If you think, you have never experienced hypnosis, think back to the last time you were driving a long distance road trip.
Was it a familiar road?
Do you recall periods, during that trip, where you seemed to go into autopilot mode?
This is a common phenomenon, where your subconscious brain takes over.
You already know the route, so there is no conscious thinking involved.
If you experienced this, you have experienced a form of self-hypnosis.
What is Self-Hypnosis
Self-hypnosis is similar to guided meditation
- Both are practiced in a quiet place, usually alone.
- They require you to relax and enter a deep state of relaxation and focused concentration.
- You will remain alert and aware of what is happening but in a relaxed and calm state
Self-hypnosis is focussed on an outcome
- Each hypnosis session usually has a goal or outcome such as calming anxiety, reducing stress, weight loss, etc.
- You can tie affirmations into your self-hypnosis process.
- The goals should be addressed by the dialog in the hypnosis process.
You need to strengthen your belief.
- You may have a difficult time being hypnotized unless you believe in it.
- Without trust, self-hypnosis is unlikely to be effective.
- You may get into a relaxed state, however, this is not the same as hypnosis.
- Believing in the practice is essential for you to benefit from hypnosis.
Make sure you have adequate time to devote to hypnosis
- The amount of time required will vary somewhat, depending on the individual.
- You should allocate at least one hour for your sessions, with no interruptions or disturbances.
- If you don’t have that hour, reschedule your session, as a partial or interrupted hypnosis session will not provide the benefit desired.
Proper breathing contributes to the process
- Deep breathing and focused attention on breathing helps you to relax and calm the mind.
- Affirmations can be verbalized as you are breathing in … as in, taking in the affirmation.
- You may wish to state the affirmation as you breathe out, so that you can say the affirmation out loud
- Saying the affirmations will help solidify your commitment.
Bear in mind that affirmations are not required for self-hypnosis.
- Affirmations are said over and over again, they are not required for self-hypnosis, they are optional
- In self-hypnosis, you can have a number of scripts and switch between different goals, as often as you like.
Most Professional Hypnotists have training programs to teach their clients how to use Self-Hypnosis to better their lives.