Friday, 9 September 2011

Hypnotising yourself...(Part Three)

To hypnotize yourself you will need to use imagination, creativity, concentration and the idea of suggestion to be fully successful. In hypnosis a strong imagination and creativity helps greatly in reaching trance state by bringing to life your subconscious mind, while concentration is necessary in keeping you in trance while suggestion is the focal point for the whole exercise. You must be able to relax and free your mind from thoughts regarding pessimism or over analysing things as the whole concept of Hypnosis succeeds by shutting down the conscious, analysing mind to a bare minimum so that the subconscious aspect of mind can come to the fore. A relaxed state of mind is simply crucial to success.

In Hypnotic terms, suggestion is merely an idea implanted toward the subconscious mind. In regular Hypnotherapy the therapist will induce the client into a trance before delivering the positive suggestions into the client’s mind, for example to quit smoking or to become more productive. In self hypnosis you do not have someone guiding you and therefore must do this work by yourself. There are different ways to plant hypnotic suggestions into your own mind, either you can buy CD’s or recordings with a certified hypnotherapist’s suggestions on it, or you can pre-record a message (constructed using the guidelines at: that you can play back to yourself via a suitable audio player. It is possible to do self hypnosis without the aid of an audio, but once in the trance state it can be very difficult to guide yourself in the direction you want to go. If you want to simply enjoy trance state and its relaxing properties then by all means go without the audio, but if you want a clear direction to your hypnosis and want results to directly improve yourself then using some kind of audio is clearly the best option.

Before listening to any recording it is essential to make yourself as comfortable as possible with no tight fitting shoes or clothes, and to be in a place where you feel safe and secure and will be free from distractions such as ringing phones or door bells where possible. When comfortable it is far easier to remain still and become relaxed, paving the way for a successful session of hypnosis. In that comfortable place focus first on controlling your breathing, aiming for steady deep breaths that calm your body further still, until you feel relaxed enough to close your eyes and take yourself to the next level.

In the primary relaxed state your brain will be open to an induction into hypnosis. I outlined in a previous post the 'fractional relaxation' method which is a very good starting point, but it is only one of numerous others, some of which I will detail at another time. In self hypnosis you can go through a method such as fractional relaxation in your own mind or go through the induction provided in the audio you are listening to. Once into hypnosis your subconscious mind is open and free, and is exactly the time to have the suggestions implanted (again, either in the provided audio or the one you have recorded yourself). After allowing a short time for this to be absorbed an 'awakening' would come next (that you would also include in your audio) to slowly bring you back around from trance state and into normality. 

With every session of Hypnosis it is first advisable to suggest to yourself these four points;
1.        You shall come out of Hypnosis comfortably and quickly in any circumstance that you should need to.
2.        You are in control of when you enter hypnosis and when you chose to exit hypnosis.
3.        The state of hypnosis will be easier to reach on the next occasion.
4.        You decide the time when you will come out of Hypnosis, allowing you to dictate how long you wish to remain in a trance state of mind.


It can be very easy for some to fall asleep during a hypnosis audio session while at other times a very deep hypnosis will be reached that will appear very much like sleep. One way of determining whether it was sleep or deep hypnosis is the manner in which you awoke. If you woke up at some random time after hypnosis (perhaps the next morning) then it is very likely you were asleep, but if you awoke at the end of the hypnosis during the ‘awakening section’ the chances are that you experienced a deep hypnotic state. If you find sleeping is a problem in hypnosis then sessions should be attempted upright in a chair as oppose to lying flat. On the other hand if you are finding it difficult to reach an adequate level of hypnosis do not panic yet, deeper and more consistent levels of hypnosis are brought about by practice and nothing more. Some people also work better with different inductions, and the only way to find one that suits you is to keep trying different styles.

Not only is the right ‘type’ of hypnosis important for the individual, how the hypnosis is delivered has to be the most important factor of all. When recording your own hypnotic suggestion there are many things to consider, none more important than how the recording is delivered and on what subject. In the next post we will be exploring this in a greater depth, as well as discussing how to go about recording your own personal audio for self hypnosis.

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