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Getting started for hypnosis

 | April 27, 2012

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and almost everyone can use and do self-hypnosis.

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Very often, I get this frequently asked question regarding my weekly articles. “Is it easy to get hypnotised and does it work?”

Now, I am writing on how to prepare for a successful hypnosis session. This is so that the Malaysian public will be more aware, more comfortable and have a better understanding of its vast potentials.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and almost everyone can use and do self-hypnosis. Since everyone is different, each person will experience hypnosis in his or her own particular way. I believe that the only limits to self-hypnosis are the limits you place upon yourself.

We have heared a lot about the mind-body connection, but what really is this connection? How can we use hypnosis to access this connection. How can we use self-hypnosis to access this connection to help reach our goals of health, well-being, success and mental edge.

When we have an emotion, say for example, you are watching someone bite a lemon. This produces a feeling, which turns into a physical sensation. In this case, you get an imagined sour taste in your mouth, your saliva waters and did you shudder? This is one way self-hypnosis produces a physical sensation. Your imagination allowed you to process the information which gave you some sort of reaction.

Successful self–hypnosis requires a combination of four equally important elements. These are specific intention, responsibility, mental relaxation and a positive attitude for change. Once you have learned to put these elements to work, you will leverage on one of the most powerful tools of your life: your subconscious.

Hypnosis puts YOUR intention to work. Its success depends on how specific your intention and goal are. A specific intention is detailed and clear; you feel it; you trust that the work is being done; it is achievable and you know it will happen.

Secondly, using hypnosis without taking responsibility will prove to be futile and a waste of time. For it to work, you must do it. You and you alone are responsible for the conditions in your mind, body and spirit. For example, doctors and health practitioners are there to help and guide you, but they are not responsible for your health.

You are! Make a commitment towards what you want to accomplish, be positive, and take the responsibility of doing it. Responsibility is being accountable to and for yourself, maintaining your personal power, great commitment, being persistent and keeping positive.

Mental relaxation is the key

Mental relaxation is the key to successful hypnosis. Relaxation is the body and mind’s “rest and restoration” duration. When we are relaxed, our conscious mind is subdued and it is the best time for our thoughts to get through to the subconscious. True relaxation is an art. So to achieve this you must find a quiet place, be comfortable, uncross arms and legs, get centered, easy breathing while totally relaxing your body and mind.

It has been proven that negative emotions lower our immune system and keep us bogged down mentally. Having negative emotions delay and stop us from reaching our goals with hypnosis. They actually inhibit the brain in accomplishing what we want. I always advise my clients that you can’t keep positive if you worry about what people would think or have told you, as every person is coming from his or her perception of reality. Most people feel surprised that they don’t feel any different while in trance, just relaxed. Afterwards, when they are out of hypnosis, they realise how relaxed they had been.

Were they asleep? No! Under no circumstances were they asleep. But they may look fast asleep to the onlooker and that is where the confusion lies. In fact, they were in a heighten state of awareness, and while their eyes were closed, they knew and heard everything around them, but they were just not bothered about it.

So the question again is can anyone be hypnotised? Considering all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and everyone daydreams, the answer is “yes”. The exception to the rule is the person with brain damage or one with a total breakdown in concentration; although I view this type of person, as being in a constant natural hypnotic state, like a permanent daydream.

If you don’t want to be hypnotised, you won’t be. You can stop the procedure by refusing to accept the hypnotic instruction by forcing other thoughts in. This may be difficult even for a strong willed person. I have never failed in my practice to hypnotise someone who wanted to be hypnotised.

The real key to successful hypnosis is to do it and to feel, know and trust that it is working. You will get many benefits from it. So are you ready for some hypnotherapy?

Julian is a London trained subconscious specialist with Hypno-Station. He is Malaysia’s most renowned clinical hypnotherapist, media personality, columnist, event host and book author. He can be contacted [email protected]


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