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Table of Contents:
Review of key ideas from the last issue Warm up First, let's get rid of the myths Self Hypnosis for Relaxation Self Hypnosis to Improve Healing Self Hypnosis for Energy, Creativity, and Clear Thinking Self Hypnosis to Overcome Writer's Block Self Hypnosis for Self Confidence, Motivation Waking to alertnessReview of key ideas from the last issue
Do you remember the heart warming story of 'Who You Are Makes a Difference'? Helice Bridges shared with us the results of a high school class assignment in showing recognition and how it saved the life of one young student. Some people are literally dying from lack of recognition. I challenged you to tell someone close to you that you love them. Like the boy who was planning on committing suicide, those close to you need to hear you say the magic words 'I love you.' Next, to help you gain more happiness in your life, I shared with you some ideas on the power of hugs. For your own mental health, you need to give twelve hugs a day. You are human. You need hugs, as do the people around you. It's just that simple. Will you share six hugs today and again tomorrow? I only wish I could be with you to share one right now. In this issue, we will take a look at an often misunderstood skill - self-hypnosis. I will give you specific steps you can take to master this simple, yet amazingly powerful way to energize yourself, speed healing, increase your productivity, and improve your enjoyment of life.
In Issue 4, I discussed using your subconscious mind and gave you specific steps to design personalized affirmations to fit your individual needs. I wish to discuss one of them again: "The most powerful force I have is what I say to myself and believe." If you say mostly negative things to yourself, pretty soon you will be depressed and start focusing on debilitating negative thoughts. You find yourself focusing on the negative side of everything you encounter. You will expect the worst - and often get it. Once you start a negative attitude, it will tend to feed on itself. Without your realizing it, you will lose your natural ability to come up with new ideas to solve your problems. Is that what you really want? Of course not. So why do you do it? Mostly out of habit, I suspect. There are so many negative attitudes in the people around us, that it seems very easy to fall in step with them. It certainly takes an effort to buck the crowd. "The most powerful force I have is what I say to myself and believe. I will say only GREAT IDEAS to myself." What do you think will happen if you take charge of your thinking and say only positive things to yourself? As you continually repeat 'great ideas' to yourself, your mind will pick up on your words. If your subconscious mind could talk, it would say something like this: 'Oh. I am great! I can do anything! I like this!' Very confident and playful. You will soon find that you have a positive attitude - naturally and effortlessly. In no time at all, you will regain your very natural ability to come up with solutions to your problems. After all, Losers see a problem in every solution. Winners see a solution for every problem. In this issue, we will discuss a powerful technique to help make you a winner - self-hypnosis. With this tool, you can have a long, private chat with your subconscious mind, giving it the kind of attitude you want. You may wish to print this issue and use it many times. We will start out with a simple relaxing exercise, then focus on some positive thoughts. The rest of this issue will include your own self-hypnosis session. In the future, when you feel the need to relax, bring out your copy and start reading from 'Self Hypnosis for Relaxation'.
