The Components of The Self Hypnosis Process
The purpose of this page is to briefly introduce the main parts of the self-hypnosis process. I go into more detail about how to do self-hypnosis on other pages on the site, but here I will keep it simple.
When you do self-hypnosis, there are just four parts:
• Induction (the creation of the trance);
• Deepening (making the relaxation deeper and the conscious mindless active);
• The therapy;
However, there are two other things that you will have to do during self-hypnosis: repeating your suggestion and visualising the outcome; and (no matter how hard we might try to be in a quiet place or to focus the mind exclusively on our reason for doing self-hypnosis) dealing with distractions. So, I strongly recommend that before you start to try to use self-hypnosis, that you visit the pages on ‘Suggestion and Visualisation’ and ‘Dealing with Distractions’. I also recommend that you visit the ‘Preliminary Exercises’ page to improve some of the skills you will need to use the self hypnosis techniques most effectively.
So, before you carry on learning about the self hypnosis process, follow these links to those pages:
The purpose of deepening the trance is to reach a state of mind at which the ‘therapy’ will be most effective.
There are thought to be several levels of trance – the exact number and their names do vary from author to author. But a simple categorization has 3 main levels:
light trance; medium trance state; deep trance (often referred to as somnambulistic state). Some authors refer to deeper levels such as ‘coma’; ‘catatonia’; and ‘ultra trance state’. For our purposes in learning and using self-hypnosis, we are trying to achieve a steady light trance state. In my experience, this is all that is necessary to carry out work that leads to beneficial change.
The aim of deepening procedures is to ensure that there is a suitable balance between conscious and unconscious mind, so that appropriate suggestions and visualisations can be used to carry out the therapeutic work. Imagine you could control the level of activity of your conscious mind by means of a dial – then deepening is a means of turning that dial to turn the conscious mind down to less intrusive level!
As with induction, there are a number of techniques that can be used with physical relaxation, countdown techniques, and visualisations being the most widely used. These are the techniques that I teach on this site.
This is the crux of the self hypnosis process – the reason for doing self hypnosis! It is important to be very clear about what you are trying to achieve – how you want to be, thinks, feels, and behave.
‘Therapy’ is given using a combination of suggestions and visualisation. I go into greater detail about these important components on another page. This is a very important part of self hypnosis, so it is worth taking a time to ensure that you get this part right – to make sure that the suggestions you create will correctly deal with the issue you are working on and that your visualisations are of the outcome you desire.
This part is very simple! Generally, it’s a simple case of counting back out! On the page devoted specifically to awakening I go into detail about exactly how and when awakening should be done. At this stage I will just repeat the comment from the ‘Hypnosis – History and Explanation’ page: it is not possible to ‘get stuck’ in a self-induced trance. The worst thing that might happen is that you might fall asleep, and even this possibility can be limited by practising in a sitting position rather than lying down! In any event, your unconscious mind will ‘tell you’ when it’s time to return to full awareness, even if you have fallen asleep!
So – the self-hypnosis process is really quite simple! Induction – deepening – therapy – awakening.
If you have come to this site to learn self-hypnosis techniques, then you should now go on the following journey:
‘Suggestion & Visualisation’;
‘Suggestion & Visualisation’;
Only when you are happy that you can create appropriate and effective suggestions and visualisations, and that you can breathe properly, and that you can easily carry out the preliminary exercises, should you then learn the four-step self-hypnosis process in detail? So follow the links below to learn more about this effective self-hypnosis technique.