You may be interested to know that we all experience self-hypnosis several times each day. Wouldn’t it be nice to be aware of the ways in which you are hypnotizing yourself, so that you can deliberately choose which habits and behaviors are running the show? Learning how to use self-hypnosis deliberately can do just that!
When we talk about hypnosis, we’re talking about the co-mingling of the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind, as if there are two minds. Well of course there is only one mind, and so it’s more accurate to speak of conscious processes and sub-conscious processes. A conscious process is something you do, or think about, consciously. Conversely, a sub-conscious process is something you do automatically, kind of like being on autopilot. Hypnosis is a process of bringing the two together so that you’re in charge of those automatic behaviors.
Eating habits, for example, generally live in the realm of the sub-conscious. For many, there is a conscious desire for different eating behaviors with the intent to lose weight. Self-hypnosis can help you get that conscious desire to change your eating habits, into the sub-conscious mind, creating a new “automatic” habit of eating healthy foods.
The process of self-hypnosis is very simple. You may wish to begin by listening to a relaxation recording just to get the hang of it. Click here to download a short recording from Intuitive Hypnosis to help you relax. Or, you can start by getting into a comfortable position, some place where you’ll be free from any interruptions for a while, and begin with a few deep breaths. As you exhale, just allow your body to release any tension or tightness. Visualize, or think about, relaxing one body part at a time. Start with your face, throat, and neck. Then continue relaxing into your shoulders, upper chest, and so on. Work your way all the way down to the tips of your toes.
At this point, you may find it helpful to count backwards from ten to zero. Once you have done this, your sub-conscious mind is ready and receptive to the suggestions you want to make. When ideas, thoughts, or feelings become stored in the sub-conscious mind, it is done so in terms of images. Because of this, it is important that the suggestions you give to yourself in self-hypnosis create the image of what you “want” to become your new automatic behavior.
By following the guidelines below, you can be assured that you are creating the images you want, to create the changes you desire.
- Keep your suggestions in the first person. It is best to begin your suggestions with the words “I am.” For example, “I am feeling more confident about my eating habits.” “I am free of the smoking habit.”
- State your suggestions in the present tense. This gives your subconscious mind the message that your goal is a current reality, not something lurking in the future. For example: “I am free of smoking right now.” “I am feeling more confident about my golf game right now.”
- Keep your suggestions positive; say what you want instead of what you don’t want. Example: “I am feeling healthy” instead of “I don’t want to feel sick anymore.”
- Keep your suggestions short and to the point.
- State what you want in detail, be specific; it’s easier to focus on and easier to gauge how far you’ve come. For example: “I am passing all my math exams with a 90% or better.”
- Include your emotions. For example: “I am proud that I eat healthy foods every day.” “I am grateful to see that I eat healthy every day.” “It feels great to go to the gym every day!”
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. At Intuitive Hypnosis, in Portland, Oregon, I work with clients everyday to facilitate the changes they wish to make, but I can’t make the changes for them. I encourage you to learn and practice self-hypnosis every day. You CAN create the sub-conscious habits that allow you to achieve your goals whether it’s for weight control, to become a better golfer, or to wake up each day feeling rested and ready for a great day! All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.