First, let's get rid of the myths
Most people do not use self-hypnosis because they may have some negative ideas about it or they simply don't know how to do it. They may have the idea that they can only be hypnotized by someone else and are leery of allowing anyone else to 'control their mind' with hypnosis. Let's start with dispelling the myths. First, since we are talking about self-hypnosis, the only one who will be doing the hypnotizing is YOU. No evil magicians here. Just you. And you certainly would not try to hurt yourself, would you? You will be in complete control of every word you use to hypnotize yourself. Right now, while you are fully awake, you will read every word, so nothing bad can sneak by you. If you don't like part of what you read in the words of this issue, just ignore them. I don't think you will ignore very many. There aren't any bad thoughts here. Second, if there were anything dangerous to you, you would not do it. It's just that simple. In self-hypnosis, you remain in control all the time. Third, you cannot place yourself into a deep trance. After all, you must be awake in order to read this or to talk to yourself, right? No deep, uncontrollable trance here. You will be awake all the time. The only difference between a deep trance and the one you will experience here today is that a self-hypnotic state is very light. Very light indeed. You will just be very relaxed. If you fall asleep while reading this, that's okay too. You probably were tired and needed to take a nap. You can pick up where you left off when you wake later.Self Hypnosis for Relaxation
We could all use some simple techniques to help us relax. So let's begin relaxing. As you read the rest of this issue, please remember to read every sentence slowly. Read every word slowly so you can hear it in your mind. Speed reading will cause you to miss the power of the cadence and content of the words. Envision yourself lying on a sofa and a hypnotist (you) is talking to you very slowly. Your subconscious tends to believe what it is told. Today you will be telling your subconscious mind to relax. And it will obey. There are only a few basic steps in self-hypnosis. First you get your body to relax. Then you relax your mind by talking peacefully to yourself so that all the thoughts of the day are pushed aside. Finally you can concentrate on the new thoughts you wish your subconscious mind to focus on. As you say each thought to yourself, make sure you use positive words and sentences. Your subconscious mind does not understand the words 'no' or 'not'. You will do your best when you phrase every sentence in the positive. And use lots of repetition. Sounds easy, right? It is. And remember, if at any time, you feel the need to handle an emergency or to take action, you have the full power to do so. You are still awake and always in control. Let's begin, okay?
Put yourself in a relaxed environment first
If you are used to having a radio or television or music going on in the background, I suggest you turn them off for now. Try to reduce or avoid any other noises or distracting influences. Select your environment, a room or even outdoors, some place where you are safe and can totally relax. So it is as quiet and peaceful as you can get it. Obviously you should not be reading these words while driving or doing any movement like bicycling or walking. Some people prefer to print out these instructions and read them while sitting up in bed. Others may be able to relax in a comfortable chair. Others prefer to read the words on their computer monitor. Do whatever works best for you. Are you reading these sentences slowly, word for word? You want your mind to slow down. All day long your mind has been racing, going from one problem or thought to another. Now is the time to slow down. Really slow down. Read each word as if you had received a shot of Novocaine or pain numbing medicine in your jaw and you must speak the words through slowly moving lips and jaw. The key is to slow down that mind of yours. So, let's start with a deep breath. Inhale slowly, hold it for a few seconds, then let it out. As you exhale, feel your shoulders relaxing. Now take another deep breath, breathing in more slowly this time. Slowly. And let it out slowly. Slowly. You will breathe slowly from now to the end of this session. As you read these words, you will feel your shoulders relaxing, dropping down as the muscles let go of the tension of the day. You feel them relaxing even more now. Relaxing. Let your muscles respond now to these thoughts of relaxation you are having. Let it go. Relax. Now you are beginning to feel your mind go numb, as your eyes slowly scan these words on the screen or printed page. Read these words very slowly now so your mind can absorb their meaning. You have all the time in the world. There is no need to read fast now. You will read these words slowly as you are feeling very relaxed. Now take another deep breath ... and then let it out slowly as you did before. You are feeling your blood pressure go down, as you relax more. You feel your shoulders dropping even more...as you begin to relax ALL the muscles in your body. Relax your arms now, allowing them to rest casually. The key is to focus your attention on relaxing each part of your body in turn. We will start with your right arm. As you read these words, you will feel the muscles all up and down your right arm begin to relax. Let it go. Let all the tension out. Feel your upper arm relax. Feel your elbow slacken. Feel the fingers of your hand sag. Relax. Now, let's move your attention