The Secret to Self-Hypnosis
In this post we will be introducing you to some secrets methods and techniques that will help you master the art of self-hypnosis.
The mind is a powerful storehouse of information, thanks to its 86 billion neurons and hypnosis is nothing more than focused concentration, and it doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Hypnosis is a tool that has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years so it is not a fly by night method.
In order to further understand how something like self- hypnosis works, you must first understand how the nervous system works. There are two distinct nervous systems in the human body – the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The central nervous system is the processing center of the nervous system and it utilizes the brain and the spinal cord.
The autonomic nervous system regulates the functions of your internal organs such as the heart, the stomach, and the intensities. The autonomic nervous system has two divisions, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system controls your ability to respond to emergencies – in other words it is your fight or flight syndrome. The sympathetic nervous system controls your heart rate, your respiration, and even your blood pressure. This system also releases adrenaline to give you energy if you need it during an emergency. The sympathetic nervous system can also come into play when you are nervous or anxious.
The parasympathetic nervous system creates the opposite response. It slows down the rate of the heart, the blood pressure, and even the respiration. The parasympathetic nervous system restores the body to a state of peace of calm so that the body can conserve energy.
These two systems cannot operate at the same time therefore utilizing hypnosis you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system in order to help the mind and the body to relax. When you are able to relax deeply, you are able to tap into the subconscious mind, where changes are more easily made. Using your imagination, you can create powerful visualizations that reflect the life you want to be living.
Your brain holds memories, and some of them may be repressed memories. Utilizing a process like self-hypnosis you can access those long lost memories, memories that might be causing you to repeat hurtful emotional patterns.
Unconscious behaviors and unexpressed emotions from repressed memories can actually create uncomfortable patterns in your life. These kinds of patterns may keep reappearing again and again creating difficulties like addictions or other non-productive patterns.
Getting to the root of the problem by accessing these memories can help you face the memory head on and facing the memory allows you to process the memory so that you can learn from it and move on.
Identifying and stepping through old memories can help you further understand why you do some of the things you do. If you experienced an emotional trauma as a child, confronting that repressed memory will help you view the memory from a higher perspective, freeing up your emotional energy so that you can live your life in a more positive manner.
When you relax into hypnosis, you will become drowsy, your eyes will feel heavy and you will feel a delightful sense of relaxation coming over you. This is a natural state many of us experience prior to falling asleep. Self-hypnosis simply allows you to produce that state of mind artificially, prolonging it to your advantage.
If you can relax and follow some simple instructions, you can hypnotise yourself.
In order to practice self-hypnosis it is important to learn how to visualize. Visualization is a very powerful tool and one that can help you supercharge your self-hypnosis sessions. We all visualize in different ways, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t “see” something in your mind.
Each of us sees things from a different perspective. During hypnosis, you may see, sense or even hear things. Not everyone sees colorful pictures in their mind, and that’s OK because if you sense something, or imagine hearing something that’s just as valid.
You can visualize in many different ways, so don’t restrict yourself to one mode versus another, just see where your mind takes you.
Visualization is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination. The only requirement to make visualization work for you is the use of your imagination.
Try this visualization process now:
Find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Start some deep breathing or tense & relax your muscles. Let all your thoughts go by acknowledging them and then releasing them.
Now imagine a beautiful beach. See yourself walking along this beach and sinking your toes into the sand. Feel the cool water and the ocean breeze. See if you can taste the salty sea air. Listen for the sounds of the waves. Look up into the sky and notice the colors. Notice the color of the water. Step into the water, and notice how soothing the water feels.
You can imagine anything. Use all of your senses and see, feel and be there in your mind. Allow it to look like and feel like just the way you want it to, and if it doesn’t happen- just make it up. Whatever you imagine, imagine it with all your senses. Notice how warm or cold it is. Notice what it smells like. Notice how it feels to your touch. Feel the warmth of the sunshine on your back. Listen for any sounds and notice if they are in rhythm with your breathing. There is no right or wrong way to practice visualization, so don’t worry!
Make sure and take time every day to close your eyes and spend a few moments visualizing yourself living the life of your dreams. Visualization is a very powerful tool, especially when you combine it with affirmations.
Eye-Fixation Self-Hypnosis Induction
Practicing on yourself is a great way to perfect your techniques. The more you are able to put yourself into a comfortable state of trance, the better you will be able to describe the process to others. By practicing on yourself, you will also be much more convincing when working with other people. Try this self-hypnosis induction and see how it works on you.
