WHAT IS THE SECRET OF HYPNOSIS – How To Access The Subconscious Mind


In several posts of mine I wrote about the source of the heart based power which I see in heartfelt emotions. Whatever is in your heart, nourished as a dear and strong emotion, will eventually come to pass. Nothing can disturb your determination and clarity, because your state of mind may be likened to a hypnotic trance. So you might wonder: What is the secret of hypnosis? In the following paragraphs you’ll learn the key elements how to get access to the subconscious mind.

Heartfelt emotions create the reality you perceive.

And you may ask yourself sometimes, if there’s a special force or a hidden wisdom which is only at the disposal of a few people whereby they’re able to overcome obstacles and meet exceptional success. Here I’m going to show that most of us can tap into this hidden potential. This is probably the best kept secret about who we are and what we can carry out as human beings.

Without any doubt we can call our thoughts and imaginations the main force which drives us to create our factual life. We could go even so far as to say that they are the root cause of reality. Now the big problem and at the same time great luck is the fact that our thoughts and imaginations originate from our subconscious mind influenced by our psychogenic field.

Subconscious Mind – Key For Change

The psychogenic field is a specific energetic activity of our brain, we can measure with biofeedback devices like the emWAve which I’m using. If we want to improve our live’s quality we have to learn how deal with our subconscious mind together with its determining psychogenic field. Working with a biofeedback device can support the preparation for hypnosis which can only be reached in a relaxed state of mind.

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No doubt, there are many books about the classical aspects of hypnosis, suggestion or mental training. Much more difficult is it to get sound elaborations on the daily aspect of the hypnotic phenomenon as it is found in political organizations and parties, among mass events, in the secret service, in religious sects and finally in our family life, i.e. in our regular relationships. From that point of view hypnosis affects all of us.

Hypnosis – Gateway To The Subconscious


Modern science has just begun to research and investigate the sheer endless possibilities of the human mind to use it primarily for the improvement of the individual performance especially among top-ranking athletes. The stunning results are available now for the broad public. Basically there’s no difference in dealing with a borderline situation, be it in professional sport, be it in daily life.

The basic insight states that we can prepare in advance for those borderline situations through a specific training. It’s all about dealing with fear, stage fright, nervousness and lack of concentration. Thus athletes as well as top managers can prepare themselves in advance for competitive and difficult tasks.

Proof – Walking Over Fire

Nowadays everybody, no matter how old they are, can apply this knowledge in order to overcome stressful situations with as much calmness, strength and ease as possible and with as little tension, effort and exhaustion as necessary. The time for regeneration becomes much shorter and the chance for psychosomatic illnesses decreases. The overall self security and confidence are much stronger.

Walk on fire

As a proof these methods work in everyday life, I’ll describe a spectacular experiment, that is to say: walking over fire. A friend of mine has done it, and if I had a chance I would do it too right away! Well, after due preparation with self hypnotic training he was able to walk over a ten yards long carpet of red-hot charcoal without the slightest burns.

The Secret of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is able to evoke illusions, hallucinations and memories of suppressed incidents. Hypnosis is a part oft management techniques, leadership tools as well as interrogation techniques of secret services. It may be used to reach first class performance, to support medical interventions, to release from anxiety and fear and generally to make stronger. Hypnosis works for individuals and for groups too.

Basically, there are no boundaries applying hypnosis. It’s a fascinating phenomenon of our psyche, interwoven with our daily life imperceptibly influenced by it. Hypnosis is a valid method in all areas of our life, sometimes secretly, be it conscious or unconscious. Famous politicians and managers use the laws of hypnosis, knowingly or unknowingly. In classical hypnosis the hypnotist adopts an authoritative and dominant attitude.

With a fixed gaze and a corresponding hand gesture the hypnotist can trigger archaic areas in the brain of the hypnotized person. This way very quickly he can induce a deep trance. Although this method is mostly used in mass and show hypnosis and thus belongs to the repertoire of any hypnotist, I’m concentrating more on subtler trance inductions. I’m convinced of the fact, every client should control the hypnotic process as much as possible.

