Hypnosis For Self-Improvement

Most of us think of hypnosis as a stage act or some form of entertainment where someone swings a watch in front of your eyes and you go into some kind of "trance", but did you know that you could use hypnosis to bring about positive changes in your life? Hypnosis is very much like meditation. Some people use it to relax. You can also use hypnosis to become more focused, more creative, lose weight, stop smoking, become more confident, sleep better, stop nail biting, cure difficulties in personal relationships, find a soulmate, etc.

You've probably experienced a form of hypnosis when you get in the car and drive home from work, but don't even remember the trip. That's because you were in "auto-pilot". You've also experienced hypnosis when you became really involved in a book or movie.

Now before I go into what hypnosis entails and how you can use it to live "The Good Life", let's dispel some myths about it:

1. You do not lose control of your body. During hypnosis a subject is fully aware of his/her environment. Think of your trained hypnotist as a coach or guide - not someone who wants to gain control over you.
2. Hypnosis is not dangerous. You cannot do anything that goes against your moral values.
3. You cannot get "stuck" in hypnosis. If anything, some people end up falling asleep during hypnosis or they come out of it when the coach stops talking.

Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a state wherein the brain waves become relaxed. One enters an altered state of consciousness where suggestions are "planted" into the subconscious mind. There are different techniques used in hypnosis to help you gain more control of your actions or behavior:

a) The hypnotherapist talks in smooth, calming tone offering suggestions that will spur you to take action
b) The hypnotherapist uses guided imagery to help bring about your goals and aspirations. I came across this great guided imagery/meditation at YouTube this weekend which I highly recommend.
c) Self-hypnosis

Many of our bad behaviors are caused by negative thinking and with self-hypnosis, you can change that negative thinking into positive thinking. However, these three elements must be present in order for those behaviors to change:

1. Motivation. You must be motivated and desire to change the behavior. When you are motivated you are more likely to take action.
2. Self-talk. This is where positive affirmations come into play. They must be repeated on a daily basis.
3. You must believe it. Whatever you are suggesting to yourself must be believable to you. Start off small and then work your way up to bigger dreams and goals. If you want to lose weight, it will be more believable to lose 5 pounds in one week versus losing 20 pounds in one week. Make goals that leave no doubt in your mind.

I remember my first experience with hypnosis. I was in eighth grade and just "for fun" the principle had a hypnotherapist come to our school for our Friday assembly. He put the entire student body in a hypnotic state and had us sitting up and down, up and down in our chairs. Then I remember feeling my arms rise up at his suggestion... That's when I knew that hypnosis really worked!

For a demonstration on hypnosis, check out this episode of Criss Angel. He's one of my favorite people to watch in action...



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