Hypnosis Induction

This article takes you through the steps to put yourself (or otheres) into a hypnotic state. For some gernal guidance on using Self Hypnosis see our article: An Introduction to Self Hypnosis

First you will need to go to a quiet room and sit in any comfortable chair or couch. Although some people prefer to lie down, you are more susceptible to falling sleep than when you are sitting up. Whether you sit or lie, ensure you do not cross your legs or any part of your body. You may be in this position for a while and this could end up being uncomfortable.

Make sure you are not going to be disturbed for at least half an hour.

Begin by closing your eyes and taking a few slow deep breaths.

The next stage is to recognize and release the tension in your body. Beginning with your toes, imagine the tension slowly falling away from your body and vanishing. Imagine it freeing each body part one at a time starting with your toes and working its way up your body. Visualize each part of your body becoming lighter and lighter as the tension is removed. After your toes, then relax your feet. Continue with your calves, thighs, hips, stomach and so on, until you've relaxed each portion, including your face and head.

Recognise the fact that you are now extremely relaxed.

Imagine you are at the top of a flight of 10 stairs which at the fifth step start to submerge into water. Picture every detail of this scene from the top to the bottom. Tell yourself that you are going to descend the stairs, counting each step down, starting at 10. Picture each number in your mind. Imagine that each number you count is further down and one step closer to the bottom. After each number, you will feel yourself drifting further and further into deep relaxation. As you take each step, imagine the feel of the step under your feet.

Once you are at the fifth step imagine and truly feel the refreshing coolness of the water and tell yourself that you are stepping into an oasis of purity and cleanliness. As you begin to descend the last five steps, start to feel the water getting higher and higher up your body. You should now start to feel somewhat numb and your heart may start to race a bit, if it does just notice the sensation, this is perfectly normal.
At this point at the bottom of the water you shouldn't really feel anything, just a floating sensation. You may even feel like you're spinning. Once you have achieved this state you are now ready to proceed to address your problems and decide upon what it is you want from where you are.

Start to narrate what you are doing, speak in the present tense quietly to yourself, as if you are reading it from a page. Picture three boxes under the water that you have to swim to get to. Once you have found the boxes open them slowly one at a time, each one should be a positive statement designed to address the issue you have decided to work on.

Narrate to yourself what is happening when you open the box. For example 'As I open the box I feel a radiant light engulf me, I feel it becoming a part of me, this light is my new found confidence that I can never lose as it is now a part of me' and then proceed on to the next box. You should avoid using statements with negative connotation such as "I don't want to be tired and irritable." Instead, say, "I am becoming calm and relaxed." Examples of positive statements "I am strong and slender," "I am successful and positive," and, if you have pain, "My back is beginning to feel wonderful."

Repeat your statements to yourself as many times as you wish, but 2 or 3 times should be enough
Once you are satisfied with what you have done and embraced, swim back to the stairs and feel with each step you take the water becoming lower and lower until you have once again reached that fifth step. Continue up the stairs visualizing each step by its number, feeling the steps underneath you, will yourself to carry on up the stairs.

Once you have ascended, give yourself a few moments before opening your eyes. You may want to visualise yourself opening a door to the outside world, do this slowly and imagine the light that pours in through the door way, this should make your eyes open. Take your time reorienting to your surroundings and then slowly get up.


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