Here is another exciting technique, which you can use to acquire the skills of self-hypnosis. After you have gotten into bed and turned off the lights, do the following:
give yourself the suggestions to relax, just as you would ordinarily give them to any subject you were about to hypnotise.
In this case, however, you direct the suggestions to yourself by using the pronoun “I” since this is the procedure in self-hypnosis.
When you feel that you are sufficiently relaxed and ready to fall asleep, give yourself the following suggestions:
“When I mentally complete the count to three, I shall fall into a deep, sound, hypnotic sleep, and direct the constructive suggestions to my subconscious.” You, then, mentally complete the count to three, while you improve the quality of your relaxation by the appropriate suggestions between each number counted.
As you reach the count of three, you will feel a decided psychological change come over you as you approach a state of contented relaxation. Having arrived at this condition, give yourself whatever mental suggestions you think fit. When you have done this, give yourself the post-hypnotic suggestion that the next time you complete the count to three, you will fall into a deep hypnotic state at once.
When first using this self-hypnosis technique you may not feel that you are actually in the hypnotic state at all when you have finished the count to three, but in spite of that, continue to give yourself hypnotic suggestions, as well as post-hypnotic suggestions, so that you will eventually find yourself in an even deeper state the next time you perform the count.
It is by this process that a deep hypnotic state can be achieved. The full effects of it will be observed and appreciated by the more persistent practitioner, who is bound to achieve success in the field of hypnosis or self-hypnosis, provided that he continues to apply himself intelligently.
In practising this technique, it is essential that it be carried out to the very letter. After the count of three, as I have mentioned above, many feel that they are not in the hypnotic state at all, since they are still aware of what is going on around them. In self-hypnosis, this is truly the case, because the person remains very aware of his own suggestions, and furthermore must be sufficiently conscious of himself to direct them to his subconsciousness where they will take effect.
It is only in the deep somnambulistic state that the subject is not aware of what is going on around him so that he even fails to recall what had taken place during the induction of hypnosis. The advantage of practising this technique prior to going to sleep is that we are most relaxed at that time, and since we are, we are much closer to achieving the subconscious condition that plays such an important role in the process of hypnosis. We are thus taking advantage of a natural condition to achieve our ends.
It is interesting to note that we pass through the hypnotic state before falling into the state of natural sleep. Our purpose then is to use this understanding as a means of facilitating and ensuring the ends of hypnosis. Suggestions during this relaxed period find easy access to the subconscious mind because the resistance of the conscious mind is very low at this time.
As I have mentioned before, the subconscious mind begins to take control when the conscious mind lies in the state of dormancy. Because of this, suggestions have access to the subconscious mind, making this period most suitable for self-hypnosis.