The Benefits of a Self Hypnosis Program

in today’s hectic, metric oriented world it is becoming increasingly difficult to disengage from the daily demands on modern life to find and take the time to look within and find and develop our true potential. Our lives seem to be run by schedules. We must rise in time to get ready for work, get the kids off to school, commute to work, spend eight or more hours on the job, return home, help with chores, homework, dinner, maybe relax and watch TV and then go to bed and hopefully sleep well. Then the next day is the same and the pattern just continues to the point that we lose the connection with our inner self. In essence, we only use ten percent of our mind’s potential on a daily basis. The rest is used by our subconscious mind to tend to our autonomic needs. However, if we can tap into our subconscious mind we can actually unlock hidden potential in our inner self. Self hypnosis is the key to unlocking that potential that we can use it to improve various facets of our lives. The results could change our outlook on life in general and approach to events and factors in our daily lives such as habits, relationships, phobias, self confidence, stress, quality of sleep, etc.

So here you are in this endless cycle, much like a hamster in a cage running on its wheel. In order to start to work on discovering your potential, you must get off the wheel and make time for oneself on a daily basis to relax and break out of the daily chaos for a period of time where you can be peaceful, calm and relaxed, so achieving a self hypnotic state is possible. For most people this will be a huge challenge. It is easier said than done. If you want some quiet and mental peace of mind in your life you must create the time and find a place. As I have told many a friend and client, “You need to learn to take care of #1 first before you can help anyone else.”

To learn self hypnosis, there are many fine books, tapes and MP3’s available. You could also contact a local hypnotherapist to help train you. Personally, I used all four sources at one point in time or another. My current technique is a blend of a method on an old LP record I recorded to MP3 and the method taught by a hypnotherapist. The technique you finally choose is a deeply personal choice. No one has a monopoly on the “best” technique. Keep in mind that self hypnosis is an altered state of mind that you experience naturally everyday of your life, when you day dream, before and after entering the sleep stage and even when you drive. The benefits that can be gained from a disciplined program of self hypnosis cover a wide range. I must point out that self hypnosis, in and of itself, will not automatically achieve these benefits. You must truly want to succeed and accept the hypnotic suggestions. I have listed out some of the more common uses of self hypnosis.

Relaxation and Stress Relief. You can reduce or totally eliminate your stress level with self hypnosis. Relaxation is a natural by-product of self hypnosis. This is the easiest advantage or benefit to achieve from a self hypnosis program.
Build Confidence. With self hypnosis you can use the imaginative power of your mind to visualize in situations where you currently lack confidence and seeing yourself being successful in those situations, such as public speaking or making a presentation. Having a positive experience subconsciously will help bolster your confidence in real life situations.
Altering or Removing Behaviors. Many people have certain behaviors that they would like to change or eliminate. Since many of these behaviors are spontaneous or automatic in nature, Self hypnosis is an excellent tool to make suggestions directly to the subconscious mind to alter or eliminate the behavior.
Weight Loss. This is another very common use for self hypnosis and is very popular on commercial tapes and MP3 recordings. Being overweight is reaching epidemic proportions and self hypnosis can leverage the power of the subconscious mind to help one loss weight.
Quit Smoking. I quit smoking 30 years ago using self hypnosis without any weight gain. I have not smoked since. There are many self hypnosis recordings on the market to help anyone who is serious about quitting smoking.
Removing Negativity. Besides stress, negativity, in my opinion, is the most serious flaw in our self image and our subconscious mind’s belief system about things in the world in general. If you think you can’t do something, you will not succeed. How easy is it to agree with the negative opinions of others? How do your negative attitudes, thoughts and feelings impact your relationships with family, friends and co-workers? This negatively does damage your quality of life. The first step is to recognize your negativities and then use self hypnosis to reprogram your subconscious mind to eliminate the negative beliefs and replace them with positive ones.
General Life Improvement. Self hypnosis is a great tool to use for self improvement and a healthier life in many areas such as memory enhancement, increased energy, better sleep, pain relief, decreased blood pressure and a better outlook on life just to name a few.

Discovering the Secrets of Self Hypnosis

Sometimes, it seems as if you cannot solve a problem. You try and try repeatedly to lose weight or stop smoking. You may succeed for a little bit but always the cravings return. Soon you find yourself back smoking or overeating. You feel discouraged and are beginning to think nothing can help you change.

You are wrong. When the traditional fail, self hypnosis will prevail. It will help you help yourself. It allows you to truly take control of your life and live it the way it should be.

Self Hypnosis – What it is and What it is not

Self hypnosis is not magic. It is not mumbo jumbo, or hocus pocus. It is also not stage hypnosis. Stage hypnosis requires an “other.” You are the “other” in self hypnosis. Stage hypnosis requires a performance space and an audience. Self hypnosis is done by you at home in quiet and solitude in a secure setting.

Yet the major difference between the 2 types of hypnosis is purpose. While the techniques may be the same – although stage hypnosis may rely on misdirection, illusion and deceit, the purpose is the same. Stage hypnosis is pure entertainment. It is also a display of the showmanship of the individual hypnotist or magician. Self hypnosis, on the other hand, is all about you. It is about helping you obtain a personal goal, of helping you take control of and responsibility of your own life and future.

How does it Help You?

The purpose of self hypnosis is to help you retrain your subconscious mind to accept your goals and dreams. In doing so, you release the shackles of what is trapped within the subconscious. It frees you from the inner sabotage, allowing you to pursue your goals. This could be to stop smoking or overeating. It could be a desire to improve your self-image or to end your procrastinating ways.

Self hypnosis, through visualization and repeated suggestions gives you access to the subconscious. In doing so, it guides you in retraining it, slowly, suggesting positive changes that will ultimately become part of your ever day life. Through sifting through the subconscious and altering its opinion, you gradually gain control of various unwanted aspects of your life. You remove what has been preventing you from moving on, replacing it with positive and active concepts and goals. You replace the old reality with a new, improved and desired one. You take control of your life as you want to live it.

The process does require time, energy and commitment to your stated goals. It means you need to work on a regular basis towards these goals. Self hypnosis is a tool. It is a guide. It helps you find the problem and provides you with the means to solve it. It does not do the work for you. While relatively easy to learn, it is nevertheless your responsibility to apply it effectively and regularly.

The Advantages of Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is a simple and effective means of achieving a goal. It is possible through self hypnosis to simply learn to relax, reduce stress, diet properly or to become a nonsmoker. It is true you can see a hypnotherapist to achieve these results. In fact, some experts recommend you do so at least once. This helps you with discovering your own technique to reach the required mental state. Yet, self hypnosis offers all the benefits of hypnotherapy. It also has several advantages over this method and many other traditional forms of treating your problem. Among them you can list the following:No use of chemicals, or any form of medication prescribed by a doctor or over the counter drugs

No expensive “cures.” Self hypnosis requires at most, the purchase of a couple of self-help books and several audio-visual aids such as tapes or downloads for your iPod or MP3 player.
You do not have to worry about making, breaking or arriving late at appointments
You can stay in the comfort, safety and warmth of your own apartment or house
You do not have to fit it into someone’s schedule. You do it according to your own timeframe. This allows you to take it easy and to make a session short or long as necessary
Overtime, as you develop your technique, you can make self hypnosis portable. You can take it with you on vacation or to the office if need be

There are other advantages to using self hypnosis. You will uncover and use them as you move along this new voyage of self discovery – as you employ self hypnosis to move confidently into your new life.