The power of your Mind is truly awesome. You can use your mental powers to achieve success that, up until now, you have only ever dreamed of.
It is a Universal truth that life tends to move you towards the physical equivalent of your predominant thoughts and feelings.
A great many people are well aware of this fact but most find it extremely difficult to apply this knowledge and put it to work effectively in their lives.
The expression mind over matter refers to our mind’s ability to overcome a challenging situation.
Giving up smoking, for example, is an ongoing mental battle between wanting a cigarette and equally wanting to resist the craving.
Hypnosis and the Mind
The mind has the power to relieve those intense cravings by arming you with the message that you don’t really want a cigarette, and that you’re so much happier without one.
Your intense focus and concentration on those positive thoughts is in itself a degree of hypnosis. You’re utilizing the power of your mind to overcome a challenging situation.
Therein lays the basic principle of self-hypnosis: utilizing the most powerful tool at your disposal, your mind, to help you through challenging situations which you’re unable to overcome through will alone.
Whether it be emotional problems, or physical pain of some kind, the power of the unconscious mind can alleviate your conscious awareness of that emotion or pain.
But for that to happen, you first need to get in touch with your unconscious mind. That is what self-hypnosis can do. It can help you get in touch with your unconscious mind and benefit from its power.
We do it daily. We all learn and benefit from our unconscious mind without being aware of it.
We may spend hours so completely focused on a specific thing that we literally don’t recall having a conscious thought throughout that period of time.
All this while, our unconscious mind is working for us and we don’t even realize it.
It seems to most of us that our thoughts are random, sometimes erratic and beyond our control.
Our emotions truly do run us most of the time. When we have an emotional response to a thing we tend to go into automatic thinking as the subconscious programs in our mind take over.
All too often these programs are just rehashed memories that create negative emotions and negative thoughts that hinder us from moving in the life direction that we really want.
Our dominant thoughts and feelings are usually negative in nature due to the conditioning that has taken over on this planet.
The real power you wield is the conscious ability to change your dominant automatic thinking.
By doing so you can ensure your feelings and thoughts are more positive in nature, more aligned with your desires and are therefore creating the life experiences that you want.
This may sound like a tall order but there are many great techniques and tools to accomplish this. One of the best tools to recondition your mind for success is self-hypnosis.
Likewise, hypnosis can help people reach their goals, just like manipulation. Because the human mind can be divided into the subconscious part and conscious part, and because each is different in functions, it means there are more ways of working with your brain.
Hypnosis uses the subconscious, because, unlike the conscious, which directs an activity, it controls it.
The unconscious psychical aspects, which don’t require involvement or control, can be dealt with through hypnosis.
Its popularity is increasing daily because of the major changes that can be done with it easily and quickly.
Academic applications of hypnosis like the apprehension of communication skills, memory development, and removal of mental blocks, the elimination of stage fright and class participation fear can be very useful for children, but for grown-ups as well.
Hypnosis is great for those who need to enhance their motivation and improve their performances by overcoming their fears of public speech, of tests, of failure. Sometimes, the hypnosis helps you uncover the real mental problem and fix it.
The therapeutic effects of hypnosis are most appreciated by persons with addictions, emotional and stress disorders obsessions and habits. Without help, the persons who suffer because of these problems don’t stand a chance.
Most know the torment of the desire or drive to commit the habit. Smoking, drinking and the unusual addictions to working or watching TV can be cured with hypnosis by changing the subconscious motivation.
For some, quitting is easy, but for others, it can be difficult no matter what method they use. However, hypnosis makes the process easier because it goes to the guts of the problem.
Interpersonal relationships are influenced by human behavior. In both career and romance, the way we act and what we say is of high importance. The subliminal and supraliminal language is decisive in how you want people to see you.
It is possible, with the help of hypnosis, to induce a certain image of yourself to those around you, but, because we cannot be sure how others think and how much we can control their actions, hypnosis can change your image of yourself.
This might even be better. After all, the most important, what you think of yourself.
This way, through hypnosis, you will change yourself and the subliminal messages sent to others “controlling” them.
Hypnosis has been used by wise men and women for centuries to create relaxed physical and mental states and condition the mind to respond differently to outside stimuli.
It is just as relevant and effective today as it ever has been.
In fact, with technological breakthroughs and advances in mind conditioning, it is possible to create profound lasting change with self-hypnosis recordings.
Many of the new recordings, by the best hypnotherapists, include binaural beat technology which entrains the brain to enter into specific mental states ideal for learning and reconditioning, and NLP exercises.
There are a great many recordings that are of poor quality, both in their sound and their suggestions, so beware. However, there are some excellent pre-made sessions on subjects that are as varied as the people who use them.
It is, however, possible for you to enter a hypnotic trance by yourself and then give yourself carefully chosen post-hypnotic suggestions, with just as much power as any hypnotist. These can be a list of simple affirmations that you mentally repeat while in the deeper stages of trance.
The trance state is so relaxing that most times you don’t really want to leave it as the conscious mind becomes extremely lazy while hypnotized.
Some prefer pre-made sessions or to visit a trained hypnotherapist.
