During my training as a hypnotherapist, I came across a statement regarding what hypnosis is which I found fascinating. It went like this:
“All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, but a willing subject can be guided into it by a Hypnotherapist.” 1
Isn’t that interesting. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. It is also a very empowering thought.
If we take a step back, and briefly consider hypnosis as a method of bypassing our conscious mind and gaining access to our subconscious mind. Then self-hypnosis means we can use our own mind to work on our own mind. How cool is that!
The process of going into an hypnotic state has 3 main stages.
Stage 1 – The Induction.
This is where the deeper awareness is entered. Some common examples for achieving this are counting backwards, say from 5 down to 1, or imagining going down a set of stairs.
Stage 2 – The Process.
This is what you want to achieve whilst in the hypnotic state. Often this is a two-fold process of first of all relaxing deeply, then introducing the work at hand.
Stage 3 – The Termination.
This is brining a session to an end. An example of this would be counting up from 1 to 5 and becoming fully conscious on the 5, or perhaps coming back up a set of stairs.
Some people have a concern that they might get stuck in an hypnotic state, but this is very, very rare. At worse case you’ll come right back after a sleep.
A hypnotic state happens when our brain waves slow down to what’s called a Theta state. For more on these mental states see an earlier blog called “Altered States”, from the 25th of October, 2009.
What would be the point in learning to hypnotize yourself? Well it gives you a tool which can be used to bring out your capabilities, which are currently supressed by your over-critical conscious mind.
Hypnosis can also be used to enter more creative states where skills can be rehearsed, ideas generated and your imagination is allowed a freer rein.
It can also be used simply as a relaxation tool, which helps us to regularly de-stress ourselves and allows us to feel more calm and energetic.
Self hypnosis sessions don’t have to be long, once you get the hang of it, you can give yourself a quick boost in a couple of minutes.
Whilst in a hypnotic state we are generally much more open to new ideas or different ways of looking at things. However, we cannot be coerced into behaviour which we don’t agree with.
One of the beauties of hypnosis is that we all respond in our own unique ways to trance. And self hypnosis is a wonderful tool for getting to know ourselves more, and like many skills, the more we practice the better we get at it.
1 Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies.
Its outside the scope of a blog to go into the full details of self hypnosis, however you can find some excellent home study courses on my PRODUCTS page, if you’d like to learn this valuable skill.