Welcome and thank you for choosing this amazing course. I am honored that you trust me in walking beside you on this journey. If for any reason you feel that you need assistance or have a question, you are more than welcome to reach out to me by filling in the contact form or sending me an email. I will be happy to assist you in finding clarity.
People study hypnosis for all kinds of reasons and everyone has their own perspectives about it. I’m curious to know what brings you here. Perhaps you’re someone who already has some knowledge of hypnosis and you’re keen to know more about it? Perhaps you’re someone who has heard a lot about this mysterious thing called ‘hypnosis,’ but you’re suspicious or skeptical about it, so you want to see what all the fuss is about?
Is it really something real? Just a fad or fashion? Is it dangerous or some type of mind control? Is it really helpful for all your difficulties? Perhaps you’re a student of psychology, or philosophy, or politics, or you’re an entrepreneur or a therapist?
Perhaps you have some persistent difficulties in life that you are trying to overcome and you know that hypnosis is the way to your success in dealing with them. Whoever you are, and why ever you are here, you’re very welcome and I know that you will enjoy this journey.
By the end of this course, you will learn a simple, 3 step process for using self-hypnosis.
The course includes a combination of video and written text to ensure the best learning experience. Learn how to write your own hypnotic suggestions, and how to program your own subconscious mind to make positive changes in your life.
Change unwanted habits, attitudes, and behaviors so you can enjoy better health, more wealth, feel more confident and have happy fulfilling relationships.
Your instructor has been internationally trained since 2008 and holds a diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Master NLP life coaching, Reiki, and holistic healing and effective communication coaching. She is a registered Psychotherapist in Colorado and belongs to many professional bodies. She produces self-hypnosis recordings, runs a private practice in Colorado Springs and writes personalized self-development books for young adults and children.
Curriculum For This Course
This is a four-week course with four modules and a practical exercise each week.
For whatever reason you decided to get this course, you will learn to help yourself change your thought processes and be more confident, relaxed and positive. It is advised that you follow the instructions very carefully step by step. Do not skip any of the sections as this might cause the end result to be faulty. Please feel free to ask questions as you go along and ensure that you fully understand the work before continuing to the next phase.
Please note that I do not claim to cure or heal any ailments, whether physical or mental with this course. It is purely created with the intent to educate and arouse to desire to be more consciously aware of your body’s own healing abilities. In no way is this course intended to replace any existing therapy or be a substitute thereof. But it might enhance or supplement your healing journey.
When in trance, whether naturally induced or by listening to your own created hypnotic session, it is never a good idea to drive, operate heavy machinery or have pets or children in your care.
When you are in session with a therapist, it is important for the therapist to build trust and effective communication with their client and to obtain as much information as they possibly can to assure that they can fully assist you in reaching your goals. This is called building rapport and is done in the first session.
If you want to achieve success with self-hypnosis, it is imperative that you treat this as your own therapy session and obtain as much specific information about the situation or behavior you want to chance as possible. This is your own therapy with you, as your own private therapist.
I suggest that you allow yourself the same time, honesty and respect as a therapist would. Sit in a quiet place alone, make sure that you will be undisturbed for at least an hour and follow the instructions carefully answering questions honestly. One of the benefits of this course is that you are able to pause whenever you want, give yourself the time you need to really think things through and continue at your own pace.
I will guide you in creating your dream outcome specifically designed for you by you. I will provide the exact steps you need to follow, and you will be the creator of your own success. This course contains the specific steps utilized in real therapy sessions. It includes NLP transformational life coaching questions, Dream sculpting modalities, hypnotic suggestions and scripts and wisdom from great leaders in the field of self-development.
Please make yourself comfortable, relax, trust yourself and the process and enjoy discovering your own path to success.
How Hypnosis Can Help You
We can know only what we are: Nothing can be taught to the mind, which is not already concealed as potential knowledge in the unfolding soul of the creature, So also, all perfection of which the outer man is capable is only a realizing of the eternal perfection of the spirit within himself. All teaching is revealing, all becoming is an unfolding. Self-attainment is the sectet; self-knowledge and an increasing consciousness are the means and the process. – Sri Aruobindo
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. In a typical day, we enter in an out of hypnosis regularly. Whether we are daydreaming, driving, watching a movie, losing ourselves in a good book or driftings away to our own little world while someone is talking to us. These are all states of self-hypnosis.
Social media and other advertising avenues are very hypnotic. I’m sure you have at some point in your life seen an advertisement and found yourself buying whatever they were selling a few days later? You followed their hypnotic suggestion! So another way of seeing self-hypnosis is that you are already hypnotized to act in a certain way or succumb to certain habits. By doing this course and learning to take control of your own thoughts, you are un-hypnotizing yourself.
Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups. Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state. In contrast, nonstate theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role enactment.
During hypnosis, you have heightened focus and concentration. You can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory while blocking out sources of distraction and you show an increased response to suggestions. With this said, I will include that it is by no means mind control and that you are fully aware of what is happening and what is said to you. A Hypnotherapist can never make you do something against your will or moral standards and values.
Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. A trained hypnotherapist will have the skills to use the correct words and voice tonality to take you deep into a hypnotic trance. In this course, I will teach you the secrets used to induce a very deep trance for yourself.
The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy”, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis”. Stage hypnosis is often performed by mentalists practicing the art form of mentalism.
