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Can You Really Hypnotise Yourself?

Imagine someone with a problem. Let's say they have a bad habit such as smoking. This problem comes from their unconscious thinking. Maybe it's something they picked up as a child. If it was conscious thinking, they could choose to change it. For changing unconscious thinking, hypnosis is the answer.

A hypnotic trance brings unconscious material into conscious awareness. It also loosens up your thinking, allowing you to view a problem from more angles. These allow you to change your patterns of thought that are usually invisible to you.

This is why I adore hypnosis. All of your problems – everything from phobias to business failures – have their roots in your unconscious. All of your greatest resources are there, too. If you've ever surprised yourself by being extra talented, charismatic or creative, this is how.

Hypnotic trances are wonderful. If the only way to experience one is by seeing a hypnotist, though, then that's a shame.

But is that the case?

Or can you hypnotise yourself?

The answer is that you certainly can. This surprises some people, who view a hypnotic trance as like being sleep. That is not the case. If anything, hypnosis makes you hyperaware of what's happening. The idea that you'll forget everything is a myth.

A hypnotic trance is a way of engaging your unconscious mind. The conscious mind has its uses – it's great at planning and anticipating, for example. But it's slow and likes simple models. If you need speed and complexity, then you'll enter a hypnotic trance.

Have you ever zoned out while driving, only to arrive at your destination safely? Have you ever driven your usual route, such as from home to work, even though you meant to set off elsewhere? The reason is that driving needs the rapid processing of a lot of information. Your conscious mind can not handle it.

It's only possible to drive while in a self-hypnotic trance.

The best way to think about trance is that it's a specific state of mind. Your states shape the way you think, act and see the world. For example, a happy state makes you open, trusting and eager to explore the world. A fear state makes you want to hide somewhere familiar.

A trance state emerges when you need to think in new ways. Can you simply choose to be in a trance? Well, yes and no. You can not choose to be happy, but you can do things to increase your chances of happiness. Seeing pictures of puppies and thinking of fun memories will do the trick for most of us.

You can encourage a trance state in a similar way. How? By creating conditions that welcome new thoughts. You do not need to think when there's a tiger in front of you – action is the better choice. In other words, new thoughts are only useful when you're safe and relaxed … but facing a problem.

Set the scene by getting comfortable and focusing your mind. More often than not, you'll begin to think in different ways. Welcome to the trance state.

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Hypnotherapy for the Holidays

Holidays, and those during the month of December in particular, are well-known to cause some stress and anxiety. One possible cause is going places and seeing people, which are two characteristics of holidays. That presents many challenges to an anxious mind and it can be through hypnotherapy that they can be overcome.

One of the most explored issues of holidays is that the events – dinners with family, meeting up relatives that you would otherwise rarely catch up with and all that holiday fuss in general – can pull you back to some sort of unpleasant memory you have made every effort to bury. The feeling can cause you mild or high discomfort, and it could be difficult to identify it.

Romantic relationships can often cause the same negative reactions in your thinking during this time of the year. You may find it painful to hear about the pleasant experiences of couples you know during their holidays, whether it be in person or through social media and networking. If you are feeling insecure and uncertain about your relationship, you will subconsciously compare your experiences to the heads, creating flaws in yours that were not there initially. Apart from that, you can feel a deepening sense of grief, as you see and hear about others' relationships, while you are single.

Another issue is spiritual depletion, which manifests itself in a sense of depression caused by the multiple factors: you deem the holiday rituals no longer worthy and wonderful, you have now to go, you are feeling isolated, etc. The sense is notable for the irritability and sadness that it causes. Often this manifests in choosing to work overtime or staying at home, while others are having good time somewhere else.

If you have lost a loved one, you can feel great grief during the holidays. That is so, because you may recall spending holidays with them and enjoying the experience then. The main reason for that lies with the fact that holidays represent a special occasion for spending time with your family and friends.

Getting to the essence of things, it should be noted that hypnotherapy can help you out in such scenarios. After all, holidays are not the right time to feel bad; rather, they should be a time to empower yourself and recharge. Through hypnotherapy, you can begin to take in healing or suggestions aimed to improve you. The negative thoughts can be lessened to a great extent, as their volume is turned down through suggestive hypnosis or the tunes that they play in your mind are replaced with more soothing ones.

