I’m a big fan of using hypnosis as a means to help overcome hurdles and achieve my goals in my life and business.
I’m not alone in this. More and more people are becoming interested in the potential of hypnosis for helping them achieve their personal or business goals.
How Self-Hypnosis Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
When you think of hypnosis, you might think of some Freudian psychoanalyist character holding a pocket watch in front of you. Or maybe a stage performer mesmerizing a group of volunteers and who then gets them to cluck like chickens or bark like a dog.
Real hypnosis is nothing like that.
Hypnosis is basically a form of heightened suggestibility and focused attention which enables your subconscious to be directly open to communication and suggestion.
Hypnosis is not sleep and it’s not any form of altered or mystical state. Nor is it any form of mind control.
During the hypnosis session, you are still in control the whole time. You are not asleep and you are aware. And you’re able to come out of the hypnosis whenever you want.
The great benefit of hypnosis comes from how it can be used to open up your subconscious mind for direct suggestion.
Everyone has a conscious and a subconscious mind.
We usually learn new behaviours and knowledge through focusing our conscious mind on them.
What we learn via our conscious mind may gradually then become assimilated into our subconscious mind. This can happen through repetition – for example, through training or exam revision.
Information also moves from our conscious to our subconscious mind during sleep and the dreaming process. Sleep and dreaming are the main periods of time that your mind is free to work through, analyze and process the data it has been exposed to during your waking hours. The material your mind processes gradually and slowly seeps through into your subconscious.
The subconscious mind operates without our explicitly having to think about what we are doing. For example, when we take an action such as pulling our hand back from a hot stove. It’s much more instantaneous.
The subconscious mind is said to be the more important part of your mind and it occupies the greater part of your total mind power. It’s the subconscious mind which stores our long term memories and associations. It also controls our bodily processes and our emotions and feelings.
Through hypnotism, you can instruct your subconscious mind directly and use it to imprint new patterns on yourself. For example, to increase your self-confidence, to help you overcome phobias, problems, or difficulties you have in your life or with running your business.
These patterns then become directly stored in your subconscious rather than going through the slower process of learning and assimilation of new or altered behaviour patterns.
The traditional way to be hypnotized is to ask someone experienced in the process of hypnosis to hypnotize you. Someone who understands the process and who can perform it properly and accompany you through the hypnotic session.
In practice though this isn’t always possible or convenient for people and in most cases there is of course also a cost overhead to consider as well.
However it is also possible to self-hypnotize yourself. In fact, there is a saying that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”
This statement actually needs qualifying. It’s true that no-one can be hypnotized without their own consent. If you resist being hypnotized, then the chances are you will not be able to reach a hypnotic state.
However, even if you are willing to be hypnotized, it can be harder in practice to hypnotize yourself than it is to let yourself be hypnotized by someone else.
Sometimes people think they have self-hypnotized themselves, when in fact they have only reached a state of relaxation.
A heightened state of relaxation can serve as a base to give yourself some useful psycho-suggestion, but it is not the same as actually reaching a hypnotic state. This can take a little more practice.
You can become better at hypnotizing yourself through practice over time, and there are various techniques which you can employ to make the process easier, but it may take persistence and patience.
I’ll talk about some of the techniques you can use to self-hypnotize yourself in a later post.
One good way to more easily achieve a state of self-hypnosis is to use a guided hypnosis audio program.
Self hypnosis can be easier to perform if you use a guided self hypnosis audio program.
There’s one very good producer of self-hypnosis audio program that I can recommend. They’re called SelfHypnosis.com and in my opinion they are one of the best available.
SelfHypnosis.com have been in business for some 15 years and they produce over 150 different self-hypnosis audio programs individually designed to cover a range of diverse subject areas such as addictions, business and careers, confidence and self-esteem, education and learning, fears, phobias, habits, performance, personal development, weight loss and lots more.
All the audio programs from selfhypnosis.com are produced and voiced by top professional hypnotherapists. And they’re available at a fair and affordable price. In fact, they are truly excellent value for money.
What I especially like about Selfhypnosis.com is that they have a strong ethical commitment to honesty and transparency towards their customers and their audio programs really are top quality.
To find out more, check out the Selfhypnosis.com website at www.selfhypnosis.com.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute or provide medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or protect against any disease or illness. This content is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If in doubt, consult a medical professional. Do not practice self hypnosis, or listen or watch hypnosis audio or video if under 18, if pregnant, or suffering from a medical condition without prior medical approval, or while driving or operating machinery or equipment. Always select an environment that is safe and secure. Any instructions given may be used only at your own risk.
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