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The form of hypnosis in this discussion entails the use of the spoken word. There are other forms - drug induced, fixation of sensory attention, etc. But for our purpose, let us confine ourselves to the spoken word, which is by far the most popular of modern methods.
The hypnosis, therefore, requires the composition of what will be recited to the person, otherwise known as a script. It has been shown in the literature (Rational Suggestion Therapy) that the choice of words included in the hypnosis script can have a profound effect on its success in conveying the beneficial ideas to the user. Even if it is written using widely accepted grammar, and just the right jargon to reflect society's opinions on the topic of the hypnosis, this does not guarantee that those words will have any powerful meaning for the person being hypnotized. It must be meaningful to the user, even if to no one else.
A fabricated nonsense word fitting no frame of reference to the rest of the world, may be just the thing for the person who made up the word and knows just what it means. This is one of the great advantages of the custom hypnosis script. Particular people, familiar objects, events, routines, etc. peculiar to the person (and possibly no one else) are probably the most effective words to use.
Always keep in mind that the aim of the script is to create a supremely meaningful experience for the person from start to finish. Therefore, all elements of the script should be to the taste, vocabulary, and possess a complete resonance with the beliefs of the individual using the hypnosis. As in the sunburn example above, if the imagery is objectionable to the person, it will probably be at that point in the script that the person "turns off" to the hypnosis experience.
Likewise, if an objectionable behvioral idea is presented, that idea will either not be acted upon, or may even have some unwanted collateral effect, worsening the sitiuation. However, if the person to be hypnotized can truly say something like, "I wish I could think about this topic using the ideas contained in this hypnosis script.", we would have every reason to anticipate success. Though there is such a thing as "brainwashing", forcing the commission of behaviors and accepting concepts against the will of the person, it is not self hypnosis. In self hypnosis, the user must want to be hypnotized, and must want the ideas presented in the hypnosis, as well.
Having extolled the virtues of custom wording in hypnosis, we may now move on to the common elements found in many hypnosis scripts, regardless of wording. They may be termed in this way: stillness of the physical body; the imagination gateway; suggestion ideation; return to ordinary consciousness.
Since hypnotic induction depends on the mind concentrating on an "inner reality", stimulation to the physical body should be at a minimum. Many scripts begin with instructions to relax the various muscles, moving from one group to another. This is called progressive relaxation. However you want to accomplish this "stillness" is your option. The body function of breathing is, of course, one movement that can't be stopped and so it may be used as part of the relaxation, with instructions for slow and rhythmic breathing. Truly, the simple act of giving one's self permission to be still and quiet may suffice, and prove quite enjoyable to those who lead generally hectic lives.
2. The Imagination Gateway
This next portion of the hypnosis script is essential, as it provides the entry point into one's inner reality. When the person is engrossed in the imagination and dissociated from the surroundings, the person becomes more suggestible. This is the goal of hypnotic induction, to raise the level of suggestibility. Imagination is not limited to the laws of the physical universe. You may imagine any place, anywhere. Usually, though not necessarily, it is a place where you will feel comfortable and want to return to often.
3. Suggestion Ideation
Once you are thoroughly surrounded by your imagined place, it is time to give yourself the ideas you want/need. Though the whole thing takes place within your own mind, we can still call these ideas suggestions because you will hear them spoken to you, even if they are of your own invention. There has been much written about how to word a suggestion - keep it positive and direct, etc. In this case, all it has to be is meaningful to you. It doesn't matter if you use negativity, double negatives, or negative numbers, so long as it makes good sense to you.
It may seem unecessary, even artificial to categorize ideas in this way. If it seems so to you, then it is unecessary. In truth, it is best to write any suggestion that you desire.
There is one more type of suggestion worth mentioning. On occasion, it may be useful to trigger some sort of behavior or emotion at the mention of a particular word, or the sight of a particular person, thing, or even imagining a particular symbol..
4. Closing Your Hypnosis Script
After making the suggestions, it is time to wind down the hypnosis and return to ordinary thinking. You may want to extend the pleasure of relaxation, giving yourself some time to rest. If the hypnosis is to be used just before sleep, you may wish to give yourself instructions on how you want to fall asleep and what time you want to awaken. For other types of hypnosis, you will want to give the instruction to awaken. Many scripts use backward counting to give the mind a chance to prepare for the return. For example, "you will hear counting, moving backward from three to one. When you reach one, you will awaken and return to your ordinary thinking. Three...two...one. You are awake."
5. Recording Your Hypnosis Script
When your script is complete, you will want to record it on a cassette tape, MP3 computer file which can then be transferred as a hypnosis CD or hypnosis iPod. Some people like to have music playing in the backgound. Many do not, finding it a distraction. Also, some people like to look at something hypnotic while listening to their hypnosis, while others prefer to listen with eyes closed.
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Imagination and intuition are keys to creativity. The subconscious mind is the home to your imagination and your intuition. And the key to opening up the subconscious and accessing the creative part of yourself is through relaxation. This little self-hypnosis script is designed to help you open yourself to creative thoughts and intuition.
Step 1. Get comfortable in a place where you can relax and won't be disturbed. To help you relax further, you might turn on some relaxing music (nothing with lyrics though) or listen to a self-hypnosis relaxation induction. Close your eyes and once you're deeply relaxed, go to the next step.
Step 2. Imagine your mind opening up the way a flower opens up to receive the rays of the sun or moisture from the rain. Picture a flower in full bloom opening itself up fully and feel your mind opening at the same time. The key here is just to feel yourself opening up and being receptive to new, creative thoughts and intuition. Then repeat the following phrase three times:
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Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. There are arguments for and against it being a ‘special’ state but having hypnotized thousands of people in one to one situations I know this ‘special’ state exists. It is true that suggestions can be given and acted upon in normal waking consciousness but suggestions are far more effective when delivered to a person in an altered state brought on by a hypnotic induction.
People sometimes shy away from hypnosis but often this is because they misunderstand what it actually is. Much of the misunderstanding of hypnosis comes from stage shows and the way that it is portrayed in the media. Stories about hypnosis only tend to make the news if there is a problem or if it is misused.
In reality hypnosis works very simply. In a professional one to one situation hypnosis is achieved by using various techniques to guide the client in to deeper levels of relaxation. It is often a gentle progression from waking consciousness into a deep level of mental and physical relaxation, rather than a flashy click of the fingers that you might see on TV or in stage shows.
When you are in a hypnotic state you will still be aware of your surroundings even as you drift into deeper states. It can sometimes feel as though very little is happening and that you can open your eyes at any time and be wide-awake. This is because being under hypnosis doesn’t feel unusual. It doesn’t create a special feeling and so people often don’t realize when they are under hypnosis.
Being in an altered state of consciousness or in a hypnotic trance is actually something you will experience naturally many times in your life. For example, just before you fall asleep each night and before you are fully awake in the morning you are in a trance state that everyone on the planet experiences. These morning and evening trance states are called the hypnogogic and hypnopompic states. Daydreaming is another naturally occurring trance state that is familiar to all of us and one that is similar to being in a light state of hypnosis.
