The healing power of self-hypnosis

Most hypnotherapists would agree that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, due to the fact that the individual is always in control.

by Kathy Balland — 

What can you do to attract more success? What if you want to let go of a habit, chronic pain, fear, manage your weight or stop smoking? Any of these, and many other issues, can be helped or resolved through the power of the mind.

The subconscious makes up the majority of the human mind. And since this is where our habits and emotions live, the subconscious is where true change occurs. The best way to communicate with our subconscious mind is through hypnosis, either with the help of a certified hypnotherapist or through self-hypnosis. After all, most hypnotherapists would agree that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, due to the fact that the individual is always in control.

The steps for self-hypnosis include relaxation and visualization. Positive thoughts create positive change. In fact, the mind is not motivated to make changes when negative words, such as “lose weight” or “quit smoking” are used. Positive words such as “ideal weight” or “smoke free” are much more beneficial.

Self-hypnosis should be done when you are alert and able to relax without falling asleep. Begin by taking deep breaths and slowly counting from five down to one, as you feel yourself relaxing. Choose a positive thought to focus on, like “I am happy, healthy and at my ideal weight,” as you imagine yourself in a peaceful place.

After several minutes of repeating the thought and using positive visualization, you become alert again by counting from one to five and saying, “When I open my eyes, I will feel alert and refreshed.” As a result of practicing self-hypnosis, you can reduce stress and create a state of mental and physical well-being.

 

Kathy Balland is a certified hypnotherapist and a transformational life coach. She is the creator of the weight management CD, Drive Your Weight Down. blissfulrenewal.com or 480-688-3924.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 3, June/July 2007.

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