Relax and get comfortable and find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Uncross your arms and your legs. Take a long, slow deep breath, feeling your breath as it enters your body. As you exhale, your body releasing toxins, stress, and negativity.
Now focus your eyes on something above your head, like on a spot on the wall or the ceiling. You are attempting to strain your eyes so try and keep your eyes open and focused upward as long as you can.
As you strain your eyes, slowly count backward from 100 – 1. Once you finally close your eyes, you will already be in a light level of hypnosis. Don’t worry if you get tired and don’t want to finish counting backward; that’s the idea.
As you count backward, allow yourself to drift into a state of deep relaxation.
When you get to the point where you cannot keep your eyes open, close them gently as you let your attention drift.
You may then proceed with your visualization or self-hypnosis session of your choice.
Once you finish your self-hypnosis, tell yourself that the suggestions are firmly embedded into your subconscious mind where they grow stronger and stronger each and every day.
Make sure and visualize yourself 6 months down the road, having already achieved success. Notice how different you are in this new state of mind. This part of the process is very powerful so take a few moments to see yourself resolved of the situation or issue.
When you are finished, simply count yourself up from 1 to 5.
Sometimes all you need is a simple counting down induction. Taking yourself down a lovely staircase in your mind is a great relaxation technique. Try this simple counting technique and see how you like it.
Relax and get comfortable and find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Uncross your arms and your legs. Continue breathing deeply until you feel your energy calming.
Begin by imagining yourself at the top of a beautiful staircase, visualizing one you may have seen at a beautiful house or a museum. Slowly count yourself down at least 5 -10 stairs. Imagine with each step that you become lighter and lighter as you go deeper and deeper. You may also choose to count backward from 100-1, stopping whenever you feel a place of deep relaxation.
As you move down the stairs, feel your feet becoming softer and lighter, as you travel. If you lose the intention to continue going down the stairs, you may either give yourself some positive suggestions or just relax.
Proceed with your self-hypnosis session.
When you are finished, tell yourself that the suggestions are firmly embedded into your subconscious mind where they will grow stronger and stronger each and every day.
Make sure and visualize yourself 6 months down the road, having already achieved your goals. This part of the process is very powerful so take a few moments to see yourself resolved of the situation or issue.
When you are finished, you can take yourself back up the stairway, as you count from 1 to 5.
Helpful Tips for Relaxation During Self-hypnosis
There are some simple phrases you can repeat in your mind to help you achieve a light state of trance. Some common ones include:
- The deeper I go the better I feel and the better I feel the deeper I go.
- I allow the soothing sound of my voice to calm and relax me.
- Moment by moment, my mind is becoming as clear as the surface of a calm and quiet lake.
- As I continue to breathe deeply, I become more and more relaxed, more and more at ease.
- I allow my body to become more and more relaxed with each passing moment.
- Every sound that I hear allows me to go deeper and deeper into hypnotic trance.
- It’s easy for me to relax deeply.
- Breathing deeply brings me into a deep state of relaxation.
- I am at peace.
- I am calm and relaxed.
- I easily achieve a very deep state of relaxation.
- Each and every muscle of my body is now relaxing.
- I am now in a deep state of relaxation and going deeper and deeper.
You may either choose to repeat a few of these phrases to help you relax or you may simply choose one phrase, repeating it over and over. Choosing a phrase like “I am at peace” or “I am calm and relaxed” works well too, because it gives your mind something to focus on.
Once you are in a deep state of relaxation, just give your mind some positive suggestions that reflect the state of mind you are aiming for. You may also want to use this time to visualize yourself having already achieved your goals.
A hypnotic deepener helps you double your relaxation and drift further into trance.
Place of Peace deepening self-hypnosis script.
Begin by imagining a place where no one can bother you and no one can find you. You might be lying on a beautiful beach or at some kind of secluded hideaway.
Allow yourself to use all of your senses to enjoy everything around you. Feel the warm air, sense the sand or the ground under you feet and smell the beautiful fragrances.
Notice how beautiful everything is and how relaxed you feel. Just continue breathing deeply and allowing this feeling of relaxation to take over. Imagine what might be around you, like beautiful plants or flowers. Imagine how fresh everything is. Feel the air against your skin and the sun on your face.
Your words are important because words shape your life. What you think about, you become. You can deliberately create a better life for yourself by changing the way in which you view the world. When writing self-hypnosis scripts, it is important to learn which words to avoid because your mind focuses on whatever you program into it. Try to NOT think about a pink rabbit. Now, what are you thinking about? See what I mean?
