1: Preparing for Hypnosis:
Get into comfortable clothing. It’s pretty hard entering any kind of deep, relaxed state when all you can think about is your uncomfortable state and dress. So take this as an excuse to throw on some sweats. You want absolutely nothing distracting you. Make sure the temperature is good, too. Have a blanket or a sweater ready if you run on the chilly side. Sometimes feeling warm can be very comforting, too.
Go to a quiet room and sit in any comfortable chair, couch, or bed. Although some people prefer to lie down, you are more susceptible to sleep than when sitting up. Whether you sit or lie, ensure that you do not cross your legs or any part of your body. You may be in this position for a while and this could end up being uncomfortable.
Make sure you are not going to be disturbed for at least half an hour. No self-hypnosis is effective if it gets interrupted by a phone call, a pet, or a kid. Turn off your phone , lock the door, and sequester yourself. This is you time. The amount of time you want to dedicate to this is up to you. Most prefer to be in a trance for about 15 or 20 minutes, but you should also allow time to get in and out of it, too.
Figure out your hypnosis goals. Are you doing it just to relax? For self-improvement? To train your brain? If you’re doing it to achieve a greater end , prepare a list of affirmations. Self-hypnosis can be used just for relaxation, sure, but it can be for a number of life-enhancing things, too. Many use it to achieve their goals, change their thinking, or just as general positive reinforcement or motivation. After this the next step is entering to the hypnosis.
Close your eyes and work to rid your mind of any feelings of fear, stress, or anxiety. When you begin, you might find it difficult not to think. You may find that thoughts keep intruding. When this happens, don’t try to force the thoughts out. Observe them impartially, and then let them slip away.
Recognize the tension in your body. Beginning with your toes, imagine the tension slowly falling away from your body and vanishing. Imagine it freeing each body part one at a time starting with your toes and working its way up your body. Visualize each part of your body becoming lighter and lighter as the tension is removed. Relax your toes, then your feet. Continue with your calves, thighs, hips, stomach and so on, until you’ve relaxed each portion, including your face and head.
Take slow, deep breaths. When you exhale, see the tension and negativity leaving in a dark cloud. As you inhale, see the air returning as a bright force filled with life and energy. Get as detailed as possible. Always think of your five senses.
Appreciate the fact that you are now extremely relaxed. Picture every detail of this scene from the top to the bottom. Tell yourself that you are going to descend the stairs, counting each step down, starting at 10. Picture each number in your mind. Imagine that each number you count is further down and one step closer to the bottom. After each number, you will feel yourself drifting further and further into deep relaxation.
Feel a floating sensation. At this point at the bottom of the water you shouldn’t really feel anything, just the sensation of floating freely. You may even feel like you’re spinning. If you do not feel as stated above, try again, slower with a will to grasp what is happening. Once you have achieved this state you should proceed to address your problems and decide upon what it is you want from where you are.
You should avoid using statements with a negative connotation, such as “I don’t want to be tired and irritable.” Instead, say, “I am becoming calm and relaxed.”
Repeat your statement to yourself as many times as you wish. Feel free to wander about the water, visualizing yourself emptying boxes, finding treasure , or simply letting all your tensions disappear. Find areas where the water is cold, hot, or full of wildlife. Let your imagination go.
Get ready to exit your hypnotic state. With each step you take, feel the water becoming lower and lower until you have once again reached that fifth step. Once you are out of the water and are on the sixth step you may start to feel heavy or as if there is a weight on your chest. Merely wait on the step until this passes, constantly repeating your aforementioned statements. Once it passes, continue up the stairs, visualizing each step by its number, feeling the steps underneath you.
Once you have ascended, give yourself a few moments before opening your eyes. You may want to visualize yourself opening a door to the outside world. Do this slowly and imagine the light that pours in through the doorway; this should make your eyes open naturally. If you need to, count down from ten, telling yourself that once you finish, your eyes will open. Now the next step is enhancement of experience.
3:Enhancing Your Experience:
Mean it. No self-hypnosis or mantra will manifest itself in real life if you don’t actually mean it. In order for this to be effective, you have to believe in yourself and your actions. And why not? If you do mean it, it could work. If it doesn’t seem effective for the 1st time, don’t write it off automatically. Some things take time to get used to and to get good at. Come back to it in a few days and revisit the experiences. You may be surprised. Open your mind. You have to believe there is a possibility of this working in order for it to work. Any skepticism on your part will impede your progress.
Use it to better yourself. Hypnosis is great for a deep, deep meditation, but it’s better in that it can be used for a bigger, better purpose. Many people find that they emerge more positive and with a sense of purpose afterward. Take advantage of that possibility!
There is no wrong way to go about this. Whether it’s kicking a bad habit, having focus in your work life, or just changing your thinking, hypnosis can help. Getting rid of the stressors in your life is an integral part of being the person you want to become and this will help. And the more you do it, the better and more natural it’ll feel.