12 Steps to Prepare for Self-Hypnosis
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12 Steps to Prepare for Self-HypnosisEnsure successful self-hypnosis with these tips from Valerie Austin
Self-hypnosis can be used to stop smoking, eliminate phobias, reduce your weight, help you sleep, reduce stress, enjoy relationships, maximize your potential and more – in fact the list is endless. And to make these changes it only takes the use of specific words in a hypnotic trance. It sounds so easy and it really is.
What’s more, overcoming a ‘major’ problem can create a snowball effect because in clearing away one issue you will find many other difficulties, connected with the major issue, begin to evaporate too. For example, you might use self-hypnosis to help you lose weight or get fitter and, as it begins to work, so your self-confidence and self-esteem increase too. Think of it as a mind clean up to start the process of creating the life you want.
But self-hypnosis doesn’t only have to be used for problems but can also be used to make life easier for you, for example, to give you more confidence in yourself, allow you to enjoy life more, enhance your sports, music, art ability or even help you to learn a language or other skill more rapidly.
It is important to prepare yourself for your self-hypnosis. Taking the following steps should help you prepare your mind and body for self-hypnosis. I have purposely covered a variety of common problems that may occur, which could disturb your hypnosis:
* Find a quiet place to sit or lie down and a comfortable chair, lounger, bed or even the floor.
* Check that you do not need the bathroom.
* Dim the lights or close the curtains.
* Check mobiles, tablets or phones are switched off and you are unlikely to be disturbed. Don’t forget to turn your computer sound off so you are not disturbed by the sound of Skype calls or email alerts.
* The room temperature should be comfortable with no draughts but you might want to cover yourself with a blanket, especially if you generally feel chilly when sleepy.
* Check your neck is in a comfortable position. Use a pillow if necessary, and a small flat cushion may be useful in the small of your back. If you are lying down, you may want to put a cushion behind your knees and place your hands at your sides without touching your body.
* Close your eyes, as this will make it easier to focus on the relaxation techniques (although it’s not always necessary as some inductions may start by having the eyes open).
* Take a few deep breaths before you start and prepare your mind to be fully involved in the self-hypnosis process.
* Remember hypnosis is not a passive act but will require your full involvement.
* Approach hypnosis with an uncritical acceptance, which will allow the suggestions you have chosen to be accepted. In other words don’t analyse what you hear during the induction. If you have trained in NLP or other types of mind-analysing therapies, try to leave your knowledge outside the door so that your conscious mind remains aware but quiet during the induction. Your inner mind will naturally filter out what is not necessary.
* If your mind starts to wander during the induction (for example, thinking about your shopping list or what you have to do after the hypnosis or even the next day) just bring your thoughts back to concentrating on your chosen induction. It is your responsibility to discipline your mind. One way of doing this is just to focus your awareness on your breathing whilst continuing to listen to the induction. If you attend to any wandering thoughts immediately, you’ll find your mind soon learns a new habit and your focus and concentration become much easier and more natural to attain.
* Finally, self-hypnosis is meant to be used when you are relaxed and can focus your attention on it so do not listen to any self-hypnosis recordings when driving or operating machinery.
Editor's Note: Go deeper into Self-Hypnosis at Valerie's website, or by reading an extract of her brand new Hay House Basics book on Self-Hypnosis.