Have you ever felt that the power of your subconcious mind is sometimes working against you? Do you
find old memories get re-played and keep on influencing your behaviour, against your will?
But one tried and tested way to change our beliefs and unwanted behaviour is to use hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a state of 'trance' - we all go through a state of trance every day (between waking and sleeping, or when we're daydreaming.) Here is the definition from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis:
"Hypnosis is an inferred psychophysiological state characterised by increased suggestibility, and is thought to be an altered state of consciousness.
Hypnotism is the study and use of suggestion with or without the presence of hypnosis, while hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the use of hypnosis constitutes the core of the treatment." O.K?
Hypnotherapy uses suggestions and commands given while in this suggestible state to
re-programme your subconscious mind in more constructive ways.
The great thing about hypnotherapy is that it's so effortless - in a deeply relaxed
state, while we're listening to new, positive commands, we're also restoring our entire
body to normal, releasing the muscle tension of long-term stress - something we all need these days! (Unless you do
something vigorous every time you're stressed, that is.) Over time unresolved stress
can lead to anxiety, panic attacks and many other problems (see Understanding Stress and Conquering Anxiety for more on this.)
Hypnosis is actually much better than sleep at relaxing our muscles and
releasing tension! It's also a useful way of switching off and allowing your creative mind
to solve any problem you may be grappling with during the day.
Hypnosis has been shown to be very effective for all sorts of problems, including
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, stammering, anxiety of all sorts, insomnia, blushing, and
confidence and self-esteem problems. It has been successful in helping people stop
smoking, lose weight, improve the memory and recall facts better. It's very useful for helping prepare for exams or performances of any kind!
I've had several hypnotherapy sessions, and found them very useful. But now I use
tapes and CDs at home - I find it really helps speed up
changes I'm making. If you want to try this for yourself, you can use tapes
and CDs in the comfort of your own home, any time you want! You can also write your own
script to boost your self-confidence - a sort of advert for yourself, to yourself! That's called
self-hypnosis, and I've used it before many gigs and meetings I was feeling nervous about.
There are two sites I've found that I recommend - one in the U.S. and one in the U.K.
(Because hypnosis is so powerful, it's a good idea to check that whoever you're buying CDs from
has some professional qualifications!) Both the following sites also have free help and information
about writing your own scripts, more details on self-hypnosis and other interesting information.
Hypnosisdownloads.com is a
U.S. site. It has a whole range of specially designed courses which you can
download straight away; categories include Self Improvement, Personal Development, and
Health. So if you're in a hurry to build your self-esteem, develop confidence, or
stop smoking etc. why not see what courses you could download right now? Try
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Over here in the U.K I've found a source of really wonderful CDs for
self-hypnosis - Diviniti (see banner below). Recorded by a professional British
clinical hypnotherapist (and musician!) they're the U.K number one best sellers.The quality of the recording is phenomenal, the
best I've come across, and the English male voice is soothing and relaxing.
The music is great, too, and the stereo effects used do really make these CDs incredibly relaxing, powerful and effective.
I highly recommend them. They also have various free examples of scripts you could use for yourself.