When you are in a deep level of mental and physical relaxation you become receptive to suggestions and accepting suggestions is the key to using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. A post hypnotic suggestion is a suggestion given that will be acted upon at a later time. For example if a post-hypnotic suggestion is given that “as soon as your head touches the pillow each night, you will find it easy to go into a deep relaxing sleep.” When a suggestion like this is accepted by your unconscious mind the next time you go to bed and your head touches the pillow you will indeed find it easy to go to sleep.
We spend most of our time in our conscious thoughts and only sporadically tap into our unconscious mind when we daydream or get creative ideas. The only other time we spend in our unconscious thoughts is when we are sleeping, when our conscious mind has switched off. Learning to connect with your deep unconscious mind through hypnosis can help you in so many different ways to achieve goals, find your creativity, or overcome difficulties.
By Glenn Harrold
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The following self hypnosis technique will help you to relax your mind and body in preparation for a good nights restful sleep. When you use self-hypnosis or when you meditate, you allow your mind to rest and recuperate. Because this technique is a bit lengthy it will help you reach even deeper levels of mental and physical relaxation.
It will also work wonders in calming your mind and alleviating stress. If you are constantly going over problems in your mind, your thinking and judgement becomes clouded. This technique helps free you from these problems. Once you get the hang of it you will be amazed at how good you will feel in the morning.
Stop at this point and read the script through a few times until you know what to do and then practise this technique every day.
You will find that the more you practise self hypnosis, the deeper into trance you will go each time, and the better you will get at de-stressing your mind.
When you are lying down in bed and ready for sleep tell yourself silently that you are going to use self-hypnosis to go to sleep.
The basic breathing technique
Close your eyes and begin to breathe very slowly and deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Make each circular breath long and deep, and at the top of your breath hold it for three seconds, and then count to five on every out-breath. As you breathe out imagine you are breathing away any nervous tension left in your body.
You can also say the word relax on every out-breath if you wish. Continue this breathing pattern ten or more times, or as long as it takes for you to feel completely relaxed.
The diaphragmatic breathing technique
Once you get the hang of the basic breathing technique you can add diaphragmatic breathing to the basic technique. So make sure that you breathe from your diaphragm (lower chest and stomach area) and not from the upper chest. Watch what happens to your body as you breathe. If you are breathing properly your stomach will go out as you breathe in, and will go in as you breathe out. This can take a little practice if you are unused to diaphragmatic breathing.
Clearing your mind
Allow your mind to go completely blank. Don’t worry if you still get unwanted thoughts drifting into your mind; tell yourself not to fight them, as they will soon drift away again. Every time you get an unwanted thought, imagine a large red stop sign. As soon as you see the red stop sign imagine the thought disappearing and your mind becoming clear.
Another thought-clearing technique is to imagine a large computer screen full of data that becomes blank by hitting a keypad. Imagine that by pressing a keypad you can clear your mind. Another method is to imagine you are looking up at the sky on a pleasant summer’s day. You notice a few small clouds that drift across the sky and then fade away. Eventually all of the clouds have drifted away and the sky is clear. Imagine your conscious thoughts are like clouds that fade away. Use whatever method works for you.
Relaxing your body.
Now you can relax your body. Imagine every muscle from the top of your head to the tips of your toes completely relaxing. You can start at the top and systematically work your way down to your toes. Imagine your eyelids have become heavy and tired and any tension in your forehead is disappearing. All the muscles there are becoming loose and relaxed.
Continue this pattern and imagine all the muscles relaxing in your jaw, neck, shoulders, back, arms and legs. Imagine the relaxation spreading down through your body letting go of any tightness or tension in the muscles. You can visualise the muscles relaxing and spend extra time relaxing any part of your body that holds more tension. Allow the outside world to fade into the background and continue your journey into your inner world.
Utilizing the trance state with affirmations
When you have finished your body relaxation and you are completely relaxed from head to toe, you can affirm the following affirmations. It is important you only repeat these affirmations word for word as they are below. I’ll discuss affirmations in more detail later on.
When you affirm these affirmations imagine every part of you absorbing the phrases with real belief, and use your feelings and emotions to supercharge them so that every cell in your mind and body resonates with each positive affirmation.
- I sleep easily at night
- I feel deeply relaxed
- I feel calm and centred
- I love to sleep at night
At this point you can allow yourself to drift off in to a deep natural sleep from which you will awaken feeling refreshed.
Do not worry if, when you first practice self-hypnosis, you don’t think much happened. The more you practice the easier it becomes to switch off and go into trance. Just the fact that you laid in bed and centered yourself by closing your eyes and relaxing will have benefited you.
You will be surprised at how effective affirmations can be in even the lightest of trances. The power of the unconscious mind works in a very subtle way. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and to have faith, because as with all things, the more you practice the better you become!
By Glenn Harrold
A guided relaxation session affirming the theme of love and self-esteem.
I've been noticing that breathing, the taking of deep breaths tends to be pretty much a "given" when listening to a hypnosis video, MP3, or guided meditation. So, it occured to me that we might benefit from this small article about Air, Breath, and Energy.
The ability to relax is necessary for the body, mind and spirit to function effectively. So often we find ourselves short of energy. We ask, “Where has the energy gone?” Every time we take action, we use energy - we call this stress. It produces tension on the physical, mental, emotional and often spiritual systems of the human being. When we relax the tension we store our energy. The body, mind and spirit need to find a balance between tension and relaxation. Learning to breathe correctly is vital to our balance, because air is the currency of life. Without air we no longer exist in physical form.
We can control the quality of our air intake and output via our muscles and thus control our ability to relax. Physiology demonstrates that when a muscle is relaxed the nerve connected to that muscle relaxes. This in turn relaxes the cells in the brain connected to the nerve. The largest muscle in the body is the diaphragm and is controlled by the involuntary nervous system.
Involuntary Nervous System:
By learning to relax the diaphragm you can exercise a relaxing influence throughout the involuntary nervous system. However, due to the fact that it is controlled by the involuntary nervous system, you cannot relax your diaphragm through the effort of willpower. However, since the diaphragm is the floor of your lungs, through the use of specific physical breath control you can relax your diaphragm.
Technically, this is known as diaphragmatic breathing. It is a method of breathing and breath control which is mastered by radio, television and movie stars; opera and concert singers; public speakers, etc. Because they are constantly before audiences, they cannot afford to be under nervous stress or have their voice hampered in any way. They depend on diaphragmatic breathing to keep their voice in top quality and to stay balanced!
If you learn to take a dozen or so diaphragmatic breaths each day, your rewards will be fantastic. Your voice will sound deeper and more resonant. As a bonus, you will feel better and the effects of over stress will be greatly diminished.
How do you master diaphragmatic breathing? It is very easy. Let’s understand the basic principles first. Place your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your stomach, now take a deep breath. Observe that your chest comes out and your stomach pulls in when you inhale.
That is learned behaviour. Remember, back in gym class when the teacher would bellow, “OK, now for some deep breathing exercises. Inhale - stomach in and chest out.” It was always, “Stomach in and chest out.” Now, do just that and hold it for 5 seconds.
