self hypnosis a simple technique
A simple Self Hypnosis induction technique
Self hypnosis is something we tend to lapse into on a regular basis without even realising it. If you drive a car, you will know this feeling as suddenly coming back to the real world having been somewhere else completely different in your mind. You just drifted off somewhere, and although you may feel that you were completely oblivious to the world, you were still in control! In self hypnosis, you are always in control.
It is merely an altered state of awareness. Some people experience this whilst reading a book or watching the TV. And if you can place yourself into a trance then you have a great opportunity to be able to use self hypnosis techniques to help yourself improve whatever it is you wish to change.
One of my favourite techniques in self hypnosis, is the 3-2-1 technique or some call it the 5-4-3-2-1 technique and was originated by Betty Erickson, who was the wife of pioneering hypnotherapist Milton Erickson.
The idea of this self hypnosis induction method is pretty much the same as in a lot of other methods. It is all about allowing yourself to focus on something that is involving and fixating your attention. This allows all the clutter in the mind to be cleared and the mind can then begin a journey of slowing down.
So, Get comfortable first, and you will then concentrate on things that you can hear, touch and see.
Secondly, listen out for three things that you can hear. This could be a ticking clock, birdsong or even the sound of your own breathing, it can really anything at all that you can consciously hear. If there are very few noises (at night time for example) then you may even listen to the same noise but find three different qualities to it.
Thirdly, find three things that you can touch and feel. The sensation of shoes on your feet, perhaps a feeling in a muscle or a group of muscles, or maybe the temperature of the air around your skin (Cool or warm). Again, it can be anything at all as long as you count three of them.
Fourthly, find three things you can see. Using the power of your imagination just allow an image to come into your mind, it can be anything at all, it really doesn’t matter. Perhaps a flower, the ocean and then a seagull.
When you have focused on the third image, simply go back to the start, but this time hear only two things, feel only two things and then see only two things, hear one thing, touch one thing and see one thing.
Then start over again, working from three things to two things to one thing.
As you use these senses of hearing, touch and sight, the mind begins to wander off.
You can use this technique to get to sleep or to enter a nice trance like state of mind and body.
What do I do then?
Well, that is really up to you. Within self hypnosis, My favourite technique is to use age progression and see something going really positively. This could be yourself carrying something out with more confidence, or saying something really assertive to another person. Simply go forward to an event that has yet to happen and see it unfurl in the exact right way. See it going the way you want the event to go, rather than the way you fear it will go.
You can experience this event through your own eyes and ears and then you may experience the event as if you are looking at yourself from a distance, or 3rd person. Both are good. if you use the 3rd person perspective, really admire the person you are looking at and visualise the way they move and communicate and the way they look.
Then when you are done, float right into that body and play the whole thing out trough your eyes, in the 1st person.