In the conscious waking state, a person is constantly receiving stimulation from the external world and is always reacting to and filtering that information. In technical terms, this is called the critical factor and is the main reason why it is so difficult to treat emotional and psychological issues when a person is in the conscious state.
It is the filtering action in the waking state which does not allow the mind to see issues with clarity and this affects how we think and act. Our behaviours are conditioned by our past experiences. For example, we may find that we are able to make a lot of money but lose it easily.
Therefore, we will find that we are unable to resolve our issues effectively in the waking state. To get to the roots of the client’s mental and emotional problems, Hypnotherapists have to work with the sub-conscious mind, which responds well only when it is in a deep relaxed state.
A common view about hypnosis is that it requires a hypnotist to perform the induction process to get the person into the hypnotic state. In Hypnotherapy, the Hypnotherapist is responsible for facilitating the induction process; the client simply follows directions and relaxes into the hypnotic state.
But can someone really hypnotise him or herself? The answer is, “Yes” and the process is called self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis involves only one person; the person undergoing hypnosis is also facilitating it.
In self-hypnosis, your first task is to bring your mind into a deep relaxed state, when it is able to focus. Unlike the conscious waking state when the mind is working rapidly and is uncontrolled, a person in a deep relaxed state has the clarity to address issues that have given rise to certain mental patterns and behaviours.
In the hypnotic state the mind is open to positive suggestions and affirmations, which are at the heart of self-hypnosis. You change your behaviour by repeating a set of positive affirmations that will begin to effect the changes you seek to make in your behaviour.
The key difference between self-hypnosis and self-affirmations is that self-affirmations are done in the waking state when the inherent mental filtering reduces the overall effect of the affirmations. In the hypnotic state, the mind is relaxed and focused, does not perform any filtering and the sub-conscious is readily accessible.
With self-hypnosis, you have a very effective tool to help you resolve many of the issues you have in your daily life:
This is not an exhaustive list and there are many more benefits you can get out of self-hypnosis. What is important for you is that you can use self-hypnosis as an effective tool to improve yourself and your life.
Before you conduct your own self-hypnosis session, you need to identify the problem you want to address and develop a “script”, which is essentially the guide into the hypnotic state and the set of affirmations that will affect the change in your mindset.
You can aid your relaxation by playing soft gentle music to the guided self-hypnosis. You can also use relaxing aromatherapy scents like rose, citrus or lavender. You can even record your script on a CD and play it back while you are undergoing your self-hypnosis.
In order to achieve the best results from a self-hypnosis session, you should follow a basic sequence.
First, choose your environment which should be quiet with a minimum of disturbance. You may choose to sit or lie down, but you should be comfortable. Remove all accessories – spectacles, watches and the like.
The next thing you must attend to is your state of mind. You will need to be relaxed when you are doing self-hypnosis. Your state of relaxation depends on your breathing. In order to relax yourself, take 3 slow deep breaths. Each time you inhale, do it slowly and hold your breath for a brief moment. Then breathe out slowly, feeling all the strain and stress leaving and your body relaxing deeply.
The third step in your self-hypnosis session is to ‘play’ your pre-programmed script. This script can be something you have mentally rehearsed or it could be recorded on a CD, in which case you can simply play it back, listen to it and follow it. Your script should be phrased in supporting and encouraging language, designed to create and reinforce new and better habits. For example, to help you quit smoking or excessive drinking.
In the fourth and final step, you return from hypnotic state to the waking conscious state.
Regardless of its form, the script must include an initial relaxation cycle, the affirmations you wish to make and the return from the hypnotic state. There are many CDs and audios available on the Internet for general self-hypnosis which deal with releasing stress, including those dealing with smoking, anger management, self-confidence building and so on.
It is important to be able to do self-hypnosis correctly, so you need to have the right foundation before you see positive and long lasting results. You might get that by reading books but you need a lot of practice to make sense of what you read and to get it right.
The correct techniques of self-hypnosis can be taught by a qualified Hypnotherapist, and you should seek such a professional’s guidance.
Regional Hypnosis Center conducts the Self-Hypnosis 1-day programme. It is a well-structured and comprehensive course in self-hypnosis, and it would be ideal for you to sign-up for it, if you feel that you want to use self-hypnosis to improve your life.
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