Self-hypnosis may be achieved by creating one’s own hypnotherapy recordings (eg on CDs or as MP3s)- which I shall be explaining how to do well in later posts – or by using hypnotherapy CDs and MP3s which have already been developed by experienced, professional hypnotherapists who are expert in creating them.
THE HYPNOTIC STATE – The hypnotic state that the CD or MP3 creates is best understood as a natural, deep state of relaxation in which the individual becomes very mentally receptive to the beneficial, therapeutic suggestions which are also incorporated into the CD or MP3. These suggestions are referred to as post-hypnotic suggestions as the hypnotized individual only hears them once the hypnotic state has been induced – a state in which his/her unconscious mind can fully absorb them so that they have the maximum positive effect possible.
The two main effects of these post-hypnotic suggestions are to :
1) SPONTANEOUSLY CREATE HELPFUL AND BENEFICIAL BEHAVIOURS
2) FORM A NEW AND BENEFICIAL BELIEF SYSTEM (in relation to the particular problem or difficulty the individual is undertaking self-hypnosis for). The corollary of this is that harmful and damaging behaviors connected to the particular issue are reduced or else eliminated.
APPLICATIONS OF SELF-HYPNOSIS :
Hypnosis can be effectively applied to any problem area or difficulty in which the brain and central nervous system play a part. This means it can be used to treat an extremely wide range of conditions. Below I give just a few examples :
– problematic habits
– confidence issues
– memory enhancement
– pain management
– performance issues
FURTHER BENEFITS OF THE SELF-HYPNOSIS :
The great benefit of the hypnotic state is that, in it, the therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestions that are made are able to largely by-pass the conscious mind, and, therefore, be effectively absorbed by the unconscious mind and thus the greatest beneficial effect.
The deep state of relaxation induced by the hypnosis leads to the pulse and the metabolism slowing down and it is this that allows the unconscious mind to come to the forefront whilst the conscious mind, temporarily, takes a back seat, as it were. The hypnotherapy CD or MP3 will have primed the unconscious to deeply absorb the positive, therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestions.
The reason why by-passing, as much as possible, the conscious mind is of such paramount importance is that it is therefore prevented from throwing up critical, self-sabotaging thoughts (the often over-analytical and over-critical conscious mind loves to throw up problems and create anxieties which often prevents us from dealing with our problems effectively).
By by-passing the conscious mind, and. thus, accessing the unconscious mind, a different way of viewing our problems can be achieved ; one that our conscious mind, hitherto, had prevented us from taking. This enables us to finally take control of our problems, as opposed to allowing them to control and dominate us. In other words, we gain a NEW, EMPOWERING PERSPECTIVE – we are no longer impotent in the face of our problems. Psychologists call this shift of perspective that takes place under hypnosis as REFRAMING, and I will revisit this exciting phenomenon in later posts.
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).