I’ve come to really enjoy self hypnosis. I don’t use it so much to make big changes in my life, (although you can do this), but I use it more as a way of relaxing and reducing stress in my life.
People often ask me about self hypnosis techniques and how to perform self hypnosis. It would be difficult to give a good, “how to” in a relatively short article like this, but I can provide you with an overview and some tips that might help.
When I first started doing self hypnosis, I found it much easier to write a little script and then record myself reading the script into some type of recorder. As you get more accustomed to performing self hypnosis, it gets much easier.
Also initially, you may find that a very light trance is the best you can do. This is usually caused by anxiety and the uncertainty of what hypnosis is all about. After you’ve been doing it for a little while, it becomes much easier to reach deeper and deeper levels of hypnosis or trance
Hypnosis consists of three basic parts. Those parts are the:
- Trance Termination
The first thing you will want to do is find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. No pets, ringing phones, other people, etc. The induction is the time when you are taking some deep breaths, relaxing, letting go and allowing the muscles relax. This is the time when you are mentally and physically preparing yourself for the hypnosis or trance.
The trance is the time when you are actually working on whatever it is you want to accomplish. If you’re not listening to some type of recording that is guiding you, then you should prepare ahead of time, by writing down what it is you want to accomplish. This goal should be firmly planted in your mind. I like to create a few different phrases or affirmations that pertain to my goals and repeat them to myself during hypnosis. Don’t try to use one session to work on all your goals. Take them one at a time and use “positive” affirmations. Avoid using negative phrases such as, “I don’t want to smoke anymore”. Rather go with something like, “I see myself as a non-smoker, enjoying my new-found health”.
Trance termination is simply what it says. You may wonder why there is even a termination? Why not just open your eyes and go about your business? It’s just better to bring yourself out of the trance by saying something like: “now my goals are firmly implanted in my mind and it’s time to exit my trance feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. My eyes are clear and my mind is wide awake and alert. If you’re performing your self hypnosis in bed before going to sleep, then its fine to just allow yourself to drift off to sleep.
As mentioned, it may be easier to make a recording to guide you in and out of hypnosis. If you find it difficult to listen to your own voice, give your script to a friend and let them make the recording for you.
Self hypnosis can seem a little awkward and hard to do when you’re first starting out. That’s normal, so don’t get discouraged and quit! Be persistent and you’ll reap many rewards!