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What is Self-Hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis
“For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7 K.J.V
The concept is not new. The modern version of this ancient concept might be said differently, perhaps…For as a man thinketh in his subconscious mind, so is he, but you get the idea.
Although this is not an entirely new concept, it should be noted that this idea is not entirely all bad. It really depends on what is in your heart (or subconscious mind). Naturally, if you are filled with blissful rapture from sun-up to sundown, it appears you will have a pleasant life. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some of us will, upon occasion, pick up a negative thought here and an unpleasant experience there. Each of them is being recorded in the subconscious mind, weaving a web of beliefs and thought processes. The tragedy is that we do not know much of what goes on in the subconscious: we only see the results of our thinking.
For example, let’s take Randy, a 45-year-old smoker. He has smoked since he was 17, and after 28 years of breathing in toxic carcinogens, he decides to quit. He comes into a Hypnotherapist’s office and is asked why he thinks he smokes. He replies “It relaxes me.” He breathes in carbon monoxide (a stimulant). It speeds up his heart rate and blood pressure. The funny thing is, it really does relax him. But why?
The answer lies in the thought process itself. In hypnosis, it is learned that Randy started smoking about the time he bought his first car, a 1967 Mustang convertible. When he drove in the open air, the top down and his hair blowing in the wind, Randy remembers listening to the Rolling Stones, singing and feeling free as a bird. Let’s not forget the cigarettes. Randy was smoking, feeling free and easy. This is how it all began. Now, 28 years later, the program still runs, but all Randy feels is the relaxation that he used to feel.
Changing the Program
The cutting-edge in behavior modification involves NLP, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis. See these other reports for more information concerning the concept of hypnosis.
Essentials for Learning Self-Hypnosis:
- An open mind
- A desire to learn
- A program or technique to consistently adhere to and follow
If you possess these three elements, you should be able to put your self into self-hypnosis. The purpose of this report is to teach you how to relax your body and give yourself post hypnotic suggestions for your own personal development.
You must abandon the idea that self-hypnosis is some kind of zombie-like trance state. It is very much like meditation except you have a purpose beyond just relaxation and finding peace. You also must abandon the idea that this will take place overnight. Get a consistent program and allow 4 to 6 weeks to allow the changes to take place. This is really a very short time to allow for changes in your life that will last a lifetime. Practicing 5 to 20 minutes a day for 4 to 6 weeks seems like a small price to pay.
Okay, Let’s Get Started
Follow these procedures:
- Find a spot that you can practice your sessions in silence. Be sure nobody will disturb you. Turn off your pager, your cell phone…disconnect for 25 minutes.
- Plan to do this daily.
- Go into this with a particular desired outcome. Be specific. It can be one thing (to weigh a specific amount or to be a non-smoker).
- Make a list of the things that you will gain as a result of this achievement.
- Commit your list to memory or as nearly as you can.
- Use the Self-Hypnosis procedure below.
- Insert the desired outcome in session as outlined below.
- Practice this one time per day.
If you need a jump-start, consider using a self-hypnosis tape or consider seeing a Hypnotherapist; however, most people should have no trouble following this procedure.
Self-Hypnosis Progressive Relaxation
Find a spot on the ceiling and focus your eyes. As you focus your attention, notice that your eyes become very tired. The more you focus, the more your eyes become tired. After a few seconds, begin to count backwards from 5…feel your eyes getting heavier. 4, each time you blink feel your eyes getting heavier. 3, your eyes will feel so heavy that you almost cannot keep them open. 2, vision becoming blurred. 1, now close your eyes.
Once your eyes are closed, begin to focus on the muscles around your eyes, feel them relax. It is like each cell in your entire face is becoming more and more relaxed. Imagine cells relaxing cells. The feeling of relaxation begins to move over the top of you head, around your ears, and down the back of your neck, your throat…your entire head and neck are completely relaxed. As you move this feeling to the lower part of your body, imagine each part of your body becoming more and more relaxed. Take your time and give each part of your body, including your internal organs, permission to relax. This should take you about 7 to 10 minutes.
Once you are completely relaxed, picture yourself walking on a beautiful beach. Imagine that each step you take brings you into a deeper and deeper state. Walking just makes you more and more peaceful. As you relax and let go, step by step, begin to count backwards from 100 silently in your mind. Time your steps to the count, letting go with each and every step. Sometime around the count of 80 or so, you should be in a deep state of hypnosis.
Imagine lying down somewhere along the beach. At this time, you will find it easy to remember the intention of your session. Begin to give yourself suggestions. For example: “I find my desire to overeat to be diminishing” or ” I want to be a non-smoker, to feel more freedom and better health”. These affirmations, when performed in this very peaceful state, will be accepted by the subconscious mind, easily and readily.
Give yourself suggestions for improvement for about 7 to 10 minutes. Then imagine that you are walking back on the beach, feeling accomplished, feeling a sense of pride. Picture yourself accomplishing these goals, feeling what it is like to have the respect or feel the pride of a job well done. When you feel you have completely imagined this in both feeling and vision, plan to return yourself back to waking consciousness. Begin by counting 1, feeling yourself more and more awake. 2, breathing in wakeful breath. 3, begin to move your hands and feet. 4, stretching and feeling yourself more and more awake. 5, eyes open, fully awake.
Each time this entire process should take approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Learn how to relax and let go of tension this same way. Over time you will find it to be easier and easier.