That way worry, fear, anxiety, nervousness and sadness will stay and give you access to resources that are needed to cope with the situation. It is a way to experience great improvement within you and it is all possible through hypnotherapy. There is enough evidence to suggest that such therapies can produce great changes.

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How to Know You’re Ready for Hypnosis

A lot of people will call me up and now they'll have a lot of questions about hypnosis, and they really want to pick my mind, and want tell me their stories. But I only work very specific type of person for. I wrote this article so you can determine if hypnosis is the right thing for you, or not. I'm gone being a little provocative at the beginning. I'm gone say hypnosis is not for the following people. Then I'm gone tell you who hypnosis is for.

So, hypnosis is not for people that want to keep reiterating their same story in life and victimizing themselves. Hypnosis, and working with me, is not for you, I'm afraid. If you want to continue to be disempowered and just have someone listen to you bitch and complain about your life and how tough it is, everyone's life is tough. So, if you want to hold on to that story and that's all you want to do and you do not want to get any better, hypnosis is not for you. If you're looking to haggle on price or if you're looking at multiple other hypnotists to work with you and you're gonna show up on price, hypnosis is not for you. If you're heavily on medication and you have no plan with your doctor to ever come off that medication under supervised medical observation, then hypnosis is not for you. In fact, my kind of hypnosis is not for you. And if you have any of those things that I'm gone tell you right now categorically, hypnosis is not for you and I'm certainly not for you. If you're easily offended, if you do not like your world to be challenged, hypnosis and working for me is not for you.

All right, are you still reading? Because I think I got rid of all the people it's not for and I'm happy to do that because I had 20 years of working with people at that and it made me pull my hair out. I had to hypnotize myself to grow my hair back.

Who is hypnosis for? Well, hypnosis is for good people. Usually people who are just sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are frustrated, they are annoyed. They've tried multiple things to fix their problems but nothing's worked. But they're still good people. They still have hope and they want it to change. They want to take ownership for their life and they just need a little bit guidance. Hypnosis is that, for that kind of person. If you just need to be pointed in the right direction and you want my guidance to help you get there, but you take full responsibility for your life and for your situation no matter how tough it may be and how difficult it is to do that sometimes and how brave you have to be. If you can do that, hypnosis is for you.

If you're scientifically minded, you want proof if hypnosis works for you, hypnosis works for you. Because if you go on to, I count them today, there are 50 testimonials videos of 50 different people. Not the same person with 50 different problems, but 50 different people with multiple, different problems talking about their experience. If you're scientifically minded, hypnosis is for you. If you want to come in and you want to talk about believing in hypnosis, or not believing in hypnosis, you do not need to believe in hypnosis for it to work. And you do not, not need to believe in for it to work. Hypnosis is not religion. You do not need to believe in it and you also do not need to not believe in it. Hypnosis is just simply a set of instructions that I give to your unconscious mind in order to get you to do involuntary things with your mind and with your body. So, if you come in and you accept that it's not a belief system, it's not a religion, it's not a culture, it's simply about a bunch of instructions that a good hypnotist will use to help you to get to the next level, a blueprint, if you understand that, if you are scientifically minded, hypnosis is for you.

If you feel that you need to think about having hypnosis after reading this article or after having a chat with a qualified hypnotic professional about if it's the right thing for you, often they've done a whole screen for you, I'm gone tell you right now, hypnosis is not for you. Because oftentimes, it does not matter if you believe in it or not. It often comes down to people saying, “I need to go and think about it.” And it always makes me chuckle, because one of the questions I always ask people on a screening call, is, “How long have you been thinking about this problem?” And they'll tell me anywhere from three months to 30 years. And my next question is always, “Do you need to think about it some more? Or are you ready to make that change now with the right help and guidance?” And they always say, “Well, no, I'm ready now.” And they oftentimes … not oftentimes, but occasionally we get to the end of the call and they'll be like, “Well, I need to think about it.” And my question is always, “Well, a little bit earlier on, you told me you've been thinking about it for three months to 30 years and that you wanted to fix it now. about? You either want to do it and you want to get help and make that change, or you do not. ”

I'd love to help you, but also if you do not want my help, that's okay as well, because fundamentally it's all your life. But the people who are “Maybe”. I need to think about it, “really what they're doing is they're doing themselves a disservice, because they've already gotten getting a solution to their problem, they're already in some kind of suffering or misery, otherwise they they would not have picked up the phone to call me, or they would not have sent me an email. to say, “Well, yeah go and think about it,” all I would be doing is perpetuating that vicious cycle and fitting into that problem and enabling it. people, and allowing people to make a decision, yes or no, whatever it is, but make a decision.

