Self-hypnosis is an ancient technique used to access the deeper levels of our mind and you can use the personal development software SilentIdeas as a tool to apply this powerful technique for your self-improvement.
In the hypnotic state, the mind becomes especially open and free from prejudices or fears that prevent it from living new experiences. The use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is very old and has strengthened even more in modern times with the advancement of techniques to practice it.
But all hypnosis is actually self hypnosis. The myth that the hypnotized person loses consciousness and is at the mercy of the hypnotist is a common mistake. In fact, hypnosis depends entirely on the acceptance of the hypnotist's suggestions by the hypnotized. In this way it is possible for people to practice hypnosis on their own. Suffice it to follow diligently a training program that will enable one to enter into a hypnotic trance on one's own. And, once this ability has been acquired, a wonderful field for personal perfection opens up once and for all. Being able to access the deeper levels of your mind and guide them towards your goals is to unleash your full potential for intellectual, physical, and emotional fulfillment.
To practice self-hypnosis, however, it is necessary to follow a script and have discipline. This roadmap can be divided into five stages. See below for more details on this roadmap.
There are five steps to developing a powerful self-hypnosis and making your deepest mind do or be whatever you want. The steps are: preparation, relaxation, deepening, suggestion and finalization.
A plan for practice is of vital importance, so the first thing you should do is create one. If you do not have a plan, what you will be saying is that you will practice when you have time. This never works. Decide first when in a complete and continuous way you will practice. The time you will book and the frequency of the proposed practice should be realistic. Remember, you should want the place and time reserved for your practice to be available once you have committed to the plan.
It is quite possible that you are an exceptional person, capable of doing many things that other people are not able to do. People who research information about self-hypnosis and how to learn to practice it are often unusual people. But the more exceptional you are, the more you need planning. The more productive and capable you are, the more you will need planning to engage in any new activity. You probably know this. But if you do not know, pay attention: develop a plan!
The more specific and realistic your self-hypnosis practice plan is, the better the chances of leading you to success. If you leave to practice only when you have a chance, you will not continue for long. Let's move on.
Plan the best time to practice, keeping in mind that you should do it at the time of day that you are at your best. If you leave to practice after a tiring day of work when you get home, chances are the only thing you will practice will be to sleep. You should also leave to practice at a time when you will not be interrupted by other people.
Many people are surprised to know that they should stay awake to practice self-hypnosis. If you have trouble staying awake when you try to practice no matter what time of day, you will have to take steps to avoid falling asleep.
An extreme method of avoiding drowsiness is to practice standing up until you lose the habit of falling asleep. Obviously this is not the ideal position to practice self-hypnosis, but no amount of practice will help you if all that you are practicing is falling asleep. If you fall asleep while you're standing ... it's because you need medical attention.
As your practice progresses, you can use suggestions to avoid falling asleep during your self-hypnosis sessions.
The second step after the initial preparation is to become relaxed. You have to relax your mind and sense of judgment, let your body muscles relax and free of tensions.
Relaxation - really deep relaxation - is a skill that many people have lost or never developed. Some people, however, can do it very easily. They just get rid of the tensions and let each part of the body become flaccid and relaxed. If you are one of these people, start your self-hypnosis session by staying very relaxed. Have a good time. This is not a thing to do in a hurry.
The time involved in the relaxation phase of your self-hypnotic induction can range from half an hour to a few seconds. It is an important part in induction and should not be neglected. As you move forward and your ability increases, you will recognize the states of deep relaxation and will be able to reach them in a surprisingly short time. But, as a beginner, be patient and have fun. It will be a well spent time.
To help you achieve great relaxation, the best method is to use a script to follow mentally and by which you will relax one part at a time of your body. Decorating a script, though, is not a good idea. You would have to be concerned all the time to remember what should be thought of in the next step. But concern is a forbidden word in a self-hypnosis session. That's why in SilentIdeas there is a feature for you to record your sound scripts and manipulate them freely, setting part by part and defining numbers of repetitions, before and after pauses, and the order in which each part is played. This way, your script does not become monotonous. Here's a good example of a relaxation script:
"I'm starting my self-hypnosis session now. From now until I say 'wake up' I'll become more and more relaxed and focused on myself. Suggestions that I give will be followed, but this will only apply to those suggestions that I give and knowingly want them to be followed. "
"As I close my eyes and begin to dive into my deep consciousness, I can imagine a handkerchief covering my feet.Each part of my body that becomes covered by the handkerchief will become completely relaxed. My feet are becoming deeply relaxed. All The muscles of my feet are loose and relaxed. "
"Now the scarf is moving over my knees. Each muscle and tendon in my body from the knees down are becoming more and more relaxed. All the tension is flowing out of this area, leaving all the muscles loose and relaxed."
