Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had the power to rid yourself of anxiety, get rid of bad habits and have a more positive outlook on life? Guess what? You do! By learning simple self hypnosis techniques, you can rid yourself of everyday stressors, get rid of paranoia and mellow out after a long day of work. There’s no need to get any fancy gadgets or a pocket watch to hypnotize yourself with; all you need is yourself, a comfortable outfit and a peaceful place – whether it be your bedroom or the middle of the woods.
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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis has gotten a bad rap, due to the hundreds of people who attempt to hypnotize innocent audience members, causing them to seemingly lose control of their actions and do anything the hypnotist tells them to do. This is not real hypnosis. Real hypnosis is an extremely relaxed state of mind, almost as if you’re stuck in a daydream. Through hypnosis you can access your subconscious mind, although you are not completely aware of it, and you can help heal yourself of symptoms that have been bothering you – whether they are emotional or physical.
The mind is an extremely powerful tool, yet most people do not know how to tap into its powers. Your subconscious mind holds memories that help mold how you react to certain situations. Let’s say that you were attacked by a dog as a small child, yet your conscious mind blocked that traumatic memory. Even though you don’t consciously remember it, your subconscious causes you to be afraid every time you’re near a large dog. Through self hypnosis, you can help rid yourself of that fear.
The process of self hypnosis is really quite simple, but it does take a bit of dedication. The hypnosis in itself is not a cure-all. It’s simply a way of accessing your inner mind; the healing comes from within.
- Change into your most comfortable clothing. You’ll have a hard time getting into a trance-like state if you’re constantly fidgeting with an itchy wool sweater or an uncomfortable waistband. Think a comfy t-shirt and sweatpants, or whatever you’d feel comfortable sleeping in.
- Find a place that is completely silent. You want to be far away from your roommates watching television, your significant other practicing guitar or your children whining. If you are lucky enough to be home alone, choose your favorite room of the house. If you have a house full of people it is still possible to practice self hypnosis, yet you may want to find a peaceful place outdoors if possible. Make sure the temperature of the room is comfortable before beginning.
- Sit or lie down on a comfortable chair or couch (if you’re outdoors, find a nice patch of grass or moss). Make sure you’re not in an unusual position; if you cross your legs, you may find this uncomfortable halfway through the process. Make sure that wherever you decide to place yourself, and whatever position you decide to be in, that you can maintain this spot for at least 15 minutes, longer if necessary.
- Determine why it is that you are practicing self hypnosis. Are you trying to rid yourself of an addiction, get rid of anxiety or simply relax after a long day? Before beginning your trance, repeat to yourself what you want to achieve. If you’re trying to quit smoking, say something along the lines of “I am stronger than my addiction to nicotine. I don’t want to smoke anymore. I have the power to quit smoking.”
- Close your eyes and begin to relax your body, starting from your neck and leading down to your toes. Rid your mind of all negative thoughts; push anxiety, fear and hesitation out of your brain. Feel your muscles relaxing one by one. First your arms, then your fingers, then your thighs, etc. If you find it hard to relax your body, try to imagine warm water trickling over your body. As soon as water hits a certain part of your body, it relaxes.
- Take deep breaths, slow and steady. When you inhale, imagine positivity flowing through your body. When you exhale, imagine yourself releasing all of the negativity held inside.
- In order to reach a state of hypnotic trance, you must begin to use your imagination. Begin by visualizing something simple, such as taking a big bite out of a juicy watermelon. How does the watermelon look, taste, feel? Try to include all five senses in your visualization. Once you have successfully visualized eating something sweet and juicy, move on to something a little more complicated. Imagine yourself somewhere incredibly serene. Maybe you’re slowly descending into beautiful, clear, warm water, or maybe you’re laying in a field full of your favorite flowers. Imagine that you are weightless, carefree, without a worry in the world. Really immerse yourself in this scenario, and forget about everything else around you.
- Once you have entered into a peaceful state of mind, don’t let this go. Begin by repeating to yourself the phrases you started out with. “I am stronger than my addiction. Peace and happiness are flowing through me. I am free of worries.” etc etc. Whatever you’re trying to fix, stick with that particular issue. Trying to fix too many issues at once can be overwhelming.
- Now imagine yourself truly living without that problem. Imagine a couple little boxes popping up around you. You open one box, and insert all of your problems into it. Lock it up and make it disappear. You open the next box, and take out happiness and peace and tranquility. Let yourself truly feel these emotions.
- Let yourself wander around this peaceful world you have created for yourself until you feel as though you are ready to exit the hypnotic state. Feel free to repeat the phrases to yourself as many times as you think is necessary. If you have chosen to imagine yourself under water, imagine yourself slowly rising up out of the water. If you have chosen to imagine yourself in a field, imagine yourself slowly walking out of the field back into the real world. You may want to imagine yourself walking through a door full of light before opening your eyes, but when you feel ready, open them.
This technique is not the only technique out there that will get you into a hypnotic trance. Maybe you don’t want to imagine yourself submerged in water or laying in a field, and that’s alright. The point is to get yourself into a place where you feel peaceful and relaxed. If that’s on top of a mountain, so be it. If it’s laying in a room filled with clouds, that’s alright too. Use whatever visualizations necessary to get yourself where you need to be.
It’s important to continue to repeat this process until you feel yourself ridding your body and mind of its ailments. The more you practice and the more dedicated you are to self hypnosis, the faster you will begin to see results. Remember: the path to healing is all up to you.
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