Hypnosis is only for people who are ready, they're ready to make the change now, they're ready to get some guidance, they're ready to come in with an open mind, with a good, positive attitude that they can take simple direction, it's ethical to them and it's non-fattening, as I always like to say. If that's you, hypnosis is fantastic for you and I'm here for you. Pick up the phone or drop me an email. But if you're one of the earlier categories, honestly, this is not just a ploy, please do not hire a hypnotist, because a good hypnotist will screen you out on the screening call very, very quickly, and you may not like them when they tell you they can not work with you. If the people that are good people, that are ready to take ownership of their life. They do not need to discuss it with their friends or family or a whole committee and everyone they know. They realize that it's their life, that they make … need to make a decision one way yes, or no, another way, that if they want to have help and whether they want to fix it. If that's you, Hypnosis is great for you!

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Easy Self-Hypnosis – The Unwinding Clock

Teaching this simple, portable focusing and amplifying Self-Hypnosis technique to my clients over the course of more than 20 years of my hypnotherapy practice has helped them reinforces their desired positive changes.

There are two levels to the Unwinding Clock Self-Hypnosis Technique: giving the mind something to do on one level to distract it, and while it is visually looking off in one direction, you apply the auto-suggestion (mantra, slogan, or affirmation ) through another channel, in the side door of your mind, so to speak.

Just like a person with insomnia might imagine sheep jumping endlessly over the rail to distract their mind from what's keeping them awake, you are going to imagine as your visual image the large face of a clock, right up close to your face, almost touching your nose.

You do not have to remember the actual exact face of a specific clock. You've seen enough clocks so many times in your life to know where the numbers are located; they make it easier to keep your attention oriented in your inner space with your eyes closed.

In a quiet environment, where you will not be disturbed for several minutes, the first step is to close your eyes and roll them up into your head, and work on imagining the number 12 with your mind's eye at the 12 o'clock high position directly above you.

Simply rolling your eyes up into your head is considered to be the fastest way to induce hypnosis and is like hitting the brain's reset button; that's where your eyes go when you go unconscious.

So with your eyes roled up, you are imagining what the number 12 looks like. It does not have to be perfectly clear; some people find that saying the number in the mind with the inner voice can be helpful.

And since numbers do not exist in nature, we know by visualizing the number 12, then we've engaged the part of your mind that deals with recall symbols and concepts.

So only once you imagine the number, that's when you repeat your auto-suggestion quietly to yourself, also with your inner voice.

Then you move your eyes counter-clock-wise to the 11 o'clock high position, and look for the number 11. Once you get a hit on the number 11, again, you repeat the same auto-suggestion.

Then on to the number 10, repeating the same auto-suggestion, then 9, same auto-suggestion, and so forth, all the way around to 1 o'clock, having repeated the auto-suggestion at least twelve times and moved your eyes all the way around in your head, which is good “eye yoga”.

When you are able to get all the way around in one take, you open your eyes and go on with your day.

Sounds easy … but you are going to find your mind likes to take a hike between or at certain numbers, at various points along the circle, which varies depending upon the person.

Those are like the exit points or “leaks” in your attention field.

The aim here is to achieve unity and generate willpower through reinforcement of your goal or new behavior, and the clock face symbolizes a “circle of containment” of that desired new level of being.

When you are in REM sleep, and your eyes are darting back and forth during your dream state, that is how the brain actually processes information from one side to the other.

With the Unwinding Clock Technique you can make your goal stick by being intentional and methodical with that process, and at the same time, help to improve your focus and concentration, and strengthen your ocular muscles which is useful for preserving eyesight.

