I can’t reiterate enough, that when we have a good understanding of how our mind works, we have the power to create powerful change in our lives.
On my journey through dis-ease I’ve ventured down many paths, tried various techniques, and applied various thought processes to create change. All these processes I’m gladly sharing in my book which I’m working on right now. We still have a way to go with it, but it’s continuing to be a wonderful journey of enlightenment for me. It’s also been reassuring to me as I look back at all these amazing processes. And believe me I’ve tried and tested them! It’s a great reminder to me as a therapist, as I am able to utilise these tried and tested processes with client’s or for myself as and when necessary. Sometimes we all need reminding that it’s beneficial to us.
Where We Focus
You tend to find we focus on a specific technique at any one time. That’s what I’ve found along my journey. You have many techniques to utilise, but you tend to stick with one or two specific ones. You use the one that resonates with you for that moment. The bonus being you have all these, at hand in your toolbox, when required. It’s reassuring in itself that they are there to literally grab hold of at times of change, or when you want to make a change in your life.
Our toolbox for life is constantly being updated and added to as we go through our daily life. Just like we have been talking about in our recent blogs and positive quotes. We have learnt that our subconscious logs away information from our experiences, and our perceptions of those experiences. Remember Perception is ‘Reality’.
As we become aware of a new technique, we tend to get a little excited about using it. We are focused on applying it. It’s a new focus for us. When we have something new it creates fascination. We are intrigued to see if it’s going to work. It’s almost like a new adventure. As with most techniques, you can adjust them and apply a little of your touch to make them right for you. The general idea stays the same. Again, you will perceive it in your own eyes and make the adjustments so that it works for you in the best possible way.
One such process which is always very powerful, and one I use with many of my clients is ‘Self-Hypnosis’. I always love sharing this technique with them, once they have addressed and made positive changes from their sessions. It’s giving them that special space to connect in with their subconscious, where they can make adjustments themselves. This helps to maintain a healthy thought process, positive outlook, and positive responses. It’s also about being kind to you. Using ‘affirmations’, or as I prefer to say ‘positive statements’ alongside self-hypnosis can work wonders. Self-hypnosis doesn’t just bring you to a place of feeling calm. You really can address anything you are wanting to change or adjust.
A statement to yourself has POWER! Words have POWER!
Choose kindness and understanding within. Remember you are always doing your best.
How Do We Talk to Ourselves?
Imagine if you spoke to your friend the way you talk inwardly to yourself. How would that make them feel? We are all guilty of knocking ourselves down. For example … ‘I’m no good at that! Why did I say that? I don’t have confidence to do that! You are hopeless! I don’t like my shape! I could do better! That was totally rubbish!’ We’ve all done it at some point in our lives, beating ourselves up over what we have or haven’t done well. We really should be talking kindly to ourselves within. Imagine what that negative self talk could create, if repeated.
Use Negative to Create Positive
We can use negative situations and negative self talk to create a positive. Have you ever thought about using a negative to teach a learning? We learn more from negative experience than we do positive. We usually learn not do it again. What you often find is people focus on the negative and hold it within them, which can then create blocks for them. Why not use the experience and say ’Well that didn’t go quite as planned but it has shown me the way to go now. I am now looking at other options that I would have never considered before’. That negative experience has driven you to a new place of focus that could be life changing, allowing amazing new experience to come into your life. If you can learn to look at it from that perspective imagine how your experiences would change! Imagine how your thought processes would change too!
So … what’s Self Hypnosis?
It’s basically connecting into our ‘Theta’ brain wave patterns. This is where we record and recall our memories. It also connects into the emotional aspect of ourselves. After all, the subconscious is our ‘emotional’ part of our mind.
Self-Hypnosis allows you to have space for you. To check in with yourself to make positive change. A little like doing a meditation. A self-Hypnosis session could last as long as half an hour, an hour, or even just 1 minute. It all depends on what you want from your personalised session with YOU. We spend 90 percent of our lives in hypnosis. So when we choose to direct ourselves specifically into this space, with specific intention, it’s amazing what you have access to.
A Clear Direction
When working with clients, I direct them through a specific process, training their subconscious to automatically connect quickly and easily to those Theta brainwaves. We experience Theta brainwaves when we are in a hypnotic state, deep meditation, or light sleep. This also includes REM dream state. Clients gain an in-depth understanding through their sessions, which allows them to utilise self-hypnosis fully. Something I learnt very deeply from my own healing journey, and now share with others.
Learning self-hypnosis as part of your hypnotherapy sessions for whatever issue is a common technique therapists share. It’s a very good way of maintaining a positive outlook and is extremely good for dealing with anxiety or breaking a habit.
Let’s look at a simplified version …
Beginners quick Self-Hypnosis Process
The fact that we spend most of our life in hypnosis, we are all able to connect into a hypnotic trance state. It really is just a focused state of attention.
- GOAL. Firstly, set your goal of what you are wanting to achieve. Create a positive statement in present tense. E.g., ‘I am calm’, ‘I now experience….’
- SET INTENTION. Honour that you are taking time for YOU! Set the intention that you are allowing yourself to connect into your own space. Make sure you are in a safe place, where you feel comfortable.
- BREATH. Bring your awareness to your breath. Take three deep breaths in and slowly exhaling out. Allow yourself to settle.
- CONNECT. Connect with feeling relaxed. No one can get you while you are here in YOUR space.
- ADDRESS. Address any part of you that is experiencing something you want to change or feel uncomfortable with. Check in with YOU. Have a chat to yourself just like you would your best friend. Replace it and focus on the outcome you want.
- VISUALISE. Visualise yourself how you want it to be. Remember the subconscious does not distinguish between reality or whether you are thinking it. It will believe it to be true.
- POSITIVE STATEMENT. Spend time visualising, experiencing your goal, repeating your positive statement until you feel you’ve done enough and feel more comfortable with it.
- BREATH. Focus once again on your breath, start to make gentle movements bringing your awareness to where you are sitting.
- UP AND OUT. Count from 1 to 5 making yourself aware you will awaken feeling refreshed, energised and alert as you reach 5.
This is just a very simple process. It’s a basic layout of how to go about self-hypnosis. You don’t necessarily have to go into do any work on yourself. You could just enjoy relaxation and a connection to calm.
For a more detailed practise and understanding of self-hypnosis please do get in touch. I personalise it to each individual client showing them the full benefit they can achieve from this amazing technique.
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