While in a hypnotic state, you always retain control and awareness with the ability to become fully awake at any time. Hypnosis is natural a state of relaxed deep focus that is very similar to being absorbed in a book or engrossed in a movie, and you can emerge from that state of focus any time you wish.
When you realize that you are the one in control, you can decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, and that a hypnotherapist is a guide who helps you on a journey. You also understand how empowering it is that you can initiate change in yourself. By going into hypnosis repeatedly you become more secure in how easy it is to affect positive change at the deeper levels of the mind, knowing you can stop a session if you feel uncomfortable.
Hypnosis cannot make you do something that is against your will, morals or value system, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you don’t want to do. It’s essential that you want the change, and then hypnosis is an effective tool that can facilitate that change in a way that is quicker, easier and more long-lasting that trying to change without tapping into the subconscious mind. On the other hand, you canresist suggestions to change on an emotional level. Such emotional attachment issues (for example, the desire to smoke) can be addressed with an experienced and qualified hypnotherapist who can work with you to address the deeper issues.
Rest assured that you will not unknowingly reveal your deepest secrets to a hypnotist or hypnotherapist unless you truly want to and that you will be aware the whole time. It is even possible to tell lies while in a state of hypnosis, which is the reason that testimony given while under hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court case.