"Now, the handkerchief is moving slowly toward my waist line. As it moves up, everything becomes more relaxed. When it reaches my waist, I almost feel nothing down. My hips, lower abdomen, legs and feet are progressively more and more relaxed. "
"All the worries are coming out of my mind. If a thought intrudes, I will let it weaken and leave quietly. I'm just thinking of relaxing and fending off all tensions. All muscles are becoming more and more relaxed and I'm feeling sleepily pleasurable. I'm not going to sleep, but I'm feeling so carefree and relaxed, penetrating more and more into myself without any worry or anxiety."
"Now the handkerchief is moving upward, moving slowly over my stomach, inch by inch over my chest, stopping over my shoulders. All the muscles in my stomach and back are loosening, becoming full and my arms are becoming more and more loose. I could move if I wanted to, but I'm becoming so comfortably relaxed that I do not want to move. I'm stopped and relaxed, moving more and more to the bottom of a pleasant state of dream relaxation."
"Now the warmth and relaxation are slowly moving up over my shoulders.The handkerchief is standing there, but the relaxation is moving smoothly to my neck. All the muscles in my neck are becoming flaccid and loose.I can to see them with the eyes of my mind, to become loose and rested. All worries and anxieties are disappearing as I deepen in my relaxation. "
"Now the relaxation is spreading through my mouth and the muscles of the jaws. My tongue is soft, resting in my mouth without any need for tension. I may have more saliva briefly in my mouth, but this will soon change. Now, my cheeks and eyes are relaxing. I could open my eyes if I needed to, but unless I need to, it would be very laborious. I would have to make a lot of effort to open my eyes. I am moving pleasantly downward, becoming more and more relaxed."
"The muscles of my forehead are getting more and more relaxed. I can imagine them as rubber bands on my forehead, becoming loose and distended. Living myself deeper and deeper, relaxing more and more. From the tips of my fingers to high in my head, I'm getting more and more relaxed, coming down over and over."
The script does not end here. Now, however, it will guide you to the next phase of the process of self-hypnotic induction.
Once you have completed the relaxation phase, you can begin to deepen this state. At some point between relaxation and deepening, you will enter into a hypnotic state. You probably will not know it, especially being a beginner, but this will happen sooner or later.
One of the first hurdles a novice must overcome is the compulsion to "watch". That is, you will be waiting for the hypnosis event, for some change in your state of consciousness or way of feeling that will tell you, "you are hypnotized."
The expectation of hypnosis will mess you up, and a lot if you do not push her away from your mind. Getting into a state of self-hypnosis is similar at this point as falling asleep. If you go to bed at night and there you are trying to catch yourself falling asleep - trying to observe the precise instant you start to sleep - you will not sleep. The watch activity will keep you awake. If and when you finally fell asleep, you will not know. When you wake up, you'll know you've been asleep, but you'll have to wake up to know it.
In the same way, you will not know when you entered a hypnotic state (but this will not be why you lost consciousness, you will not lose it). Subsequently, after you have been practicing regularly for a few weeks or a month or two, you will know that you were in a hypnotic state after you left, but you will not know when you entered it.
Does it take weeks or months to achieve a good hypnotic state? Definitely not. Some people have an incredible experience already the first time they try. Others can practice for several days without notice, and then wow! They have one of those great induction sessions in which they know something stupendously good has happened. But if you are not one of these people, do not worry. Keep practicing and you'll end up getting there.
Okay, even saying this, I know what will actually happen. As sure as I'm sitting here typing these words, I know you'll still watch over yourself. It's a shame, but this is human. Sometimes we can not control ourselves. You will be distracted by every little change in your mental state, waiting to see what happens to you as you go through the procedure. Like I said, it's inevitable, because it's natural. Just keep in mind that you will not realize anything except relaxation, which is very enjoyable, and perhaps a slightly distant sense of being withdrawn from everyday concerns. Try not to worry about the timing of hypnosis as much as you can. It is best to measure your achievements and whether or not you have been hypnotized by the results of your suggestions, not by the way you felt while you were practicing.
One of the most popular forms of deepening procedure is the countdown technique. To use the countdown technique, you simply start counting, say, 100, imagining that you are diving deeper and deeper into your mind at every count. Other images and thoughts will probably intrude while you're counting. This is natural. Just let them quietly aside by continuing the count.
The speed at which you tell must be natural; Neither too fast nor too slow. For many people this means counting at the rate of one count for every two or three seconds. Do it at a pace that is both comfortable and relaxing. Some people like to turn the count on with their breath. As they advance, their breathing becomes slower, so their counting also slows down.
Do not count out loud, just think of the count. You should avoid physical involvement and movement as much as possible.
