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Many actors have used hypnosis to improve their lives. It helps them remember who they really are and detaches themselves from the roles they play. Great actors will physically and emotionally become the characters they are playing. They have bypassed that logical, conscious part of their mind and truly believe they have become that character. They are, in fact, in an altered state of consciousness - a hypnotic state.
Because the mind can't tell what is imagined and what is real, the lines of the actor's true identity and that of his character can become blurred. This can become a problem especially if the character played has a dark or negative side.
Hypnosis is very popular in Hollywood to help actors detach themselves from past roles. And also to help actors get into that "Hypnotic Acting State" often resulting in Oscar Winning performances.
And famous celebrities are, after all, still normal, natural people who have normal, natural problems. just like you and me. And they have used hypnosis to overcome these problems (and if they have, so can you!). For example:
Matt Damon used hypnosis to quit smoking. Interviewed by Jay Leno, he said, "Using hypnosis was one of the greatest decisions of my life!"
Other celebrities to quit smoking through hypnosis are: Barry Moore, Billy Joel, Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears, Ellen Degeneres, Ashton Kutscher, Charlize Theron and Ben Affleck
Celebrities who have used hypnosis to lose weight are: Lily Allen, Sophie Dahl, Geri Halliwell and Chuck Clausen
Sarah Ferguson (Fergie) used hypnosis to stop biting her fingernails and for weight loss.
Orlando Bloom's mother called in a hypnotist to deal with Orlando's addiction to chocolate when he was a child.
Sylvester Stallone used self hypnosis to help him write the script for "Rocky". He then used hypnosis daily to overcome over 900 rejections for his script. During each day of filming "Rocky" he used hypnosis tapes. "Rocky" became an overnight success.
Kevin Kostner flew his personal hypnotist to Hawaii to cure him of sea sickness while filming "Water World".
Hollywood actor Aaron Eckhart credits hypnosis for changing his life forever after being able to give up smoking and alcohol.
Tony Curtis used hypnosis to overcome his fear of flying and to improve his career.
James Earl Jones famous actor and voice of Darth Vader (Star Wars) and Mufasa (Lion King) used hypnosis to overcome stuttering.
Bruce Willis used hypnosis to overcome stuttering.
Other famous actors/ celebrities who have used hypnosis to improve their lives are: Samuel L Jackson, Sean Penn, Sean Connery, Martha Stewart, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin
Princess Diana used hypnosis for public speaking and confidence.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to let go of past tragic events, including her husband's assassination.
Albert Einstein was known to have hypnosis sessions every afternoon. His theory of relativity came to him in one of those sessions. He often used trance states to develop his ideas.
Sir Winston Churchill used post-hypnotic suggestions in order to stay awake all night and avoid tiredness during World War II.
Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud developed psychotherapy as a result of learning about and practicing hypnosis.
Mozart composed the famous opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" while hypnotized.
Lord Tennyson Alfred wrote complete poems in a hypnotic state.
Seigei Rachmaninoff composed his "Second Piano Concerto" following a post-hypnotic suggestion given by Nikolai Dahl, a pioneer in hypnosis. Today, after over 100 years, this concerto still remains one of the most exquisite and deeply moving pieces of music ever written.
Tiger Woods has his mental coach hypnotize him to block out distractions and to focus on the golf course.
Steve Hooker won the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in pole vaulting after his hypnotist helped him visualize his success.
Jimmy Connors is said to have used hypnosis to practice his winning tennis strokes prior to the US Open.
Kevin McBride, the celebrated Irish heavyweight boxing champion, prior to every fight, gets his personal hypnotist to hypnotize him into the right frame of mind.
Jack Niklaus, champion golfer, credits hypnosis and visualization techniques as the sole reason for his improved concentration.
Other sporting celebrities to have used hypnosis are: Shaquille O'Neal (basketball) and Pat Cash (tennis)
The good news is .. it doesn't matter if you are famous or not so famous. Hypnosis has helped others and it can help you! The good news is you don't have to be a celebrity to be helped with hypnosis, whatever your problem is! The good news is...hypnosis can and will make a difference!