Did you notice the tense feeling in your shoulders and back? That’s muscle tension, which in turn creates nervous tension. Now exhale, the chest goes down and the stomach puts the tension on the diaphragm. That muscle rises to a dome in the middle and, because of some abdominal organs attached to it, when your stomach comes out, it pulls down on this dome. When the dome is up the diaphragm is relaxed. When the dome is down, the diaphragm is tensed. Thus, during the sixteen hours or more that you are awake each day, you place undue tension on your back and shoulders when you inhale and on the diaphragm when you exhale.
This is not how the physical system was originally designed. It happened when Homo-sapiens stood up and began to walk on two feet. When you lie down or are sleeping your body is in a much more relaxed natural position for optimum physical functioning. You are usually breathing more deeply and the diaphragm is not under tension.
Rest and Relaxation:
By mastering the art of diaphragmatic breathing and by taking some of those breaths while you are awake each day, you will be able to introduce an additional eight hours of relaxation into every day of your life. It matters not if the eight hours of rest and relaxation are in a straight stretch or grabbed a few seconds at a time throughout the day, the benefits are the same. You have an improved voice, your shoulders and back are more balanced, your thinking is more accurate and you are more effective in all of your endeavours. You feel better at the end of the day. Fatigue is gone.
Now to learn how to achieve this balance, place your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your stomach and inhale. This time as you inhale, push the stomach out and fill the chest completely with the new air. On the exhale the stomach will naturally collapse and the chest will expand. Imagine filling a balloon - your lungs -they fill with air from the bottom up.
Observe how much more comfortable you feel. There is no muscle tension in your shoulders or back. This is diaphragmatic breathing. Feel how simple it is! Test yourself To check yourself and make sure that you have caught on to this relaxing breath control technique here is a simple test. Place both hands at your waist with the fingertips touching. When you take a diaphragmatic breath - which means that you let your chest stay where it is, but you push your stomach out on the inhale - your fingertips will naturally separate as the air rushes into the belly and then fills the chest. As you exhale, the tips of your fingers will come together again and touch. Repeat this several times. Train the body how to do this and let go of the old hypnotic program of, “Chest out and stomach in.”
This breathing is also called “belly breathing.” You feel better because it increases the amount of oxygen in your blood stream. When you breath deeply you are exhaling old stale air and giving your lungs the luxury of being cleaned out! Through this type of breathing you will bring much more oxygen into the lungs where the oxygen is transferred to the capillaries of the blood stream. The blood in turn carries the oxygen throughout the entire body. Results are renewed vigour, more pep and energy!
Instead of yawning take a deep breath. Side effect When you are learning diaphragmatic breathing and beginning to practice the technique you may get light headed. If this happens, it simply means you are changing the mixture of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your lungs. You are increasing the oxygen and lowering the carbon dioxide. The dizziness will end and you will feel refreshed. A great side effect for so little effort!
Developing the Habit:
As you can see, diaphragmatic breathing is easy to learn and to master. Get into the habit of taking these deep breaths at a special time each day. Some people take six or eight deep breaths upon arising in the morning, as part of their morning ritual. They then repeat them after lunch and once more after dinner. They find that this simple technique reduces their tension and makes their day more enjoyable.
Here are a few ideas to anchor your deep breaths into your daily routine. Every time you reach for a doorknob, take a big deep diaphragmatic breath. Before you pick up the telephone receiver to make or answer a call, take a deep breath and add a smile. When you stop in traffic, for any reason, breath deeply several times to reduce your stress and remain balanced. Practice breathing this way as you speak. You will develop a better voice and reduce tension throughout your body at the same time. Keeping the body, mind and spirit in balance and filled with usable energy is only a deep breath away.
You can manage the stress of everyday life. One way is to make the commitment to practice this technique for a month. Chart your results. I guarantee you will see an improved quality of life, more energy and your intuition will be guiding you on a regular basis. Form this new habit, it only takes thirty days, and it will last a lifetime!
~Article by: Anne H. Spencer, Ph.D. Infinity Institute International, Inc.
Here's a fact filled article about the history of hypnosis. If you are curious about where it came from, and who thought of it in the first place, it might be a good read.
Modern hypnosis is roughly two hundred years old; but is around since ancient times under different names and used in a wide variety of cultures, by their priests, shamans, healers, medicine men etc. The first person to attempt integrating hypnosis into modern medicine was a charasmatic viennese physician called Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815). Mesmer, who gave his name to mesmerism, believed that the human body had magnetic polarity and he termed this universal force animal magnetism. “Mesmers theory of animal magnetism was a mishmash of astrological and physiological ideas derived largely from the work of Paracelsus (1493-1541) some two hundred earlier.” (Goldsmith, 1934) “Paracelsus assumed that magnets were responsible for curing disease.” (Goldberg, 2005
Mesmer believed that the human body responded to gravitational forces caused by moving planets in the universe, and that disease is caused by a disruption in this gravitational fluid present in all of us. Mesmer believed that he had an abundance of this gravitational fluid, which he could pass to others. He was a showman with great presence; and going through an elaborate ritual, he would direct magnetic fluid down an iron wand, which he would then wave at his subjects, sometimes putting his wand aside and directing the fluid with his eyes. “Musical instruments played soothing melodies. Mirrors designed to reflect the magnetic fluid were everywhere. Thick drapes let little light in - Mesmer himself was attired in purple silk and he carried a magnetized iron wand as he moved from patient to patient touching them and staring into their eyes.” (Gravitz, 1991, p. 25)
Unfortunately his showmanship drew the attention of the French government, who after an investigation, denounced him as a fraud and a charlatan. Benjamin Franklin came from America to participate in the investigation of Mesmer’s work. Frankln correctly observed that Mesmer’s results were because of the power of imagination (and warranted further investigation). “But he was quickly put on a ship back to America after local scientists found a way to use Franklin’s comments as further evidence to denounce Mesmer.” (Hunter, 2000, p. 40-41) “Dr. Charles D’Elson, one of Mesmer’s protégées, defended his teacher by saying: ‘If Mesmer had no other secret than that he has been able to make the imagination exert an influence upon health, would he not still be a wonder doctor? If treatment by the use of the imagination is the best treatment, why do we not make use of it?’” (Goldsmith, 1934: p. 155) After enjoying considerable popularity and fame for many years, Mesmer retired to Switzerland where he died in 1815.
“The next chapter in the history of hypnosis is the story of one of Mesmer’s very own students, whose name was the Marquis de Puysegur (1751-1825). In 1784, at the age of 33 years, the Marquis de Puysegur discovered how to lead a client in to a deep trance state called ‘somnambulism’, using relaxation and calming techniques. The term ‘somnambulism’ is still widely used among hypnotherapists today in reference to a deep hypnotic trance state.’” (Richard MacKenzie, 2006)
After the controversial Mesmer, “The succession was direct and continuous.” (Goldsmith, 1934: p. 212) “These English surgeons, including: John Elliotson; James Braid; and James Esdaile; were successful at using hypnosis as a surgical anaesthetic.” (Goldsmith, 1934)
Scottish-born surgeon James Braid (1796-1860) continued investigating hypnotherapeutic procedures and was responsible for changing the name mesmerism to hypnotism. “Although Braid is credited with coining the term ‘hypnotism,’ others had used this term before him (Gravitz & Gerton, 1984).’” When Braid discovered later on in his research that the hypnotic state and all its phenomena could be achieved without the subject being asleep, he then realized that he had to change the name hypnosis (which derives from the Greek verb Hypnos meaning to sleep) to monoideism; but by then it was to late, and the name hypnosis remains to this day.
