TIPS TO USE SELF-HYPNOSIS TO INDUCE POSITIVE CHANGES IN LIFE
Many professionals are trained in hypnotherapy in Brisbane and all over Australia, for example doctors, nurses, psychologists and of course, hypnotherapists. However, self-hypnosis is a relatively simple process that anyone can use to introduce positive changes in their mental and physical health. Let us see how it works:
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Glynis Bretherton is a known name in the Australian hypnotherapy profession. She describes hypnosis as a trance-like state that is characterised by relaxation, increased suggestibility, and heightened imagination. During hypnosis, a person goes into the theta brainwave state, which is similar to the state experienced in day dreaming, light sleep
or deep meditation.
WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
Dr Milton Erickson, often regarded as the father of hypnotism, stated that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.”
What the above statement means is that even when being guided by a trained professional, a person will not undergo hypnosis if they are not willing to do it. The state of hypnosis is induced by a person’s will and belief; a professional just
facilitates the process.
Self-hypnosis is something most of us have experienced many times. Do you remember for instances when you are “mesmerised” by a cracker or ripples in the water or anything else, for that matter, and lose all awareness of your surroundings temporarily? In this state, a person experiences profound relaxation and loses themselves in their thoughts.
When this condition is deliberately induced, it is called self-hypnosis.
SELF-HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUE FOR BEGINNERS
The technique we are going to employ is called the eye-fixation self-hypnosis. It is one of the simplest and most effective self-hypnosis techniques ever developed.
Before you begin, try and remove all distractions from around you and concentrate on your goal of self-hypnosis.
Step 1. Sit in a comfortable chair without crossing your legs and hands. Avoid heavy meals right before the session as it may leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Take off your footwear and make sure that you are wearing
comfortable clothing. Bottom line, get comfortable in a chair without crossing your arms and legs.
Step 2. Fix your gaze at a point on the ceiling and concentrate. Let your body relax and start repeated a suggestion similar to “My eyes are tired, I want to sleep now.”
Make sure you say this suggestion like you mean it, sounding
convincing and relaxing at the same time. If you do this right, your eyes will
soon start feeling tired. At this point, let your eyes close and take deep
breaths to relax further.
Step 3. Let your body relax and let it go limp like a rag doll on a chair. Then slowly, but intentionally start counting down from 10 to 0, telling yourself that with every number, you are becoming more relaxed. Stay in the relaxed state for a few moments and notice how you don’t even have to make an effort to relax your body. In fact, the less you try, the more you relax.
Step 4. After you’re ready to emerge, start counting from 1 to 10. Tell yourself that with each passing number, you become more and more aware of your surroundings.
Try this technique a few times and notice how you reach deeper levels of relaxation on every instance. Once you have perfected this technique, you can start introducing positive suggestions to yourself, which will help you improve in all areas of life.
Note that some people may feel drowsy or dizzy right after coming back to consciousness. This is normal and will pass after a few moments.