How to Change Your Life for the Better through Self-Hypnosis

by Percival J. Meris on April 18, 2010

Self-Hypnosis

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WHAT PROVOKES A GREAT NUMBER OF PERSONAL ISSUES that harass you in your daily life? The answer: a negative state of mind. To change your life for the better, therefore, change the way you think. Reprogram your mind through self-hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis supplants your destructive beliefs with constructive ones through the use of autosuggestions. You deliberately distract your mind, and purposefully enter into a kind of programmed daydreaming. You program your mind to think in terms of the results you want without the assistance of a professional hypnotist.

Self-Hypnosis Benefits

The skill of self-hypnosis is the ultimate self-help tool. With it, you can achieve anything you want. You can use it to bring about every kind of self-improvement you desire. Your achievement will almost be miraculous.

No need for a hypnotherapist. Having none is just as easy and effective as having one. Furthermore, it is a lot less costly, and can be performed in the privacy of an environment you are familiar with. By doing it yourself, you are in full control of the inputs to your mind.

It is perfectly safe, even if you are inexperienced. You maintain awareness of your surroundings and the ability to slowly and gently revert to normal consciousness.

What To Use Self-Hypnosis For

You can turn to self-hypnosis to surmount any difficulty that hinders you from achieving your greatest potential. Here are few examples of reasons for self-hypnosis:

Physical Reasons

  • Lose weight
  • Reduce stress
  • Cure insomnia
  • Get over addictions

Psychological Reasons

  • Eliminate negative habits
  • Overcome fears and phobias
  • Remove depressions and insecurities
  • Promote self-confidence and self-control

What Not to Use Hypnosis For

In certain cases, the effectiveness of hypnosis may result to more harm than good.

You should not use self-hypnosis to relieve pain. Pain is a distress signal of the body, alerting you something is wrong that needs to be addressed immediately. If you do, pain is relieved, and you have no distress signal.

You should not use self-hypnosis to treat any type of mental illness, except under the direction and supervision of a competent psychiatrist. Indiscriminate use may result in more serious conditions.

How to Perform Self-Hypnosis

The process of self-hypnosis borrows techniques from meditation, visualization, and affirmation. It consists of preparing yourself to become a receptive subject to hypnotic suggestions and then actually receiving these suggestions.

Meditation

Here, you use meditative techniques to induce physical and mental relaxations. You relieve muscular and nervous tensions, and turn distressing thoughts into peaceful ones.

Let me refer you to my previous article Simple Meditation Techniques for Lasting Stress Relief for detailed instructions on meditative relaxation.

Visualization

Visualization produces experiences in the mind as concretely and realistically as possible.

The use of the five senses in visualization triggers experiences closely similar to those in real life. Naturally, as in real situations, these experiences will stimulate emotional responses, the other key ingredient of a successful visualization. Just be sure these experiences are positive.

The things visualized, though not objectively true, trick the subconscious mind into believing they are real and true. So convinced, the subconscious will try to align your life to what are visualized in an effort to maintain consistency.

Autosuggestion

The things visualized have to be organized, structured, defined, crystallized, anchored, reinforced, and fixed with concepts expressed in language form. Here is where affirmation comes it.

In the case of self-hypnosis, affirmation takes the form of autosuggestions. Simply put, autosuggestion calls for the oral recitation of statements about your desired object, as visualized. If you visualize yourself to be a person who is slim and fit, then utter a suggestive statement to that effect: “I am slim and fit.” Remember to address yourself as “I”, instead of “you”.

Believe in your statement as true. This is crucial.

Yes, you are fat and unhealthy, but that is not what you want to suggest and believe. Your conscious mind will try to reason out that is not so. Suppress this tendency. It is your subconscious mind that we are addressing here.

Accept your suggestions on its face value, and never judge nor doubt it. The subconscious will accept anything you suggest, even if the conscious believes otherwise. That is why the techniques of self-hypnosis aim to bypass the conscious when accessing the unconscious.

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To learn self-hypnosis, it is best to receive education from a live hypnotist. If no one is available, your next best choice is to grab book on the subject. The Ultimate Self-Hypnosis Course would be an excellent book to begin with.

Also, you will find the use of CD containing the sounds of binaural beats helpful. Binaural beats are special audio recordings of two dissimilar but coordinated beat sounds, which each ear hears respectively at the same time. Hearing them ushers you to deeper states of mind, conducive to relaxation, concentration, and meditation.

If you are unfamiliar with this technology, let me refer you to My Mind Shift Binaural Beats Audios to learn more about it.

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