The state of hypnosis is HypnoBuddy usually defined as a simultaneous state of relaxation and concentration. Drawing from this definition, one can infer that hypnosis can be a tool for achieving relaxation. With the mind in a relaxed, and attentive state, it becomes open to suggestion. This state of mind can be achieved either with the help of a professional hypnotist, or with a little bit of practice, by one’s own efforts. The latter is termed as self hypnosis.
Hypnosis, unfortunately, has a lot of bad press going for it, primarily because of the misconceptions surrounding it. So what are these misgivings that make people reluctant to give these techniques a try? Many people believe that they lose their control when under hypnosis. That statement is a tricky one. While hypnosis is about what may seem like surrendering your control to the hypnotist, it is only possible if you choose to do it. In other words, the choice is with us, the control is with us. We can choose to “give” the control to the hypnotist; and we can snap out of hypnosis anytime, by choosing to “take” that control back, when we want to. And in case of self hypnosis, the question of giving up control to “someone else” doesn’t even arise.
In reality, self hypnosis has the potential to be an excellent self improvement tool. At the very least, it can be used to calm ourselves. Akin to meditation, one can experience the restorative effects of relieving our stress, and calming ourselves using self hypnosis techniques. And because of the focus and openness to suggestion when in hypnotized state, self hypnosis can offer other potential benefits in the area of personal development. Some of these include using self hypnosis techniques for improving our self confidence, handling our fears, and anxiety control. Using hypnosis techniques for quitting smoking and for weight reduction are also quite popular.
Self hypnosis is a natural technique. It is a relaxation technique. It is a self improvement technique. And like many techniques, it requires practice and patience, to get it working for you initially. While professional help is always available to help get you started, many people successfully use specific audios developed by professionals, to achieve the personal development results they seek and desire in themselves.
Self help hypnosis CDs and downloads are popular online, but does self hypnosis work? Yes, it absolutely does… if you do it right. You can achieve life-changing positive hypnosis and self improvement hypnosis if you avoid the mistake that’s the number one reason why self hypnosis fails.
To understand the big mistake you need to avoid, you need to understand hypnotic suggestion.
Your unconscious mind is a computer, and you can tell this computer to do specific things so it will reach certain outcomes. You do this with hypnotic suggestions.
1. Pre-hypnotic suggestion is given before the hypnotic process. It’s a way to prepare the mind for hypnosis. By giving this warm up suggestions, your get your mind to refer back to them automatically.
2. Hypnotic suggestion are the verbal suggestions given while in a state of hypnosis. They’re the stated instructions for your subconscious mind.
3. Visualization is used to activate the imagination to help reach the unconscious mind. Because the unconscious mind deals in symbols and pictures, visualization creates a direct connection with your unconscious.
The big mistake that most people make with doing positive hypnosis on themselves is they try to use regular hypnotic suggestions. This is sets you up for failure because these suggestions require using the conscious intellect, and when you use that, your critical mind comes on board. The critical mind breaks the connection to the receptive, unconscious mind. And when that connection is broken, self help hypnosis fails.
Effective self help using hypnosis sticks to pre-hypnotic suggestion and visualization. And it uses visualization in one of two specific ways. If you want something too much, this can hamper your success with these techniques. These forms of visualization create some distance between you and the result you want:
1. Go to a point after you’ve achieved what you want, long after you’ve achieved it so that it’s “old hat.”
2. Use “Smaller Step Visualization.” You rehearse behavior by visualizing the small steps you need to take to reach your goal.
Avoiding this big mistake will make it possible for you to have success with self hypnosis, but you can rev up your results even more. I recommend you invest in a training program that teaches you to use hypnosis in all aspects of your life, especially in interactions with others. The program I love is called Street Hypnosis, and you can find out more about it in the resource box below.