There’s a lot of talk about self-hypnosis, or hypnotizing yourself. This is primarily thanks to the fact that there are many benefits to self-hypnosis, including getting rid of bad habits, including smoking, poor eating and so on.
Self-hypnosis is in fact quite natural and we slip in and out of it on a daily basis without actually knowing it. What you want to be able to do is control this ability and be able to harness the full power of self-hypnosis as and when you desire. Sound difficult? The good news is that self-hypnosis is actually quite simple, provided that you’re prepared to put in the time and effort on a regular basis. Like anything, it’s all about practice. The more you practice, the easier it will become for you to reach these “heightened states”.
The first thing you want to do is find a quiet, space where you will not be disturbed or interrupted by people, phones, etc. Ideally, this should be a room indoors, as outdoor areas are often unpredictable and may cause you to lose focus midway.
Next seat yourself down on a comfortable chair. You will be sitting for a while so, make sure it’s comfortable. Sitting upright is preferred to lying down on a bed, as you’re more likely to fall asleep if lying down! Remember, self hypnosis takes puts you in a different brainwave pattern, so it certainly is possible to fall asleep if you lie down!
The next step is to clear your mind. This is a tricky thing to do, as the mind is always looking for things to think about, data to process, and so on. The easiest way to do this is a method commonly used in meditation – focus on your breathing and only your breathing. Watch yourself breathe in and breathe out. If you focus on this activity, your mind will become calm and quiet. Naturally, whilst doing this, your mind will try slip in a new train of thought, and you may find yourself getting carried away with that. When this happens, simply direct your thinking back to your breathing. Don’t try force thought processes out – just redirect them. What you want is peacefulness, not hostility.
Once you’ve got this right, you want to start relaxing the muscles in your body. The easiest way to do this is to go through each muscle group methodically. So start with your face, relax your face muscles. Then your shoulders, relax them. Then your midsection, and so on, until you reach your feet. You may wish to do this a few times to really unwind the muscle tension. Whilst doing this, keep your breathing deep, slow and steady. You should feel lighter and lighter as you do this. This is a very enjoyable process once you get it right!
Once you are both mentally (thoughts) and physically (muscles) relaxed, the next step is visualization. There are many visualizations that you can use, but a very popular one is immersion visualization. This involves visualizing yourself slowly and steadily being immersed in water or any calm substance. The idea is to go step by step deeper and deeper until you are completely immersed in water (which represents ultimate peace and relaxation).
If water or immersion scares you, you can use the reverse, where you visualize yourself being lifted higher and higher, into the clouds. As I mentioned, there are many techniques. Use what works for you. As long as you find yourself feeling more and more relaxed and peaceful.
Once you have reached either the bottom or the top of your visualization, in other words, you are in an incredibly peaceful, cantered and relaxed state of mind, the next step is affirmations. Affirmations are statements that you repeat inside your mind over and over again so as to imprint them into your being. What you want to do is imprint empowering statements in the positive mode. For example, if you want to stop smoking, use a statement like “I am healthy and take great care of my body”, as opposed to “I will stop smoking”. The reason for this is that the subconscious mind does not pick up negative words (stop, will not, etc) – all it hears is “I” and “smoking” – which is obviously not what you want it to imprint.
You can use as many affirmations as you have time for. Usually, it’s good to repeat each one 5 – 10 times to ensure that it is well received. Also, the more often you do this, the more powerful it is in manifesting real results. If you are thinking “I am healthy and take great care of my body” all the time, I can guarantee you won’t be smoking for long.
And that is what self-hypnosis is, and how to do. As simple as that! The key thing to remember is that consistency and regularity are of key importance. If you can commit to 30 – 60 minutes of self-hypnosis on a daily basis, you can be assured of great peacefulness and manifestation (should you desire this).