to your left arm. You can feel the tension escape your left arm as you relax it. Let the muscles sag. Let them go. Relax. Your shoulders are next. Let them drop, as you continue to breathe slowly. Let all the tension out. Feels good already, doesn't it? Very calm. Even your stomach muscles are beginning to relax too, as your breathing slows even more. Now your legs are feeling a slight tingling sensation, as every muscle in your legs begins to relax. First your right leg relaxes. From the hip to the knee, then down to the ankle. Every muscle lets go. Even your toes are relaxing. Now shift your attention to your left hip. Feel the muscles and bones relax. All the way down your left leg, to your knee, to your ankle, and now your toes. Relaxing. Letting go. You are feeling very relaxed and comfortable now. You can hear the voice in your head as you read each sentence. You are feeling very relaxed. Very peaceful. You are feeling your body respond to these ideas of relaxing. Letting go. As you continue to breathe slowly, your attention returns to your breathing. Now you are feeling your chest rise up in a great big intake of air, as you take a deep, rich breath. And let it out slowly again, as you did before. You are now feeling a great sense of calm and peace throughout your body, as you relax even more. Let your shoulders drop a little more, relaxing as you go. Let go. Relax. You can feel your spine relaxing. All the muscles of your spine let go of their tension. The feeling of peace and calm spreads throughout your spine. Your neck now begins to relax. And all the muscles up the back of your head let go. Relaxing. You can feel the tiny muscles of your face sag, letting go of all the tension of the day. All of that is gone now. You are totally at peace with yourself. You are a truly wonderful person. You can feel that in every cell of your body now. You know it to be true. You like yourself more and more as you draw each breath, slowly breathing in, then slowly letting it out. You are beautiful. You are very much at peace with yourself. And very relaxed. You are feeling better with each breath. You are a truly wonderful person. This is what self-hypnosis is all about. Relaxing yourself so you can talk quietly to yourself.
Self Hypnosis to Improve Healing
If you have had any injury or illness lately, your body will begin to focus attention on healing. If you have any part of your body which is sore or ill or not functioning properly, as you read these words on healing you will think of it and focus your healing energy there. You like your body. You are at peace with yourself. Your body can now feel itself getting better and better with each moment. Feeling relaxed and healthy with each breath you take. Over the next 24 hours, your body will respond to your wishes to heal. Many illnesses come from people who have forgotten to love themselves and their bodies. Now I want you to read these paragraphs slowly to yourself. The sentences will be repeated a little differently each time. I like myself and my body. We are friends. I will take good care of my body and in return, it will take good care of me. I like myself and my body. We are really good friends. I will take good care of my body and my body will take good care of me. I love my body and am treating it well, to keep excellent health, free of pain. Together my body and I continue our love affair with each other. I love my body and treat it well. As you read these words, you feel that love for yourself being refreshed. You truly are a wonderful person. You feel it in every inch of your body and every part of your mind. As each day goes by now, you will feel healthier and healthier. Your body loves you too and wishes you well. Scientists have found tiny little cells that are much like brain cells in every part of the human body. You feel those little brain cells throughout your body now, taking charge of your health. You and your body are friends again. You can feel your mind and your whole body focus on sending healing energy to all parts of your body. As each moment passes, you can feel any sore or ill parts absorbing your own instructions to heal, getting better and better over the next 24 hours. Repeat these words: I am healthy. I am getting healthier and healthier every day. It's good to like yourself and you do like yourself very much. You will feel better with each passing day.Self Hypnosis for Energy, Creativity, and Clear Thinking
In order to tap into the tremendous energy and creativity you have within you, as is your natural birthright as a human being, you need to be at peace with yourself. And in love with yourself. As you relax here today, you can sense your native abilities for creative thinking improving. It was there all the time. All you have to do is give yourself permission to be creative. Repeat these words: I have a natural ability to be creative. I give myself permission to be very creative today. It's a wonderful feeling to be creative and I feel it now. I can create any idea I want. When it is time to come out of this very relaxed state, you will feel the release of the tremendous problem solving powers of your mind. When you are fully alert again, your mind will race with enthusiasm for thinking of solutions - and new ideas. As you need them, new ideas and solutions will come to your mind, instantly. When the time comes to wake up to full alertness, you will feel the natural energy of your whole mind and body responding to this wonderful sense of self again. We will return to these ideas later. Now let's focus on some specific areas.
