Greater Abundance through Self-Hypnosis
Greater Abundance through Self-Hypnosis
For most people
when the term "hypnosis" is brought up in conversation, it is generally
associated with those people who get up on a stage with a hypnotist and end up
clucking like a chicken or doing some other silly act that provokes much
laughter from the audience.
Although certain hypnosis techniques are certainly utilized during these stage
acts, it is unfortunate that, because of this, hypnosis loses it credibility as
a useful tool to enhance our well-being.
Techniques similar to what we refer to as hypnosis today have been around
in some form for thousands of years and were used around the world.
Through much research since the late 1700's, the legitimacy of using
hypnosis, and self-hypnosis, to aid in our well-being, continues to push through
the swirls of controversy and misunderstandings to find a respectable place in
mainstream society. So what exactly
is hypnosis and self-hypnosis? How
does it work? And how can it be used to benefit our physical and mental
well-being in our day to day life?
the hypnotic trance state, can be described as that of being similar to being
asleep with one primary difference. In
hypnosis, we are not actually asleep.
We are completely aware of the hypnotists' voice and other noises. In
fact, we are able to still talk, think, respond to suggestions and questions,
and move in any way. We are in
complete control of what can happen while in trance.
During hypnosis a person enters into a level of electrical brain activity
referred to as the alpha state.
This state is otherwise normally experienced as we are entering the sleep state
and again just before waking. By
utilizing the techniques, whether through guided hypnosis or self-hypnosis, the
mind is able to shift from its usual conscious and critical thinking state, to
the subconscious and the intuitive, creative, and visual state.
It is here, in the subconscious, where we can make use of positive
suggestion to help improve our lives in any area we choose.
By actively working toward a set purpose, making use of visualization,
and making practical and positive suggestions while in the alpha state, we are
engaging in both right and left brain functions.
This balance and simultaneous activity gives us the ability to bypass
negative conditioning and reprogram the mind to respond in a more positive
manner to greatly improve our lives.
life I have experienced a cast of positive and negative forces that have
influenced and challenged my way of being in this world.
These forces have enhanced, as well as, clouded my ability to create and
receive abundance into my life.
When most people think of the term "abundance" immediately it is generally
viewed in terms of financial gains.
Certainly, I am no exception; however, I also recognize that abundance is
ultimately a state of mind that allows one to experience, by creating and
receiving, a greater sense of well-being in life.
While it is clear to me that I have been able to create and receive some
abundance throughout my life, I also know my experience in this area has been
hindered by pre-conditioned patterns and negative thoughts, and possibly karmic
patterns. With this in mind, I
experimented with the method of self-hypnosis to see how through positive
suggestions I could begin to have greater abundance in my life.
My goal with
this exercise was to create a personal self-hypnosis script and tape recording,
use this tape regularly and consistently for a period of two weeks, to note any
changes in my physical body, to monitor my internal thoughts, to notice my
relational responses and my overall state of being during this time period; and
to compare the results with a post week of no self-hypnosis activity to note my
true progress using this technique.
The following is a personal account showcasing my experience with this process.
The process I
took to create my personal self-hypnosis tape was to first write a script that
allowed me to exercise and focus on several forms of abundance.
These forms included aiding my physical
body to live in a healthier state, to work as a healer and to attract & receive
financial rewards for this effort, creating greater harmonious relationships,
and to achieve a quiet inner peace and greater sense of well-being. I start the
script by utilizing the use of my breath to quiet the mind and begin to relax
the body. This includes focus on
the breath -- leading it to be slow and rhythmic.
Once this is established I add the aspect of grounding my energy with the
Earth. This deepens my ability to
relax and leads me into the alpha state.
Once this is achieved, I focus on suggestions and imagery to release any
pre-conditioned patterns, negative thoughts, and karmic patterns that I believe
to be hindering my ability to achieving a higher level of abundance in my life.
Once this has been done I use very
specific positive suggestions and imagery to fill my mind, body, and spirit to
create a new environment in which to live by, ultimately setting the stage to
achieve my desired goal of achieving greater abundance in my life.
I end the script with a few closing statements that prepares and eases
the body back into its normal waking state.
It is important to do this so that the body is not shocked coming back
from the alpha state. Once my
script is completed I am now ready to make my personal self-hypnosis tape.
I keep the length of my tape to approximately 30 minutes.
With script in
hand, I start to play the instrumental music I have chosen as background.
The music helps me to feel relaxed as I prepare my voice for recording.
It is also designed to help achieve the alpha state of hypnosis more easily.
I play this music as background so that it becomes a part of my script on
the recorder. As I read my script
into the recorder I use a soft and gentle voice that matches to the slow rhythm
of the music. It is important for
me to speak in a clear, calm, and monotone voice.
This will keep my mind and body relaxed and settled throughout the
Throughout the two week time period that I established for this exercise I made
sure that I used my tapes regularly and consistently.
This ensured that I practiced with enough repetitions to have a
measurable effect to chart my progress.
With each session I noticed several things happening as I learned how to
achieve the auto suggestive state.
First, during the initial couple of sessions I had the experience of either
falling asleep or going into such a deep state of trance that I was no longer
aware of the tape playing, or of any other outside noises.
However, each time I awoke it was always just as my voice was using the
counting technique to bring me completely out of the hypnotic trance.
