Self Hypnosis – The Best Tool For Positive Change

Put simply, self hypnosis is hypnosis that is self induced. This does not include listening to self hypnosis tapes or CDs – they still count as being hypnotised.

Self hypnosis is perfectly safe, very relaxing and can be incredibly empowering. It can rejuvenate you mentally and physically and help you to keep a positive frame of mind. It can help you focus, find solutions to problems and boost your self esteem. Hypnosis for self improvement is becoming increasingly popular.

Allowing yourself to go into a trance state, or instructing or guiding yourself into a trance state is self hypnosis.

In actual fact, all hypnosis is self hypnosis as it is impossible to make anyone go into a trance state unless you have decided that you want to. An experienced hypnotherapist, for example, will be very good at guiding you into a trance state, however it is still you that decides to go there.

There are many different self hypnosis techniques and self hypnosis methods for bringing your mind into a trance, and self hypnosis instruction books or guides are getting more and more popular.

The ideal way to get good self hypnosis instruction is to learn directly from a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist.

However here I will give you some simple self hypnosis instructions that any one can try at home. And with a proper guide, anyone can learn how to do all kinds of self hypnosis for positive self change.

And remember, although there are different levels of hypnosis ranging from light trance to deep hypnosis, hypnosis therapy can work at any of these levels.

Positive changes hypnosis is all about getting into a different frame of mind in order to increase your options and find new ways to solve problems.

Remember – self hypnosis is only limited by your imagination!

As I mentioned before, there is really no substitute for getting good self hypnosis instruction from a properly qualified hypnotherapist or hypnotist.

However, if you are looking for some simple self hypnosis instruction read on…

1. Create your goal in a short affirmation sentence.

This must be positive, personal, possible and in the present tense. So for example you might want hypnosis for self improvement – say feeling more confident about giving a speech. Your goal might be something like:

‘I am pleased that I can deliver my speech clearly and confidently.’

A good tip is to start your affirmation with gratitude, so for example:

‘I am grateful to have this opportunity to speak clearly and confidently about…’

Play around with your words, state your goal in a way that means something to you.

2. Relax!

Some people find that one of the best ways to relax is remembering a particularly relaxing time, for example on holiday, really works. If you do this really see what you can see, hear what you can hear and build up your lovely relaxing experience.

Another simple self hypnosis instruction is to count backwards from 100 – 1, focusing on each number and bringing your mind back to it whenever it wanders.

Or you could focus your eyes on a point slightly above eye level and breathe deeply while saying ‘relax’ to yourself with every out breath.

Continue letting yourself relax, physically and mentally. You can even use a combination of the above techniques. Find easy ways to relax that work for you.

3. Repeat your affirmation or goal to yourself.

Do this, out loud. Really imagine the words are true, feel how it would feel if those words were true right here, right now.

4. And come back to the room…

When you have finished repeating your affirmation a number of times, just let yourself become aware of the room again, the noises you can hear, the feel of the chair or sofa.

And start to count down from 10 – 1 and open your eyes and you will feel positive, refreshed and ready for the rest of the day ahead!

I hope you have enjoyed this mini self hypnosis guide and will find the self hypnosis techniques useful.

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.