Another scottish surgeon James Esdaile (1808-1859), while working in India, performed thousands of serious operations using hypnosis as the sole pain-killing agent. Persecuted by the authorities, Esdaile suffered a similar fate to others working in this new field, with charges of sacrilege brought against him for removing the pain that God intended us to feel.
In 1831, Dr. John Elliotson (1791-1868) was elected Professor of the Principles and Practice of Physic at London University. Like his fellow physicians who practiced mesmerism, Elliotson too suffered the rath of the medical establishment, and so retired to investigate and practice hypnotic techniques further.
Braid, Esdaile, and Elliotson gave hypnosis a more respectable reputation within certain medical arenas; but due to its direct links to mesmerism, hypnosis remained shunned as quackery by the medical, political and religous establishments.
With the introduction of the surgical anaesthetic, hypnosis then entered a quiet period, until its revival in the 1800’s by a French physican named Ambrose Auguste Liebeault (1823-1904). “Liebeault, who first postulated suggestion as a mechanism behind theraputic hypnosis, started the School of Nancy which was clinical in nature (Goldsmith, 1934).” “His integrity, selflessness, devotion to the needy, and success with hypnosis attracted the attention of Hyppolyte Bernheim (1837-1919), a renowned neurologist from Nancy, who, at first skeptical, later became an ardent proponent of hypnosis. Together they developed Braid’s theories and treated over 12,000 patients.” (Goldberg, 2005) Around the same time a second and quite different school of thought emerged with the opening of the Salpetriere School, founded by Jean Martin Charcot (1835-1893), whose aim was to study hypnosis as a neurosis rather than as an actual treatment. Charcot’s discoveries on hypnosis and hysteria were presented to the French Academy of Sciences. Pierre Janet (1859-1947) a French physician, psychiatrist, and philosopher, followed on from Charcot and it was Janet who discovered the dissociation theory of hypnosis. Janet was influential in establishing a true connection between academic psychology and the clinical treatment of mental illnesses.
“It is interesting that Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), who of course is considered to be the Father of modern psychology, studied hypnosis at both the Nancy and Salpetriere Schools (Freud, 1963), but then chose to abandon the use of hypnosis almost entirely. Initially, Freud tried to use hypnosis to recover traumatic memories from the unconscious.” (Malcolm, 1982) On one occasion, a female patient of Freud’s threw her arms around him in a moment of ‘love’, aka… ‘positive transference’, to which Freud later wrote, “I was modest enough not to attribute the event to my own irresistible personal attraction, and I felt that I had now grasped the nature of the mysterious element that was at work behind hypnotism.” Freud wasn’t particularly good at inducing the hypnotic state in his patients; and this led him to frustration on many occassions, until he eventually abandoned hypnosis and started using other methods to lift repression. “Ultimately, he developed other ways to achieve his goal, namely to treat neurotic illness by accessing the subconscious via the analysis of transferance and the interpretation of dreams. However, Freud may not have abandoned the technique entirely.” (Gravitz & Gurton, 1981) By the end of the nineteenth century Kraft Ebing, Wetterstrand, Albert Moll and many other famous physicians were also making positive discoveries regarding the clinical use of hypnosis.
Émile Coué (1857-1926), a French Psychologist and Pharmacist, introduced a new method of psychotherapy based on the simple use of auto-suggestion, or ‘self-suggestion’, whereby a person repeats suggestions to themselves in order to spur the imagination. He believed that where there was conflict between the will and the imagination, the imagination invariably wins the battle. So rather than using will power alone, one must also make use of their imagination to better health. He believed that repetition of suggestion increased the likelihood of images being projected into reality; most especially when implanted in the morning, and again before sleeping. Coue learned hypnosis from Liébeault and in 1913 founded the Lorraine Society of Applied Psychology.
By the 1920s, hypnosis was the subject of much experimental investigation by respected psychologists such as Clark L. Hull (1884-1952). But it was not until after World War II that hypnosis became popular once again in the clinical field, used mainly in the treatment of battle related disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, war neurosis etc. As a result of its post war success, it gained the endorsement of several medical authorities around the world, more notably the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association. One man responsible for its widespread recognition back then and its clinical uses in the present was the pioneer Milton Erickson.
Milton Erickson (1901-1980), who is considered to be the father of modern hypnosis, suffered with many handicaps from an early age. He was tone deaf, colour blind, and dyslexic. Paralysed with severe polio at the age of seventeen, his family feared he would not pull through. But Erickson did, and went on to become a doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and world famous hypnotherapist. Even when struck with a second bout of polio later on in life, he used the opportunity to further investigate the use of hypnosis in the treatment of pain. “Erickson said, ‘everyone is as individual as their own thumb print.’ In his practice, he tailored every induction to the client's individual needs and perceptual bias. He believed in the wisdom of the unconscious mind, and in the theory that people have all the resources necessary to make changes inside themselves.” (O’Brien, 2004) Confined to a wheelchair as an old man, Erickson continued innovating, influencing the wider world with his hypnotic techniques and laying the groundwork for future generations wishing to learn proven hypnotic procedures.
“Dave Elman (1900-1967) was another pioneer of the medical use of hypnosis […]. Although Elman had received no medical training, he is known for having trained the most physicians and psychotherapists in America, in the use of hypnotism. He is also known for introducing rapid inductions to the field of hypnotism. One method of induction which he introduced more than fifty years ago, is still one of the favoured inductions used by many of today's masters.” (Wikepedia)
Also in recent history, one of the most prominent figures responsible for the evolution of hypnosis and self-hypnosis was Irishborn Dr. Jack Gibson. “As a surgeon, Dr. Gibson carried out over 4000 procedures using hypnosis instead of anaesthetic. These included major operations, surgical procedures and treatment of dislocations and fractures […]. Jack Gibson graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, in 1933, having won almost every available medal (Gold & Silver in Anatomy and Operative Surgery) [...] After the outbreak of war, he worked in England as a surgeon in the hospitals of the Emergency Medical Service. He treated numerous soldiers, wounded at Dunkirk during D Day and held the most senior surgical post in Ethiopia. (DrJackGibson.com 2004)
Another man worth mentioning is Charles Tebbetts, who earned the title of a “grandmaster teacher” of hypnosis from Dr. John Hugues, a major researcher for an American hypnosis association (Hunter, 2005). Tebbetts, who became legendary for teaching client centered hypnotism, started his hypnosis career in 1927 as a stage hypnotist. Considering we still only use a portion of our minds’ potential, hypnosis is still in its infancy with regard to its potential. So long as we push our minds further, the evolution of hypnosis will continue to provide new ways to overcome age old problems.
This article, which I found at Hypnosis Articles Directory, is an extract from "Powerful Mind through Self-Hypnosis" a book by Irish Author Cathal O'Briain.
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When you induce a hypnotic state of mind through pre-recorded audio or internal thought process, you are performing self hypnosis. Self hypnosis is done in the absence of a hypnotist, but in the presence of conditions suitable to inducing the mental state of hypnosis to one's self.