The term “hypnosis” comes from the ancient Greek word ὕπνος hypnos, “sleep”, and the suffix -ωσις –osis, or from ὑπνόω hypnoō, “put to sleep” (stem of aorist hypnōs-) and the suffix –is. The words “hypnosis” and “hypnotism” both come from the term “neuro-hypnotism” (nervous sleep), all of which were coined by Étienne Félix d’Henin de Cuvillers in 1820. These words were popularized in English by the Scottish surgeon James Braid around 1841. Braid based his practice on that developed by Franz Mesmer and his followers, which was called “Mesmerism” or “animal magnetism”, but differed in his theory as to how the procedure worked.
Auto-hypnosis, probably one of the most powerful techniques for dealing with stress, consists of a series of simple mental exercises. It is a method which, when practiced daily, brings about, on the mental level, results comparable with those achieved by eastern meditation and on the physical level, it produces the chemical and physiological changes associated with rigorous athletic training.
Unlike most other relaxation techniques, it can be practiced anywhere, anytime – for example, while traveling by train or plane, in the doctors waiting room or even at your working place.
Self-hypnosis is particularly appealing to the western mind, because unlike many forms of meditation and yoga it has no cultural, religious or cosmological overtones, and requires no special clothing, postures or practices. Also, unlike some eastern meditation practices which encourage no thoughts, during self-hypnosis you are able to concentrate on a chosen topic with extreme focus.
Autogenic training is derived from the Greek word auto-self and genius, which means originated – genes = training of the genes. The name implies the complete physical and mental relaxation. The feeling of peace and tranquility are generated from within oneself and potential for self-control and self-determination are not dependent on any external values, philosophies or therapists objectives.
Many of the controlled medical trials on autogenics have established that this training can be of great benefit to many of the commonly acknowledged stress-related diseases, such as phobias, anxiety, high blood pressure, migraines, insomnia, muscle tension, hyperventilation, and pain. Self-hypnosis has also been found to be very helpful in developing creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections, improving concentration and coordination, improving the body’s capacity to cope with physical and mental exhaustion, expand its natural healing skill and assist during pregnancy and childbirth. Everything begins with a thought when you learn to manage your thoughts you can manage your life.
Some 50 years ago in Berlin, Johannes Schult was the first to develop the forerunner of self-hypnosis, Autogenic training. He trained patients to go into a self-induced hypnotic state of mental exercises designed to turn off the stressful flight-fight mechanism and to turn on the restorative rhythms associated with profound relaxation.
The history of hypnosis comes from as early as the 1800’s and there is a wealth of information widely available online to further your knowledge on the subject. For the purpose of this course, it is unnecessary to delve any deeper into the history of hypnosis. You are welcome to continue studying it on your own or enroll in one of the other many professional hypnosis courses available.
In the clinical context, the hypnotist is able to use his or her skills in communication to make acceptance of suggestions by the clients more likely, but there is no control over the client other than whatever degree of control the client gives to the hypnotist. If you allow someone to guide you through a suggested experience, who is in control? The hypnotist may direct the client’s experience, but only to the degree that the client permits it.
It is clearly a relationship of mutual responsiveness.
– Gilligan, 1987; Stanton, 1985
2. Only certain kinds of people can be hypnotized…
In practice, there are definitely some people more difficult to induce hypnosis in than others. Such people are not usually less capable than others, but they are less responsible for any of a wide range of reasons, such as they fear losing control, they have a hard time distinguishing ambiguous internal states such as tension or relaxation, they fear impending changes, they’re aware of negative situational factors, and so forth.
When the nature of the resistance is identified and resolved, the difficult person can often be transformed from a poor hypnotic subject into a reasonably good one.
– Araoz, 1985; Barber, 1980
3. Anyone who can be hypnotized must be weak-minded…
Since virtually all people enter spontaneous, informal hypnotic states regularly, the ability to be hypnotized is not reliably correlated with specific personality traits. This particular misconception refers to the Svengali image of the all-powerful hypnotist and is based on the belief that…
In order for a hypnotist to control someone, the individual must have little or no will of his or her own.
4. Once one has been hypnotized, one can no longer resist it…
This misconception refers to the idea that a hypnotist controls the will of his/her subject, and that once you “succumb to the power of the hypnotist”, you are forever at his/her mercy. Of course, nothing is further from the truth, since the hypnotic process is a clinical interaction based on mutual power shared in order to attain some desired therapeutic outcome. If a client chooses not to go into hypnosis for whatever reason, then he/she will not. The nature of the hypnotic process is always context determined, Even the most responsive clients can refuse to follow the suggestion of a hypnotist if they choose to. Prior experience with hypnosis, good or bad, is not the sole determining factor of whether hypnosis is accomplished or not.
The communication and relationship factors of the particular contect where hypnosis is performed are the key variables that will help determine the outcome.
-Barber, 1991; Diamond, 1987
5. One can be hypnotized to say or do something against one’s will…
This is one of the most hotly debated issues in the entire field of hypnosis. The capacity to influence people to do things against their will exists. There is little room for doubt that people can be manipulated negatively to do things seemingly inconsistent with the person’s prior beliefs and attitudes. To put it simply, brainwashing and other untoward influences exist. However, the conditions necessary to effect such powerful influence do not typically surface in the therapeutic context.
Controlling a person is possible under certain conditions, but those conditions are not in and of themselves hypnosis, and they are quite far removed from the ethical and sensitive applications of hypnosis.
