By Susanna Sweeney, MSc, MBACP, CHT
Self hypnosis techniques quite simply are hypnosis techniques that you can use on yourself.
This means, when you practice self hypnosis, you are acting both as hypnotist and client.
Hypnosis works best when you as the client can completely
let go. But how you can let go completely when you have to
be in control of delivering the program?
My free self hypnosis guide contains a solution to this paradox. It talks you through designing a complete self hypnosis program that you can start using at home today.
Another challenge of using self hypnosis
techniques is the requirement for regular practice. You will have to be
determined and motivated to practice regularly and frequently so that
you can master these techniques. Learning self hypnosis is like learning any other skill: The more you practice, the better you will become at self hypnosis.
A good place to start you practice is with self hypnosis relaxation techniques.
Self hypnosis is designed to address the needs of the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind has its own, very particular way of working which is quite different from your logical or conscious mind.
Hypnosis and self hypnosis techniques are designed to work with these ‘quirks’ of the subconscious so that you can make good use of this part of your mind.
The depth of trance increases progressively through the three types of techniques with the first level operating more or less in ordinary consciousness, the second level introducing minor trance, and the third level working with deeper trance.
A good self hypnosis program will include techniques from all three categories in order to maximize the benefits you can achieve.
Essentially, the more you occupy your subconscious mind with the goal you want to reach or with the changes you want to make, the more your mind will take on board these ideas.
This method is based on the work of French psychologist and pharmacist Emile Coue (1857-1926) who is quoted in the graphic at the top of this page. Emile Coue was the pioneer of auto suggestion. He believed that the most powerful thing any therapist could do for a client was to give positive suggestions which the client would then turn into auto suggestions, speeding up their healing process.
Working on your own, you can make up your own auto suggestions. You are the expert on your own life, and you know best what you want to change, and where you need support. You can then design optimistic, positive messages that can help you change habits, emotions, behaviors, mind set or similar.
The caveat here is that you need to understand how to design these messages right so that you achieve the desired effect and do no accidental damage.
The second category of techniques works in a very mild trance state where, preferably, you close your eyes. Hence, it requires a time slot
where you are undisturbed. Ten to fifteen minutes at a time will go a
This group of self hypnosis techniques are based on visualization and rehearsal of particular scenarios, such as upcoming exams or goals you might want to achieve. Such techniques are frequently used by athletes to enhance their performance.
The success of these techniques is based on the timeless quality of the subconscious mind where past, present and future are seen by the subconscious as one.
This means that by visualizing a goal as if you have already achieved it, it is possible to convince the subconscious mind that achieving this goal is the most natural thing for you.
Using these techniques can take the difficulty and trepidation out of working towards very big goals, and can minimize the negative impact of self doubt.
The third category of techniques depend on a state of deep relaxation. This will require being completely free and undisturbed for the length of the entire practice session. The length of the session will vary depending on how you design the session.
you are in a logical, conscious state of mind (the brain state that you use to negotiate everyday life), strong
internal censors operate in your brain, which are designed to keep you,
literally, from changing your mind. These censors manifest in qualities
like judgement, prejudices, or as psychological biases, and will only
allow in the kinds of messages that are already familiar to you, and that
you already like.
Therefore, if your goal is to change your mind, you must learn to bypass these censors. In a state of deep relaxation, you can switch off these censors and allow your subconscious mind to be wide open for reprogramming it in any way you like.
can reprogram your mind in relation to many different issues, depending
on your needs and wants. The idea is to utilize self hypnotherapy for
change in your life- for the changes you desire, for example:
I hope you have found this page on self hypnosis techniques helpful.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. How are you planning to use self hypnosis?
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