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Suggestion – Individual Basis For Hypnosis

Before one can dive deeply into the subject of applied hypnosis, it is important to study the phenomenon called suggestion. Here’s a definition:

Suggestion manipulates someone’s thinking, will and feeling bypassing his rational personality.

This suggestive approach is typically used in any sales talk: “Don’t you think you deserve this special piece of cloth? I bet with this exquisite dress you’ll be the center of any reception!” Or if you see somebody biting into a self hypnosisjuicy lemon, immediately you’re going to taste something sour in your mouth.

Basically any hypnosis starts with a specific suggestion, no matter if it’s self-hypnosis or the hypnosis of another person. Since the times of Sigmund Freud psychotherapy is also using hypnosis to reach suppressed memories and key events in the patient’s past. Most of the problems are caused by the unconscious, and by getting access to it they may be rehabilitated. The medical therapeutic hypnosis applies the so called “post-hypnotic suggestion”. This is really astonishing, because every assignment or affirmation which is planted into the subconscious mind will usually be followed by the client for a long time.

There’s one big exception: these so-called affirmations planted deep into the client’s mind do not work if they are in total opposition to his character and disposition. But if they are in line with the main thrust of his personality, they will be able to change not only the symptoms but even the cause of any given problem or task. In other words: hypnosis removes the blockages so that the hidden or inhibited potential can flow to its fullest.

Is Anybody Hypnotizable?

HypnosisThe last point pertains to the question if anybody is hypnotizable? Most of the specialists agree that 90% of all human beings are hypnotizable. They also agree upon the observation that the more intelligent and focused the clients are the better are the results. Out of the 90% some can easily be hypnotized, some just moderately and some barley.

From a neurological standpoint one can state that the more the right hemisphere of the brain is dominant the easier is a trance induction aiming at hypnosis. On the other hand, the left hemisphere promotes the rational, logical and linear thinking, wants to stay in control with constant judgment and thus refuses to let go. There are some little tricks to find out how well somebody is hypnotizable. Ask them to imagine ants crawling down his arm. If he can feel it right away, then he’s the perfect candidate.

But for those having a hard time at the beginning, I can suggest effective relaxation exercises as a good preparation for the real hypnosis session. Go to the tag “Hypnosis”, “Relaxation” and “Exercises” at the bottom of the column on the right hand side.


In case you want to deal with health issues using hypnosis, please contact your physician. The information you get through my homepage or the books I’m referring to cannot replace professional diagnosis and treatment.

Now you’ve got an idea how to get access to the subconscious mind. The main gateway may be found in the technique of hypnosis. For more information you can search on my website or among the handpicked self-help guides – the next but one post is about the history of hypnosis – or you can go to the comment section below and become part of the discussion. Thank you!

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  1. Ilina

    Wow, great article!

    I just started a book that teaches you that you can control your brain, i.e. if you are tired, but you want to go to a party, it teaches you how to lie to your brain that it is not tired and to think of a moment that you were very festive, so your brain could recharge.

    It is really amazing how you can trick your brain :)

    • Stefan

      Thank you Ilina!

      I’m really curious about the book you mentioned. Could give me some more details and how it dealt with the phenomenon of hypnosis?

  2. karim

    Hi Stefan

    very nice article with lots of information, the page is well organized, the font is readable, not too much and not too little, not too many advertisements.

    Just one question: is this the way players in circus and magicians make their tricks?

    • Stefan

      As I’ve written in the article, show hypnosis uses the authoritative method. Clinical hypnosis is more subtle.

  3. Kathy

    My late husband was a hypnotherapist and was fascinated with the workings of the subconscious mind. I still have many of his books, Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnotherapy / NLP by Jack Elias was one of his favorites. Do you have a favorite?

    I see you recommend the emWave, I use a bio-feedback system called the IOM by Wild Divine. Have you come across this one before, if so how do you think it compares?

