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What is hypnosis in the modern times?

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Hypnosis is a field that has attracted people since an early age. Suggestion and hypnosis have been used since ancient times for both religious and curative purposes. The various forms of influence by suggestion, as well as the techniques of inducing the hypnotic state, remained for centuries a secret of magicians, priests or healers. Nowadays, it has become more popular and more adapted to the new forms of communication. To find out more about this world, I spoke to Andrei Voicu, a well-known hypnotist from Romania who wants to move and bring his know-how to the French Riviera.

‘My name is Andrei Voicu and I've been practicing hypnosis for more than twelve years. I am an autodidact, learning hypnosis after a failure I had in 2010. I had several shows in Romania, also in London. My basis is hypnosis therapy with more than 35000 sessions of practice in this field.I absolutely love doing hypnosis because I find myself through it.

Why did you choose hypnosis and not something else?

I wanted to work for myself and not depend on someone else.

Through hypnosis do you depend only on yourself or on others, too?

It depends on the way we link to each other. I depend on others and others depend on me. It is a sort of dance, a hypnotic bounce.

What is, hypnosis, in fact?

It is communication at the subconscious level, where we find our emotions, beliefs, and our imagination. That part that leads about 95% of our lives, even if we don't realise it. We are like robots executing some programs. Every decision we take is at an emotional level. We are built this way.

How does the process of hypnosis happen?

There are several types of hypnosis. It is the classical hypnosis with the eyes closed that allows you to be in your own story. There is also the non-verbal hypnosis where the communication is 75% non-verbal. There is also conversational hypnosis or Ericksonian, the hidden hypnosis.

Are people conscious or not at this level of Ericksonian Hypnosis? 

Not completely! Conversational hypnosis is used especially with analytical persons because they want to be in total control. It is done at a conversational level without having them realize it.

It can be mixed with psychoanalysis or psychology?

No, hypnosis has been known since Antiquity when there was no medicine, and people used to go to the Temples of Sleep to solve some of their problems at a mental level. In France, about five years ago, there were done two heart surgeries without using classical anesthesia, but only through hypnosis, the hypnotic suggestion and post-hypnotic.We cross hypnotic stages several times in our lives without being aware of them. When you're driving, sometimes your mind is far away, still you are driving. That is a hypnotic trance. Also, when we are reading a book, watch a show!When we talk about therapy, normally is about treating anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addictions, fears, phobias.

Can these be treated through hypnosis?

Yes, they can be treated! It is said that hypnosis is the therapy of rich people because the hypnotizer's level of energy consumption is at a high level, but also the results. Comparing to going to a psychologist, where you need a long period of time to heal, to a hypnotizer you go around 6-7 sessions.You offer, also, hypnosis classes?Yes! I've had more than 1000 students, two or three practicing it at a very good level.I promoted my activity in the Romanian media because it had no visibility. One way to do it was to make people do what they would not normally do, under the common sense, of course.

 This is done during your show?

Yes, with people who are tested in front of the audience. One person out of ten is very suggestible, you can simply change his reality in a few seconds. Everyone present can enter a hypnotic trance, it is all about the time needed. For a show, there is time pressure which does not always allow to enter this stage.

What does, exactly, a hypnotic trance mean?

The trance is happening under communication. The fact that someone is concentrated to understand the other, or to listen, can be associated to a hypnotic trance. There are light trances, and profound ones where you can control someone's mind, completely.

What is your projection of the future?

I would like to expand my activity in France, especially here on the French Riviera. 

By Andra Oprea

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