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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Self-Hypnosis Techniques

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Self-hypnosis is a form of hypnotherapy, but you act as both the hypnotist and hypnotee.

Is it really possible to do that?

Of course, it is. James Braid (who coined the word “hypnotism”) once hypnotized himself to get rid of his rheumatic pain. Since then, he had been free of rheumatism.

In one of Igor Ledochowski’s workshops, there was even an attendee who said he had a tooth extraction, and he did not use any anesthetic to prevent bleeding. He only used self-hypnosis.

That proves that hypnotizing yourself can be a powerful way of utilizing your subconscious mind. However, there are some difficulties one may face when practicing self-hypnosis and one of them is this:

How can you be in trance while simultaneously giving suggestions to yourself?

This is generally the dilemma.

When you go to a hypnotherapist, it’s easier because you just hand over everything to the hypnotist. You just trust him and let him “mess with your mind”.

In self-hypnosis, you may record your voice, but then your conscious mind still interferes.

They key to overcome this problem is to exercise and practice often. Do not expect that after a few self-hypnosis sessions your problem will be gone. This is because the power of self-hypnosis lies in the frequent repetition

What is the best technique of self-hypnosis?

There are various self-hypnosis techniques you can apply, and here is one simple but powerful example you can immediately practice:

Betty Erickson Self Hypnosis Technique

Betty Erickson was the wife of Dr. Milton Erickson, a psychiatrist who specialized in hypnosis and family therapy. Here’s how to do the Betty Erickson self-hypnosis technique, a.k.a the 3-2-1 technique:

First, you need to sit in a comfortable chair and relax with your feet flat on the floor. Then, look for a spot above your eye level upon which to rest your eyes. Focus loosely and take in the whole room.

After that, do this 3-2-1 technique:

1. Notice 3 things you see
  • “I can see the tv set over there” 
  • “I can see the sunlight” 
  • “I can see …” 
(If you only see two things, for example, you can just repeat - it doesn’t matter)

2. Notice 3 things you hear
  • “I can hear the sound of nature” 
  • “I can hear … ” 
  • “I can hear … ” 
3. Notice 3 things you feel
  • “I can feel the warmth of the room ” 
  • “I can feel … ” 
  • “I can feel … ” 

After that, you do the same thing, but you only need to notice 2 things you see, hear, and feel. They can be the same things, it’s no problem at all.

1. Notice 2 things you see
2. Notice 2 things you hear
3. Notice 2 things you feel

Then, just notice 1 thing you see, hear, and feel.

1. Notice 1 thing you see
2. Notice 1 thing you hear
3. Notice 1 thing you feel

If you’ve done the set, do it again with your eyes closed ("I can see darkness", etc). When you’re in trance, you can give yourself suggestions. You can do this until you’re ready to come out of hypnosis.

If you want an example on how to do this, you can download this mp3:

What you’ll hear in this recording may be slightly different from what’s explained in this article, but it doesn’t matter. Just do what works best for you.

Magnetic Hands Self-Hypnosis Technique

Illustration - Hypnotist Jeffrey Stephens Using Magnetic Hands Induction

1. Position your hands 1 to 4 inches apart.
2. Rub your hands and feel the temperature building up.
3. Have your hands relaxed and bring them apart again
4. Notice the sensations - tingling, buzzing, etc
5. Imagine that there is a magnetic force between your hands
6. Feel the magnetic force, and let your hands closer together
7. When they move a few inches, you can close your eyes in trance
8. Continue with your affirmation and visualization

For other techniques and to learn how to hypnotize yourself from the master, I recommend you check out Igor Ledochowski’s Power of Self-Hypnosis home study course.

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