Self hypnosis techniques
Self hypnosis is one of the most effective of self help methods, in use by many people all over the world.
On this page, we are going to look at:
These are all discussed in the centre panel of this page.
Self hypnosis techniques are in use by golfers, musicians, motor racers, dancers, boxers, athletes, distance runners, sprinters, writers, artists, housewives, executives, shop assistants... and success seekers of all sorts all over the world!
Once considered very daring and adventurous, learning how to hypnotize yourself is now considered to be one of the finest and most easily-accessible of all self-help techniques, since it requires no special equipment and can be practiced at any time by anybody.
You can do it the easy way by buying one of the many hypnosis downloads that are available (look on our Help page) or you can first try hypnosis therapy (more usually referred to as 'Hypnotherapy') to give yourself a flying start.
How to hypnotize yourself
Before you begin, it can be useful to study this page first: Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis
Getting into a state of self-hypnosis is easy - though some people will find it much easier than others. If you find yoruself struggling to get to grips with it, a good idea is to buy one of the readily available hypnosis downloads which will guide you into the state so that you will more easily recognise what you are trying to do. Try the two routines that are given here first, though, before you spend any money you might not have to! (There are links to several hypnosis downloads on our Help page.)
Before you begin it is important to understand that:
Both of the self hypnosis techniques shown here need a brief preparation routine, as follows: Make certain that you will not be disturbed for a half hour or so, loosen your clothing and make yourself completely comfortable before you begin. Sitting in a comfortable chair is best; laying down can have you drifting off to sleep! You will have memorised the two routines give here first, of course. When you are ready, just close your eyes, take a slow deep breath and hold it for a moment, then allow yourself to relax all over your entire body as you breathe out. Don't work at it - just allow yourself to be as relaxed and comfortable as you can. Soon, you will find a wonderful quietness filling your mind and body and you have then completed the preparation stage. Now continue with either of the following methods - in fact you can try both to see which suits you best:
Make everything vivid in your mind and keep focussed until it is almost as you can actually experience one or more of those four senses - this will often be the visual sense and it can seem as if you're looking out through your closed eyelids. Don't worry if you can't get quite that far with it yet; like all skills, it takes practice to get the best out of it and it is important that you allow it to happen rather than seek to make it happen.
Concentrate for a moment or two on that sensation in the fingers and, if you can, create an image of how they would look if they really were hollow tubes - they can be brass, wood, paper, silver... any material that seems to work for you.
Tell yourself that as the air moves in one single direction through your body, you are breathing calmness in to each and every cell, each and every fibre of your entire being... that with each breath out, you are breathing all traces of tension away from you. Let each muscle go limp. As you breathe out each time, say to yourself slowly: "R-e-l-a-a-x n-o-w." Keep each breath long, slow and steady, and after six or so imagine that you can feel yourself floating further and further down into the chair with each breath you breathe, that you are steadily becoming more relaxed than you can ever remember. Concentrate on this breathing pattern, breathing in through your hands and out through your feet, until you can actually feel yourself floating downwards (although some people experience an upward floating sensation - every bit as good 'quality' of hypnosis); when you experience this, you are in hypnosis, even though the floating sensation can sometimes be almost immediately replaced with a feeling of extreme lightness.
It might seem to you that something so simple as the above cannot possibly produce such a mysteriious state as hypnosis; yet they are excellent routines for producing a clear focus of the mind, whichn is exactly what hypnosis is - there is no loss of consciousness (in fact there is usually increased awareness), control, or sense of self - in fact, everything feels incredibly 'normal'!
What to do with it when you're there
Just occasionally, you might feel a bit 'muzzy' at that point and if so, simply close your eyes again, take another slow deep breath and count to five more slowly this time.
And that's it!
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