6. Being Hypnotized can be hazardous to your health…
This misconception is a strong one in raising people’s fears. In fact, there is a legitimate basis for concern about the use of hypnosis, but the concern should not be about the experience of hypnosis harming anyone. Rather, the concern should be about who practices hypnosis and how it is practiced.
Hypnosis itself is not harmful, but an incompetent or unethical practitioner can do some damage through sheer ignorance about the complexity of each person’s mind or through a lack of respect for the integrity of each human being.
-Frauman, Lynn & Brentar, 1993; Kleinhauz & Eli, 1987; MacHovec, 1986
In terms of potential emotional harm, it is not hypnosis itself that may cause damage; difficulties may arise due to either the content of a session or the clinician’s inability to effectively guide the clients. The same conditions exist, of course in any helping relationship where one person is in distress, vulnerable, and seeking relief. An inexperienced or uneducated healer may inadvertently offer poor advice, state misinformation as fact, make grandiose promises, misdiagnose a problem or the dynamics, or do nothing at all and simply waste the client’s time and money.
The flipside of this issue and the reason for developing skills in hypnotic techniques is the considerable emotional good that effective hypnosis can generate. Through its ability to increase people’s feelings of self-control and, thus, their self-confidence, hypnosis can be a powerful means of resolving emotional problems and enhancing emotional well-being. It is essential that the clinician have enough knowledge and skill to use it toward that end, for it is evident that anything that has an ability to help has an ability to hurt.
7. One inevitably becomes dependent on the hypnotist…
Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool does not in and of itself foster dependency of any kind any more than other clinical tools such as a behavioral contract, analytical free association, or an intelligence test can. Dependency is a need, a reliance that everyone has to some degree. To a greater or lesser extent, we all depend on others for things we feel are important to our well-being. In helping professions especially, people are seeking help at a time they are hurting and vulnerable. They depend on the clinician to help, to comfort, and to care. The clinician knows that one ultimate goal of treatment must be to help that person establish self-reliance and independence. Rather than foster dependence by indirectly encouraging the client to view the clinician as the source of answers to all of life’s woes. Hypnosis used properly can help the person in distress turn inwards in order to make use of the many experiences the person has acquired over his/her lifetime that can be used therapeutically.
Consistent with the goal of self-reliance and use of personal power to help oneself, is the teaching of self-hypnosis to those you work with.
-Alman & Lambrou, 1992; Fromm & Kahn, 1990; Sanders, 1991; Simpkins & Simpkins, 1991
8. One can become stuck in hypnosis…
Hypnosis is a state of fucused attention, either inwardly or outwardly directed. It is controlled by the client, who can initiate or terminate the experience any time he/she chooses.
-Kirsh, Lynn & rhue, 1993; Watkins, 1986
9. One is asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis…
Hypnosis is not sleeping. The experience of formally induced hypnosis resembles sleep from a physical standpoint, such as – decreased activity, muscular relaxation, slowed breathing, etc., but from a mental standpoint, the client is relaxed yet alert.
Ever-present is some level of awareness of current goings-on, even when the individual is in deeper states of hypnosis.
In the case of informal, spontaneous hypnotic states, awareness is even more marked since physical relaxation need not be present. Since hypnosis is not sleeping and even people in deep hypnosis is oriented to external reality to some degree, the use of archaic phrases like “sleep deeply” is not relevant to the person’s experience, and so should not be used.
10. Hypnosis always involves a monotonous ritual of induction…
When you consider the communication aspects of hypnosis, you can appreciate that hypnosis occurs to some degree whenever someone turns his/her attention to and focuses on the ideas and feelings triggered by the communications of the guide. For as long as your attention is directed in an absorbing way, either inwardly on some subjective experience or outwardly on some external stimulus (which, in turn, creates an internal experience), you are in hypnosis to some degree.
Hypnosis does not have to be formally induced to occur. Likewise, the various classical hypnotic phenomena can and does occur routinely outside of formal hypnotic experience.
-Kirsch & Council, 1992
Communication has conditioning properties, and whether used in the form of a monotonous ritual induction or in the form of an offhand remark, it has the capacity to influence others’ experience, and thus be hypnotic in effect.
11. One must be relaxed in order to be in hypnosis…
Hypnosis has been described as a state of concentrated attention, one that varies in intensity according to individual and contextual characteristics. Also mentioned earlier was the idea that hypnosis can spontaneously develop while you are conversing, reading, and in countless other instances where your attention becomes fixed. You can be anxious, even in deep suspense, and still be focused, as in “glued to a mystery”.
Thus, physical relaxation is not a necessary prerequisite for hypnosis to occur.
-Banyai, Zseni & Tury, 1993; Malott, 1984.
12. Hypnosis is a therapy…
Hypnosis is not a therapy. Rather, it is a therapeutic tool that can be used in an infinite variety of ways.
Hypnosis is not aligned with any one theoretical or practical orientation. In a larger sense, hypnosis is a part of every psychotherapy, and for that matter, a part of every interaction in which one person engages and influences another.
-Kirsch, Lynn & Rhue, 1993; Lankton, 1982
Closure on misconceptions about hypnosis…
How you conceptualize hypnosis will determine almost entirely what limits you place on your use of hypnosis, as well as what limits you will place on others. You are urged to give careful thought to the ways in which you think about hypnosis as a tool in treatment, and to review the literature available to help you clarify your beliefs.
-Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.
If this is your first experience with hypnosis, please take a few minutes to read this material. I think you’ll find it educational and informative.
