Does self hypnosis work? Can it really calm nerves, reduce blood pressure, and control addictions? Or is it just a parlor trick used to entertain crowds? Most people think of popular showmen like Kevin Stone, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Hypnotist,” or maybe Uri Geller, the famous spoon-bending hypnotist who appeared on countless talk shows in the 1980s and 1990s.
Self Hypnosis As A Tool For Healing
The reality is that hypnotism and hypnotherapy have been around for at least two hundred years. Hypnotherapy is recognized by the Mayo Clinic as a scientifically proven tool to control pain, overcome addiction, and treat cancer treatment side effects. But does self hypnosis work on you? Experiment with this guide.
A Step By Step Guide To Self Hypnosis
Self hypnosis is a powerful tool for healing. While in this state of focused awareness, openness, and receptivity we are able to access inner resources of intelligence, wisdom, and creativity that make it easier for us to bring about lasting change.
The process of taking yourself into hypnosis is surprisingly simple.
First, find a safe and comfortable place where you won’t be interrupted by anyone for the duration of your session. If you are disturbed that’s fine. You can always pick up where you left off. You can sit in a chair or lay down on a couch or on your bed.
Next, choose a specific length of time that you would like to remain in hypnosis. It can be as little as a minute or any length of time that is uniquely appropriate for you. Even though the subconscious mind is not limited by the concept of time, it also has an excellent sense of how much time has passed. Trust that your subconscious mind will let you know when your predetermined time is up and allow you to easily come out of trance.
Now Let’s Begin
Now, with your eyes open, pick a spot on the wall or ceiling and focus your attention on it. Keep that focus for a few cycles of your breathing until you notice your eyes beginning to feel tired.
Let your eyes close down. Notice the relaxation around your eyes as your breathing begins to slow down while all the tiny muscles around your eyes begin to feel very loose, limp, and rested.
Think to yourself how your eyes are feeling so loose, limp, and rested that even if you were to try to open them they just wouldn’t open. If it makes things easier, you can simply pretend that’s what is happening.
Now try to open your eyes and find that you cannot. The more you try, the more relaxed they become.
Stop trying and let that feeling of relaxation flow from the top of your head to the tips of your toes like a cascading waterfall as each exhalation of your breath takes you down deeper and deeper.
If you like you can take yourself even deeper down by imagining that you are standing at the top of a staircase. The staircase has seven steps going down. Begin counting slowly from seven down to one as you start walking down the stairs. Feel yourself moving down with each step and each count. As you take each step you can quietly or silently say to yourself, “Seven…going deeper down…feelings of relaxation and ease moving through my body…Six…going deeper still…feeling good…feeling safe…Five…going deeper and deeper down…” And so on.
When you get to the last step imagine you have arrived at the deepest level of hypnosis. You can then simply enjoy that experience for your predetermined time.
Take Your Time
When the time is up (again, your subconscious mind will let you know), turn around and walk back up the steps as you count from one back up to seven. You can narrate the process by saying things like, “One…moving back up the stairs now…Two…moving up the stairs towards normal waking consciousness…Three…beginning to feel more and more awake now…” and so on.
Does Self Hypnosis Work? Practice And You’ll See.
So, does self hypnosis work? Yes. It really does. It just takes practice. Knowing how to put yourself into hypnosis is a powerful tool for healing. Even if it’s only used to relax, reset, and reground yourself it can help interrupt panic attacks, soothe stressful feelings, and simply give you the space to step back from challenging situations and to assess the most skillful course of action, giving you back control of your emotional state.
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