Self-hypnosis techniques. Start with these..
I wanted to continue topic of hypnosis. I’ve just finished second book, “TRANCE-formations”, (took a bit longer than I thought) and it ended with self-hypnosis techniques and questions. That’s a good topic to talk about.
Why in the world you would need self-hypnosis?
There are 2 simple reasons:
- if you want to hypnotize other people, you must be able to get in and out of the trance in a heartbeat.
- if you want to experience wonderful things like accelerated learning, happiness and productivity and you don’t have access to a hypnotist (or you don’t want to pay him)
So in any case, you’ll have to do it. But don’t fret, it’s fun. Richard Bandler offers 2 ways for doing it. Before trying these self-hypnosis techniques you might want to close the door :)
First way is all about using your representational systems (visual, auditory and kinesthetic). Sit in a comfortable place and find something interesting to look at. Richard recommends a chandelier, because you will have more stuff to notice for you visual experience (light reflections, shimmer, etc). Focus your vision on this object and start by describing your visual experience in 3 different sentences.
You describe it to yourself, either out loud or in your head – you will quickly figure out what works best for you. You can say anything appropriate, just describe your experience at that moment – “I see a shimmering chandelier in front of me. I see a cat running by. I see dust particles flying in the light..”
Then do the same with auditory channel. Three things, three sentences. “I hear a car driving outside. I hear a buzz of computer cooler nearby. I can hear my neighbors talking..”
And lastly – describe your kinesthetic experience. “I feel my shoulders pressing against the chair. I can feel the warmth in my soles as they are pressing against the floor. I can feel the tingling sensation in my index finger..”
Then you do a second round and without changing your position or de-focusing your gaze, you do 2 sentences for each representational system this time. Then 1 sentence. Use different descriptions each time (i.e. – try to avoid repeating the same things).
Richard Bandler says that beginners will start to get drowsy somewhere in the middle of the exercise. So when you came to a point when you eyes start to close – slowly allow them to close and exchange your external visual experience for internal (visualization). Continue with the auditory and kinesthetic channels.
After you’ve done that, you need to acknowledge which of your hands feel lighter. You will instruct yourself that it will continue to feel lighter until it will slowly rise with small unconscious movements; and it will continue to rise until it will reach your face. When it will touch your face, you will drop into trance.
Second method of self-hypnosis is all about internal representations.
Sit in a quiet, comfortable place (or you can lie down if you want). Begin by visualizing how would you look like standing in front of yourself, just 5 feet (1.5 m) away. Start with the kinesthetic sensation of your breathing and do it for a while to stabilize the picture of yourself (at first it might be troublesome for some people). Then begin noticing subtle chest movements when you inhale and exhale.
Then shift your attention at the top of your head and try to notice the feelings – pressure, moisture, and any other feelings you can pick up in that area. Then move onto another part of your body, going lower and lower (neck, chest, stomach, etc). So when you do this, you are having visual experience – you observe yourself in front of you, and you are having kinesthetic experience, as you acknowledge the feelings in your body.
Then you add auditory channel, and version of yourself that’s looking at you will start to describe your current experience. “I feel tension in my chest and it starts to go away, as I acknowledge it”. And you do that for your whole body.
Finish this method just like the first one – with the floating arm. When it reaches your face and touches it, you will drop into deep trance.
NOTE: Before you attempt any of these 2 methods, you must state to your subconscious mind how much you will be in trance and when to bring you back. Otherwise you might fall into physiological sleep :)
You also can instruct your subconscious mind what to do in the trance. It could be as simple as “feeling happy”. But it could be anything you want. As I’ve written in my previous article, hypnosis can deal with anything. Be careful with your instructions.
I’m surprised R. Bandler or J. Grinder didn’t mention anything about recording inductions for yourself. That could be a third method for doing self-hypnosis. I think that’s because this particular book had been published in 1981 and back then audio recording wasn’t that simple.
So yeah, you can definitely try recording yourself and then playing it. That way you’ll be able to relax and just listen. You’ll also notice how your voice sounds and how it affects your state (voice is a very powerful tool in hypnosis and it must be developed!).
You can get simple inductions from any of the books written by R. Bandler and J. Grinder. Newest Bandler books have plenty of those too.
Now go ahead and have fun with these techniques!
Please let me know what you think about this.