When the word “hypnosis” is mentioned in everyday conversation, it seems to stir many varied reactions in people. These responses range from disbelief to terror or even laughter, On the other hand, a lot of people believe that hypnosis does work miracles.
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. A simple definition of hypnosis is that it is a state of increased suggestibility and concentration. Do not expect to go to sleep or lose touch with reality. You will know everything that is going on around you. On returning to your social consciousness again, some people express disappointment with this experience. They insist that they have heard everything that was going on or that they were unaffected by the hypnotic trance.
This arises out of misconceptions they entertain concerning the nature of hypnosis. The lack of consciousness or amnesia, which they possibly anticipate is not experienced by the vast majority of people. Nevertheless, although they may consciously believe that their trance had not been hypnotically affected, the suggestions that have been made to them in most cases will exercise influence unless the subject deliberately sets out to prove that the suggestions will not work.
Some people will, on “waking”, insist that they have not been hypnotized. This attitude may be maintained even though it may be demonstrated to them that they could not open their eyes or pull both hands apart or whatever challenge is put to them.
Even then, some will insist that, despite this evidence, they could have opened their eyes if they had wished to do so, but it would take more effort to open, than not to open. The majority of people who insist that they have only experienced a light trance or none at all should realize that it is perfectly normal that they should hear external noises and remember everything that went on.
To quote the June 1977 issue of “Psychology today”:
People who are hypnotized for the first time are frequently disappointed to find that they experience nothing overwhelming. They feel mildly relaxed but they remain in touch with reality and in control of their thoughts. They may discover that the hypnotist’s suggestions are quite resistible. Contrary to what most people believe, a person under hypnosis need not fall asleep, or lose contact with his/her surroundings or relinquish his/her will. He/she is often able to recall everything that happened during the trance and will act perfectly normal.
So…what does a Hypnotherapist do?
A Hypnotherapist is trained in the principles and methods used to facilitate trance and to use the phenomena of trance as an intrinsic part of therapy and as the primary methodology for the client to create awareness, affecting growth and change.
And what are the phenomena of trance?
It is the development and expression of deductive processing of thought and imagery and the ability to stimulate memory recall and simultaneously revive attached feeling content. It is a tremendously heightened capacity to internalize new and different ideas (programming) presented by the facilitator or self, utilizing a variety of methods such as implications, supposition, and the use of multiple level communication (metaphors, stories, analogies, and imagery, as well as direct or indirect suggestion).
Trance gives you a heightened potential for stimulation and self-manipulation of subconscious memories, scripts, belief systems, and emotionalized attitudes, which form part of your counter-productive behavior. It gives you access to levels of irrational, deductive processing, which generate inhibition and feelings of helplessness expressed in specific forms of maladaptive behavior.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning more about the fascinating world of hypnosis in week one. Now that you have a bit more knowledge and understanding of the world you are about to enter, you can proceed to watch the video and follow along for this week’s exercise and move on to week 2 whenever you are ready.
Week 1 video
The human brain is amazing and sometimes mysterious. While researchers are still uncovering the secrets of how the brain works, they have discovered plenty of information about what goes on inside your brain. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of brain myths out there.
Here are just a few of the many myths about the brain –
Myth 1: We Use only Ten Percent of our Brains
You’ve probably heard this bit of information several times, but constant repetition does not make it any more accurate.
People often use this popular urban legend to imply that the mind is capable of much greater things, such as dramatically increased intelligence, psychic abilities, or even telekinesis.
Research suggests that all areas of the brain perform some type of function. If the 10 percent myth were true, brain damage would be far less likely – after all, we would only have to worry about that tiny 10 percent of our brains being injured.
The fact is that damage to even a small area of the brain can result in profound consequences for both cognition and functioning. Brain imaging technologies have also demonstrated that the entire brain shows levels of activity, even during sleep.
What’s not understood is how clusters of neurons from the diverse regions of the brain collaborate to form consciousness. So far, there’s no evidence that there is one site for consciousness, which leads experts to believe that it is truly a collective neural effort. Another mystery hidden within our crinkled cortices is that out of all the brain’s cells, only 10 percent are neurons; the other 90 percent are glial cells, which encapsulate and support neurons, but whose function remains largely unknown. Ultimately, it’s not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.
Myth 2: Brain Damage is Permanent
The brain is fragile and can be damaged by things such as injury, stroke, or disease. This damage can result in a range of consequences, from mild disruptions in cognitive abilities to complete impairment.
While we often tend to think of brain injuries as lasting, a person’s ability to recover from such damage depends upon the severity and the location of the injury. For example, a blow to the head during a football game might lead to a concussion. While this can be quite serious, most people can recover when given time to heal. A severe stroke, on the other hand, can result in dire consequences to the brain that can very well be permanent.
Myth 3: People are Right- or Left-Brained
Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as either left-brained or right-brained? This stems from the popular notion that people are either dominated by their right or left brain hemispheres. According to this idea, people who are “right-brained” tend to be more creative and expressive, while those who are “left-brained” tend to be more analytical and logical.
While experts do recognize that there is lateralization of brain function (that is, certain types of tasks and thinking tend to be more associated with a particular region of the brain), no one is fully right-brained or left-brained. In fact, we tend to do better at tasks when the entire brain is utilized, even for things that are typically associated with a certain area of the brain.
The human brain is quite large in proportion to body size, but another common misconception is that humans have the largest brains of any organism. How big is the human brain? How does it compare to other species?
