“The mind is a poor master, but a powerful servant.”
When we are led by our unconscious thoughts we tend to repeat our usual patterns, but you can change habitual patterns of thinking and set your mind to support your goals with self hypnosis.
Self hypnosis, also known as autohypnosis, is a state during which you enter a trance on your own. You can use self hypnosis simply to reduce stress and anxiety, or you can direct it toward breaking habits and accomplishing goals.
Self hypnosis usually combines relaxation, suggestion, and imagery. Deep relaxation and trance alone can break patterns of stress and worry, but self hypnosis often also involves transmitting verbal suggestions to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind hears words literally, so the repetition of verbal suggestions with the proper content and form can influence your life profoundly. Everything we say and do stems from what we think unconsciously. You become what you think about. Self hypnosis can also make use of guided imagery. Most people think about imagery as visual, but imagery can involve hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling physically, and feeling emotionally.
Self hypnosis is not exactly the same as working with a hypnotherapist, and does not employ all of the hypnotic techniques, but it makes good use of those that you can use on yourself. How can you give yourself suggestions if you are under hypnosis? Most of the time a person in hypnosis is aware of what is taking place, and is in full control of themselves, so with practice you can learn to enter the trance state and give yourself suggestions, aloud or mentally. You can also bring yourself out of the hypnotic state at your own will, so there’s no reason to worry about getting “stuck” in hypnosis!
I think of self hypnosis as a way of daily life. Like exercise, meditation, yoga, prayer, etc., it just becomes something that you do as a habit. Self-hypnosis is a learned conditioned response, so one must try to practice as much as possible every day. A dozen two-minute sessions throughout the day are more effective than lengthier sessions once or twice a day. If you don’t think of it as an exercise that you sit down to accomplish in a finite period, but something that you do frequently and automatically throughout your day to break yourself out of automatic patterns, you can be amazed at how self hypnosis can harness the power of directed thoughts to change your life.