    • Stefan

      Hi Kathy

      thanks for your interesting feedback! First, I’m sorry to hear your husband isn’t any longer with you. Now one of my favorite books is written by Michael Newton, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives. There he discovers how thin the veil is between this life and the realm beyond death. I hope, this gives you some solace.

      Another book I just began reading is by Richard Alan Miller, ESP Induction. Absolutely gorgeuos! Review will follow in the near future.

      As to the IOM, I’m not familiar with it. I just looked it up and after studying I’ll come back to you for my assessment.

      Take care, Stefan

      • Kathy

        Thanks Stefan. Books about “life between lives are something else I have in my bookshelf, this was another area of interest for my hubby (and myself).
        I don’t have the Michael Newton one though so I’ll certainly check that one out.

        My house is full of books on esoteric matters, I’ll look forward to reading your review on “ESP Induction”. (site is bookmarked!).

  4. Paul C

    This is a great post to stumble upon because I just recently discovered hypnosis! I’ve been using a half hour positive direction cd and it’s been working wonders. At first it sounded and felt so silly. But just like a meditation, you learn to relax and ease the tension in your mind. Even control it to a certain extent. After doing this at home with recordings, I highly recommend it. But I’ve been to hypnosis shows without any real effect. One way to find out! Try it yourself! Thanks for a great read!

    • Stefan

      Hi Paul

      thanks for your kind review! You’re a good example how to approach this subject, because hypnosis is covered with so many prejudices. The key really lies in the ability to relax and calm down. It’s not at all about show and loosing control.

      Now, I’m just writing about the history of hypnosis. Maybe you’re interested.


  5. Jess

    Great read! I enjoy mindful meditation and brain entrainment. I believe that hypnosis works at unlocking the subconscious mind but I have never tried it. It seems like a great tool to work on overcoming past buried trauma.
    I’m curious how you think hypnosis compares to these other methods I’ve mentioned?

    • Stefan

      Hi Jess

      thanks for your comment! Well, the methods you mentioned can be seen as preparatory stages for hypnosis, because they provide a relaxed state of mind as well as a sensitive receptivity. You can compare it to the tuning of an instrument which can build a powerful resonance with other instruments.

      Cheers, Stefan

  6. Mrschippy

    Really interesting post Stefan.

    Lots to think about. Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about hypnosis itself, but I wholeheartedly agree on the power of the subconsious mind. So much of how we behave/what we believe is down to our subconsious mind and things we took on to be ‘true’ in our childhood.

    I whisper to my 4 year old how perfect, wonderful and important she is (among other positive things) when she is asleep in the hope her subconsious mind gets the message :) I might take a look at some of the book titles mentioned here.


    • Stefan

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      I can understand your restraints, because as a hypnotist you have a lot of responsibility manipulating or better steering somebody’s perceptions and actions. It’s good god to know, that suggestions usually don’t work against the core beliefs of a client. Although mind conrol experiments and projects like MK Ultra have shown some heinous aberrations! The best thing you can do for your child is to strengthen its self confidence.

      Take care, Stefan

  7. Anh Nguyen

    Well, the first thing I thought when reading your post is that I don’t want to access my subconscious mind. I don’t have good experiences with my mind, and feel like I am too self-bashing and negative.

    Is this something normal to feel and do you think it’s still a good thing to face your subconscious mind when you are not entirely comfortable with the idea?

    I am interested to know more about this topic, thank you for the post.

    • Stefan

      Hi Anh

      first let me thank you for your personal question! I would like to say the following, not as a truth edged in stone but as an inspiration for you to discover yourself.

      – Your subconscious mind is the governing part of your personality if you like it or not. This is just psychological fact first well described by Dr. C. G. Jung. Because of its nature the subconscious might also contain dark contingents so called shadows. You can read more here: http://heartbasedpower.com/i-am-the-shadow-of-my-t

      – If you’re a rational person with a more technical, engineering mind – what I suppose in your case -, then it is somewhat frightening to deal with your own shadows. I can fully relate to that and offer you my understanding. But remember, that way you’re only using the left part of your brain.

