How to Hypnotise Yourself

Hypnosis is the act of putting your brain into a trance state, similar to both meditation and to sleep. Being in this trance state makes you more suggestible than normal since affirmations can directly affect your sub-conscious mind without the usual filtering process of doubt and rationalisation from the conscious mind.

These suggestions implanted in your sub-conscious can have a profound effect in changing your habits and behaviours by tackling limiting beliefs you may have from even the first use. Their real power however is in repeated use, which creates new beliefs, ones which you have chosen that then naturally begin to filter through into your life.

Self hypnosis is simply the process of inducing this trance state in yourself and giving your mind your own affirmations. There is nothing to be afraid of, during self hypnosis you are still self aware and in complete control.

How To Hypnotize Yourself

#1 – Make yourself comfortable

Find a comfortable place to sit or lie. Unless you regularly practice meditation in this position don’t cross your arms or legs - have an open posture that is easy to stay in for the next 20 minutes.

Take a few slow, deep breaths, and know for the next 20 minutes at least, you can forget all about anything going on in your life and just let the world take care of itself. Allow your eyes to close naturally and let your mind relax.

#2 - Release any tension

Focus on releasing any physical tension throughout your body. Start at your toes, and imagine each muscle in turn completely relaxing. It should feel like a pleasant, warm feeling. Systematically release each muscle group, working your way up your legs and on to your back. Spend extra time on your shoulders and upper back, which tend to hold a lot of tension. Visualizing your body gradually filling up with a calm glowing light may help to free up the muscles.

#3 – Connect with your subconscious

Gently roll your eyes back in your head (this is their ideal position for relaxing) and visualize yourself at the top of a staircase. This staircase represents your consciousness. Now you are going to move your focus from your conscious mind at the top of the staircase into your subconscious at the bottom.

Start to descend down the stairs slowly, taking each stair one at a time. With each stair take a slow, deep breath and let yourself feel even more relaxed than you did on the previous step, drifting deeper and deeper into your relaxing trance state. Starting at 10 count down with each step you go down until you get to 1 at the bottom of the staircase.

#4 – Place your affirmations into your subconscious

Once you reach the bottom of the staircase, you are ready to begin implanting hypnotic suggestions into your subconscious. Gently repeat one or more of the following phrases in your mind (just choose whichever feels right for you):

  • - "I am calm and relaxed"
  • - "I am strong and confident"
  • - "I am in control of my destiny"
  • - "I can have everything I want"
  • - "I am healthy and energetic"
  • - "I can remember my dreams"
  • - "I can have lucid dreams"

Of course, you can make up any phrase you want. Just remember to make every phrase positive and in the present tense.

#5 - Wake Up Gently

Repeat your chosen affirmation as many times as you want. Take the time to enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.

When you're ready, prepare to wake up from your trance state. Tell yourself you are going to count up to 10, and with each step you will slowly return to full awareness. Now starting at 1 count upwards to 10, as you climb back up the steps in your mind. (Exactly the reverse of what you did in inducing the trance in step 3).

When you reach the top, take a deep breath and then open your eyes. Sit for a moment if you like - and remember to stand up slowly.


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