People often mistakenly think that being hypnotized means being asleep and that one can be made to do things while they are sleeping.
This is false. Think of it more like the sleep of the nervous system.
Hypnosis takes place in the Alpha and Theta brain wave state which are described in order below.
1) Beta (14-40Hz) – This is the Waking Consciousness and Reasoning Brain Wave
Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. This is the state we are in while we work, have conversations and interactions in our daily lives. Beta brain waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can also translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
If Beta had a voice it would be described as the voice in our head or our constant stream of thought. This is the time where you have a full on conversation with yourself in your head.
2) Alpha (7.5-14Hz) – Now we are in the Deep Relaxation Brain Wave
Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation and usually when the eyes are closed, when you’re slipping into a lovely daydream or during light meditation. This is the optimal time to program you mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
It is the gateway to your subconscious mind and lies at the base of your conscious awareness.
This is an optimal state for hypnotherapy. is 7.5 and it is here that the voice of Alpha your intuition becomes clearer and more profound. This is a time when the all the noise of the Beta state deceases to a large degree and the subconscious mind is open to suggestion.
3) Theta (4-7.5Hz) – This is the Deep Meditation And Light Sleeping Brain Wave
Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you can experience vivid visualizations, get great inspiration, have profound creativity and gain exceptional insight.
The optimal range for visualization and hypnosis or reprogramming of your mind begins at the Alpha-Theta border, from 7Hz to 8Hz .
This is the mental state which you consciously create your reality.
You are conscious of your surroundings however your body is in deep relaxation. This is the description of what hypnosis is. It isn’t sleep, it isn’t a magic trick, it’s simply a relaxed brain wave state.