By pauleagle64, Jan 14 2017 03:53PM
By Paul Eagle, Dip. Hyp; Dip. NLP. @ eaglehypnosis.co.uk
Self-hypnosis, sometimes known as Autohypnosis or Autosuggestion, is a method of influencing your own unconscious responses. It can be highly effective when done properly and sustained for the right amount of time.
It can be a great way to set new intentions and directions in life, or to tackle bad habits, build confidence, improve creativity and expand consciousness. The daily practice also has the effect of reducing stress, encouraging self -healing and building inner resourcefulness.
However, there are some issues which need an outside guide to assist you, whether you are approaching them from a hypnotic angle or by some other therapeutic method. Addictions, anger issues and chronic depression fall into this category, although some Self-Hypnosis may be a part of a treatment programme when working with a therapist. Clinical psychoses are also beyond the range of this technique and require expert psychiatric help.
In general terms the practice of Self-Hypnosis involves settling down, once or twice a day, putting oneself into an altered state of consciousness (known as the Trance State) and giving yourself suggestions to affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This may be done by repeating affirmations, having suggestions play on a CD or MP3 recording or by vivid imaginative rehearsal of an expected future event such as taking an exam, making a speech or finding yourself in a challenging situation.
There are some key points which make Self-Hypnosis effective:
• Suggestions should be made positively – “I am growing in confidence every day” rather than “I want to be less timid” and made with intense emotional commitment;
• It needs to be practiced regularly – once or twice every day. Missing the odd session or one day is not a disaster but missing a week means starting over from scratch.
• It requires your commitment. As with any new skill, it takes practice so you need to have in mind that a few difficult days are to be expected. You are re-conditioning responses which may have been in place for decades so don’t expect instant or miraculous results. What you should see is a gradual and progressive improvement in the issue you are addressing.
• Start with the easiest targets to build confidence. Tackling things which make a difference but which are smaller issues first will build confidence and the habit of practising daily will build momentum, which will help you stick to bigger goals later.
The key, of course, is finding the way that works for you to bypass the busy critical mind and its constant internal monologue, and get yourself into the trance state smoothly and easily. Some people use meditation techniques or a guided visualisation, maybe from a CD. The easiest way by far is to access the trance state with the help of a professional hypnotist/hypnotherapist who can help you to ‘anchor’ that state to a trigger word or action, which you can then reactivate whenever you want.