I was instantly awake and out of trance.
I believe that I did in fact go into a deep level of trance, and was not
asleep as I felt completely different than when I come out of a normal sleeping
state. Due to this particular
experience I decided to give myself a conscious auto suggestion as I went into
each session so that I would remain "awake and aware."
This proved to work well for me.
generally speaking, I felt it was easy for me to achieve the auto suggestive
state during each of my sessions.
This was indicated by experiencing several things as I progressed through my
tape. I could feel my body become heavier and heavier and tension leave my body.
I was able to cut out the usual chatter in my head and focus solely on my
voice on the tape as my trance continued to deepen.
It was also clear to me upon waking at the end of each session that I had
reached the alpha state as my physical body still felt heavy and it felt like I
had been out of my body for awhile. It oftentimes felt a little difficult to
actually open my eyes and move my body right away.
during the process of utilizing and working both the left and right brain
functions, I noticed that with continued practice of going into the auto
suggestive state, it became easier and easier to more fully experience the
simultaneous stimulation of the verbal and visual suggestions.
This was indicated through the physical slowing of my breathing, seeing
and feeling the Earths' energy moving throughout my body as it became grounded,
noticeably feeling the lightness of my body, mind, and spirit as I cleared out
the negativity that was held inside of me, and seeing and feeling the embodiment
of the energy of abundance within me as I embraced it's essence and allowed
myself to become one with it.
It is important
to note that to adequately achieve this state, it was important for me to work
through the process slow enough to ensure that I was able to receive the
suggestions fully. Without allowing
for the ability to receive, they are just words being spoken with no impact.
I also accentuated and reinforced my suggestions with such verbs as
"basking, radiating, embracing, and ever-present" to punctuate the stimulation
in my body. At the end I provided
statements that also ensured that I did not have any blocks to the flow of
abundance into my essence. Each
suggestion made use of the positive using present tense verbiage to reinforce
the idea that each is a current force in my life.
In all of my auto suggestions I consistently used the present tense such
as "I am, Now, It is, I allow." As I engaged actively in the above process of
allowing the flow of abundance and focused on the present, I am fully aware of
the warmth, happy, and peaceful feeling throughout my Being.
My objective in
using the self-hypnosis technique was to see what kind of affect this method
would have on my ability to achieve greater abundance in my life.
In so doing, I actively used my self-created hypnosis tape repetitively
for two weeks. To give a level of
comparison I also took a week off from initiating any self-hypnosis.
During the two weeks of active use, I was clearly able to identify
positive changes in my physical, mental, and overall well-being.
In contrast, I diminished quickly without its influence.
The impact became obvious on both counts.
The impacts I
notice first with the active use of my self-hypnosis tapes is that with my
physical body. With a body that is
often times plagued by low energy and full sinuses that also cause noticeable
puffiness in the face, it was easy to identify a lighter feeling in my energy,
and sinuses that were much clearer with less puffiness in the face.
This was a welcome relief for me and made me look and feel better on the
physical level. This coincided with
my objective to achieve a healthier physical body as a measurement of abundance
in my life.
Secondly, I was able to
clearly identify the betterment in my mental thoughts regarding my current
endeavors of working towards becoming a healer using hypnosis as a means to do
help others; and feeling positive about receiving financial gains for this work.
While on one hand I generally have an overall positive feeling when I
make a decision to move in a new direction, it is also not uncommon for negative
thoughts to creep in causing self-doubt in the success of my pursuits.
During the two week period where I was actively using the self-hypnosis
techniques, I did not have any self-doubts and felt really good about my
abilities and receiving financial gains for my current endeavors.
This coincides with my objective to clear out any negative thoughts about
receiving abundance, including financial rewards for my endeavors as a healer.
Lastly, I was
able to measure a noticeable difference in how I was relating to other people
and my overall well-being. I felt
calmer and more at peace within myself during the two weeks of active use with
the self-hypnosis method. This
resulted in helping me to feel less stress and improved my ability to relate to
others that I, at times, have some difficulty with.
In contrast, during the week that followed, with no active use of
self-hypnosis, the positive results I had been experiencing suddenly begin to
diminish. Within a few days of not
using my tapes, my physical body relapsed into the heavier energy and fuller
sinuses and puffy face. Overall I just
looked and felt worse again. My
self-doubts about my endeavors and the success as a healer soon increased.
Lastly, I became more stressed and less calm causing some relational difficulty
with those directly around me. My
overall well-being diminished very quickly.
The results of this exercise clearly indicate that I need to continue to
utilize my tapes and this method of self-hypnosis to create positive changes in
my life. Using it regularly and
consistently will be the key to achieving optimum results and one in which will
have lasting internal effects in my way of being in this world.
it is clear to me that hypnosis is much more than just merely making someone
"cluck like a chicken" for entertainment.
Scientific research and the increasing use among practitioners, continues
to make this a most relevant field of study and practice, pushing it further and
further into the mainstream of society. For
me personally, I have found self-hypnosis to be a useful tool that I can use
daily or as often as I like to enable me to live in balance and achieve greater
abundance into my life.
Bolduc, Henry Leo. Self-Hypnosis: Creating Your Own Destiny.
Independence, VA: Adventures Into Time Publishers, 2000.