Autosuggestion is closely related to hypnosis. Autosuggestion is a process in which the unconscious part of the mind is trained or programmed to do or believe a specific thing. This is often done using hypnosis.
A lot of people undergo through self hypnosis because of the benefits that can be derived by hypnotism. First and foremost, hypnosis can remove or change behaviors. Most people who want to change their attitude and behavior in a faster manner use self hypnosis. Usually hypnosis is used to stop bad attitudes and habits like smoking and drinking. Many may not agree to this method, but a number of people have actually quit smoking and drinking with self hypnosis.
Another benefit of self hypnosis is implanting positive beliefs. There are a lot of positive beliefs that can be implanted into your subconscious using self hypnosis. These can be most beneficial to people who have negative views in life.
Correspondingly, negative beliefs and traits can also be removed with self hypnosis. Whether you admit it or not, you hide certain concepts and biases in your minds. Unknowingly these biases are actually holding you from moving forward; thus getting rid of these can be very advantageous.
Self hypnosis is also effective in removing stress fast. Hypnosis is referred to by some people as the most relaxed state of being; thus removing any stress that is present in your mind and body. Unlike other stress relieving methods, self hypnosis does not cost so much, and you can actually do this any time that you like and frequently as you like.
Another benefit is for the relief of pain. Self hypnosis has been used a number of times for the relief of pain. In most cases, the state of mind is conditioned not to feel the pain, or to have a higher resistance to pain.
Finally, self hypnosis is also used in weight loss or weight gain. This is one of the safest methods in losing or gaining weight. This basically follows the concept of mind over matter. If you are placed in a state of mind which focuses on weight loss, you will definitely pattern your activities after this state of mind.
Thus, self hypnosis contributes to the well being of a person. According to some people, hypnosis is a way of putting your physical self in relaxation, and not a form of unconsciousness. While hypnosis should be used for noble objectives only, there are some people who abuse the power of hypnosis instead. As such, it is important for you to understand the purpose of self hypnosis before deciding to go through it.
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If you have never thought of hypnosis as soul food then it's time to step back and see it from a different angle. Most people who know a little bit about this art appreciate that it is a natural state, a state of relaxation, and that it allows access to the inner workings of your mind, and thereby enables powerful and positive change; Change in terms of relief from tension or conflict, and also in terms of opening up a greater ability to succeed. All of this is food for the soul.
Science shows us that as one relaxes in hypnosis chemicals are secreted from the brain which make us have a natural "feel good" factor, just as these same endorphins are stimulated when you feel sunlight upon your body. Hypnosis is, as the title suggests, a means of sunbathing for your soul.
Blue skies and sunshine are so very important to us. We feel better and our minds and bodies function better when we have access to a regular supply of warm and golden sunshine. In the UK, the weather has been so poor during these last two summers that thousands (probably millions) of people feel their natural resilience to day-to-day "stuff" is running at an almost all-time low. And when this happens we get cranky both in mood and in body. We expect, and accept, our fair share of dull, grey, windy and wet winter's days, whilst looking forward to a trade-off of bright and sunny summer days with eager anticipation. Once the sun comes out, everything seems to balance up and we feel a whole lot better. But when those lighter days do not materialize we feel cheated to say the very least. Seasonal Affective Disorder is all too prevalent and all too real.
The more I think about it the more awed I am by the fact that hypnosis can do for us something that is as vital as the sun can do. Wow! That is just so BIG, so massively important. This, to me, is the most important thing which hypnosis can offer in our lives. The power to change is secondary to this more essential, vital and most important human need.
When in hypnosis your body rhythm changes, your energy is stimulated and altered too. This can be seen very clearly in the brain wave pattern produced as it changes from the normal beta wave of waking consciousness to the alpha-theta of deep relaxation. That is something which can be proven scientifically. Most of the benefits are more subtle and less easy to transform into a quantifiable statistic. People feel refreshed, re-energized, as if you are walking on air; you feel light and bright, your muscles relax, as if you have received a mental massage; everyone who experiences hypnosis will offer such delicious descriptions in their own words, all in the same vein.
Again, I am constantly amazed at the value of this. You don't need alcohol to relax and unwind you - that merely gives you a sugar high, followed by a low and dehydrates you just for fun! Neither do you need to go on holiday to get away from it all, although that is a rather tempting option and could just do the trick, depending on where you go and what you do (and who with, of course!!).
You can have your own mini-holiday, your very own orgasmic high (yes, those same endorphins are released when you make love); you can enter a state of bliss (no, I'm not exaggerating), take a mental and physical step back and give your very soul a rest and recharge (without any negative side effects at all) whilst in the comfort of your own home....
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This free self-hypnosis script is for those people who are in judgment about money or people who have money. If you are judgment about money, you're subconscious isn't likely to help you out when it comes to attracting more money to you.
Many people have difficulty attracting money to themselves because of their judgmental thoughts and beliefs about money. Ever hear yourself making a comment that rich people are just out for themselves? Or perhaps you've had a thought that rich people are stingy. If you are in judgment of people who have money, your subconscious mind isn't likely to go to work for you creating the opportunities for you to attract money to yourself. Why? Because you have a belief in your mind that there’s something wrong with people who have money. And if you were to attract money to yourself, then you’d be one of those people.
There are other common judgmental beliefs about money. There is the thought that money is the root of all evil, or how about this one--It’s more difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. If you believe these thoughts, again, your subconscious mind isn't going to cooperate in helping you become well off financially.
Money, in and of itself, isn't evil. Money is perfectly neutral. Money can be a wonderful tool to help yourself and others. Besides judgmental thoughts about money, there are also poverty consciousness thoughts. How often have you told yourself “I don’t have enough money” or “I can’t afford it.” The more you repeat those thoughts, the more your subconscious mind will go about the task of seeing that those statements come true. So, this script is designed to help you change your thoughts and belief systems about money. Money can truly be a wonderful blessing for all when it is used in positive ways.
Now, before you get started, write down those thoughts and beliefs you know you have that are judgmental regarding money or people who have money. Also, write down any poverty consciousness thoughts you like to repeat to yourself.
- Begin by repeating the affirmation, “Money is a wonderful blessing,” several times as you visualize all the good things that money does for society. For example, money builds hospitals, schools, and feeds the poor. Then repeat the affirmation, “I absolutely love having money,” as you visualize all the things money does for you. Money puts clothes on your back and pays for the roof over your head. Money feeds you and pays for all those things you love to buy. Money also takes you on vacations. So, visualize money being responsible for all these things and feel gratitude for all the things money does for you.
- The Shredder. Time to let go of any thoughts you might be holding onto that are contributing to any lack of financial abundance you may be experiencing. Visualize a special room for yourself that has a shredder in it. Now, imagine one of your judgments or poverty consciousness thoughts written out in large print on a piece of paper. Let’s say it’s the “I don’t have enough money” poverty consciousness thought. Look at the thought written on the piece of paper and say to it, “thank you for having served me. I now release you.” And then put the piece of paper through the shredder and imagine that thought is gone forever. You can shred up to about three thoughts or beliefs per session.
