By Susanna Sweeney, MSc, MBACP, CHT
Most people are not yet aware of what self help hypnosis can do for them. In truth, it can change your life.
See for example this success story where ten minutes of self hypnosis per day helped Sam lose over five stone in weight.
This page is the center of a series of articles on self hypnosis that I have put together to make the topic accessible for you.
what self hypnosis is, how it works, how you can master it, how you can
benefit from it and what its limitations are- is key to making good use
of this amazing self help tool.
You will find links to the other articles in this series further down the page, but allow me to introduce the basics first before sending you off in other directions.
Self hypnosis is not mysterious, neither is it ‘occult’ as some
people believe. Self hypnosis is a simple, natural phenomenon that you,
too, can learn to access and develop into a powerful self help tool.
Let me explain what I mean when I am talking about self hypnosis being a natural phenomenon.
We all have an inbuilt ability to become deeply absorbed in something, to effortlessly focus our attention on a particular thing. One example for when this can happen spontaneously is when you become so involved in a movie that the characters seem almost real to you.
In this state, the brain is open to suggestion. You could deliver desirable messages to yourself, and they would enter your mind, bypassing the usual censorship that is in place when in a fully conscious state.
Advertisers know that repetitive messages sent to
the brain during times of relaxation combined with deep absorption will
leave a deep imprint on the mind.
hypnosis can help you harness this inbuilt skill you already have
to help you access your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is
where belief systems, attitudes, emotions and habits reside. By
accessing the subconscious mind you have a direct route to these, and
you can change them at their root.
You can use self hypnotherapy for change in your life in any area you desire.
Accessing issues directly in the subconscious mind is very useful when you want to change your life because it saves a lot of the work that you have to do if you are working with methods that cultivate conscious awareness, such as psychotherapy.
Self hypnosis is a great self help tool that is open to anyone to use.
You will find lots of sources, especially online, claiming that hypnosis only works for a select few. Find out on this page “Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis” what recent research says about the hypnotizability of people.
Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980), a leader and innovator in the hypnosis
field, contended that everyone can benefit from self help hypnosis once
they find the right technique and approach for them personally.
This means, when studying self hypnosis, it is a good idea to follow your gut feelings as to what feels right for you. Simply pick those self hypnosis techniques that appeal to you, and fill them with images and metaphors that have personal meaning for you or that you prefer over others.
Everybody carries self-imposed limitations of some kind. Here are some common self-imposed limitations:
Once the magic spell was broken, many more athletes managed to run a mile in under four minutes within the next couple of years. How come? Simply because they now believed they were able as well. Roger Bannister had shown them that their limitations were simply limitations in self belief.
Many athletes today use the imaginative ability of their subconscious minds to imagine their goals seeing them as if they had already achieved them. This brings ‘crazy’ goals into reach. The idea is that once your mind is convinced that you can do something, you will eventually be able to do just that.
You can work with self help hypnosis using the same mechanism to break through your own barriers and extend yourself to meet new goals and change your life.
The truth is that we are, in fact, unlimited.
Any goal you set yourself, you can meet, any goal at all. Self help hypnosis is a great tool to help you tap into that unlimited aspect of your personality- by harnessing your mind and letting your mind lead the way.
The more you know about self hypnosis before you start to use it, the higher your chances of using it effectively and successfully.
You will find this question answered but in a way you probably would not expect. Find out how self hypnosis is always at work, whether you harness it as a skill or not...
The Benefits of Self Hypnosis
Find out in this article how you can benefit from self hypnosis in your life, including what issues you can use it for.
Self-Hypnosis Relaxation Techniques
A good place to start practicing self hypnosis techniques first before infusing them with images regarding your specific goals, or changes that you want to make in your life is with relaxation techniques. Find a sample relaxation script on this page that you can start using today.
Self Hypnosis for Goal Setting
Goal setting is key in working with personal goals. If you don’t get your goals just right, you are much less likely to get good results. Find out how to overcome the seven most common mistakes with goal setting when you use a self hypnosis based approach.
Self-Help Hypnosis- 7 Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Like any other form of therapy, self-help hypnosis, too has some limitations which you should be aware of before you start practicing. I also offer some practical tips and solutions to help you overcome most of these limitations.
In this article, find out the history of auto suggestions, the science behind them and how you can use them to your advantage to change your life.
In this article, find detailed instructions on how to design, administer and troubleshoot your auto suggestions successfully so that you can use them to change your life.
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