Simple Self Hypnosis Techniques
Being able to hypnotize yourself will help you achieve a lot. Under a light state of hypnosis, you can improve confidence, practice sports, improve learning or just fall asleep quicker. In this post we’ll be going over some very simple ways so you can hypnotize yourself for whatever reason you need.
The easiest way to use self hypnosis to reprogram yourself is to do so while falling asleep. When you fall asleep, your mind passes through a very open alpha and theta state. These are also present when we are asleep. When you are asleep you pass back and forth between theta and delta. When we are awake you pass between beta, alpha, and theta.
Best States For Hypnosis
The best brainwave states for hypnosis are theta and alpha. Alpha is a relaxed, yet awakened state of mind. It can be use consciously, for reprogramming or simply relaxing. This is when we are relaxed and not thinking much. Highway hypnosis, watching movies, reading a gripping novel, or just staring out the window.
Hypnotic Sleep Programming
If you wanted to program yourself while falling asleep, there are two basic ways. One is to carefully construct a set of short and powerful affirmations about your desired state. These need to be constructed carefully (see more here). Once you’ve got a few short affirmations down, repeat them to yourself as you fall asleep at night.
Another method of self hypnosis is to visualize a situation that you would like to become manifest. Imagine yourself performing some task that you’d like to be able to perform. Imagine seeing yourself demonstrating some skill or ability you’d like to have. You can combine this with the affirmation process.
If you can combine the affirmations and the visualizations, repeating them and visualizing them as you fall asleep can generate some positive changes very quickly. It’s a good idea to make sure the changes you seek are not far from your current level of skill. Once you achieve the new level of skill, upgrade your nightly self programming.
It’s possible to do the same thing while being awake. Give yourself a specific amount of time to get into trance, do the programming, and then come back out of trance. There are many ways to be able to hypnotize yourself to get into the proper trance.
Start by sitting or lying back in a relaxing position without your arms or legs crossed. Open your eyes, and focus only on the visual things around you. Only the things you can see. Close your eyes and focus on your internal experience. Open your eyes, yet this time, keep them unfocused. Focus only on the sounds outside your body. Close your eyes again and focus only on your internal experience.
Next, open and focus outwardly, with your eyes defocused, and focus only on the smells. Close your eyes again and focus internally. Next, open your eyes and focus on the physical sensations. Continue to cycle through each of your external sensory inputs, followed by a brief internal orientation. Going through each sense (sight, sound, smell, touch) three or four times should be enough to give you a strong sense of internal relation.
Tighten and Relax
Another way is to start off on your feet. Tighten your feet muscles briefly and then relax them. Then tighten your lower leg muscles, and relax them. Then your upper leg muscles, and relax them. Follow this process all the way up to your facial muscles. Spend five or ten seconds on tightening, while inhaling, and then relax as you exhale.
By the time you have relaxed your face, you will be in a good state of inner awareness to do any internal change work.
Building Strong Focus
This is a good strategy to focus on any outwardly focused yet hypnotic trance state. This is good for studying, or for creating any strong and focused attention for any reason. This will be similar to the sensory overload. Only instead of cycling from outward senses to inward experience, you’ll be cycling form outward other sensations to that which you want to train your attention.
For example, we’ll imagine you are building a strong study state. Start by focusing on your text, as much as you can. Breathe in and focus on all the sounds apart from your text, with your eyes closed. Then breathe out, open your eyes focus all your energy on your text. Imagine as you open your eyes you are taking all of your brainpower and focusing it on the topic of your text.
Do the same with smell, and tactile sensations. Close your eyes, focus on the smells (for example) and then open your eyes and bring back mental focus on your text while shutting off all external focus. Do this every twenty minutes while studying, taking a few minutes to cycle between external stimuli, as experienced with your eyes closed, and outward visual focus on the text.
Setting Up Performance Anchors
You can anchor any state and use this when in any situation. This takes time and practice, but it is very powerful. It is essentially a way to build up a collection of pre-set states that you can use anytime, anywhere. For example, you could build in states of extreme confidence, and trigger them whenever you need to feel confident.
If you ever wanted to be able to put yourself in a specific state in any given situation, you can do this when you learn how to hypnotize yourself. This takes some time to set up, but once you first build your desired resource state, you can trigger if whenever you want, wherever you want.
Social Confidence Anchor
We’ll use social confidence as an example. First we’ll need to create a strong resource state. Then we’ll need to connect that resource state to an anchor. Finally, we’ll be able to recreate, or trigger that resource state whenever we like by firing that anchor.
Create Resource State
Spend plenty of time doing this. The more time you spend building the resource state, the more powerful it will be whenever you need it. One way is to start a journal centered only on the topic of your resource state. Since we are using social confidence as an example, we’ll start a social confidence journal.
Write A Personal History Of Social Confidence
Start off as early as you can, and start writing out as many personal examples of social confidence you can find in your history. Start by writing out a brief synopsis of what happened. Then close your eyes and relive that experience. The main goal is to recreate the feeling of social confidence. So feel free to embellish however you like.
One Event Per Day
To start, write out at least one historical (embellished if you like) event per day. Each event you write out, take the time to relive the event after you’ve written it out. Relive it from the first person, experiencing all the social confidence you can build.
Create A Social Confidence Anchor
Once you’ve gone through three or four experiences, choose a specific anchor to associate with that resource state. Choose a unique anchor, but keep in mind when and how you will use it. Ideally, it should be something you could do in any social situation where it will work, but not call any attention to yourself.
Test It In Social Situations
Once you’ve built the anchor through several remembered and imagined experiences, test it out. This will be an ongoing process, but with consistent effort, your ability to hypnotize yourself in any social situation into feeling massive amounts of social confidence will get easier and easier.
Eventually you’ll get to a natural tipping point. Where you will be in a situation, and want to have social confidence. Then you’ll fire your anchor, recall all of your previous experiences with social confidence, and then actually feel social confidence. This will actually set up a new connection, between real social situations and real feelings of social confidence. This is when your self hypnotic powers become self-sustaining.
Build In Plenty Of Anchors
There is no limit to the amount of anchors you can set, and the different resource states you can access through self hypnosis. Social confidence in social situations. Strong memory in learning or test situations, creativity, athletic strength and agility, all our possible once you learn how to hypnotize yourself.
Useful General Self Hypnosis
Being able to hypnotize yourself to sleep every night is a good skill. Consider practicing this until a natural anchor is made between your bed and a deep sleep state. Use any of the previously mentioned techniques to hypnotize yourself to sleep every night.
Use Self Hypnosis To Wake Up
A good anchor to build is between the sound of your alarm clock, and feeling excited and motivated to succeed. You can use the same process, start a journal containing all the memories when you felt excited and motivated to achieve something. Athletic and sports memories are useful because they naturally lend themselves to being alert and outwardly focused.
Relaxation Self Hypnosis
Similarly, you can also train yourself through self hypnosis to enter into a relaxed state where your mind can relax and you can let go of stress and worry. A useful strategy is to imagine a protective sphere of relaxation energy to surround yourself with whenever you feel the need.
Self Hypnosis As A Tool
Once you learn how powerful it is to hypnotize yourself, you’ll find many ways to custom build your own resource states. You can gain more control of your mind, your emotions and your life. This can help you transform your life into a grand adventure of success and exploration, one that will motivate you to continue on your quest for excellence.
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