So when you realize your mind has wandered off, you bring your attention back to the last number or position of the eyes where you left off, or if you can not recall then back to the beginning, and continue around the clock until you get all the way around to one o'clock in one go.

(Just as a reminder, you are using the same auto-suggestion on each number, not twelve different suggestions, and working on getting around the clock all at once in the least amount of time, not around twelve times, that is.)

It works like advertising for yourself.

And as you know advertising is usually thrown at our eyes during transition moments in our day, when the critical mind tends to relax, like as one TV show transitions to the next, advertisers load up the ads. Or ads appear at “transit” bus stops, in the bus and on the bus as the bus passes by, or in the free magazines that are sent to my office for clients to flip through waiting in the transitional waiting room …

You think those companies would be spending all that money on advertising and marketing if it did not work?

So too, in the transition moments of your day that's a great time to use Self-Hypnosis to self-advertise, like in the morning, when you're in bed awake just before you have to get up, here's an excuse to stay in bed a few minutes longer, get in one attempt then.

Next around mid-day, lunch time, as the morning transitions into the afternoon, or you're relocating into or out of your lunch break, and you have a few minutes when and where you will not be disturbed, make a second attempt then.

And then when you are back in bed at night, relocating to dreamland, make a third attempt. If your mind wanders away, and off you go to sleep, no big deal, you just take up the technique again the next morning.

Or, if you are having difficulties getting to sleep, or getting back to sleep if you wake up too early, you can use the technique to get sleep by going around and around the clock without stopping, using the eyes and the auto-suggestion , until your mind does wander off and you fall sleep.

Since it takes about 21-30 days to learn a new part in a play, expect to use the reinforcement technique three times a day for at least one month for the best results. By then you should reach a tipping point as your new behavior becomes a new habit.

At that point, you can set the technique aside, have it in the wings if you feel some slippage, or you can adapt your auto-suggestion to address some other aspect of your personal growth and continue using this simple Self-Hypnosis technique with the basic frame work of the Unwinding Clock.

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Optimizing Auto-Suggestion in Self-Hypnosis

The famous positive affirmation, “Everyday, in every way, you are getting better and better”, conceived more than a century ago by the French psychologist, Émile Coué is an excellent choice for supporting general health and healing.

As part of my Hypnotherapy service, I also provide my clients with a mantra-like auto-suggestion to use as a Self-Hypnosis tool.

For those interested in using self-hypnotic methods to reinvigorate specific behavioral changes or adjustments in mental attitude, I have found you will get better results if your auto-suggestion is tailor to address your specific issue a way that is both compelling and empowering.

After more than 20 years of practice, I've like to share these six guidelines for wording a one line auto-suggestion that will tend to create the least amount of subconscious resistance.

The first guideline is to use the second person in your auto-suggestion instead of the first person when referring to yourself. The word “I” generally signifies unity, yet we seem to have different sub-personalities that often want different agendas.

One part of your ego might say, “I must go jogging tomorrow morning at 6am, and then a different part of your ego wakes up when the alarm suddenly goes off and says,” what, now I have to go jogging? Who made that silly plan? ”

“I” can create resistance in the subconscious part of you because your ego has a history of overextending you, sometimes setting goals or making promises you are unable or illegally to keep.

Referring to yourself in auto-suggestion as “you” instead of “I” feels less threatening and is more inclusive of ALL of you. You'll want to make sure the subconscious part is onboard since it is the seat of motivation.

The second guideline for your auto-suggestion is to use the present progressive tense.

Instead of “you will do this” or “you will not do that”, which comes across as a demand, use “you are going to do this or that”. “Going to” sounds more inviting as you coax this part of you into the water, so to speak, to accept the suggestion, rather than push it into the pool.

The third is to frame your goal in the positive, focusing on what you want, not on what you do not want.

Articulating your goal in a positive frame will give the subconscious part of you a clear view of where you are going and what to expect. Using a negative frame is like “trying not to think about a pink elephant”. It does not work.

Fourth, your goal must be realistic, specific, and achievable.

You are not going to hypnotize yourself to win the lottery, of course, that's out of your control.

