When you think of hypnosis, you might think of some silly version of a stage hypnotist.
Hollywood has popularized hypnotists as creepy Charlatans that make you look into a spinning wheel and dramatically announce, “You are getting very sleepy!” In reality, hypnosis is nothing like this.
Hypnosis is simply a process of calming down the conscious chatter of the brain and getting in contact with the deep, powerful subconscious mind. And believe it or not, you can learn to hypnotize yourself.
No one can control you with hypnosis and make you do things you don’t want to do. You are completely aware and alert during hypnosis sessions, but you’re calm and receptive.
The greatest thing about hypnosis is that you can easily perform it on yourself.
Using recorded sessions, similar to guided meditations, you can hypnotize yourself in the comfort of your own home. If you want to benefit from hypnosis, but you’re worried about being embarrassed or you simply don’t want to work with a hypnotherapist, you can practice self hypnosis at home.
The Benefits Of Self Hypnosis
Hypnosis has so many benefits, it would be impossible to cover them all here. Because hypnosis accesses your subconscious mind, it can be a powerful tool to inspire change in many areas of your life.
Every thought and experience you have is recorded deep within your mind. The more you have these repeated thoughts or experiences, the more ingrained they become and the more they slip into your subconscious.
When a thought or experience is deeply ingrained in your subconscious, it is difficult to become aware of how it affects you on a day to day basis.
Unhealthy habits, critical self-talk and negative judgements all rest within the subconscious. By accessing them through self hypnosis, you can bring them forward to your conscious mind and change them.
The benefits of this process are innumerable.
From quitting smoking and losing weight to dealing with childhood trauma and even uncovering past lives, self hypnosis is an amazing tool that you have at your disposal. It doesn’t take special training or years of research to experience these profound effects.
The “Best Me” Technique
It’s important to understand hypnosis is not a sleep state. It’s a state of relaxed focus and concentration, which you’ll be able to achieve faster the more you do it. Gradually, you will become aware of how deeply you can really sink without falling asleep.
Start by finding a spot where nobody can disturb you for at least 30 minutes.
Then find a position in which you can sit comfortably still, preferably with your back straight to help with breathing. Don’t lie down, because you might fall asleep.
The next step is to remember the words “Best Me” and what each letter stands for.
You’ll need to keep your eyes closed during hypnosis, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the words below before continuing.
Also, remember that breathing is the key for slowing down your heart rate and reaching a deep level of concentration. Take a few deep breaths before you start and try to keep a steady and comfortable rhythm as you go.
Belief: Choose a mental location that makes you feel safe, calm and collected. The beach is a good example, but it can be anywhere that triggers a feeling of safety.
Emotions: Allow the safe place to drive out all your negative emotions. Only focus on the great feeling you have within the realm of your mind.
Sensations: It’s important to have a vivid image in your mind’s eye, utilizing all of your senses. For instance, feel the sand between your toes.
Hear the breaking waves, smell the salty air and feel the wind. Bring all your senses into this realm and sell it to your subconscious.
Thoughts: Your thoughts are going to try and intrude somehow, but don’t let them. Instead, let them flow away as quickly as they appear. The moment you don’t pay attention to these thoughts is the moment they fade, so don’t try to fight them. Just let them pass by naturally.
Motives: When you feel you are relaxed and focused enough, start dwelling on the reason why you want to hypnotize yourself in the first place.
Maybe you want to develop a certain skill, reach a certain goal, or you simply want to learn how to relax. Harness the great feeling of already achieving what you have in mind, and accept that it has already happened.
Expectations: If your subconscious believes it, then expect it to materialize in your reality.
“I think, therefore I am”
What you truly think about yourself will always influence your life, so finish your session with high expectations and positive thoughts.
Guided Self Hypnosis
For many beginners it’s difficult to maintain focus and really achieve a deep state of calm. This leads to frustration and usually a negative attitude towards self-hypnosis.
Instead of getting frustrated, incorporate visuals and sounds to help you reach a deep state of hypnosis. Here are some examples of effective sound and visual stimulation.
This is a great clip where you look at a candle while listening to relaxing music in the background.
Mind Programming Hypnosis
In this 14 minute clip you’ll get a guided hypnosis session. Along with the narrator, there are clouds that serve as a visual stimulant and music in the background.
Last but not least, this is another guided hypnosis clip that focuses on finding centered happiness. You look out on a blanket of slow-moving stars while soothing sounds help to open your mind.