Since it’s likely you've held these thoughts for years, it may take a few weeks of “shredding” these thoughts for them to begin to fade away from your consciousness. Letting go of these thoughts should be a lighthearted endeavor. If you are angry at these thoughts, then they’re likely to persist. So, if you are angry, you need to release that anger. One way is to speak your truth about those thoughts before you shred them and feel your anger as fully as you can. After you've done that for a few sessions, you should be calmed down enough to go through the regular shredding visualization where you thank the thought for having served you.
- Memorize and repeat these sentences with a confident and joyous energy. “I love having money. Money is a wonderful blessing that I deserve. I love spending money for myself and others. My love of money acts as a powerful magnet that draws more and more money to me. I am a magnet of financial abundance. Limitless financial abundance flows to me in limitless ways.” Repeat these sentences two to three times, really “feeling” the truth of these statements.
Tailor the sentences in a way that suits you the best. You may even come up with sentences that are the exact opposite of those sentences that you shredded. For instance, if you have shredded the “I don’t have enough money” poverty consciousness thought, you might counter it with an abundance thought such as, “I am all the money I ever need.”
- Repeat the following sentences twice. “Any time I have thoughts contrary to my abundant nature, I recognize them immediately. I smile gently to myself and, in my mind, I shred those thoughts right then and there.” Also, remember to take those thoughts into your next several sessions and shred them again and again.
Have some fun with this self-hypnosis script. This should be a lighthearted endeavor rather than a serious one. Do this session until you begin to notice a much more confident energy within yourself where money and abundance are concerned.
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With the advent of the internet has come an entirely new medium, one which has completely revolutionized the field of hypnotherapy. Those curious in using hypnosis to instigate a positive change within themselves no longer have to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on a in-person visit to a hypnotherapist. Thanks to the wonders of technology you can now find a hypnosis download for almost any problem you can think of in a matter of minutes for as little as ten dollars!
What is a Hypnosis Download?
A hypnosis download is a digital recording (mp3) produced by a hypnotherapist. Due to their nature as a resell-able product a hypnotherapist can create a hypnosis download and charge considerably less for it than then would a one to one session. For example a hypnotherapist who may charge $200 an hour for a personal session might only charge $15 for a hypnosis download which takes them an hour or two to record. Because they can expect to sell hundreds of the hypnosis downloads they are actually making more money than they would from a personal session.
When you also take into consideration that you can re-listen to a hypnosis download over and over again, at your leisure it’s easy to see when this has become the most popular method of hypnotherapy available.
How Do I Choose From All These Hypnosis Downloads?
The attractiveness of digital hypnosis recordings has helped see hundreds of hypnosis download sites spring up over the internet. It of course goes without saying that some are better than others, so how do you ensure that you find the right hypnosis download for you from a reputable hypnotherapist? With so much choice it can be tricky and that is why I have created this short list to help you.
- Check The Hypnotherapist’s Background and Qualifications.
Any site selling hypnosis downloads that is worth its salt will provide you will information on the hypnotherapist they use to record their sessions. You want to make sure you get at least a name, background and their qualifications as a hypnotherapist. If you can’t find this anywhere on the site then there’s a good chance that either the site doesn’t use a professional hypnotherapist or that the site is poorly put together. Whatever the reason you should probably avoid making a purchase.
- Find a Free Sample.
This is a good mark of whether a site is proud of its product or not. If you can’t find a free sample of one of their hypnosis downloads, whether it be 30 seconds or 30 minutes then you really can’t trust the quality they provide.
Samples are important for another reason. Going into a hypnotic state of mind is a lot harder if you struggle to understand the hypnotherapist’s accent. An accent is entirely subjective of course and we all have one, but while someone may enjoy hearing a British hypnotherapist someone else may not.
- Test the Customer Service.
Before you buy a hypnosis download it is well worth contacting the site’s customer service with any questions you might have. Then you can judge how helpful they’ll be if you need to contact them for any reason after you’ve made your purchase.
- Look for the Refund Policy.
While hypnosis downloads tend to have high success rates they don’t always work. It could be that you’re not that susceptible to hypnotherapy or the session just wasn’t right for you. So in the unlikely event that you aren’t happy with your purchase you need to know your rights when it comes to a refund. Some sites don’t offer refunds because of the digital nature of the products, but most will give you a certain period of time to contact them if you wish to receive a refund.
- The More Information The Better!
Basically the more information you can find about a website and their products the more likely they are to be trustworthy and high quality. One important factor is the run time of the hypnosis download. I’ve seen sessions varying from ten minutes to two hours, you have to decide what’ll be right for you. For some people quick sessions are very effective, and they obviously don’t take up a lot of time. Others prefer to spend hours in an hypnotic state.
- Price is also significant in your choice.
In my experience you don’t have to spend over twenty dollars to get a great, high quality hypnosis download. In fact you should probably be more wary of high priced hypnosis downloads as the hypnotherapist may be more concerned with making money than the treatment they offer, it can also be more difficult to get a refund on the more expensive hypnosis downloads.
I hope this guide has provided you with all the knowledge you need to pick the perfect hypnosis download for your needs.
Author Resource:-> David Anthony is a long-time proponent and user of hypnotherapy and keeps a regularly updated blog http://www.thehypnosisreview.com/ which provides hypnosis reviews - The Hypnosis Review. Article From Hypnosis Articles Directory
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Most people will agree that their mind is either their greatest asset...or their biggest liability! When your mind is extremely focused you can have the determination and will power to do endless things; to achieve happiness and success in abundant quantity. And yet when your mind is lacking in clear focus or vision, you can find yourself floundering and at a loss to know in which way to turn.
At other times you can find that your logical mind is clearly focused; you know exactly what you want, but you cannot convince yourself that your dreams will materialize. You are lacking in conviction because your emotions are telling you a different tale to that which your logical desires are craving. At such a time you know beyond a doubt what it feels like to be in two minds.
The quest to overcome those hidden emotions and tune out those distracting inner voices can take you on an endless emotional roller-coaster, particularly when you don't know where to get started. You want to get your emotions to align with your logical desires and yet it seems easier, and more instinctive, for your logic to give in to your emotions.
Where there is a conflict between your logical will power and your emotions, your emotions will be the victor. Thus whenever you want to gain some resemblance of control over your own mind, you will find that your emotions need to be addressed. What is required is to find a way in which to create a different emotion, to create a different feeling, whenever you are planning to take logical steps towards a goal.
It helps to involve your imagination in this process. As you begin to picture something in your mind's eye and to hear the sounds associated with it, you inevitably involve more of your senses; you begin to feel something different. Your imagination provides a doorway to your emotions, and the more vivid you make your visualizations, the more intense the emotional response will become. By seeing it, you begin to believe it, whatever it may be.
Hypnosis can lend a particularly helpful hand in this process. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation which allows you to access your subconscious mind where your habitual thoughts and beliefs are stored. Your subconscious mind is the part of your mind which acts instinctively and automatically; it is also the more creative part of your mind. In using hypnosis you will find it far easier to align your conscious and subconscious mind, your logic and your emotions and to add intensity and vividness to your visualizations. Hypnosis downloads help you to use your mind more productively and more wisely.
