Learn Self Hypnosis & Get Results
Hypnosis is a proven method of deep relaxation to create inner changes in your thoughts, emotions and behavior. Hypnosis is a medically recognized tool for controlling pain and reducing stress. One of the most common forms of hypnosis is self hypnosis. This is a self-induced state of deep relaxation which is attained by either listening to a recording, or by bringing yourself into a trance.
It’s fairly easy to learn self hypnosis. Keep in mind, like anything else in life, this will take some time to learn and get good at. Don’t expect to be an expert overnight. We are all different, some might take longer, some a shorter time period to learn. It will take time to teach your body and mind to let go and enter this state effortlessly, but it will happen. Give yourself enough time to learn it properly.
The key here is to take it easy. Approach this with some playfulness – have some fun with it. Do not try too hard or force yourself into a trance because this defeats the whole purpose of hypnosis. The idea is to achieve deep relaxation, so trying to force yourself only makes you tense which has the reverse effect.
Some other things to keep in mind while learning self hypnosis –
- Let the hypnotic state take over by itself. Try not to analyze what is happening. When you keep yourself analyzing, you will find it hard to go from the beta brainwave state (which is your conscious, waking, decision making state of mind) to the alpha brainwave state (which is your deeply relaxed state of light trance where most hypnosis subjects stay).
- Don’t get discouraged, or think nothing is happening if you don’t feel much change at first, or if your progress is slow.
- Remember, there are various ways to experience hypnosis. No two people are going to experience hypnotic trance in exactly the same way. Expect your experience to be your own & no one else’s.
- Set aside a regular time to practice your new found skills. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes every day, or every other day. Make sure you won’t be interrupted, and that your environment is quiet. Yes, this means turn OFF your cell phone.
- If you fall asleep – that’s O.K. If this keeps happening, then you might want to consider practicing at a different time so you can keep awake. Sitting upright in a chair might be the best option for you.
Before you begin, set an intention for the session. Ask yourself things like – do I want higher self-esteem, more confidence, the perfect relationship, or an improvement in my finances? The key is to create positive statements which are in the present, active tense. For example: “I can feel my self-esteem increasing every day.” Make sure you stay away from the negative aspect of your goal, such as “My low self-esteem is getting better.” Negative statements focus on what you don’t want, as opposed to focusing on what you do want.
If this seems to challenging, then imagine you already have your desire and make a mental movie of it. See yourself experiencing it as if it is happening now.
Begin by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position. Keep your head straight, but look up at a spot on the wall, but do not bend your neck. Your eyes should be looking slightly up. Breathe in to the count of 5, and out to the count of 5.
Now curl your toes on both feet and tense them while in inhale to the count of 5. Then relax on the exhale to the count of 5. Move up to your legs. Tense them and relax. Keep breathing in to the count of 5 and out to the count of 5.
Now tense your whole pelvic & buttock region, then relax. Remember to keep breathing deeply. Move up to your stomach, then move to your chest, neck, fact and head, repeating the tensing then relaxing procedure while breathing deeply. Allow your eyes to close naturally at any time during this relaxation exercise. Within a short period of time, you’ll find it takes more and more effort to keep your eyes open.
Once your eyes are shut and you’ve relaxed your entire body, imagine you are at the top of a winding dark staircase with ten steps. Keep breathing deeply to the count of 5. Move down to the first step. Notice you can only see a few steps ahead of you as the rest are covered in a calm, still darkness. Mentally say the word “10.” Now move to the next step and mentally say “9.” Then take the next step, saying “8.” Keep moving down the steps until you reach the bottom. During this part of the exercise, you can allow your breathing to return to normal, or keep the deep breathing – whatever you prefer.
Once you’ve reached the bottom, imagine there is a large wooden door in front of you. Walk towards it, and open it. On the other side, you find a moving escalator going down. Move on to the escalator and feel it bringing you down, down, down. Deeper, deeper, down.
When you reach the bottom, imagine you can walk slightly forward until you find yourself in a quiet, relaxing setting. Just let it appear. It could be a garden, a beach, a forest or any favorite place you have. It could be anywhere. Just allow your subconscious mind to show you where you are. Relax in whatever way seems appropriate for you.
At this point, you can mentally give yourself hypnotic suggestions like “I am _______,” or “I allow _______ to enter my life with ease.” If you prefer not to have to remember mentally spoken instructions, then recall your visualization (which I spoke of earlier in this article) and place yourself inside it. It is important to see the scene through YOUR eyes as though it were a memory. Do NOT visualize yourself in the scene the way you would see another person. Experience it from your perspective. Do this for as long as it is enjoyable for you.
Once you’ve finished and are ready to return to the normal waking consciousness, simply count back from 10 to 1 and mentally say “wide awake, wide awake.” Stretch, give yourself a few seconds to re-adjust to your surroundings, and then go about your daily activities.
Another option you might want to consider is to record your hypnosis session and play it back to yourself instead of memorizing everything. This means, you can drift off into trance without worrying about forgetting your words or which step comes after which step. In fact, listening to your own voice can be one of the most effective forms of hypnosis.
To do this, first find, or buy a hypnosis script you are comfortable with. Don’t worry, there are plenty of these online for free or low cost, plus there are hypnosis scripts for nearly every situation you can come up with.
The microphone that came with your desk computer or laptop may be sufficient. Experiment and find out. If not, you can get good quality microphones for a low cost from places like eBay or Amazon.
You might want to have some background music during your hypnotic session. If the recording is just for you, you can choose just about any track of music. If you plan on selling the session to others, then you’ll need to use a royalty-free track. These royalty-free tracks can be easily picked up online.
Mix the music background and your reading of the script together. Windows does come with some recording software, but it’s not really good at doing this type of thing. Instead, you might want to try other audio recording software programs. Use it to mix your final track before you burn it to CD or copy it to you iPod.
Remember, if you want to make positive changes in your life, this relatively short use of your time can pay great dividends in the end. Once you’ve practiced and mastered whichever technique you prefer, you’ll be able to enter the relaxed state much more easily and deeply.
Everyone is capable of entering into a hypnotic state. It may take you some time, but the rewards are well worth it.