Now let's go back to the sound script you can use to guide your practice. A good example of the script for this phase might be this:
"Now I'm going to start counting back starting at 25. As I tell, I'll continue to plunge into myself, pleasantly deeper into my relaxation.I will become sleepy and deeply relaxed, but I will not go to sleep, I will still be able to direct my thoughts, and I will be able to get up straight away if I need to. But unless I need to, I will continue to delve deeper into my relaxation."
"Starting the countdown ... twenty-five ... twenty-four ... twenty-three ... twenty-two ... plunging deeper and deeper at every count ... twenty-one ... twenty ... feeling sleepy but still awake ... nineteen ... eighteen ... seventeen ... floating gently down to each count ... sixteen ... fifteen ... fourteen ... diving, sleepy ... thirteen . . twelve . . . eleven. . . ten . . . and more than half achieved, plunging deeper and deeper into each count ... nine, eight, seven, six, five ... feeling very relaxed ... four ... making me more and more relaxed and sleepy ... three ... two ... one ... zero. Breathing pleasantly, slowly, plunging deeper and deeper With every breath. "
"Insofar as I remain deeply relaxed and relaxed further, I am thinking of my suggestions."
At this point, it is time to enter the phase of the suggestions previously recorded in the script.
Once you have reached the end of the deepening procedure, you are ready to apply the suggestions. What you did during the relaxation and deepening phase was to increase your suggestibility. That is, you have opened your subconscious mind at least a little to receive your suggestions. This works because of the particular and peculiar characteristics of the subconscious part of your mind.
The most common and easy way to apply suggestions is to prepare them in advance and memorize them. It will not be very difficult to remember them, but if you are listening to them in a sound file your task will be even easier and reinforced by the sound of the words. Just remember to make them short and denotative, that is, using the words in their most natural sense, because the subconscious is naive and takes everything literally. Do not use slang in your suggestions or phrases with double sense.
Never say "You" in your self-cue phrases. You will be addressing yourself, so use the first person singular and say "I".
While people sometimes get immediate results from their suggestions, it is more likely to take a little time for them to become effective. So do not be impatient. On the other hand, if you do not notice any results in, say, two weeks, you should change your suggestions.
At this stage, after applying the suggestions, you must complete it in the script sequence. Here's an example.
"All the suggestions I have given will come to fruition, because they are good for me and it is good for me to do them. All the directions I have given myself are good for me and I will follow them.
"Every time I practice self-hypnosis I will become better and better at it. I will be able to relax more and more deeply in less time with each new practice.
Once you have applied the suggestions, you are ready to end your session. You can simply open your eyes, get up and go to work, but this is not a good idea. You must formally identify the end of each session. In so doing, this will create a clear demarcation between the hypnotic state and the common state of consciousness. Clear termination also prevents your self-hypnosis session from turning into a snooze. If you want to sleep, sleep. But do not do it in a way that sleep is associated with the practice of hypnosis.
If you are practicing at bedtime and do not worry about falling asleep then fine. But still create a demarcation line in your mind to signal the end of your self-hypnosis session. This way you will be avoiding the habit of falling asleep during the practice of hypnosis.
To end the session, think that you will be wide awake and alert after counting, say, up to three. Something like this.
"Now, as long as I count to three, I will slowly, gradually, pleasantly wake up. I will return to my normal state, except for the suggested changes. Now, starting: one ..., making me more alert; ... two, preparing me to wake up; ... three, awake."
In ordinary hypnosis, the thoughts of the patient are driven by the hypnotist. In self hypnosis, there is no guide to lead the patient. If you are trying to self-hypnotize you, you will have to prepare a script of thoughts and suggestions beforehand to conduct your self-hypnosis session.
The most convenient way to do this is to record the script in a sound file and play it while you relax and let your thoughts be guided by the phrases that are being played.
Using the Windows sound recorder, you can create your script in parts, recording sentences, testing quality, and saving them in individual files.
After saving the phrase files, you'll use SilentIdeas to combine them into a schedule. This will be your script, and you can manipulate the order, number of repetitions, and pauses before and after each file played.
By listening to the script, you can relax and let yourself be guided by the set of previously recorded thoughts without having to worry about remembering them. These scripts can be left playing continuously while you are asleep. Even asleep, you may benefit from this type of autosuggestion.
At any time, you can edit scripts by adding and removing sound files or by modifying order, number of repetitions, and pauses. This will allow you to quickly change that part of the script that needs to be improved without having to re-create it from the beginning.
As you create your sound messages in SilentIdeas, you can choose to save them in the program stock so you can reuse them later in creating new scripts.
Try to create short messages because very large files consume more memory and can degrade your computer's performance.