lot of people don't realize that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
The hypnotherapist is simply the facilitator. In fact,
you can put yourself into hypnosis without a hypnotist.
In my practice I regularly teach my clients self-hypnosis
because using it between sessions helps compound the
suggestions and aids in reaching the desired goal faster.
I routinely give personalized recordings to my clients
for this purpose. Hypnosis can be used in any situation
where you need to change your physical, mental or emotional
is the most natural self-healing gift known to humanity.
It is the key to changing old or unwanted behavior patterns
and creating new, positive habits. However, remember
to keep all suggestions and directions in the positive
form…eliminating all negative words.
reason for this is that the subconscious mind will not
hear negativities. How many times have you said, “don’t
forget the milk”, and forgot the milk. On the
other hand if you say “remember the milk…you
will remember. So it is very important to keep positive
is a method of boring your conscious mind so that it
relaxes and stops thinking, much the same as when you
go to bed at night just before you actually slip into
hypnosis, your conscious mind is like an obedient servant-it
just does what it is told to do. The subconscious mind
doesn’t think, reason, or rationalize, it only
follows instructions. Conversely, your conscious mind
needs to be relaxed and quieted so it won’t argue
against what you are instructing your subconscious mind
to do. Hypnotic suggestions are effective because they
bypass the conscious mind’s natural resistance
to change and to reprogram the “computer”
we call the subconscious to permanently effect these
process is called hypnosis. Again…all hypnosis
is self-hypnosis-it is impossible to hypnotize someone
against his or her will.
devoting a mere 20 minutes each day to this approach,
you can literally take charge of your life. Remember
permanent change/habit takes about 21-30 days of repetition.
steps in and out of hypnosis are merely guides, guiding
you in and out of self-hypnosis. As you progress and
become more proficient, you will find what best guides
YOU in and out of self-hypnosis.
When first practicing and learning, I suggest a quiet,
undisturbed place to sit down comfortably. It is best
not to lie down at first as your mind has a tendency
to go to sleep on you.
1. Sit down in a comfortable position and quietly begin
saying to yourself your optimal goal while envisioning
this as reality.
2. In the beginning you may want to use a technique
called 'eye-fixation'. For example stare at a spot on
the wall, ceiling or in a picture. Suggest to yourself,
"As I stare at this spot my eyelids are getting
heavier and heavier, soon they will get so heavy they
will close and stay closed until I tell them to open".
3. Take three (3) slow 'deep' breaths. The first is
to relax yourself. The second is to MOVE into a state
of hypnosis and deeper relaxation. And the third is
to BE in a state of hypnosis.
4. Tell yourself how long you are going to be 'in' hypnosis.
(15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc.) This teaches you to set
your 'inner' clock.
5. Now start either at the tips of your toes or at the
top of your head and move through each part of your
body relaxing the muscles and releasing all stress,
anxiety, frustration, etc. Saying 'relax', 'let go',
'deeper and deeper relaxed'.
6. Then imagine a staircase with ten (10) steps or a
path that will lead you to your Special Place. Begin
to count from 10 down to 1 or vice versa and either
on 10 or 1 you will move into that special/safe place
in your mind. Spend a few minutes there feeling, smelling,
seeing, and hearing ...familiarize yourself with this
Special/Safe Place. Ex: If, for instance, you chose
the beach...HEAR the waves, SMELL and TASTE the salty
sea mist, FEEL the warmth of the sand between your toes,
just be completely at this beach…or mountains...or
meadow...where ever you choose is right for you!
7. Now begin your self-talk of positive suggestions
and continual optimal self-imagery.
Count yourself up from 1-5 suggesting that you have
enjoyed a wonderful relaxation and on 5 you will feel
refreshed and wonderfully good! Open your eyes, take
a deep energizing breath and stretch!
you do this before sleep you can suggest that on 5 you
will move into a normal and natural sleep...until it
is time for you to wake.
(Remember to set your mental alarm clock!)
you would like to allow yourself the luxury of total
relaxation, then just follow these four suggestions
as you listen to the recording…and begin an enjoyable,
pleasant and very beneficial experience.
First, make your surrounding so that you will undisturbed.
Second, remove your shoes and any apparel that will
interfere with your physical comfort in any way.
Third, stretch out on your back, with your legs uncrossed,
and your arms lazily to your side. Now if that doesn’t
feel right for you, just wiggle around and wiggle into
comfortable position that is just right for you.
Fourth, allow your eyelids to gently close, focus on
your breathing, and begin to let your thoughts drift.
Its just that easy…enjoy!