Hypnosis is a conscious state of relaxation, this means that you are aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times. Have you ever been lost in a daydream where someone has had to wave their hand or click their fingers in front of you to gain your attention? That is hypnosis. A more familiar example is ‘Highway Hypnosis’. This is when you are driving and your mind wanders, thinking thoughts of dinner or something funny someone said at the office that day, and you find yourself pulling into your driveway and not remembering your journey home.
You can be guided into the state of hypnosis and use it to your advantage. To begin, you will be asked to focus your attention on one thing, depending on your personality and level of comfort. This could be your breathing or a specific mark on the opposite wall. Your attention will be set on this one thing, and you find that external noises seem to fade away. If you are staring at something for a while it may come in and out of focus and you find your attention moves between your heavy eyelids and the mark on the wall. The hypnotherapist will then suggest you focus on various muscles and let them relax. This was incredible the first time I was hypnotised. I was very sceptical and tense about the situation and didn’t realise that I stored that tension in my shoulders until someone suggested that I relax them. They must have dropped about a foot and I immediately felt more relaxed and comfortable.
The therapist will then suggest you relax each of your muscles in turn, allowing your mind to focus on one part of your body at a time until you have released all tension from each part of your body. This will leave you feeling quiet, calm and relaxed and yet still completely aware of your body and your surroundings.After a few moments of this, the therapist will suggest you bring your attention back to your breathing and move a part of your body, which reconnects you with the outside world.
This is how you can be consciously guided into the relaxing state of hypnosis. This ten-minute guide will leave you feeling relaxed and calm. A longer session would include a deepener to access your subconscious and help you address areas in your life that you are not happy with. I will discuss this in next weeks’ post ‘How the subconscious is involved’.