Lesson one in our series of how to learn self hypnosis covered the various aspects of the mind and the way that it interprets suggestions. If you have not read it yet, it is recommended you do so before proceeding any further with this lesson.
Lesson two covered more about the self-hypnotic process, along with what goes on in our mind during hypnosis. It also covered the various stages of depth, including somnambulism, and explained how one can experience amnesia, or temporal memory loss when in a deep state of hypnosis.
For this lesson, being our third and final one, we shall be discussing some of the many misconceptions surrounding self hypnosis. We’ll also be discussing some of the ways you can go about self hypnosis, including the use of audio programs or cd’s, and what their benefits and uses are. If you plan on hypnotising yourself, then knowing how hypnosis works and what the best methods are to conduct self-hypnosis will help you greatly. As they say, the better understanding you have about a subject, the better you’ll be able to use it to your advantage.
Misconceptions of Hypnosis
Hypnosis, what is it exactly? By now you know, but this is a question that people who know nothing about the field frequently ask. People have many misconceptions and preconceptions about what hypnosis is and what it does. First of all, we can’t be outright hypnotized to do bad things that we’d normally find immoral. Some people have visions of some form of the evil hypnotist, hypnotising the masses in order to do his or her bidding. Whilst it is possible to hypnotise mass amounts of people (indeed an entire subject within itself known as ‘mass hypnosis’), making these people do things that they’d find fundamentally immoral isn’t quite possible since even the subconscious rejects suggestions that it doesn’t agree with.
Another common misconception is that hypnosis is a relatively new field that hasn’t been properly, nor scientifically, analysed yet. The truth is is that hypnosis in its most primitive form has been around for thousands of years, just under different names. In the eastern world, mantras contain many similarities to self hypnosis. Hypnosis is quite simply making the mind believe in things by changing the way it views certain situations. In the strictest sense, hypnosis may even be considered placebo in many ways. We make our mind believe in certain things, and therefore those things come to fruition. Even if hypnosis is placebo, the fact still remains that if we’re able to trick our subconscious into thinking and believing in certain things, and those things help us, then the process works. How it works, or why it works, is of course open to a lot of speculation, and the scientific community doesn’t have definite answers to explain how every aspect of hypnosis is triggered, but one thing is for sure is that it does work, and it works if a hypnotherapist is able to utilize the art effectively.
It wasn’t until recent times since back in the 1700’s in the time of Anton Mesmer, that hypnosis was more or less ‘discovered’ in the western sense. Anton coined hypnosis with the term ‘mesmerism’. Whilst Anton believed that mesmerism was as a result of animal magnetism (various poles and their energies affecting the polarisation of our body), and whilst he was in fact incorrect in his explanation of the observed phenomena at the time, the processes he used to induce hypnosis were in fact quite real. When people came under the influence of hypnosis, it was as a result of that placebo effect, as a result of them believing that they’d somehow had their energies charged or discharged or whatnot.
Later hypnosis was recognised for what it really was, the ability for us, or another person, to influence the way our subconscious mind views things and therefore subsequently behaves. James Braid coined the modern term of ‘hypnosis’ and realised that a lot of Mesmer’s beliefs weren’t based on animal magnetism at all, but were rather derived from the process of suggestion. By suggesting to people that something was happening to them, even if the basis of that suggestion was false, the suggestion could still come into play, which is effectively the foundation of hypnosis.
Self Hypnosis Audio Tapes and other Software
Self hypnosis doesn’t necessarily have to involve just ourselves. Hetero hypnosis is basically utilising another person in order to guide oneself into a hypnotic state. There exist a number of self hypnosis tapes and CDs that people use to induce themselves into a trance, and subsequently, use said material in order to experience hypnotic suggestion. The use of such materials of course isn’t essential, but many people find the materials to be useful and find that they help them to a large degree.
With experience and practice, you’ll find yourself being able to enter into a hypnotic induction quite easily and rapidly. You see when we’re in a state of hypnosis, especially in the somnambulist stage, we’re highly vulnerable to suggestion, as you already know. What we can do when we’re in this suggestible state is give ourselves what’s called a “post-hypnotic suggestion to re-hypnosis”. This basically involves anchoring some form of keyword or action that will cause us to become instantly induced within a trance, without the need of having to slowly go through all the required hypnotic depths as we normally would.
An example of such a suggestion would be “every time that the word ‘deep sleep’ is mentioned, you’ll be able to instantly return to this deep state of hypnosis”. When you awaken yourself and begin functioning as you normally would once more, and you subsequently suggest to yourself the phrase ‘deep sleep’, you’ll find that you’ll much more readily enter into this state of hypnosis. With practice, this state becomes easier to enter. The use of a self hypnosis cd will obviously induce us into this state a lot easier. The reason being is because whenever we enter into hypnosis based upon the voice of any form of the authority figure (such as a hypnotist) we become more susceptible to that person’s suggestions in the future. With time and practice, you’ll be able to re-enter this level of hypnoidal depth quite readily.
So remember, whilst hypnosis may seem like an odd craft to some, it is in fact a useful art that many people use each and every day to overcome a number of ailments. You can use to help treat stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, bad habits, just about anything that relates to your subconscious. If you practice once a day, you’ll soon be using hypnosis to overcome your fears within no time. Hopefully, by now, you’ve fulfilled your desire to learn self hypnosis, and this concludes the first series of this site. We highly recommend that you continue to research the field of hypnosis further by navigating to further links which you’ll find located on the right-hand menu. We also encourage you to find out more about covert hypnosis, particularly if you’re interested in hypnotising other people.