The average adult has a brain weighing in at about three pounds and measuring up to about 15 centimeters in length. The largest animal brain belongs to that of a sperm whale, weighing in at a whopping 18 pounds! Another large-brained animal is the elephant, with an average brain size of around 11 pounds.
But what about relative brain size in proportion to body size?
Humans must certainly have the largest brains in comparison to their body size, right? Once again, this notion is also a myth. Surprisingly, one animal that holds the largest body size to brain ratios is the shrew, with a brain making up about 10 percent of its body mass.
Myth 5: Brain Cells Die Permanently
Traditional wisdom has long suggested that adults only have so many brain cells and that we never form new ones. Once these cells are lost, are they gone for good?
In recent years, experts have discovered evidence that the human adult brain does indeed form new cells throughout life, even during old age. The process of forming new brain cells is known as neurogenesis and researchers have found that it happens in at least one important region of the brain called the hippocampus.
Myth 6: Drinking Alcohol Kills Brain Cells
Partly related to the myth that we never grow new neurons is the idea that drinking alcohol can lead to cell death in the brain. Drink too much or too often, some people might warn, and you’ll lose precious brain cells that you can never get back. We’ve already learned that adults do indeed get new brain cells throughout life, but could drinking alcohol really kill brain cells?
While excessive or chronic alcohol abuse can certainly have dire health consequences, experts do not believe that drinking causes neurons to die. In fact, research has shown that even binge drinking doesn’t kill neurons.
Myth 7: There are 100 Billion Neurons in the Human Brain
The estimate of 100 billion neurons has been repeated so often and so long that no one is completely sure where it originated. In 2009, however, one researcher decided to count neurons in adult brains and found that the number was just a bit off the mark.
Based on this research, it appears that the human brain contains closer to 85 billion neurons. So while the often-cited number is a few billion too high, 85 billion is still nothing to sneeze at.
Ideally, a person may go through life without having any perceived state of being other than thoroughly healthy, completely confident and content and mentally brilliant. This is the ideal for which we are created and strive for.
The subconscious mind would continue to help this perceived state of being and all ideas presented would also sub-consciously be handled to aid this state. It is no dark, sinister enemy of man but actually is given to us to give health and even to promote a continuance of this state.
But, there are neurotic dis-eases which manifest itself in anxiety, paranoia, depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, enuresis, insecurity, stress, fear, worry, phobias and excess in anything like work, sleep, sex, drugs, drinking, smoking, and many more.
For this reason, oneself or a specialized therapist may help the subconscious to heal by giving it different perceptions of a person’s state of being, and the subconscious will then continue to handle ideas thereafter to aid and maintain this new suggested imagined state of being. It is not programmed by reality, but by the concept, real or imagined, fed to the cerebral cortex, where memories are stored.
In times of stress, the hypothalamus gland in the brain – the stress response control center sends out hormones, which activate the nervous system and the entire body- quickening the heart rate, raising blood pressure, increasing production of blood sugar and activating the muscle system. Once the perceived stress has been activated too often on a prolonged basis, the nerves of the body become tense and the essential harmony has been broken, thereby exhausting and depleting the vital systems and organs of the body.
Understanding your mind a little better –
The brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons which use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), measuring electricity levels over areas of the scalp. The combination of electrical activity of the brain is commonly called a brainwave pattern, because of its cyclic, “wave-like” nature. Our mind regulates its activities by means of electric waves, which are registered in the brain, emitting tiny electrochemical impulses of varied frequencies, which can be registered by an electroencephalogram. These brainwaves are known as:
Gamma – 30-100+Hz. When we are at our peak performance or flow.
Beta – emitted when we are consciously alert, or we feel agitated, tense, afraid; with frequencies ranging from 12 to 30 pulses per second in the Hertz scale.
Alpha – when we are in a state of physical and mental relaxation, although aware of what is happening around us; its frequency is around 8 to 12 pulses per second.
Theta – more or less 4 to 7 pulses; it is a state of somnolence with reduced consciousness.
Delta – ranging anything between 1 to 4Hz on the Hertz scale. This is when we are in a very deep, dreamless sleep.
In general, we are accustomed to using the beta brain rhythm. When we reduce the brain rhythm to alpha, we put ourselves in the ideal condition to learn new information retain factual information, perform elaborate tasks, learn languages, analyze complex situations. Meditation, relaxation exercises and activities that enable the sense of calm, also enable this alpha state.
According to neuroscientists, analyzing electroencephalograms of people submitted to tests in order to research the effect of decreasing the brain rhythm, the attentive relaxation or deep relaxation produce significant increases in the levels of beta-endorphin, nor-epinephrine and dopamine (linked to the feeling of enlarged mental clarity and formation of remembrances) and that this effect lasts for hours and even days.
It is an ideal state for synthetic thought and creativity, as it is easy to create images, to visualize, to make associations, to deal with drawings, diagrams, and emotions, as well as the use of good- humor and pleasure and learning is better absorbed.
During hypnosis, the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed state or Alpha state, while the subconscious mind remains awake and receptive to suggestions. In this state, the person suspends critical judgment and exercises selective thinking.
Rules of the mind –
1. Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction.
Your thoughts can affect all of the functions of your body. Worry thoughts trigger changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers, Anger thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and the increased adrenaline in the bloodstream causes many bodily changes. Anxiety and fear thoughts affect your pulse rate.
