Self-hypnosis has become a popular way for people to help themselves. Although self-hypnosis does not always take the place of hypnosis performed by a professional, there are times and situations when this form is worthwhile. Almost anyone can use self-hypnosis but to be successful, you need to know how the correct way. Keep in mind that you can buy a few tapes and videos to walk you through the steps but as you will discover in this article, the process is not too difficult.
One of the most important aspects of self-hypnosis is to learn to relax. The subconscious mind cannot accept suggestions if it is wound up, thinking about the day at work, the kids at home, all the errands and tasks that need to be completed, and so on. Instead, you need to slow your mind and body down so you can relax. With this, remember if your body is relaxed, the mind will generally follow suit. Therefore, if you are trying to calm the mind but without success, start with the body, perhaps taking a walk or soaking in a bubble bath before you get started with the self-hypnosis process.
The time it takes to get relaxed for your self-hypnosis induction will depend from person-to-person but you can expect anywhere from 30 minutes to just 5 minutes. If you have taken a walk or taken a bubble bath and it did not work, then one method that seems very, successful is to use what is called Jacobson Progressive Relaxation. For this, you would literally tense up every muscle group of your body from your feet up. Hold the tension for about 10 seconds and then release. Typically, you can expect to do this several times or for several minutes but soon, you will begin to feel your body relax.
The next step for self-hypnosis is doing deepening procedures. This allows you to reach an even deeper state of relaxation, moving you from the conscious to the hypnotic state. Now, if you are just starting out, chances are you will not even realize that you have moved into this next stage but it will eventually happen. As a beginner, most people feel a little bit inhibited. For self-hypnosis to work, you have to gain the mindset of letting go. Like many things associated with self-hypnosis, this takes practice and time so do not be too hard on yourself if it does not come quickly. In other words, you have to stop watching for you to become hypnotized, instead just allowing it to happen.
The thing with self-hypnosis is that some people can begin the process with great success in weeks or months while it takes much longer for others. Therefore, do not compare yourself with other people who practice self-hypnosis because again, each person is different. You can also use the count down method for reaching deep relaxation, which is counting backwards, allowing your mind to drift and relax. For this, simply begin counting, imagining that you are becoming more and more relaxed with each number. If your mind tries to incorporate other images into the process, brush them aside. Count slow and natural, and not out loud, just in your mind.
After the deepening procedure, there is the suggestion application and ending to complete the self-hypnosis process. Suggestion is the way in which you spell out your goals so you can then direct your subconscious mind to achieve those goals. When the subconscious mind becomes aligned with the conscious goals, great things began to happen. The best way to apply suggestions is to work them out ahead of time so they are both organized and memorized. The key here is that your suggestions should never be difficult or overwhelming. Then, you would think your suggestions to yourself about what it is you need done, changed, fixed, etc. While there are several different suggestions, the most effective are image, which do not use language at all.
After the suggestions have been applied, the self-hypnosis session is ended. For this, you would simply open your eyes, get up from the position in which you are sitting, and go about your business. However, you should always formally identify finishing a self-hypnosis session, providing your mind with a clear line between the hypnotic state and conscious awareness. This will help prevent your self-hypnosis practice from becoming a time to nap or daydream. You can actually talk yourself out of the state, saying something like, “I’m beginning to come out of the self-hypnosis session, and I’m waking up.”
Once you get the hang of self-hypnosis and the various relaxation techniques, you will need to begin measuring your depth. With this, you would decide if your suggestions for smoking, losing weight, or whatever the case may be, are working. Obviously, the better you become at self-hypnosis, the more effective the inductions will be. Soon, you will be able to experience images, fantasies, and thoughts that are almost real. However, you will know the experience is not real yet the experience will allow you to reach a deeper though process, which is that of the subconscious. Keep in mind that just as with guided hypnosis you do not want to use negative suggestions for self-hypnosis, which would only fill the mind with negative thoughts, not positive ones.
Generally, people who use self-hypnosis feel as if they are watching a movie yet it is all within the mind. This imagery is something we do, not something being done to us. Self-hypnosis requires that you have a good basic understanding of hypnosis in general, learning how to work with inductions or visualizations to achieve the goal. Finally, practice, practice, and more practice is what will move you from being a beginner to a pro. It takes time so do not allow yourself to become frustrated. Determination, education, and time learning will help you with self-hypnosis, no matter what it is that you are trying to conquer or achieve.