Self-hypnosis is an active form of meditation that allows you to create positive change from the inside out. It’s easier than most forms of meditation. But many people have difficulty getting started. It’s because of a little thing we call the Critical Faculty of the Mind.
Hypnosis is defined as the by-passing of the Critical Faculty of the Mind. The Critical Faculty is this semi-permeable barrier that sits between the Conscious and the Subconscious Minds. And it’s responsible for keeping us consistent with our beliefs. So, the first – and most important - strategy for improving your practice is to make it a daily habit.
Create a Habit
If your self-hypnosis practice is sporadic, you’re going to have problems because, as far as your Critical Function is concerned, you’re not a person who practices self-hypnosis. As a result, when you sit down and close your eyes and try to relax . . . it starts to kick up a stink. This can make it very difficult to enter into, or stay, in a state of hypnosis.
If you want to get better at practising self-hypnosis, you need to make a commitment to practice every day until it becomes a habit. The easiest way to establish a habit is to schedule your practice at the same time every day. Most people recommend a morning and evening practice. But I found that mid-afternoon can be a good time to practice, too.
Most of us experience a dip in energy around this time. You can take advantage of the mid-afternoon slump to take a break and practice your self-hypnosis for a few minutes. You’ll find it much easier to slide into the state of hypnosis simply because your body-mind system is ready for a rest.
Instead of grabbing a coffee and a sugary snack to boost your energy, why not give yourself a little 15 to 20-minute Power Break? This will give you all the benefits of taking a nap without any of the grogginess. And you’ll save yourself from the crash that comes after a sugar-high.
It’s been said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. But that’s not actually true. The 21-day theory is just a concept that came out of Maxwell Maltz’s book, Psycho-Cybernetics, which was based on observations Maltz made with some of his clients. But research shows that habit change is a highly individualized process. It might 7 days. Or 21 days. Or it could take 221 days. It all depends.
You just have to persist until you achieve the results you’re after. The same is true when you’re working with clients. But try this . . . Make a commitment to 60 days. Set aside a specific time, every day, to show up for your self-hypnosis practice. Schedule it. Make an appointment with yourself so your Subconscious Mind knows this is important to you. Then keep your appointment. This is important because you’re making a promise to your innermost self to spend time with it. And you definitely don’t want to let yourself down. So, schedule it in. Then, keep that commitment to yourself.
7 Tips That Can Make Your Self-Hypnosis Practice Easier
- Do a brain dump
- Make a list
- Make a recording
- Use a count-down
- Saturate the Mind
Try them out on yourself, first. Find what works for you. Then, you can offer these strategies to your clients to help them to be more successful using self-hypnosis to create positive change from the inside out. Whatever techniques you choose to use, the key is to make your self-hypnosis practice a habit.
When it becomes a habit, you won’t have to think about it, anymore. It will come much more easily. So, make a commitment to a daily practice over the next 60 days. Make a date with your Innermost Self. You’re worth it~