An Introduction to Self Hypnosis

Self Hypnosis is one of the most powerful self development tools available, you can use it to overwrite negative or limiting beliefs you may have picked up earlier in your life; ‘I’m not an intelligent person’, ‘I always feel nervous and panic under pressure’ with positive ones that can improve your life going forward.

You can also use it to change your habits, both getting rid of unwanted habits such as smoking, or by creating new habits like getting up an hour earlier to get some extra work or study done. Learning how to hypnotise yourself is very easy, but it does take a little bit of practice.

Hypnosis gets a lot of dubious press. Most people are familiar with stage hypnotists, who convince  people to perform embarrassing tricks like running around on all fours barking like a dog. In truth, hypnosis has much more productive uses - including therapy and personal development. It gives you the ability to talk to your inner self. So let's dispel a few myths about hypnosis.

  • You are self aware during hypnosis. The deeper you go, the more you will become immersed in an inner reality. But you are always aware of the hypnotist's voice and instructions and what you do.
  • You have complete control over yourself during hypnosis. You may be more suggestible but you still decide what you say and do. You can't be convinced to do anything that breaks your moral code.
  • You can't get stuck in a hypnotic trance. Even if the hypnotist were to keel over midway through a session, you would surface from the trance naturally, just as you wake up after a night's sleep.
  • Everyone can be hypnotized to some degree. We all enter unconscious hypnotic trances every day, whether we are watching TV, going through our morning routine, or staring out the window. Some of us are just more willing to go under than others.

Self hypnosis is very similar. You become closer to your own inner voice and more suggestible to the new ideas you present to your subconscious. Rpeated affirmations (hypnotic suggestions) can directly affect your sub-conscious mind without the usual filtering process of doubt and rationalisation from the conscious mind.

 

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