What is self hypnosis?

What is Self-Hypnosis?

You may be one of those people who are scared of hypnosis. All I can say is, don’t be. Hypnosis is merely a natural trance-like state that we enter into several times a day. When we are awake and fully conscious, we are in the alpha state. When we start to daydream we enter the beta state, which is a light trance.

Have you ever driven to work and wondered how you got there? This is because you entered the beta state. If you travel the same route to work each day, it is easy for the conscious mind to relax a little – rest assured, though, that if someone ran out in front of your car you would return to full conscious immediately. It is the same with hypnosis; although you are relaxed and open to suggestions, your senses will alert you to any dangers and you will awaken immediately.

It is useful to visit a hypnotherapist, if you want help something; however, it is possible to hypnotise yourself by allowing yourself to enter the alpha state. You enter this state naturally just before you wake up properly and just before you drop off to sleep so any of those times would be perfect.

Once you are hypnotised, your subconscious mind is open to suggestions – these are positive statements that you want to be true. For example, ‘My skin is getting smoother’ or ‘I only eat when I am hungry’. If neither of these things are currently true, then your conscious mind will dismiss them as it is logical; however, the subconscious doesn’t care that it isn’t true now.

If you are serious about using self-hypnosis for yourself, I suggest using a voice recorder to record your positive statements and play them back while you are in a trance. Never play them back when you are driving or operating machinery though. I suggest you listen to them when you are in bed.

Remember to keep your suggestions positive. Don’t use negative words like, ‘I don’t eat cakes’ as your subconscious mind won’t recognise the word ‘don’t’ as it is a negative and therefore you are programming yourself to eat cake! Use the positive instead such as I see cakes and feel sick, or something similar instead. Make sure they are written in the present tense too. If you need more help creating perfect affirmations, you might find this book useful – Louise Hay, How to use affirmations to change your life

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