising since the first advertisement was written I believe. After all the advertiser has one objective, that is to get you the consumer to buy their product. One of the examples I often use is that of the cigarette companies, and how even though we know the harmful effects of smoking consumers still pony up to the counter and buy their daily dose of poison. Yet being in my 50’s I can still sing many of the jingles from their ads prior to their being banned in 1965. But the concept or reality that we can use hypnosis to help us improve in just about any area of our life is based on a solid foundation.

      Much Love and Respect,
      Dr. Carl Welliver, PhD, CHT

  4. Hi Dr. Carl,
    This is an awesome Post, thank you for making us to understand the advantages of hypnosis, how it can be used in a therapeutic measure and how it can boost ones courage to perform well in the stage making people happy and other things. For this book I will follow you step by step to know more of it. It is an interesting material.
    If I say” I must make it” Is it part of self hypnosis?

    • First and foremost, thanks for the comments, I really appreciate them. Hypnosis, whether it be hetero-hypnosis or self-hypnosis, is a most effective tool to be able to make a life change in just about any area of life. As far as “I must make it” that is more of an affirmation which is a similar modality but if you continue to say that affirmation and embed it into the subconscious then the subconscious mind will work to fulfill your request.
      Much Love and Respect,
      Dr. Carl Welliver, PhD, CHT

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