Have you ever had the experience of driving your car, arriving at a destination, and not being able to fully remember what you saw all along the way? Have you been in the shower and found yourself mentally transported somewhere else for a few minutes? Have you lost track of what was happening in the environment around you because you were thinking about something else?
All of these experiences are a form of hypnosis. We self-hypnotize ourselves multiple times throughout the day, but we don’t know it. Anytime we aren’t in full awareness of what’s going on, what we are thinking and experiencing and why, we are experiencing a form of self-hypnosis.
It’s a natural state, so the good news is that we can learn to use it to our advantage. We walk around all day relying on our conscious mind – “I think I’ll go there and do that”, “I like that color”, “I don’t like that person” etc., etc. While we think at a conscious level, it’s actually our subconscious that is driving our thoughts. Why don’t we like certain things and people? Typically it’s because somewhere in our subconscious they remind us of someone or something else – from our past. Why do we believe certain things to be right and wrong? Because we have learned them from past experiences.
We are being driven all day long by our subconscious mind. Hypnosis allows us to get hold of this aspect of our beliefs and thoughts and manage it differently. Instead of being pushed and pulled by it, we can control it to our betterment.
If you want to start practicing self-hypnosis to become calmer, to approach situations in a cool and collected manner, and to help you stay on track to meet your goals, here are the simple steps to start:
Use words in your mind to support your goals. “I am in the best health of my life,” for example, or “I make good decisions in every moment of my day,” or “I stay calm in the face of trouble.” It can be helpful to identify what you want, and write them down so you are ready to say those things that matter to you once you are in a deepened state.
After you have completed your mantra, sit quietly for a moment. Bring your attention back to your breathing. Breathe in and out, and again focus on the breath.
Now, count slowly from 1 to 5. With each number, imagine energy returning to your body; you feel in good health and rested. You are ready!
The entire process should take no more than 3-5 minutes. Practice this as many times as you can throughout your day.
And remember, you can always pause – wherever you are and whatever is happening around you – and choose to breathe and say your mantras over and over again. That’s the nice thing about getting practice doing this, you can call upon it anytime you need it!