Nonetheless, if you prefer to perform your own hypnotic session, which many people do, you must first ensure that you have a clear intention about your purpose and the objective you have in mind before you enter into a hypnotic state.
Ask yourself what you want to achieve from the hypnotic session.
You can use self-hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestions very effectively to make any mental or emotional change you can think of.
Four Laws of the Mind Essential for Effective Self-Hypnosis
To make your self-hypnosis effective you need to be aware of certain principles.
If you are not aware of the following laws of the mind then you may end up creating the opposite of what you desire with your self-hypnosis practice.
1. Every thought affects the body as well.
In other words, although the mind and the body are understood to be separate in practice it doesn’t work that way. Mental stress can create knots in your back or even give you ulcers.
Therefore, Be aware of your thinking. If you are negative all the time to yourself or about your surroundings it is the same as negative self-hypnosis.
2. What you expect tends to be realized.
If you wake up telling yourself you will have a bad day you probably will. In other words, your expectations drive your results. Negative expectations are the same as negative self-hypnosis.
3. Imagination is stronger than knowledge.
You ‘know’ that ghosts and monsters do not exist. Yet hearing ghost stories at night will create fear. Especially if sitting around a campfire in a forest.
There is no contest. Imagination will always win. This is another point for the importance of positive thoughts and visualizations in your practice of self-hypnosis.
4. What you resist the most stays with you.
Have you ever had to stop doing something and found that it’s more difficult than you realized? Maybe you have had occasion to go on a diet and suddenly foods that you couldn’t have cared less about start looking very appetizing?
Maybe there was/is someone who irritates you and you know there is no reason to. So you try to keep the irritation away but it gets to you even more?
Basically, when you resist something it tends to stick. This happens because when you resist you have to think of the very thing you are trying to resist, so it’s continuously on your mind.
It’s as if someone told you that they would give you a $1000 if you don’t think of a pink elephant all day. I’m sure you don’t spend your time thinking of something as random as a pink elephant. However, trying to resist that image of a pink elephant with a $1000 on the line would be impossible.
In other words, what you resist tends to stay with you. This means that in focusing on an affirmation for self-hypnosis, you have to phrase the affirmation in the positive.
For example, affirm what you want to achieve and NOT on what you don’t want.
Follow these four laws of the mind and your day to day thoughts will be more guided in a positive direction.
Of course, your thoughts create your internal emotional state which is the same as self-hypnosis. So you have to be aware of your thoughts to create the state of being that you desire.
Once you have decided what it is you want to achieve from your hypnotic session write a few affirmations that reflect your desires.
Make sure you word these statements in the first persona and also in the third person, as though you were talking to someone else with your name.
For example, if you wish to develop more confidence you would write “I grow more confident everyday” and “[state your name] you grow more confident everyday”.
Also, form a mental picture of what that new confident you looks like. Imagine how you will feel when you have that new found confidence. Exactly how does that “other” you walk with confidence?
How does that “you” talk with confidence? How does the “other you” react to everyday life, stressful situations and other people? How does that confident you think, dress and what is their approach life?
This picture is very important. During trance, you will picture that confident you standing before you and bring it to life in your mind’s eye.
Then you will step into this confident you and actually become that person. Afterward, you should recite your affirmations while thinking, feeling and imagining you walk, talk, dress and approach life as this confident “other” you!
This form of self-hypnosis incorporates NLP and is used to directly program your subconscious so that it will help you create that confident you in the real world.
The affirmations act as post-hypnotic suggestions which reinforce the NLP work and ensure your subconscious mind holds the correct “self-talk” that you are constantly involved in during the day.
This inner dialogue can make or break a person and it is important to program your mind with positive messages.
To create a state of trance in order to perform these mental sequences is quite easy. First find a quiet restful place where you will not be disturbed.
Once there sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Keep your head looking straight ahead and lift your eyes to look at a spot on the wall just above eye level.
Count from 20 down to 10 in a slow manner until you feel your eyes start to strain. You will want to close them. Allow your eyelids to close and continue counting until you reach the number 1.
Then imagine that a long winding staircase with 20 steps is there in front of you.
Move to the first step as you mentally say, “20. Going down, down, down. Deeper, deeper and ever deeper.
Then take the next step and say, “19. Deeper and deeper still”.
Then move to the next step and say, “18. Going down, down, down. Deeper, deeper and ever deeper.
Then the next saying, “17. Deeper and deeper still.”
Continue this until you reach the last step and imagine that the staircase has led you to a door. Open the door. Open it and see what is there. This is your special sanctuary where you are relaxed and safe at all times.
Once you enter your sanctuary perform the mental exercise given above. When you have finished your exercises, count up from 1 to 10 telling yourself that you are becoming wide awake with every number.
You will find that when you return to normal consciousness you are fully revitalized yet calm and relaxed. Perform your self-hypnosis everyday for 30 days and you will have created permanent changes in your mind and body.
Now that you understand the process involved with self-hypnosis and now have the skills to bring yourself into a hypnotic trance, the changes you can make and results you can create are only limited by your imagination!
Your unconscious mind is yours to learn from. Choosing to subscribe to self-hypnosis is just taking an already powerful tool to the next level, and getting the most benefit you possibly can out if it.