Words like: can’t, won’t, angry, never, pain, etc., have a negative connotation, so they must be avoided. Your subconscious mind is eagerly awaiting your instruction, so be positive at all times. Instead of saying I will never have any pain, you could say: my body supports my efforts to be relaxed and comfortable at all times. Your words create your reality; so in order to change your reality you must first change your words and your self-talk!
A great way to begin any self-hypnosis program is to ask yourself what your goals are, and then prioritize them in order of importance. You have to be careful not to overwhelm the subconscious by trying to tackle too many issues at once. Start with whatever is the most pressing issue for you, and go from there. Remember, your subconscious is very childlike, so overwhelming it will simply shut it down.
Hypnosis is accumulative, so eventually your mind will reach a tipping point where it grabs a hold of the new information using it to manifest a new reality for you.
Your subconscious mind is like a plasma screen TV. Every program you have watched is recorded and played back on the screen, much like every experience you have ever had gets recorded in your subconscious. Eventually, some of these images get burnt onto the screen, making it difficult to watch new programs.
Hypnosis purges these old images or thought processes and replaces them with new more up to date images and thought processes, helping you create a better life. Your mind focuses on whatever you program into, it’s as simple as that. Focus on the negative, and that is what comes right back to you. Focus on the positive, and great things start to happen much like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The most important thing you can ask yourself is: the who, what, when, where and why of each situation, so you can turn your limiting beliefs into positive statements. It is important to always keep your statements in the present tense and ensure they are positive. Once you have identified your limiting beliefs, you can then turn them into positive suggestions you can tell your mind while in hypnotic trance. This same process can be used to help improve any area of your life or anything you may be struggling with.
Many of us are trapped in a sea of old beliefs. Your mind could even hold onto something you were told as a child, even if you don’t consciously think about it. Hypnosis is an amazing incredible tool that can work miracles. Remember, change can happen very quickly, so be careful what you wish for!
There has been a lot written about a new kind of self-hypnosis process called eyeswide open self-hypnosis. In this process, you simply read from a script, and as you read you drift into trance, with your eyes wide open.
This idea is a great one because it gives you much more flexibility in your self-hypnosis work. Try this eyes-wide open induction, and see what you think!
Self-Hypnosis Read Out Loud Induction
Feeling a sense of privacy and comfort, I allow the soothing sound of my voice to lull me into a sort of hypnotic trance. I will speak softly and slowly, as I go deeper and deeper into this beautiful state of hypnotic trance. My voice and my body are slowing down, as though everything is moving in slow motion. With every word I utter, and every sound I make, I go deeper and deeper into this beautiful state of hypnotic trance.
Moment by moment, my mind is becoming clearer and clearer, as smooth as the surface of a beautiful mountain lake. As my mind clears, I use my imagination to relax even more deeply, as I go deeper and deeper into this wonderful state of relaxation.
As I speak, I imagine myself moving down a wooden walkway that leads to a beautiful beach. I can already hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore, and I can feel the sea breeze as it tickles my nose, and I take a deep and cleansing breath, which helps me go deeper and deeper into this beautiful relaxation. I feel the sea breeze waft over my body, and I notice the sun as it warms my skin. The sun touches me wherever I have tension and stress, instantly dissolving anything it finds.
This beautiful healing light caresses my body, and allows me to go even deeper into this beautiful sense of relaxation. All of my stress and tension is now dissolving, as I go deeper and deeper. Every time I utter the words, deeper and deeper, I will go into a state of hypnotic trance quicker and quicker. I feel very safe, as I feel myself moving deeper and deeper down, as I begin to count backward from five to one.
Number five, I am feeling very calm and relaxed. Number four, moving down going deeper and deeper down. Number three, by the time I reach the number one, I will be in a very deep state of relaxation, and my mind will be ready to accept the hypnotic suggestions given. Number two, I feel myself descending ever deeper now. Number one, I am in a very deep state of relaxation, and I am ready to make some amazing changes in my life. As I relax on this beautiful beach, I realize that this day has changed me.
Once you reach this point, you may give yourself some positive suggestions or simply relax and drift and dream. If you do not have your suggestions memorized, you can just read them. If you feel like it, you can even close your eyes at this point and allow your mind to\ go anywhere it wants to go.
When you are finished, tell yourself that the suggestions are now firmly embedded into your subconscious mind where they will grow stronger and stronger each and every day.
Remember to envision yourself 6 months down the road, free of the issue or condition. Notice how different you are in this new state of mind. This portion of the visualization is very powerful; so take a few moments to see yourself resolved of the situation or condition.
Now you might want to read how to hypnotise anyone.