It’s a common question among those interested in hypnotism: can you hypnotize yourself?
The popular concept of hypnosis is one mostly informed by television and film, which is unfortunate because screenwriters always use hypnosis to boost the drama of a story. This typically means portraying hypnotism as a dark art, a power to be wielded by one person and used on another person. And so we’re left with episodes in which people are hypnotized to kill themselves, or kill someone else, or do something terribly embarrassing in front of others.
In reality, hypnosis is a state that gets turned on inside your brain when you choose to follow a protocol. That protocol, which is often called an induction, can be given to you by a hypnotist, or you can just give it to yourself. Ultimately, you hypnotize yourself either way because you are the one following the protocol in your mind, processing the thoughts and ideas that help you shift to a different state. So you either hypnotize yourself by deciding to listen to a hypnotist, or you hypnotize yourself by following your own hypnosis procedure.
The key point is that hypnotism is a skill, not a special ability. Skills can be learned and improved. You don’t have to be born with it. Once you understand this, you can focus on skill acquisition and start getting results. As with any skill, the results you get are mostly dependent on your level of proficiency, and that is determined by how often and how well you practice. The great thing about self-hypnosis is that you can practice it in as little as five minutes a day, and if you do this with regularity you can get some pretty amazing results.
How do you cultivate this skill? The way all skills are cultivated. You find a resource, whether it’s a person, video, or text, that can break down the skill into its component pieces. You then develop an understanding of how to do those pieces until you can put them all together into the total skill set.
If you want to hypnotize yourself, here are three tips that will help you:
- Eliminate your fears around hypnosis.
If you carry any fears about being in hypnosis, those fears will keep it from working. The most common fear is losing control of one’s self. Remember that if you hypnotize yourself, you have complete control of your experience, since you’re the only one giving directions.
- Stop analyzing the experience.
Analyzing everything you’re doing takes you away from simply having the experience. It’s important to let yourself be in the moment without judgment. You can be an observer of what you’re experiencing without analyzing every aspect of it. For some, this is where practice is most important.
- Be willing to explore multiple methods and techniques.
There are many different self-hypnosis methods. You will probably like some better than others. Some focus more on visualizing, while others focus on how your body feels. Try a bunch of different approaches and notice any patterns in the ones that you enjoy. Then build on those strengths.
There are many benefits that come from learning to hypnotize yourself. Those benefits are discussed in greater detail in other articles here at HighImpactHypnosis.com, but for now, just think about the value of having a skill that is portable and flexible. You can hypnotize yourself just about anywhere and for a dozens of different reasons or outcomes. It’s a great skill to have in your toolbox of life skills.
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