I was struggling today to try and figure out what to write about. At present I am fully medicated on prescription antibiotics, (sinus and lung issues) my place is a mess, my cat is demanding, and all I want to do is pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep! Some days, it’s even hard for me be motivated, let alone continue my path of learning and Spiritual growth!
What do I do on days like this? I make myself move first of all. Like countless other people out there I talk to myself and try to motivate myself to get going. I give myself positive messages and encouragement to help myself as I go along. Messages like “okay just wash half those dishes and then you can have a cup of tea” (5 minute meditation anyone?) Or “I really don’t want to fold this laundry, but I am proud of myself for doing it all, and how great does it feel that it is done now?”
Whether you say it out loud or silently, giving yourself positive messages and encouragement are all methods of Self Hypnosis. We do this every day without even thinking about it. An example of this is when you drive your car home and don’t remember how you got to your driveway or at what point you took “x route “ home ~that is Self Hypnosis!
The word Hypnosis is something that often provokes fears, insecurity, uneasiness, and sometimes even mystical or magical ideas to people, but Hypnosis is none of those. Being in a Hypnotic state is something that we do a lot, and we don’t even realize it. Think of that moment when you are just about to fall asleep. Your whole body feels relaxed and heavy, and it seems too much effort to open your eyes or even move a limb. That is a Hypnotic state. You have allowed yourself to relax, not only you body but your mind as well. It is at that time, that you may start to dream or have random thoughts or images. What you are doing is allowing your subconscious mind to be present. You are allowing yourself to relax and receive whatever information is there for you. Are you still in control? Could you make yourself wake up if you wanted to? Of course you could. You are still in control of your mind and your body, just as would be in a Hypnotherapy session.
That is the entire basis of Hypnotherapy. You are the one who is in control. You decide what direction you want to go in and what you want to work on. My job as a Certified Hypnotherapist is to be your guide, and to help you reach that relaxed state, but you still have all the control. I don’t use magic, I don’t use fear, I don’t “do” anything to you, you do it all to yourself when you allow yourself to let go.
What can you work on in a Hypnotic state? The simple answer is anything you want to, and that you are open and honest, and willing to change. Smoking and food addictions are probably 2 of the most well know issues that can be helped with Hypnotherapy, but really it is any issue that you feel is detrimental or disruptive to your quality of life.
There are certain individuals that will either have a harder time or may not be able to be helped with Hypnosis. Mental illness such as Schizophrenia or persons with a mental deficiency will most likely not be able to be helped, as they are either not able to maintain the concentration and relaxation needed to access their subconscious mind for an extended period of time, or they may be in a subconscious state all the time. When that happens, the connection to the present moment is not as stable, and harder to maintain for the purposes of self-realization and examination of behaviors and patterns, and beliefs.
So dear readers tonight when you find yourself drifting off to sleep take a moment and enjoy the physical sensation of that relaxed state. Enjoy the sensation that of all of your muscles are relaxed; notice how calm you feel and perhaps even hear the sound of your gentle breathing. Feel the softness of your pillow cradling your head and the warmth of your blanket. Notice how you feel peaceful, relaxed and open to receive whatever your subconscious puts forth as you are in a wonderful Hypnotic State.
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Jade is a certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Spiritual Coach, Intuitive Tarot Reader and EFT Practitioner. LetYourSpiritGrow.com has evolved from offering alternative healing services to becoming an information resource for those who are open to thinking outside the box