Self Hypnosis to Overcome Writer's Block
If you are a writer, you know that occasionally you lose steam, the drive to come up with new ideas. All that is behind you now. As your mind and body become more in tune with each other, you will find your natural writing ability expressing itself again. You are now feeling free of tension in your life. You are releasing the TREMENDOUS creative powers of your imagination. If you are writing fiction, ideas for plot, characters, setting, backstory, pace, dialogue, etc. will come racing into your mind when it is time to write again. You are a storyteller. You will take great joy in creating each scene, each description, each sentence of dialogue. It is a great treasure to be able to spin a yarn for the pleasure of others. You can feel that now. Repeat these words: I am a great teller of stories. I can feel the stories in my mind now. My storytelling is better now than ever before. You will have full confidence in yourself, learning as you go. You will write each sentence, each paragraph, exactly as you need to paint this wonderful story of yours in the minds of your readers. You will be able to fully envision each scene as soon as you think of it, with great clarity and detail. Your mind is racing to imagine the whole story and each part of it. You feel a great compulsion to write it all down, totally immersed in your story. It is all coming to you now. If you are writing nonfiction, your keen ability to picture the subject of your attention will be extraordinarily strong. You will be able to remember every detail and call upon them as needed. You will be able to describe your subject with a great joy - as you picture talking face to face with your readers. You will be able to see in your mind's eye the reactions of your readers to your every word. You will see your readers absorbing what you have to say. As you lay out your words in front of their eyes, you will remember every detail you need, at exactly the right time. It is great to be a writer, isn't it? You have talent to help others see what is in your mind. As you need the words, they will come to you effortlessly, each in their own order, helping you paint the picture for them. You are truly yourself as you write. You will feel on top of the world, writing rapidly. When the time comes to begin writing again, all this wonderful feeling of self-confidence will return to you. You have talent. You know it. Now you will express it, in your own unique way. You will be prolific in your writing. The key is to get in tune with yourself. And right now you are very much in tune with yourself. You will write well and you will do the best job you have ever done!Self Hypnosis for Self Confidence, Motivation
Are you reading these words slowly? Of course you are. It is great to be you, isn't it? You are truly a wonderful person. All is right in your mind. When you were a child, you had great self-confidence to try things over and over again, until you learned them. You picked yourself up and started over again every time you fell. It is the same now. That little child is still in you. Fully confident that you can master anything you try. You can feel that tremendous confidence now, more than ever before. You are wonderful! Your life is your own unique work of art. You have come a long way, learning more and more about yourself every year. When it is time to become fully alert again, your own sense of self-confidence will be higher than ever before! Remember when we discussed: The simplest formula for success is this: Follow Winners, Avoid Losers. That applies to your thoughts also. From now on, you will follow winning and positive thoughts and avoid losing and negative thoughts. You believe you can be whatever you want to be. It's true and you know it now with every fiber of your being. You truly can be whatever you want to be. You deserve it. And you are going to get it. The greatest gift you can give yourself is belief in yourself. Today, as you relax and read these words, you feel tremendous belief in yourself. With crystal clarity, you can now see the truth in these words for yourself: I can DO it!Waking to alertness
Now, as we share these moments, you will begin to waken from your relaxed state. As you read each sentence, you will find your breathing picking up, each breath a little more lively than the one before. You feel a great sense of energy and well-being surge throughout your body. You can feel it in your feet. It's coming up your legs now. Entering your torso. Energy! Self-confidence! Coming up your neck. And now filling your whole head with a great sense of beautiful energy and well-being! You are alive! And feeling better than before! You are now fully awake, feeling happy to be alive. You are fully alert now. Feeling wonderful about yourself. You ARE a great person - and you feel it in every cell in your body! In a normal issue, I would review what we covered. However I think it would be better to end here so you can focus on your new feelings. Have a great time!
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