Ideas that have a strong emotional content almost always reach the subconscious mind, because it is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same body reactions over and over again. In order to eliminate or change chronic negative bodily reactions, we must reach the subconscious mind and change the idea responsible for the reaction. This is easily done with hypnosis and autosuggestion.
2. What is expected tends to be realized –
The brain and the nervous system respond to mental images, It is the same whether the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the plan, and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan.
Worrying is a form of programming a picture of what we do not want, but the subconscious mind acts to fulfill the pictured situation. “The things that I have feared the most has come true!”
Many people suffer from chronic anxiety, which is simply a subconscious mental expectancy that something terrible will happen to them (catastrophic expectation).
Our physical health is largely dependent upon our mental expectancy. Physicians recognize that if a patient expects to remain sick, lame, paralyzed, helpless, or even to die, the condition tends to be realized.
On the other hand, we all know people who seem to have the “Magic” touch, life seems to shower them with blessings for no apparent reason, and so we call them “lucky”. What seems to be luck is in reality “positive mental expectancy”, a strong self-belief that they deserve to be successful. We become what we think about.
This is where self-hypnosis can become the tool to remove despondency and negative attitudes and bring about a hopeful positive expectancy – the expectancy of health, strength, and well-being, which then tends to be realized.
3. Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with your own mind or the mind of another.
This is an important rule to remember when using self-hypnosis. We are often blind to our own superstitions, prejudices and unreasonable beliefs. Any idea accompanied by a strong emotion such as anger, hatred, live, or political and religious beliefs usually cannot be modified through the use of reasoning. In using self-hypnosis, we can form images in the subconscious mind, the feeling mind and remove, alter, or amend the old ideas.
4. Opposing ideas cannot be held at one and the same time –
This does not mean more than one idea cannot be remembered or harbored in your memory, but it refers to the conscious mind recognizing an idea.
Many people try to hold opposing ideas simultaneously. A man might believe in honesty and expects his children to be honest. Yet he engages daily in slightly dishonest business practices. Hy may try to justify these by saying: “A;; of my competitors do it, it is an accepted practice.” However, he cannot escape the conflict and its effect upon his nervous system that is caused by trying to hold opposing ideas.
5. Once an idea has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains until it is replaced by another idea.
The companion rule to this is: The linger the idea remains, the more opposition there is to replace it with a new idea.
Once an idea has been accepted, it tends to remain. The longer it is held, the more it tends to become a fixed habit of thinking. This is how habits of actions are formed, both good and bad. First, there is a thought and then the action. (reaction).
We accept certain facts as true. For example, we accept as true that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, even though the day may be cloudy and we cannot see the sun; that is a fact which governs our actions under normal conditions.
However, we have many thought habits, which are not corrected yet, fixed in the mind. Some people believe that at critical times they must have a drink of whiskey or a tranquilizer or cigarettes to steady their nerves so that they can perform effectively. This is not correct but the idea is there and is a fixed habit of thought. There will be opposition in replacing it with the correct idea.
In advancing these rules, we are speaking of “fixed” ideas, not just idle thoughts or passing fancies. We need to alter fixed ideas or to use them. No matter how fixed the idea may be or how long they have remained. they can be changed with hypnosis and autosuggestion.
6. An emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if persisted long enough.
It has been acknowledged by many reputable medical men that more than 70% of human ailments are functional rather than organic.
This means that the function of an organ or other parts of the body has been disturbed by the reaction of the nervous system to negative ideas held in the subconscious mind.
This does not mean to imply that every person who complains of an ailment is emotionally ill or neurotic, There are diseases caused by germs, parasites, viruses, and other things attacking the human body. However, we are a single organism, a mind in a body p and the two cannot be separated, Therefore, if you continue to fear ill health, constantly talk about your “nervous stomach”, or “tension headaches”, or aching back”, in time, organic changes must occur.
7. Each suggestion acted upon creates less opposition to successive suggestions.
A mental trend is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it becomes easier to follow and more difficult to break.
In other words, once a self-suggestion has been accepted by your conscious mind it becomes easier for additional suggestions to be accepted and acted upon.
That is why when you are just beginning with self-hypnosis and autosuggestion we suggest you start with simple suggestions. You can suggest that you feel a tingling sensation or a warm and pleasant feeling. When these have been followed you can move on to more complicated suggestions. You should begin with the suggestion that you will automatically return to your normal state of social awareness from self-hypnosis in ten minutes.
8. When dealing with the subconscious mind, and its functions, the greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response.
This proves why willpower does not really exist:
If you have insomnia you have learned that the harder you try to go to sleep the more wide awake you become.
The rule is – when dealing with the subconscious mind, take it easy!
This means you must work to develop a positive mental attitude and expectancy that your problem can by and will be solved. As your faith in your subconscious mind increases, you learn to let it happen rather than trying to force it to happen. As your faith in yourself increases you learn to take positive steps toward health, happiness, and life.
The importance of relaxation –
Relaxation is the best way to counteract stress, Stress itself is nothing new; it served men well from the earliest of times to either prepare to fight or to flee. When confronted with stress, the body reacts with a series of biochemical changes, which heighten the sensitivity of the nervous systems.
Depending on which part of the autonomic nervous system is triggered, multiple commands are automatically carried out with lightning speed: the heartbeat quickens, the reflexes sharpen, the muscles tense, the pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, lungs take in more air to supply extra oxygen, the liver releases stored glucose for extra energy, blood supply to sexual organs is diminished and sexual desire is lost, digestion is reduced and the blood’s ability to coagulate increases to prevent excessive blood loss, just in case.
