What do you think of when you hear the word hypnotist? Many bring to mind the traditional image of a hypnotist dangling a watch or crystal in front of his subject’s face. The watch goes back and forth and the hypnotist is saying sleep, sleep, sleep. A short while later the subject is on stage crowing like a chicken. Then he is told to snap out of it and remember nothing.
That kind of hypnotism is not what we are discussing. That is show business and has made many fearful of hypnosis, that someone is going to take over their minds and control them. They get the idea the hypnosis is some sort of mind control where they give their will over to the hypnotist. In reality you will remain aware and would not do things that you wouldn’t normally do.
Hypnosis and self-hypnosis is a state where you talk directly to your subconscious mind. You enter into an altered state of consciousness but remain fully aware of where you are. This state allows you to bypass your conscious mind and give positive suggestions directly to your subconscious.
Your subconscious is always on, recording everything that is happening to you and often worrying about it. This can cause strange dreams about things that you fear. Self-hypnosis allows you to talk to your subconscious and change some of these ideas. The subconscious also controls habit and you will find that you can also modify your habits.
Self-hypnosis allows you to bring yourself into a hypnotic state and reciting a script that you have prepared ahead of time to yourself. This script is made up of positive suggestions that will guide you to your goals. This lets you bypass your conscious mind and its programming so that you can get more directly to your goals.
Reaching the hypnotic state is done by relaxing your body by taking deep, regular breaths and telling yourself that you are relaxing. As you repeat this process you will find yourself slipping into the hypnotic state. Now that you have relaxed your conscious mind along with your body, you present your subconscious mind with positive ideas to counteract the way you look at things so that you can modify it and change the associated habit.
In sports, athletes are encouraged to visualize successful completion of sometimes difficult moves; or a dieter seeing themselves as healthier and happier and reaching their target weight; this is really the same thing. You see the end from the beginning and learning the task becomes easier.
Our subconscious mind is always learning, always recording but does no critical thinking. What goes into it is acted on. With self-hypnosis you have the ability to reach in and change what is happening.