In the past Hypnosis was thought to be a sleep state (The word "Hypnosis" is Greek meaning "God of sleep") but it is
much truer to define it as a state between sleep and approaching wakefulness. Hypnosis is entered into naturally a
variety of times throughout each day but unfortunately when these states of hypnosis are reached they are often
disregarded and overlooked.
Hypnosis can be specifically and intentionally reached with the help of a trained hypnotist through the use of
hypnotic inductions. Hypnosis can be defined as an artificially induced, relaxed, focused state of concentration. In
this state a personís receptiveness is enhanced. During a hypnosis session this state of enhanced receptiveness is
used intentionally and directed specifically in order to create desired results. This makes hypnosis an efficient and
effective tool for changing undesirable thought patterns and behavioural responses. These changes encourage the
possibility for a person to live the life they desire.