This is an amazingly complex and very useful phenomenon when we are facing severe physical trauma and the body recovers quickly from its stress response once the event is over. Historically, stress has been experienced in these short bursts, and this can be useful when coping with a severe illness or hardship, but the stresses and strains of the 21st century are somewhat different. Today stress is virtually constant, anxiety over job performances, unhappy relationships, money worries, the list is endless. It is almost impossible to escape the causes of stress, and unless catharsis occurs (release of the emotions causing stress) the body has very little opportunity to restore and subsequently tries to adjust. This resulting chemical imbalance may cause physical illness.
As a coping technique to deal with inconsiderate taxi drivers or receiving the credit card bill, it is clearly an overkill. When faced with unremitting stress the body will eventually enter the exhaustion stage and the weak links in the individual biochemical makeup will begin to break down, resulting in various symptoms such as headaches or digestive problems, allergies and.or high blood pressure,
Simple relaxation techniques, such as meditation, self-hypnosis or listening to guided visualizations or certain music styles will counteract stress and restore or increase ?overall well being.
In the last issue, we highlighted the dangers of continuous stress, We pointed out how much the constant chemical imbalance induced by stress can harm the body and mentioned that it is almost impossible in our times to escape stressful situations. So what can we do?
Our body has remarkable self-healing potential which you experience regularly. When you go to sleep after a tiring day, something happens during the night that lets you wake up feeling noticeable refreshed and recharged, You will agree that what you experience even before falling asleep is relaxation. If relaxation can be linked to restorative actions of the body what is actually happening?
Just by reading this, billions of neurons are firing on and off in your brain. When each of these electrical firings is detected as a whole, a wave effect is observed. These cumulative electrical rhythms are referred to as brain waves. Brain waves occur at different frequencies, which is the number of times a wave repeats itself within a second.
The natural phenomena of falling asleep takes you from a fast brainwave activity called BETA through to ALPHA, the beginning of relaxation, to THETA, the state of tranquillity, creativity and very deep relaxation which reflects the state between wakefulness and sleep and finally to DELTA, the brain wave state experienced in the deepest stages of sleep; a state of total unawareness, of unconsciousness.
Therefore, if you apply techniques to consciously lower your brain wave activity you mimic the natural process and achieve the advantages that go with it. Such techniques will be introduced to you soon.
Getting Ready – Dream Sculpting Process
What you will need –
A white, clean poster
Pencil and scrap paper
Step One: Writing Your Own Hypnotic Script
Tweaking for Success Building new life-long healthy habits
The art of listening –
When listening to another person, don’t just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body.
Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen, That takes attention away from thinking and creates a still space that enables you to truly listen without the mind interfering.
You are giving the other person space – space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give.
Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking.
They pay more attention to that than to what the other person is saying, and none at all to what really matters: The being of the other person underneath the words and the mind.
Of course, you cannot feel someone else’s being except through your own. This is the beginning of the realization of oneness, which is love. At the deepest level of being, you are one with all that is.
Most human relationships consist mainly of minds interacting with each other, not of human beings communicating, being in communion.
No relationship can thrive in that way and that is why there is so much conflict in relationships.
When the mind is running your life, conflict, strife, and problems are inevitable. Being in touch with your inner body creates a clear space of no-mind within which the relationship can flower.
-The power of now – Eckhart Tolle
Apply the above ideas to yourself when in self-hypnosis.
Structuring your suggestions during self-hypnosis –
- Use the present tense.
Whenever possible and believable word your suggestions as if it is already an accomplished fact. “I an calm and relaxed.”
To avoid resistance from the conscious mind, use a logical time frame. A physical condition such as a broken arm or the extra 10 pounds overweight will still be there after your session. “Each day my arm heals and grows stronger.” “Every day I continue to make healthy eating choices and my body is getting into the shape I desire.”
Avoid dual images like ” I am more understanding towards my children than I used to be”. The image of how you have been is stronger than the image of how you wish to be.
Correct phrasing: I am, It is, I feel
Incorrect phrasing: I will, It will be, I am going to.
2. Be positive
Eliminate every possible negative word. The subconscious mind tends to overlook the not. “I am not smoking when I am tense”. With this phrase, you emphasize smoking and tense.
Don’t include what you would like to give up or are trying to move away from. This can be conceived as a loss to the subconscious mind. “I will diet easily” What are the first three letters of the word diet?
Create a suggestion with the positive outcome in mind: ” I enjoy being smoke-free and healthy”.
Correct phrasing: I truly enjoy healthy foods.
Incorrect phrasing: I no longer enjoy cakes and fatty foods.
3. Be specific
Work on one aspect at a time and detail the outcome. Multiple suggestions in different areas of self-improvement can be confusing and overwhelming.
Don’t work on your relaxation and then suggest that you are losing the extra weight and are deserving of the abundance of the universe.
You may get results quickly, but be prepared to use the same suggestion daily for at least two to three weeks. If it is not working examine your suggestion for its structure.
4. Be detailed and accurate
Study your goal and construct your suggestions to cover every detail of your changed behavior or attitude. If your goal can be measured, such as weight loss or gain, suggest the exact improvement you wish to achieve.
Correct phrasing: I feel so good being a non-smoker. My breath is clean and my lungs are improving. I am more energetic and it is much more fun going out with my friends. Travelling becomes easy because I an now free from smoking.
