Increased Creativity through Self Hypnosis
Increased Creativity through Self-Hypnosis
Andrea Berger, Atlantic University
I have found
self-hypnosis to be a very valuable tool for personal transformation and growth,
which has accelerated my inner development.
I can truly say that it has improved my life and has produced positive
results, by unlocking dormant parts of my mind and helping me get in touch with
my creative Inner Self.
I'd like to share with you two experiments in self-hypnosis that I have
attempted. They are both intended
to expand my creative consciousness and imagination.
The first one
involves using self-hypnosis
to make a heart connection with a tree and receive spiritual guidance from it.
I find that if I listen to classical music or a
Metamusic CD before attempting self-hypnosis, my mind is more quiet and I
can enter more easily into an altered state of consciousness. It also
helps if I do some yoga or walk before the exercise. I start by focusing
my attention on my breathing until it becomes very even and slow, as if I'm
asleep. My closed eyes are moving quickly, as if I'm in REM sleep, though
I'm awake. I then visualize a green forest ... and find myself walking in
it, hearing the crackling of branches and dead leaves as I step on them.
It is nice and quiet here, just the right temperature. I notice the big
large trees and wonder at their age. How long they must have been around
and what they have witnessed. I look up at their branches touching the sky
high up and see the sun shining through their canopies. So many animals
make their home in these trees and I can hear the birds chirping and the
squirrels scurrying around, jumping from branch to branch. I go sit under
one of the trees, enjoying the shade and peaceful atmosphere. As I relax
more and more, I shift my attention to my heart and visualize it expanding and
increasing its vibration. I send out my intention to commune with nature,
perhaps with the tree I'm leaning against ... and wait. I feel strength
from the tree and from the earth. His energy is very soothing and
grounding, filling me with calm and a serene sense of peace. He is old and
has seen many seasons ... weathered some big storms that almost struck him down,
but he somehow managed to survive. The forest he grew up in has changed
over time. It was a young forest when he was growing up ... now he is one
of the older trees, though many of his brothers died of old age or disease, or
were struck down by lightning. New trees are replacing them, as the forest
is constantly renewing herself, seeping energy from Mother Earth ...
He feels part of a greater community, a bigger organism, part of the forest and
part of the Earth. He is telling me that we are never alone ... it is only
our self-imposed boundaries that make us feel lonely and cut away from others.
We are all part of a greater plan, a greater living organism, part of Mother
Earth herself. He can feel it more clearly than we humans, as his roots
are firmly gripping the ground, although we can also develop that tight
connection with Mother Earth. He suggests that we visualize our connection
with Mother Earth as an energetic umbilical cord connecting us with the center
of the Earth. The tree is telling me that he also communes with the sky
and the sun and the rest of the Universe ... his branches swaying high in the
wind ... being caressed by the sun and moon ... cried upon by the rain...and
crystallized by the snow and ice in the winter. The loss of his leaves in
the Fall make him a little sad, but by now he knows well the circle of life and
death ... truly, there is no death, as the Spring always returns with interest
the abundant beauty of his green foliage.
Before I leave,
he tells me to practice patience, to be calm and peaceful ... grounded and
connected to Mother Earth, but also to reach high for the skies and for the sun
and stars ... to be aware of my unique gifts and abilities and employ them for
the benefit of all; to fulfill my role and mission in the evolution of
consciousness, as part of the larger tapestry of life on this Planet.
self-hypnosis experiment is designed to enhance my dancing ability.
Since childhood, dance has been my favorite creative outlet. I took
ballet as a child. In college I took several ballroom dancing classes, as well
as rock 'n roll and jive classes. As an adult I picked up jazzercise and
other forms of dance aerobics. When my daughter was little, I signed her
up for ballet classes. She later learned other dance forms, such as jazz,
lyrical, tap and
is a competition video of my daughter's clogging team). I loved watching
her and her team perform their clogging routines at shows and competitions, as
this dance form is so high energy and fun. A while back, a clogging class
for adults became available at her dance studio and I decided to sign up.
I liked the instructor and she first taught us the basic steps, which are quite
fast and require good coordination and memory. Later, we learned several
choreographed routines that included some very fast and complicated step
In order to
improve my clogging skills, I decided to create a self-hypnosis script which
included a couple of encodings from
Hemi-Sync exercises, "Recall"
These exercises use the patented
Hemi-Sync audio technology
as background "noise", to create a focused and coherent whole-brain state known
as hemispheric synchronization, where the left and right hemispheres are working
together in a state of coherence. The first
encoding, taken from the
Recall, is intended to help me
recall a particular step or step sequence:
At any point in the future, when you
desire to remember in great detail any part of your life experience, all you
need to do is inhale, hold your breath and say in your mind "Plus, Recall" and
think of the area you want to remember. Inhale, hold your breath and say
in your mind "Plus, Recall", then exhale through your mouth as if blowing out a
candle. When you do this, you will remember immediately in full
consciousness and great detail the information or experience that you desire.
