When it comes to inducing a deep, self-hypnotic trance, a common misconception is that there is a magical, fool-proof method. Needless to say, this is not a very effective approach. Which is exactly why we encourage the opposite. In order to master self-hypnosis, you need to first focus on mastering yourself , and only then use an induction method to get you into a trance.
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When it comes to inducing a deep, self-hypnotic trance, a common misconception is that there is a magical, fool-proof method. Needless to say, this is not a very effective approach. Which is exactly why we encourage the opposite. In order to master self-hypnosis, you need to first focus on mastering yourself , and only then use an induction method to get you into a trance. Your mood will rub off on your subject.
If you have trouble going into a trance first going first , and setting the tone you want your subject to experience, how do expect them to reach the desired state? The same is true when you practice self-hypnosis. You need to set your mental state first, and only then use your desired induction method. Check out the Beyond Self Hypnosis Program today.
Having a go-to induction method can be useful as it helps your brain get into sync and quickly get down to business. But of course, no two days are the same. What works for you one day may be less powerful on another, depending on your state of mind. So mixing things up by using different techniques can be a useful way to keep the conscious mind stimulated and focused before you sink into a deep trance.
But before starting with an induction method, it is important to remind yourself of why you want to get into a trance. So having a clear idea in advance of what you want to achieve during self-hypnosis will set you off on the right foot. By tapping into your unconscious, you can find the information you need to learn, grow, and become a better human being.
However, it is the gaining access to your unconscious that often poses the greatest challenge. What may appear to be a problem is a learning opportunity for improving your ability to go under. Forgotten memories, gut feelings about a situation and even information that is beyond your direct experience can be found there. It is your unconscious that orchestrates most of your waking life.
But it is more than that. The unconscious has an intelligence of its own , and one of its major functions is to keep you safe. What preparing yourself entails is learning to get out of your way so you stop blocking yourself from going into a trance.
Preparing yourself to go into a deep trance simply involves learning to let go. That said, there are some exercises you can do to help with this, which will also increase your conscious awareness. And because people tend to exert a lot of energy towards suppressing problems and negative emotions — these exercises may become a very important part of your practice.
Through self-hypnosis, you can redirect your energy towards increasing your awareness and exploring deeper levels of consciousness. To increase your awareness is to strengthen your mental architecture, which is accomplished by increasing the number of brain connections, also known as neural connections.
One of the most effective ways of increasing the number of brain connections is through emotions. Emotions, in particular positive emotions, build brain connections. Additionally, emotions tell you if things are going right or wrong: they will tell you if you should go further within. Mindfulness exercises are ideal for building a stable mental platform by cultivating positive emotions, strengthening your awareness and increasing brain connections.
It is important to keep in mind that success has less to do with the method than it has to do with you! The different exercises listed below are just tools to exercise your awareness. You can use any induction method you like for self-hypnosis, as long as it helps your brain to get into sync and down to business. Get creative. Be inventive. And most of all — be patient. Never under any circumstances judge yourself!
So cut yourself some slack! That said, just like any habit, anyone is able to learn and master self-hypnosis if they continue to practice. Aside from being an interesting exercise to try, the purpose of this technique is to direct your attention towards feeling the energy between your hands — and away from your thoughts. Now move the hands very slightly in and out, so you can feel the natural magnetic pull.
It will feel like a magnet. Focus on those sensations until they get stronger and stronger. Play around with the energy until you feel that your hands want to come together. At this point, just close your eyes, and deepen the trance from there. Playing around with energy like this is a great way of keeping the conscious mind distracted so your unconscious can take over — allowing you to relax and sink into a deep trance. Like the exercise above, this technique is designed to direct your attention towards movements and sensations in your body — and away from your thoughts.
Begin by lifting your right arm up and down so you get used to the physical sensation and the movement. Pay close attention to all those micro-muscular movements that occur as your arm is moving up and down. Lift that arm. I feel my arm getting light, lifting, lifting and lifting. You might be surprised at how quickly this happens. It works whether or not your arm is lifting very slowly or twitching as it lifts. Continue the process and allow your arm to come all the way up to touch your face. Pay attention to all those tiny movements as your arm is lifting because this is an important part of the process.
You can also try focusing on your fingers, your wrist, the muscles that are working inside your wrists, and even the connection between your hands and your arms. She used self-hypnosis throughout her life, one method, in particular, was the Technique, which involved going through things you see, hear and feel 3 different times.
This technique can be used to strengthen your visualization skills and redirect your attention away from your thoughts. Start by noticing 3 things you can see, such as the wall in the room, the picture on the wall, or the sunlight beaming through the windows.