Incorrect phrasing: I give up smoking.
5. De simple
The language to use for the communication with yourself should be simple and picturesque like you would address an intelligent ten-year-old. Simple words and short sentences have the greatest energy.
6. Use exciting and emotional words
Be sure to get excitement and feeling into your suggestions. Your subconscious is your feeling mind. Use words such as Thrilling, exciting, amazing, powerful, radiant, loving, beautiful, strong, rich, blissful.
7. Affirm activity
When wording the suggestion put emphasis on your action and the outcome, not your ability. The subconscious is amazingly creative to find appropriate ways to manifest your desire. Do not be too concerned about the how.
Correct phrasing: I thrive creating a beautiful novel.
Incorrect phrasing: I structure and word my first book well.
8. Be realistic
Avoid creating resistance of your conscious mind or setting yourself up for failure. “I always do my work timeously” is an impossible goal for a homemaker with kids and career. “I am always lively and enthusiastic” is a weak suggestion in times of grief or when you are not well.
Your suggestions are about yourself, your mindset and behavior. Don’t suggest a change in others. As you change, others associated with you will change.
Correct phrasing: I take time to listen and understand my co-workers.
Incorrect phrasing: My co-workers are accepting me as their leader.
10. Symbolise your suggestion
Condense your suggestion into a word or short phrase or symbol which strongly represents its positive meaning. “Vibrant self confidence”, “dignity”, “easy sleep”, “size 10”.
Conducting your practical self-hypnosis session –
Take time to properly word your suggestion and give it a symbol or title. Before your self-hypnosis session remind yourself of the details by re-reading your suggestion. Read while considering the words and their meaning and if possible read aloud as this means better concentration and full involvement.
Apply your choice of self-induction and when you sense the onset of relaxation think the symbol or title that you have given your scripted suggestion. It is not necessary to remember the full suggestion word for word, rather connect with its meaning and the desired outcome. Let pictures of yourself acting in the way you want to act, feeling the way you want to feel, liking the way you want to look, come into your imagination.
If your progress is not speedy enough, after about three weeks, re-write your suggestion getting more action and feeling words into it. Another thing to check on is whether you are reading the suggestion with feeling and if you are getting good mental pictures of your successful solution to your problem.
- Tension – relaxation exercise
Use this exercise at the beginning of your self-hypnosis session to achieve deep physical relaxation, With your eyes closed, first tense and then relax the muscles in specific areas of your body. Tense these muscle groups only for a few seconds but never to the extent to experience discomfort. Notice the differences in your body between the sensations of tension and relaxation. Notice how much better your body feels to be relaxed than to be tense.
2. Staircase exercise
To deepen the level of your self-hypnosis, imagine you are at the top of a safe staircase. There are 10 steps down towards a place that is very special to you.
Slowly, best in conjunction with deep breathing, descend down these stairs each time with the intent to double your relaxation. It is not necessary to define your special place on arrival. Your subconscious will create it for you. Relax deeper and deeper and develop an attitude of excitement toward entering the special place in which everything is possible and there are no limitations – a place that only exists for one purpose: to please you.
Closing suggestions –
Before terminating your session and just before counting yourself out back into a state of normal conscious awareness, use the relaxed state you are in to remind yourself and reaffirm your goals and intentions. Always include the suggestions that every time you do this exercise it will be easier and deeper.
Exiting the state of self- hypnosis –
Once you understand and have experienced the state of hypnosis it will become easier and easier to drift in and out of the state. It is really hardly more than an intense intent and the application of the techniques you learned during the course.
The deeper you sense to be in this state the more gradual the extraction should be. Suggestions to effectively facilitate the transition shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
In your mind start counting backward or visualize coming back up the staircase, with the intent to be more and more alert, refreshed and revitalized. On the last count open your eyes, with a stretch and a smile.
Self-hypnosis verses guided hypnosis –
Having a trained professional to guide you into hypnosis and help you maintain deep levels of relaxation, concentration and suggestibility do have some advantages over self-hypnosis. You may go into much deeper levels of hypnosis than on your own. Suggestions given to you during deep levels of hypnosis can have a more profound effect on your mind and body.
There is also the element of group dynamic to be considered. When you feel comfortable in a group the additional learning by accessing the state under guidance and supervision can greatly enhance your own private experience. Think of it as doing exercises alone at home vs. with an instructor, fitness trainer or group at the gym.
I do understand that time and money is sometimes a block and reason why people do not seek help. Another reason is finding the right therapist that you can trust, connect with and that is qualified and professional enough to offer client-centered therapy and have the desire to truly assist you in living your dream life. There is also a stigma in seeking help that is prevalent in men, but also women and especially teens and young adults. Some of us are just more private people and we do not want to talk to strangers.
For whatever reason you have decided to take on this course, I truly hope that you have learned a bit more about yourself and that you were able to create your own session and get all the benefits that you had hoped for. Autohypnosis is a wonderful skill that can change your whole being and benefit you greatly.
Some people find it very difficult to relax and focus on their goals during autohypnosis. We are all different with different levels of consciousness. If this is you, my advise to you is to never give up and think that this is not for you. Practice makes perfect like with everything in life. The more you take yourself into this blissful state, the easier it will become to achieve deep levels of relaxation.
If you need any assistance or advice, I am available via Zoom, Denver time 9:00 AM to 5:00PM to assist you in creating your own blissful success session. Or you can ask a question or leave a comment below.