You will recall immediately in full consciousness and great detail the
information or experience that you desire. The more you perform this
method of remembering by inhaling, holding your breath and saying "Plus, Recall"
in your mind, the easier and more effective it will become. You will remember
and act upon this knowledge function at any point from this moment on. You will
so act with your entire being when your conscious waking self gives the correct
action signal ... the one that you have just learned. The more you use
this signal and function, the smoother and easier it will become. (Monroe, 2001)
The second encoding can be found in the Hemi-Sync exercise "Color
Breathing", which is part of the album
Gateway Experience Wave II: Threshold.
This exercise encourages the listener to think of the frequency of the
color red, to improve coordination and stamina:
Here is a special way you can charge
your physical body for an act of great speed or great strength, all with smooth
coordination. From this moment on, whenever you desire to perform a
physical act with far greater strength, with faster speed than ever before and
with total smooth coordination of your entire physical body, all you need do is
close your physical eyes, inhale deeply with your physical lungs, hold your
breath, then think of the physical act to be performed and then the strong color
energy of red. When you exhale the breath from your lungs and open your
eyes, you will be able to immediately perform the physical act that you have
pictured, with far greater strength, much more rapidly and with smooth, total
coordination of your physical body ... far greater than ever before. The
more you consciously use this method of performing a physical act, more
strongly, more rapidly, with total coordination, the easier and more effective
it will become. (Monroe, 2006)
I listened to my self-hypnosis script a few times and internalized the two
encodings. Afterwards, I experimented with these encodings during dance
class and found them very helpful. Later, I created an additional
encoding, called "Plus, Mind-Melt." This one allowed me to connect my mind
with the mind of the dance instructor and have her mind direct my body. I
found that my dance ability increased dramatically by using these encodings.
I became by far the best dancer in the class and the instructor remarked several
times at my increased ability. She was especially amazed of how quickly I
was able to pick up new steps and she wanted to know my method. I told her
that I was copying all her moves by synchronizing my mind with hers. Not
sure how much she understood that. In reality, my mind was connected to
hers and I was letting her mind lead my body. For this to work well, I had
to dance right behind her ... the further away I was from her, the harder it was
to keep the connection. I believe I was in an altered state of
consciousness, with my mind empty of all thoughts and single mindedly focused on
this activity ... to maintain connection with her mind.
I think that
self-hypnosis including encodings or suggestions as described above can be very
effective in enhancing creative performance. In addition, these encodings
have numerous other daily life uses. For example, the "Recall" encoding
can be used to remember names, phone numbers, events from the past, and other
facts you have read somewhere a while back. The red color encoding can be
used in any sport or physical activity. For example, I once used this
encoding when I got locked out of my car and had to squeeze through a small
window opening and stretch and contort my body Houdini-like, in order to reach
self hypnosis is a great aid in day to day life and I would strongly recommend
it to everybody, be it to improve physical performance, creativity or health.
I am very grateful for the insights and knowledge I have acquired by using
self-hypnosis exercises in my daily life. Hypnosis may not perform
miracles overnight, but in time it helps us create a positive new identity for
ourselves. It has enabled me to become a "better version" of myself:
more healthy, more patient, more loving, more at peace with myself and the
world, more accepting of others' points of view and life lessons, more
knowledgeable and open to new experiences. I feel that I am learning my
life lessons more effectively and at a faster pace than before, and plan to
continue to use self-hypnosis on my personal development journey. So,
won't you give it a try? You will be amazed of the results!
Monroe, R. A. (2001). Recall. On
[CD]. Lovingston, Virginia: Monroe Products.
Monroe, R. A.
(2006). Color Breathing. On
Gateway Experience Wave II - Threshold [CD album]. Lovingston,
Virginia: Monroe Products.
Andrea Berger grew up in Bucharest, Romania, and has traveled
throughout India studying yoga and meditation on inner light and sound. She now
lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and their two children. Andrea works
as an information technology manager for a large consumer goods company and is
an accredited Monroe
Institute Outreach Facilitator, a certified VortexHealing Energy Healer, a
Reiki Master, and an enthusiastic Yoga practitioner. In her “spare” time, she is
a graduate student in Transpersonal Studies at
Andrea is also the founder and president of the non-profit organization,
Association for Consciousness
Evolution, Inc. with the mission to accelerate the evolution of
consciousness through education, practical exploration and personal