      – Start using the right part of your brain, which is not digital like a computer but analogical, full of metaphors and images, emotions and feelings. You can enter this unknown continent in a state of relaxation. Ask yourself, what of all the things running through your mind, especially the negative ones, belong to you and what doesn’t. In order to feel safe, you can write it down in a diary.

      I hope this is of any help! Please feel free to look for more inspiration on my site or contact me again here or in private.

      Cheers, Stefan

  8. Michael Hills

    Wow, I’m fascinated by this hidden potential, and your article? Really powerful stuff. The raw power of our thoughts and imagination is truly mysterious I think.I saw a show where this guy was going around hypnotising people randomly on the street, getting them to do crazy things. Is this really possible? So the secret of hypnosis is to reprogram the subconscious, do I have this right?

    • Stefan

      Hi Michael

      it really is fascinating. What I’m promoting though is not show hypnosis or mind control. The show you mentioned I probabely know, at least something in that direction. They pick people who are easily programmable so to speak, or in a worse case they use trama based mind control which is alltogether different.

      When it comes to clinical hypnosis or self hypnosis, the suggestions have to be in line with the moral code, the core values of the client. And because it all goes back to feelings, sometimes it’s hard and takes a long time to work through them.

      At any rate, a great topic!

      Cheers, Stefan

  9. Ian

    I love this site, it seems to be very helpful and has a holistic approach which I like. Mindset is everything.

    I like how you also cover biohacks such as heart monitors and stress apps. It reminds me of David Asprey. I would also go into a little bit more detail with how quantum physics relates to Pascal’s idea.

    Also I would encourage you to check out the works of Rene Schwaller de Lubicz who speaks in great detail about the “intelligence of the heart”

    • Stefan

      Hi Ian

      thank you so much for your detailed and inspiring comment! And I really like to follow up your suggestions, once I’m up to date with my other work. In passing I heard the name Schwaller de Lubicz, so it’s exiting to follow new tracks.

      I’ll send you a message, as soon as I’ve worked through these great assignments :-)

      Cheers, Stefan

  10. Jay

    Hey Stefan,

    Really awesome article. I’m always looking for new ways of relaxing. I’ve tried hypnosis before and haven’t had much luck with it. Probably because I wasn’t doing it right. I’ll give some of your tips from this article a try and let you know how things work out!

    This was definitely a long one! Thanks for taking the time to type all of this up! That’s really awesome!

    • Stefan

      Hey Jay

      this is great to hear, thanks for the feedback. Well, you’re not the only one who struggles to find success in hypnosis. Please consider this:

      – Look for other ways to relax yourself, like this post is suggesting (you’ll find more if you search under my tag clowd under Relaxation): http://heartbasedpower.com/how-to-learn-self-hypno

      – Please consider the following: If you’re practicing Autogenic Training for example, then only 1 out of 10 sessions are really strong. The other 9 are relaxing too, but don’t make you feel successful.

      In the end, it all comes down to training 😉

      Take care, Stefan

  11. Ian

    Hypnosis is a fascinating subject.

    It looks like we have a wellspring of knowledge locked in our subconscious.

    I have done some self-hypnosis guided meditation (Darren Marks) myself, and have gained some benefit from that. Though if I stop doing it, then the beneficial effects tend to disappear.

    But what is the difference between the subconscious and the unconscious? Are these terms interchangeable?

    • Stefan

      Hi Ian

      thanks for sharing your experience with hypnosis. As to the rapid decline of its benefits after stopping, it would be interesting to know, how long you’ve been doing it. Just like learning an instrument, there’s a steep lurning curve in the beginning. But if you want to stay on a higher learning plateau, you need to practice for a longer time.

      As to the difference between the two concepts: the term unconscious, mostly used in combination with mind, is a psychological term and denotes all those contents that are not accessable with your consciousness. S. Freud and C. G. Jung were the first to elaborate in depths on theses issues.

      The subconscious on the other hand states the fact, that rational consciousness is linear and thus can only deal with a small amount of items at the same time. In other words, awareness is limited.

      Hopefully this helps! Otherwise, I’m glad to clarify.

      Cheers, Stefan

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