The opinions and images you hold about yourself, self-image, self-respect, self-love are probably the most important opinions you have. It’s what determines how you act, your success in life, what you do, and the actions you take.
Look in the mirror… How do you see yourself? Do you picture yourself as inhibited or sociable hopeless or talented, affectionate or unfriendly, confident or unsure, fearful or fearless?
The pictures and images you hold of yourself are firmly embedded in your subconscious mind (referred to as your habit mind). They have been developed through control, manipulation, and domination from your parental and environmental conditioning and experience from birth to age six. You may not even be aware of it.
Our life is a reflection of our past. It may be encouraging and helpful or burdensome and damaging.
If fear, anxiety, or lack of confidence is part of the images held in your mind, they’re almost certainly getting in the way of who you’d like to be.
But here’s the good news. Through self-hypnosis, you can change the snapshot you carry of yourself. When you do, you’ll see benefits in all areas of your life. Because if there’s such a thing as a shortcut to self-improvement, changing your self-image is it:
Hypnosis is an induced state of mind or altered state of consciousness during which the subject becomes receptive to suggestion. The skilled professional hypnotist instructs at timed intervals to a cooperative subject to create this state of mind and being. With expert instruction and training, you will learn to induce and control this state of mind yourself. This is self-hypnosis.
Self-Hypnosis is a learning process. You will be putting techniques for self-improvement into practical application. The Self-Hypnosis course is taught to become a more competent, more productive, and happier person. This growth invites your fullest cooperation and willingness to learn. Indeed, you will not simply learn, but through these exercises, you will expand in all areas of your life.
This course teaches techniques of relaxation and suggestions for changing behavior, with improvement in attitude. Our courses are designed to aid in vocational and recreational pursuits and help change undesirable habits.
You’ll learn using proven techniques for meditative relaxation will permit the subconscious mind to become responsive to positive suggestions. It has been found that with the process of visualization and positive imagery in a relaxed or hypnotic state, a permanent ascent into a more creative and comfortable living experience can become a reality. At no time under hypnosis does one “go to sleep.”
The induced relaxation permits the conscious mind’s analytical areas to become receptive to suggestions, images, and reinforcement.
The word “auto” is from the Greek word “self,” hence “self-hypnosis” can also be called “auto-suggestion” or “self-suggestion.”
Your own enthusiasm for learning self-hypnosis is important and will greatly enhance your capacity for becoming proficient in this ancient and beneficial science.
The material that follows will further explain this phenomenon and describe the hypnotic state, your response to the suggestion, the make-up of your mind, plus many practical uses for self-hypnosis.
The mind is composed basically of two parts:
- The Conscious Mind, which is sometimes referred to as the objective mind or analytical mind, makes up approximately seven to ten percent of the mind.
- The Subconscious Mind, which is also referred to as the unconscious or subjective mind, occupies the remaining ninety to ninety-three percent of the mind.
The conscious mind has partial control of the nervous system and muscle action. Everyone has slowed his breathing and heart rate or affected muscular reaction by using the conscious mind. This is the voluntary portion of the mind.
The conscious mind has the responsibility of organizing the mental process to cope effectively with reality. The conscious mind receives messages from the senses and uses them to decide to accept or reject the incoming information. The conscious mind is used to make day-to-day decisions. It is also the guardian of suggestions that enter the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is where the conscience resides. Most of us think of the conscience as stemming from a religious doctrine or parental training, or both. It actually consists of our intellectual and spiritual concepts of right and wrong derived from and believed acceptable by our society. It serves as a policeman regulating our behavior.
We are aware of our conscience when we think of or commit an act contrary to our long-held beliefs, precepts, or moral code. This presents conflict within, and the conscience tells us so with uneasy and uncomfortable pangs and inner pain. From these uncomfortable feelings can spring guilt, frustration, and anxiety.
On the other hand, if we plan or enact a favorable experience that is in keeping with our standards and values, then we feel “good” about ourselves and find life at that instant more meaningful. The conscience is not altered in a state of hypnosis. Either way, it remains active and functional.
The subconscious mind controls the autonomic nervous system and regulates and coordinates heart function, glandular activity, muscular movements, etc. It is the coordination of this complex yet the well-functioning process that keeps each person alive and healthy.
When a person is unconscious through anesthesia, shock, coma, or injury, the subconscious state of mind does not inhibit any body function for its own protection and well-being.
The subconscious is a vast storehouse of knowledge, impulse, and experience accumulated since birth. Everything a person has seen, heard, smelled, felt, and experienced since birth is recorded in the subconscious mind. The mind can be compared to a computer. Exploratory brain stimulation by surgeons and case studies of hypnotized subjects has demonstrated that memories are stored, not forgotten.
As you begin practicing self-hypnosis, you will become very much aware of the subconscious and recognize it as a compelling state of mind that can tap into a wealth of experience and change attitudes, habits, and behavior.
It is generally agreed from available research that the subconscious is non-judgmental.
Like a computer, it will respond to whatever is programmed into it. On the conscious level, a person rationalizes and probes values, standards, and ethics—the subconscious stores the conscience’s rules and codes without defining good, bad, right, or wrong.
The subconscious stores and maintains all habits and attitudes, appropriate or inappropriate, good or bad.
Hypnosis is a normal state of mind and one that we experience many times a day. We experience hypnosis when watching a movie or television, when daydreaming, or in the transitional state of going to sleep or waking up. It is possible to experience the hypnotic state while reading or listening to music.
Consider your own behavior the last time you attended a movie. A succession of two-dimensional photo images portrayed a real-life experience, and you experienced all the emotions of the portrayal as a real-life experience. When you left the theatre, everything at first looked unfamiliar, unreal, and you had to reorient your conscious mind to the real world: the better the performance, the more profound the experience. During a movie, we experience the hypnotic state.
Our conscious minds are concentrated on identifying the changing forms of light; the subconscious is supplying information from our own life experiences to utilize, magnify, and enjoy our images.
This is hypnosis. We construct a meaningful and continuous interpretation of the movie. After the performance, we again free our conscious minds to function in the real world.
PRACTICAL USES OF SELF-HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is a powerful tool. When coupled with the appropriate suggestion, it can affect unbelievable changes in a person: changes in altered bodily functions to permanent behavior changes. This self-hypnosis course is useful to anyone who wishes to redirect and improve their attitude and behavior.
The basic factors of motivation, relaxation, goal orientation, and self-confidence are covered expertly in our courses. The unique ability to use self-hypnosis as needed continuingly for self-development is thoroughly explored throughout the instructional period.
Once you have mastered self-hypnosis techniques, you have them for the rest of your life to be used by you for increased self-understanding and improvement. What you will learn can be used in all areas of your life.