You would then focus on 3 things you can feel such as the pressure of the chair at your back, the warmth of the room, or your clothes touching your skin. On the next round, you repeat the same cycle, except this time you only notice two things you see, hear and feel. These could be the same or different things. Now repeat steps with your eyes closed. Notice 3 things you can see in your mind hear and feel. A pendulum is a powerful way to communicate with the unconscious mind and to induce trance.
You can purchase a simple pendulum at any new age store, or you can make your own. If you have a pendant, you can easily transform it into a power pendant. Any chain with a stone or anything else hanging on it can be used as a pendulum. You can also use a piece of string by tying it on a bolt or a nut from your toolbox.
Begin by finding a comfortable position. Hold the pendulum between your thumb and index finger, holding it loosely without the chain or the thread slipping out of your fingers. Make sure your elbow is free floating, and not resting on a table or locked in place. Stay relaxed and loose, and start familiarizing yourself with the feel of your pendulum.
You can simply tell your pendulum to start moving, and it will. Make sure and keep your mind clear. Once it starts moving, close your eyes and allow the pendulum to fall to the floor, and then start your practice as you usually would, for example, start using visualizations or affirmations. Note: In the following exercises, the words visualizations and mentalization are used interchangeably. Additionally, the next 4 visualizing exercises build on each other, so it is important to do them in sequence.
In your mind, scan the room to view its different features, such as furniture, pictures, doorways, and other features. Your mentalization of the unfamiliar room was most likely less detailed than the familiar room, while your mentalization of the familiar room was more stable and secure than the unfamiliar room. In this exercise, you will visualize a room that you are familiar with and describe it to yourself or another person.
Described the room in as much detail as you can. The purpose of this exercise is to increase the stability of your awareness by engaging other functions of your mind while visualizing, which in this case would be verbalization. This is a variation of the last two exercises, except this time you add another dimension to your mentalization: you will use pantomime while describing the room.
To the right of me is a window. I think I will open it. The idea is to strengthen your mentalizations by both incorporating speech and physical movement. Following on from technique 7, in this exercise you venture beyond the room you mentalized in technique 7 and explore the rest of the house. When mentalizing the house, remember to incorporate both verbalization and pantomime to your visualizations to strengthen your skills.
To know how many breaths to count, start counting and as soon as a thought other than counting your breaths comes in, stop there. Repeat your breath count several times until you feel more focused and calm and then just sit and let your mind be free, not focusing on anything in particular. Allow everything that you experience to express itself to you without any judgment or need to change things.
When you feel satisfied, open your eyes. Each time you do the exercise, count your breaths without distraction at the beginning and notice how over time you can take more breaths without becoming distracted. In this exercise, mindful moment refers to anything that you can do with your body where you experience resistance.
Examples of mindful movements would be pressing against a wall or curling your toes. The purpose of this exercise is to experience the sensation of resistance in your body, while releasing you from your thoughts.
Self-Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
Updated: June 4, Reader-Approved References. Self- hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind which can be defined as a heightened state of focused concentration. With it, you can change your thinking, kick bad habits, and take control of the person you are—along with relaxation and destressing from everyday life. It's similar to meditation and results in a better you.
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Personal Skills:. Subscribe to our FREE newsletter and start improving your life in just 5 minutes a day. This page is part of a series of articles covering relaxation techniques especially suited to managing and reducing stress. If you are worried about your stress levels or those of somebody you know then you should seek professional help from a doctor or counsellor. Stress left untreated can be dangerous to your health and wellbeing. Self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be a successful way of reducing stress and opening the mind to new ideas or thought processes, especially when dealing with problem behaviour such as certain addictions. Hypnotherapy is essentially a way of reprogramming how we think.
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Self-hypnosis or auto-hypnosis as distinct from hetero-hypnosis is a form, a process, or the result of a self-induced hypnotic state. Frequently, self-hypnosis is used as a vehicle to enhance the efficacy of self-suggestion ; and, in such cases, the subject "plays the dual role of suggester and suggestee". The nature of the auto-suggestive practice may be, at one extreme, " concentrative ", wherein "all attention is so totally focused on [the words of the auto-suggestive formula, e. From their extensive investigations, Erika Fromm and Stephen Kahn identified significant and distinctive differences between the application of the wide variety of practices that lie within the domain commonly, equivocally, and ambiguously identified as "self-hypnosis". The English term "hypnotism" was introduced in by the Scottish physician and surgeon James Braid.