The Basics of Self Hypnosis!

by Michael McGrath

The first and most important step in any self hypnosis session is your ‘intention’! Make a ‘written statement of intent’ which sums-up your objective and the result you wish to acomplish from your self-hypnosis session. For an example we will assume you have a goal to be more self-confident.

Now take this statement of intent and alter it so that it becomes an affirmation or set of affirations. Make it present tense and positive in nature. “I am increasing in confidence everyday”, “I am self-assured, self-confident in every situation” and “I can feel my self-esteem rising everyday” are a few examples.

Ensure that you do not include what you do not want such as “I am no longer lacking in confidence” or “My low self-esteem is getting better”. These statements focus on the situation as it is not how you want it to be. So remember keep the statement positive and only include what you do want! While still in a waking state imagine how you would look and feel if these statements were true. Make a quick mental movie of how the new you would walk, talk and interact with people. Create a mental movie that shows you being confident in situations that would normally leave you feeling a lack of confidence. You will use this mental movie during your self-hypnotic trance session.

Begin by breathing deeply. In through your nose to the count of five and out through your mouth to the count of five. This will relax your body.

Focus softly on a spot in front of you that is slightly above eye-level while keeping your head straight.

Relax each muscle group of your body begining with your feet and moving up to your head. While doing this allow your eyes to close when they begin to feel heavy.

Now take a deep breath and on the exhale mentally repeat your affirmation. Do this for several cycles until you feel that the affirmation is begining to feel like the truth.

Continue to breathe deeply and imagine that you are at a movie theatre. Up on the massive widescreen project the mental movie you made earlier and let it run several times. Hear the audience cheer as the movie runs. Clap and cheer yourself as you watch that ‘other’ you being how you want to be.

Continue your deep breathing.

Now imagine that you are floating up towards the screen. The audience is going wild as they know what is about to happen. They are cheering you on! Imagine that you float into the screen and become part of the movie. You land just behind that ‘other you’ facing the back of their head.

Now step into that other you like stepping into some new clothes. The new you is a perfect fit! Watch as the colours around get brighter, the sounds get louder and the scene gets bigger. As you enter the new you, feel how it feels to be that person. See what that person sees. Hear what that person hears.

In the distance on the other side of the screen you can hear the audience going wild with delight as you perform and act as that ‘other’ you would act. Feel how good that feels.

Now repeat your affirmations as the ‘other’ you would say them. Feel and believe that these statements are true.

Now once you feel great just allow the scene to fade but bring with you all those good feelings and allow your eyes to open gently when you are ready.

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