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Use headphones for best results -- eight minutes of binaural beats and good-feeling thoughts about money, inspired by Abraham/Hicks suggestion to tell a new, better feeling story and consciously direct your thoughts in the direction that feels good. It's easy to believe your old habitual negative thoughts about abundance, and the media and people around you may support you in feeling bad. And you have the ability to think thoughts that feel good on purpose. Go ahead, just try them on, see if they feel good. If not, you can have your old, bad-feeling thoughts back!
Here are some common worries and questions that people have on clinical hypnotherapy:
Can I be hypnotized?
Most people can go into a hypnotic trance. The only types of people that cannot be hypnotised are…
- Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder
- A person with a low IQ
- A person does not want to be hypnotised. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic trance?
It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey? It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you. Hypnosis is the focusing of the conscious attention in such a narrow corridor of influence. The conscious mind is so intensely focused that other influences are not being critically analysed by the conscious mind. We still hear them, although we are not always aware.
A good example of this is when you are in a place where there are several conversations going on at once. They may all sound like a mass of background noise. However if someone in one of those conversations mentions your name, you then consciously focus on that conversation. How did you know someone said your name? Your subconscious mind (which is far more powerful than your conscious mind) was listening to EVERY conversation AT THE SAME TIME! That is perhaps a reason why you can sometimes “just know” something. Your subconscious mind has absorbed it without you consciously being aware.
What does hypnosis feel like?
When in a trance you feel more mentally and physically relaxed. It is a very pleasant experience, and you can tell that you are still in control. You can still hear exactly what is going on around you, unless you choose to drift your attention away. You become aware that you can easily stand up, talk, or move whenever you want. A lot of people (me included) when they first experience a hypnotic trance move their fingers or hands in order to test whether they can move at will. Sometimes a patient can be a little difficult to wake up. This is not a sinister thing as it has been portrayed. No one has ever been stuck in trance. It is more a case that a patient just “can't be bothered” to wake up as it feels so pleasant. However they soon become bored and will wake up pretty soon. One trick the old hypnosis pro’s use is to tell the patient that they are charging for the time. It’s amazing how quickly they then wake up!
Is hypnosis dangerous?
A hypnotic trance is actually a very natural state that almost everyone goes into several times per day. In 1955 the British Medical Association set up an inquiry which favourably reported hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. It even recommended that it should be taught at medical schools. Hypnosis was also approved by the Council of Mental Health of the American Medical Association in September of 1958 as a safe practice with no harmful side effects. Since then there has been acceleration in the establishment of hypnosis societies for doctors, dentists, and psychologists. No one has been seriously hurt with hypnosis.
Can I be made to do things against my will?
You could never be made to do anything against your will or contrary to your value system. If this was actually possible, would there not be criminals learning the art of hypnotherapy in order to hypnotise their bank managers to opening the vaults and handing over a large sum of cash?! In a trance, you would not unknowingly reveal your deepest secrets. You can even lie when in a trance, which is one reason why testimony in hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court of law. It is only used by police to help with the investigation. A person will only act upon suggestions that serve them in some way or reinforce an expected behaviour, anything else their subconscious will just ignore. Most people develop these misperceptions from seeing or hearing about a Stage Hypnosis show. However they largely achieve their results from showmanship, selection of the more extrovert people, and peer pressure.
How long will it take before I notice a change?
In one session, you can expect to become more relaxed than you are right now. Most people do not relax enough, and some people never seem to relax! Being more relaxed can help most mental and physical problems that you may have. I have often had patients report back to me that people noticed that they seemed more relaxed after just one session. In the past I have significantly helped problems such as IBS, skin complaints, and addictions, simply by doing relaxation work.
Hypnosis can bridge the gap between your head and your heart, making your goals much more emotionally compelling, and therefore increasing your chances of permanent change. Good health links body and mind to focus on a common goal. Depending upon the intensity of your session and the number of times you have listened to the recording, you will notice suggestions for the desired behavioural changes spontaneously popping into your conscious mind almost immediately.
This refreshing, revitalizing hypnotic mini-vacation will give you a good, healthy boost of energy and power -- better than a double espresso.
Do You Have The Half Minute To Spare It Requires?
A few will succeed on their first or second attempt, where as some of the others may need to make many more attempts. It took me a week and a half, and about 25 attempts before I could achieve a hypnotic trance.
There are many varied methods in which you can induce a tranquil, relaxed state of consciousness, in which the human body is still, and the awakened mind is simply set aside for a while as the subconscious mind takes over in a more dominant role, and permits the therapeutic cognitive processes which are contained in all of us to become active.
This state of consciousness, known as the hypnotic state is very easily brought about by;
- Focusing one’s attention.
- Relaxing the body.
- Allowing unnecessary thoughts to enter, then exit, without any rationalisation.
These processes can be easily accomplished by the technique that follows next. It is commonly known as the “Eye Roll Technique’, and is a very aged but effective method of entering a comfortable therapeutic hypnotic trance. When you are in this relaxed state of mind, it is quite possible to offer yourself any positive suggestions or ideas in order to bring about the desired changes. Examples of positive statements and affirmations are given later in this article.
If it is possible, you should find yourself a nice quiet place and either lie down, or sit down, comfortably.
Roll up your eyes, just as if you were trying to look at your forehead.
Allow your eyelids to gradually close, and as you do so, take in a very deep breath and hold it.
As you slowly exhale, permit your upturned eyes to return to their natural position.
As you finish this exhaling, enjoy that gentle, floating feeling that you will experience.
Simultaneously, imagine your right hand to be very light, something perhaps like a child's helium balloon tied to it making it rise slowly. You may be pleasantly surprised at the ease by which your arm and hand seem to float up all by themselves. This floating arm/hand signal is a signal from your sub-conscious brain that you are entering a state of deep presence of mind.
As you stay in this deeply relaxed, hypnotic state of presence, tell yourself any positive, therapeutic suggestions in which you feel will help to bring to you the changes you really need or want.
Remain in this presence of mind for 10-20 minutes, that’s really all that you need.
You can repeat the process as many times a week as you want.
EXITING THE RELAXED STATE.
Roll up your eyes behind your closed eyelids.
Very gradually, allow your eyelids to open, and the eyes to focus.
Make a tight handed fist with your right hand, and as you do this, allow this light floating hand to come down into a relaxed position. As it comes to rest, release the tight handed fist and gently stretch those fingers.……FINISHED !!!!
If it becomes necessary, the exit from the relaxed state can be done at any time by going through the steps listed above.
It may take you a little bit of time to perfect this method, particularly if you are the ‘on the go all the time’ type of individual. Relaxation comes much easier to some people than to others, so always keep this in mind.
Remember, if you want to effect positive change in your life, this short use of your time can pay great rewards in the end. The beauty of it is that once you have practiced and mastered the method, you will be able to enter the trance state much more deeply and easily.
Another fact to remember is that every person is fully capable of entering into a hypnotic trance. But just as we are all unique, so is the level of ease with which we enter into a hypnotic state.
A few will succeed on their first or second attempt, where as some of the others may need to make many more attempts. It took me a week and a half, and about 25 attempts before I could achieve a hypnotic trance. The motto is—PERSERVERE. It may take time, but the benefits are well worth the effort.
Here we have a quick hypnosis session to manifest money. Using concepts based on the Law of Attraction, Victoria guides us to attract money today through the power of suggestion.
