Benefits and Limitations of Self Hypnosis
There’s been a lot of talk lately about self-hypnosis. Before we get into what it can and cannot do for us, let’s talk about what self-hypnosis is.
If you’ve ever been to a hypnotherapist, they may have told you that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is essentially true. What this means is that no one can make you enter hypnosis without your consent or cooperation. The media and theatrical hypnotists have led many of us to believe that hypnosis is an unnatural state that can be imposed on us by those with mind control powers.
Could not be farther from the truth. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all enter several times a day. Whenever your attention is so focused that you are unaware of what is going on around you, you are in a hypnotic state. Whether it is watching television, reading or playing games, every time we step out of the present and into our minds and where our attention is focused, we are in a state of hypnosis.
There are also other times when we go into a mild hypnotic state. For example, when we are called to the office, we are in a very suggestible state. When we are in a large crowd at a concert or other event, we are in a slight state of hypnosis. These are just a few examples of situations in which we are hypnotized in our everyday lives.
From these examples we can deduce that hypnosis is a state of mind in which we focus on something other than what is happening right in front of us, or we are so focused on what is in front of us that we lose awareness of everything else. It is a state in which we are suggestible, which means that we can internalize information and make it part of our reality or belief system. An example of this is when we watch a movie and cry at the end. Although the events did not happen to us, we are so engaged that we experience the emotions as if they were happening to us.
Of course, when we talk about self-hypnosis in a therapeutic sense we are not talking about these experiences. We are talking about an intentional process in which we take our attention out of our current environment and put ourselves in an altered state of mind for a specific purpose.
So how do we do self-hypnosis?
There are as many forms of self-hypnosis as there are people, but for this writing I will describe a simple but effective way that anyone can do.
The first thing you want to do is find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Give yourself a good half hour. Turn off your phone and ask the children to be quiet and entertain themselves during this time. However, in an emergency, know that you will easily wake up and return to normal waking consciousness, without difficulty.
Get comfortable, either sitting or lying down. You can have soft music in the background if you like. There are several recordings of meditative music that are perfect for self-hypnosis. Some people use music to dive deeper into relaxation.
Now focus on your breathing. Watch your breath go in and out of your nose. Feel the air entering your body. Watch your belly go up and down. Often the breathing exercise is accompanied by the thought “Breathe relaxation and calm and breathe our tension and stress.”
You can also use relaxation to bring you into a relaxed state of deep tranquility and calm. Imagine that the muscles around the eyes begin to relax and become flabby. Then bring that feeling to the top of your head. Feel all the muscles in your head, face, and neck fully loosen and relax. Use this technique to go through your entire body, completely relaxing and calming down.
Use words in your mind like “deepening relaxation” “going all the way down” “calm and peaceful relaxation” etc., as you breathe and feel all the tension come out of your muscles.
Counting down is another great way to dive deeper into relaxation. “10 going down, … 9 twice as relaxed as before, … 8 still going down … etc.”
You may begin to feel a physical sensation such as floating, tingling, or numbness. You may notice a change in temperature, either heating or cooling. Everyone has a unique experience when they go into hypnosis. Pay attention to your senses and see how you will experience hypnosis.
At this point, many people will ask, “What is the difference between self-hypnosis and meditation?”
Meditation is a practice to clear your mind. Hypnosis is similar in that you can relax and watch your breathing, but that’s where the similarities end. Hypnosis has a specific intention attached, so instead of being clear, your mind is particularly active, albeit in a different way than your normal state of consciousness.
You will enter hypnosis with intention. If the reason you are using hypnosis is to relieve stress, for example, you can keep the intention of “I am calm and relaxed throughout the day.” I feel the tension escaping from my fingers and toes. “You can repeat this several times and visualize or imagine the tension leaving your body through your fingers and toes. It can look like static electricity or you can see angry gnomes marching from the balls of your feet.
Imagination plays an important role in hypnosis. Visualizing or imagining the result you want helps to implant the idea in your subconscious mind. Once the idea is in your subconscious mind, it becomes part of your daily life.
The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination. When you visualize or imagine something enough, your subconscious mind will incorporate it into your life. When you go into self-hypnosis with a specific purpose in mind and repeat that intention, it becomes part of you.
You will notice that when you are in hypnosis you have a supervisor. This is a part of your mind that remains in control at all times. This is the part of your mind that will repeat the intention. It will also bring you out of hypnosis at the agreed time.
To get out of hypnosis, say to yourself: “Now I will count from one to five and at the count of five I will open my eyes and return to normal waking consciousness.” Now count … “One, slowly climbing …, two, feeling refreshed, rested and energetic …, three, feeling my body back in the room …, four, remembering every beneficial thing I have said. my subconscious mind today …, five, all the way up, eyes open. “
Stretch out and take a few moments to return to your normal consciousness. Remember that when you give yourself a suggestion, repeat it a few times to really get it on your mind. This is called compounding. The more you say it, the more it gets in and the better it takes hold. It may take a few times and a few days or weeks to see the changes in your life, but they will occur if you perform this procedure as described.
Now I can hear you ask, “If I can do all this on my own, why should I go to a hypnotherapist?”
Big question. This is the answer:
The title of this article is “Benefits and Limitations of Self Hypnosis”. The word hypnosis and hypnotherapist have a big difference. One is a state of mind and the other is therapy.
You can do a lot of good with self-hypnosis. You can lower your blood pressure if you want. It can relieve stress or improve your sleep patterns. You can improve your study habits. There are many things you can do with self-hypnosis. But there is one very important thing that cannot be done with self-hypnosis and that is therapy.
The difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist is therapy. A hypnotherapist uses therapeutic tools while the client is in a state of hypnosis to make changes in their lives. Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between the hypnotherapist and the client. It is not possible for someone in hypnosis to ask questions, dig deep, and use the tools necessary to find the root of a problem or engage with their inner child in a therapeutic way. For these purposes it is necessary to have a hypnotherapist with whom to work.
Self-hypnosis is very beneficial in reducing stress and other related problems. Central to a therapeutic experience is having a hypnotherapist to work with to get to the root of a problem and find solutions.
When looking for a hypnotherapist, look for someone with whom you feel comfortable. Make sure they have the training to do the job. If possible, verify your credentials. Hypnotherapy is not regulated by any government agency, so anyone can hang a tile and call themselves a hypnotherapist. Make sure the person you are dealing with is properly trained and professional in their business practice. It is better to take the time to choose the right hypnotherapist beforehand than to find out afterwards that you made a mistake.
Get started with self-hypnosis and get a feel for what it is like and what it can do for you and then find the right hypnotherapist for you.