Someone once asked Einstein how he came up with one of his famous theories. To paraphrase: he responded that he was sitting and staring out the window, not thinking about anything at all. . .
Self hypnotic trance states are something we easily slide into during the course of our days. Staring out the window, listening to music, sometimes even driving!
While formal induction techniques vary, in reality, relaxation, narrowed focus of attention, reduced awareness of the external environment and increased internal awareness can easily float us into that highly suggestible state.
These self induced trance states can be effective tools for modifying behavior and healing.
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN . . . OR THINK YOU CAN’T?
Since it is obvious that we are often creating self hypnotic trances lets see what we can do to upgrade this influential self-talk!
Try these fun steps:
Think about some of the negative suggestions that you give yourself. They might include: I can’t, I never, it’s not possible for me . . . You know the list! This is self talk of the worst kind – a constant, often not even conscious, limiting refrain.
Now create your own Imaginary Personal Hypnotist! Develop a character that is always available to step up and whisper positive, but realistic suggestions in your ear.
What does your IPH (Yup - Imaginary Personal Hypnotist ) look like?
Sound like? Create a strong, rhythmic voice that you enjoy hearing.
Remember this being does not have to be human…
Now create some readily available phrases that this IPH can use on a regular basis.
Possibles: “You can do it!” “Hang in there!” “I’m with you!” “We’re in it for the long run!”
And finally schedule some daily ‘hypnotherapy sessions’ at some of your more vulnerable moments. These would possibly be high stress times or some of those times that you know you are ‘trancing’!
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