Hypnosis is much more than dangling a pocket watch or medallion in front of someone’s face until they enter a sort of daze or state of trance. Hypnosis is actually a valuable tool that you can use on yourself to: relax, deal with stress, or enter a focused state of mind. If you are interested in learning how to hypnotize yourself with your own thoughts or voice, you may want to consider self-hypnosis.
Self hypnosis is a safe and healthy way to manage your thoughts, and it is something you can achieve yourself if you follow these three simple steps.
Benefits of Self Hypnosis
Before we get into how to perform self hypnosis, you should be aware of the benefits that self hypnosis has to offer. Often people are unaware that hypnosis is more than just a state of mind. It can actually work to:
- Treat addictions
- Help you lose weight (and keep it off!)
- Help you manage chronic pain you may be suffering from.
- Work to reduce stress.
- Help you deal and confront childhood issues, such as abuse or lack of self esteem.
- Cure or help manage sleep disorders.
- Promote deep relaxation.
- Help change your behavior patterns if they have been hindering your current lifestyle.
- Uncover memories or experiences that you lost touch with.
- Treat issues such as anxiety or depression.
What is Your Goal?
Because of all the benefits that self-hypnosis has to offer, you are going to want to figure out what your goal is before you begin self-hypnosis. For instance, you could be doing it just to relax, or you might be trying to change your way or thinking. A good way to get ready to achieve your goal with self-hypnosis is to write out some affirmations beforehand that you can go over in your mind as you enter a state of trance. For instance:
- “I will do my best on my exam tomorrow. I am smart and I will retain all the information that is presented to me.”
- “I am fully capable of achieving whatever it may be that I set my mind to. I am in control of my own destiny and I am valuable and loved.”
Step 1: Prepare Yourself for Hypnosis
Get into something comfortable: When you want to relax at home, you usually do not try to relax in tight jeans, a buttoned shirt, or any restrictive clothing. When you prepare yourself for self hypnosis, you should put on comfortable clothes that are not going to distract you. Pay attention to the temperature of where you are, as you may want something such as a sweater to keep you warm or shorts to keep you cool.
Find somewhere quiet: Depending on where you want to position yourself, you will want to find a quiet space. You may want to sit or lie down during hypnosis, so find a nice comfortable bed, couch, or chair that you will be able to achieve mental peace in.
Put away distractions: Self hypnosis has to do with a lot of focus. Take this time to turn off your phone or any electronics that you have. Entering a phase of trance will not be effective if you are around a computer or listening to alerts from your phone.
Close your eyes: As you close your eyes, try to get rid of any stress, fear, or anxiety that you feel is weighing you down. At first, you might find this difficult, but work to force those thoughts away. Imagine them lifting up from you and floating away into the air. If you have trouble doing this with your eyes closed, you can alternatively pick a focal point in your room to focus on and allow your eyes to get heavy and relaxed.
Relax: There may be a lot of tension in your body that you are unaware of. Start with the bottom of your feet and work your way up with each of your body parts slowly releasing tension. Imagine the tension slowly seeping up through your body and vanishing. Visualize your body becoming lighter with each moment. You may find it easier to use imagery techniques, such as imagining water rushing around your feet or having your body be lifted up from the ground.
Breathe: Breathing is an important part of self-hypnosis. Make sure that you take slow and deep breaths in order to release any negativity or tension that may be surrounding you. Aim to breath and fill in your lungs with life, energy, and vibrancy.
Visualize: Visualizing scenarios can help you achieve certain results that you want. For instance, if you are looking to lose weight, consider imagining yourself shedding pounds by swimming off the weight. You can get as detailed as possible, but make sure that you are employing your five senses. You can do this by asking yourself these questions: what do I smell, taste, and feel?
Appreciate: At this point, you should feel relaxed. Take this time to appreciate your state of relaxation. Imagine yourself at the top of stairs that lead to water. Visualize yourself descending the stairs and emerging your body in the cleanliness and purity of the water.
Free yourself: As you descend into the water, allow yourself to visualize your feet floating up and your body floating freely in the water. Narrate in your mind what you are doing, and speak in a future tense. Repeat positive statements, and avoid any negativity.
Exit: After you feel relaxed at peace, you can consider exiting your state of hypnosis. Walk up the stairs in your mind from which you have descended, and continue repeating your positive statements as you emerge from the water.
Step 3: Manifest Your Experience
Now that you have performed self-hypnosis, you will want to put your efforts into play. There are plenty of ways that you can enhance your experience to achieve the state that you hoped for.
Mean what you say: For any of the mantras that you uttered during your hypnosis, be sure that you meant them. Believe in yourself and your actions, because this will help you achieve your visualizations.
Physically enhance your experience: There are certain exercises that you can do while you are in your self-hypnotic state. Try intertwining your fingers together, wiggling your toes, or visualize your arms getting heavy.
Use outer assistance: Real world stimuli can also be used to help you achieve and enter hypnosis. For instance, you can try music, timers, or the sound of water or the rain forest to put you at ease.
Emerge with positivity: We all have goals in life that we hope to achieve. You can use self hypnosis to help you visualize what you would like your life to look like, and any goals that you might have for yourself. Do not be afraid to use hypnotic techniques to help you become the person that you wish to be.
The Power of Trance
Self hypnosis is a rewarding and effective state of mind. However, be sure to allow yourself patience and time to process your experiences. There is no right way to go about performing self-hypnosis. You may not be successful at first, but if you are consistent and if you believe in what self hypnosis has to offer, you will be surprised with the types of results that you can achieve. Keep an open state of mind, and enroll in this course to learn how to use meditation for self healing through self hypnosis and guided visualization.