Hypnosis is a state of concurrent relaxation and concentration accompanied by an increase in consciousness evoked from suggestion where the participant is able to facilitate programming of the self. There are hundreds of applications for hypnosis, but for the purposes of this discussion we will focus on how to best put yourself into a hypnotic state so that you can reap the benefits of bringing forward inner thoughts, feelings, memories, images and wishes. All hypnosis is really self hypnosis. Even if it's a hypnotist who talks and leads you into it. It is still you who accomplishes the hypnotic condition. To get the most out of your self hypnosis sessions try these simple methods of inducing the desired state of ultimate relaxation:
- First, find a place where you won't be disturbed for a while. The place doesn't have to be in complete isolation, but it is important for the success of your session that you not be interrupted by people wanting your attention. Outside noises of people talking or vehicles, while distracting, are not necessarily going to end your hypnotic state. You'll be surprised how quickly those sounds fade into the background once hypnotized.
- Sit or lay in a comfortable position with minimal irritation to your back and shoulders. Assume a position where you will be able to relax all your muscles without falling over or leaning to one side very suddenly. While in a hypnotic state you will hopefully be drifting away from your body in one sense. It's best to induce self-hypnosis every day at the same time, allowing yourself to establish a strong conscious connection between your actions and responses in your body.
- You will need a method of hypnotic induction. One easy method that you can start out with is known as "guided imagery", and works like this: Imagine (or picture in your mind's eye) a special place - a place where you can feel comfortable, safe, and even joyful. It could be a real or imaginary place. It doesn't really matter. Use all your senses to embellish this place with what you would hear, see, smell, feel, or taste if you were really there. Bring your imagery to life by choosing colors, sounds, or feelings that please you. And as you do, bring your attention to any sensations you feel in your body at the moment. Use your ideas and imagery to scan your body and suggest deepening comfort and muscle relaxation. Breathe in and out, and feel the very essence of this comfort and peace. Let yourself rest in this comfortable zone. Repeat several times your affirmations. And as you do, see your goals as already achieved. You might become aware of a new range of possibilities when you allow your subconscious mind to start working on the solutions.
Another method of induction is known as the direct method, and it works like this: When you are in your relaxed position say this to yourself:
"In a few moments I am going to count from 3 to zero and when I reach zero, I will be in a light trance-like state".
This is preparing your subconscious to get ready to allow you to enter into a trance-like state. Then proceed as follows:
Say to yourself: "I am going to count from 3 to zero and when I reach zero, I will be in a light trance-like state. Three" (say "three" on the out breath: Relax the entire body). Next, say:
"Two" (say "two" on the out breath and further relax the entire body).
"One" (say "one" on the out breath and further relax the whole body).
"Zero" (say "zero" on the out breath and further relax the whole body).
Say: "I am now in a light trance-like state"
This takes time to perfect. And indeed, practice makes perfect!