What is hypnosis? Understanding hypnosis is important because many people are confused about what it truly means. The misconceptions surrounding hypnosis prevent many people from making an informed decision on whether it can be an asset to their lives or not.
In the past, hypnosis was described as a form of unconsciousness but this has changed through the years. It’s now described as a “trance-like mental state that is induced by an organized pattern of suggestions”. These suggestions can be anything. For instance, when you are engaged in a movie, you are in a state of hypnosis. When you engross yourself in a song, you are in a state of hypnosis. When begin to feel as if you have “tunnel vision,” you are in a state of hypnosis. Whenever you enter into a trance like state, you have become hypnotized in some way.
However, this trance-like state is just a part of the whole process that is involved in hypnosis. This is because there are actually two types of hypnosis. The most well-known type is the trance-like state, typically associated with a hypnotist, but there is also a type called “walking hypnosis”.
It was given this name because you don’t have to be in a trance to be hypnotized with this method. It is defined as: a naturally occurring trance that one can enter whilst performing a monotonous repetitive task, such as walking or gardening, or in sedentary pursuits such as listening to a lecture or reading, in which one's attention drifts from the task into a trance-like state, often known as "zoning out.” As you can see this type of hypnosis is something that occurs very naturally.
As for why people can be told to do things when they are hypnotized, this is simply due to the fact that they are hypnotized they are open to suggestions. In other words, they react a certain way because they accepted the suggestions that are given to them by the hypnotist.
In this state the brain is not asleep but instead, it is in a relaxed but focused state of mind,a receptive state. That’s why the person who is hypnotized will follow the directions or suggestions of the hypnotist. The brain wave activity is changed to a state that is similar to the alpha state, which is the state of mind between the waking state (called beta) and the delta state which is when you first fall asleep. The alpha state is pleasant and relaxing and it’s when the mind is the most open to both verbal and visual suggestions.
Yet it must be noted that being hypnotized will not make you do things against your will, this is a huge myth. You must be open to the suggestion you are given before you will respond to it positively. Another myth is that you can be made to give out personal information that should be kept private. However, you may discover some inner truths about yourself that can help you improve the quality of your life.
Anyone can be hypnotized if they are willing to be open and allow their mind to relax. Hypnosis is a very important tool that can help you make changes to enhance your life. People use hypnosis to lose weight, quit smoking, think positive and eliminate fears to name a few. There are many ways that being hypnotized can help make you a happier healthier person.
There are several methods that can be used to hypnotize. You can see a professional that will set up sessions for you or you can use one of the many methods designed for self-hypnosis. If you decide to use self-hypnosis it’s advised that you spend a little time learning as much as you can about the method you plan to use. Keep in mind that hypnosis is a learned trait so the more time you spend training yourself to respond to it the more effective it will be.
Author: Bowen Beyer Johnson
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As Victoria will guides us through a breathing and relaxation process, you can either watch her on screen, or close your eyes throughout the session. Enjoy!
Hypnosis to me is a way of recreating my life story from this moment forward. I believe when we are born we are from birth imposed upon with a set of predetermined ideas, thoughts, beliefs, or as I like to refer to them - tapes. We are in a sense hypnotized to live, think, behave, and believe in a certain way imposed on us by our families, teachers, churches and society. These ideas that we have learned early on may not be in any way a reality that will benefit us for the rest of our lives. Many of these ideas are simply someone else’s beliefs imposed on us.
We take all of this into our subconscious as truth and often times let this become our belief system for life. These ideas may be positive or negative, true or false but none the less, they have a big influence on who we become and the way we will think about ourselves and impact the outcome of our lives. These outside influences unknowingly program our subconscious mind into believing that which may not be true or healthy for us. These thoughts may not have any benefit towards what we would like to accomplish or become in our lives. We may have been told we are not smart enough, or we are too big, or we are too small, or we do not have enough money, or we are not the right color.
Many people go throughout their life believing these mistruths and remain unhappy and unfulfilled simply because they do not realize they can reprogram their subconscious mind and recreate these unhealthy tapes. This is where hypnosis comes in. This is where our computer in our mind can be reprogrammed with new healthy fulfilling tapes and those old unfulfilling tapes removed.
Through hypnosis we can reprogram our subconscious mind and become what we truly want and were meant to be. Through hypnosis we can get into contact with our subconscious mind and reprogram all those negative false beliefs we have been carrying around with us all of our life. We can get in touch with our inner being and recreate our lives to be all that it was suppose to be.The possibilities are endless. All we need to do to accomplish this is to just imagine what we want, feel it with enthusiasm, and believe it in our heart and hypnosis will take us there.
Desire, belief and expectancy are all we need to change our lives with hypnosis. It is so sad that people go through their lives with misconceptions of who they really are and what they could actually become and or accomplish.
It seems so true that thoughts are things. What we think about all the time truly does come about. People need to realize they have some control over their lives. God gave us a magnificent subconscious mind to use to create our reality through our thoughts and imagination. “So as a man thinketh, so shall he be”. So true are these words if we would only pay attention and act on these truths. Hypnosis can help us to think in positive ways to help us create a new reality which in turn could help create a more positive universe.
Just imagine if all people would learn self hypnosis and reprogram their subconscious mind to live a more rewarding and happy life. It would help them to accomplish their desires, therefore making it easier to be kinder to others. It all begins with self. If we are individually fulfilled and love ourselves we are much better able to love others as well. If society as a whole were happy with themselves and more fulfilled in their individual lives, they would be less likely to be envious of others. This could cause a decrease in crime and abuse of mankind in general. If we all could only learn how to use what we were all gifted with, which is our subconscious mind, our world could be a better place.
Hypnosis is a way of creating miracles. Disease can be cured. There have been people whom have been cured through hypnosis when all other medical treatment has failed. This goes to prove that many, if not all diseases, are due to faulty thinking and programming of the subconscious mind.
Through hypnosis we can learn to manage stress which frequently is linked to many of our diseases. Cancer, obesity, ulcers, colitis and anxiety are only to name a few. Through hypnosis we can assist our immune system in the eradication of cancer cells by just imagining the cancer cells are being attacked by protecting army cells. Our subconscious mind will believe anything that we suggest when under hypnosis. We can learn to control our anxiety levels and learn to see our stressors from a different perspective. We can lose weight by learning to react to food in a more healthy way and learn to think like a thin person. There is virtually no end to what can be accomplished with hypnosis.
For myself, I would like to rid myself of the old tapes in my subconscious mind. I desire to increase my confidence, let go of old hurts and begin my life at fifty. I have learned over time that no matter what we believe, that becomes our reality. We can change our old programs. People whom have mental illnesses live in that reality even if it is not real to others. Whatever we think, is true to us. We all live in our subconscious minds. We need to use hypnosis to build on what will make us fulfilled in our life and make us happy. Whether this means us building on our self confidence, learning to forgive, reducing pain, or healing from disease.
Through hypnosis, we can reprogram our subconscious mind and change our lives. Again if we would just remember: “As a man thinketh, so shall he be” and, “Ask and it shall be given to you,” then all we need is to have belief, desire and expectancy, and hypnosis will take us there.