And you are not going to hypnotize yourself to set a broken arm bone either, that's a mechanical issue.

But once the bone has been set by a doctor, then you could use Self-Hypnosis and auto-suggestion to speed up the recovery and lower the risk of infection by increasing circulation in your arm.

You must be capable of reaching your goal, and the more specific your goal, the better.

Fifth, use “today”, “now” or “every day” in your auto-suggestion to address the subconscious part of you in its time zone: the present.

Thankfully, that part of you is always in the present, adjusting your eyes to light, your skin to the air temperature, beating your heart, and digesting your food, etc. The 'call to action' in advertising is always in the present, too, creating urgency in order to bypass your critical faculties.

You are not going to hear in a TV or radio commercial, “Call next week,” right? It's “Call now, operators are standing by, first 50 callers win a free gift.” Or Why wait? Sale ends TODAY! “” Buy now, pay later. ”

The basic program: seize the day, take action, repeat until successful.

Lastly, choose a positive feeling to motivate the new behavior.

Feelings motivate better than compiling more information, and positive feelings are more desirable to sustain than negatives ones. It's like putting the horse in front of the cart, so the horse has a nice view and can get excited about the destination, as opposed to the poor horse pushing the cart, which just looks like a lot of work.

The aim here with your auto-suggestion is to link a desired feeling with a new behavior that supports the feeling in about 12-14 words total, which makes it easier to remember.

To make your auto-suggestion personalized, it's also useful to tweak some pre-existing language, utilizing one of your strengths, talents or abilities to describe the new behavior.

I'll give you some examples.

A client with a weight issue came to see me who was a high level IT manager for a large corporation. Part of her problem was that she was skipping breakfast. We formulated her auto-suggestion to be, “Starting today, you are going to feel more energized boot up breakfast.” That truth she could not delete.

Another client presented with a stimulant addiction, proudly claiming to be a pretty good martial artist who competed in tournaments too, but he kept fighting his urges and losing. So we formulated his auto-suggestion to be, “Starting today, you are going to feel more in control, checking and deflecting your urges.” Now as a martial artist he had a muscle memory for what that meant, so his was designed to empower him based on his professed strengths.

I had a client once who was an Israeli Psychologist with fear of flying. She was pregnant and facing a long flight home to Israel with her new baby. She could not take Xanax any more because she was going to be breastfeeding feeding. Her strength was her sharp intellect, and as a psychologist she had to agree that how she thought about flying affected how she felt about flying. Her auto-suggestion was, “Everyday, you are going to feel more relaxed, thinking outside the tube”, which was a play on thinking outside the box, but she was in an airline 'tube', and that made the auto-suggestion catchy, like a clever advertising slogan, and helped get her mind out the repetitive pattern of thinking that fed her fear.

Once you have formatted your auto-suggestion, here's one way you can use it for a style of Self-Hypnosis that works like self-advertising.

Write out your auto-suggestion on 3×5 index cards, and for at least one month, place them around your living environment, like at eye level as you go out the door, on the bathroom mirror, near the alarm clock, on the refrigerator, and discretely at work by your computer … anywhere your eye might wander, why not put up a little billboard for something you might actually need, like nicer looking fingernails and cuticles or better food control at night!

You can also carry one of the worded cards with you in your pocket as a little reminder of your auto-suggestion every time you put your hand in your pocket. You can use just the words of your auto-suggestion as wallpaper on your smartphone to help you stay on track, motivated, and connected to the bigger picture every time you look at your phone.

It's also quite useful to create a visual shortcut or “hot button” associated with your auto-suggestion as an extra reinforcement trigger.

Choose a symbol, logo, or image, with a favored color, to place on each card. Use the same logo or image on each card. Your symbol can be anything, your own creation or someone else's logo, or just use a gold star. It does not have to be perfect, you just have to be consistent with the same symbol. Then when you are out and about seeing just the logo or logo color can trigger reinforcement of your auto-suggestion.

Each view of the auto-suggestion or “hot button” is an impression. Over time the impressions accumulate, start to gain momentum, and as long as there is adequate self-interest present and enough rehearsal, then you will find it easier to follow through and act upon the suggestion as soon as the new behavior becomes a healthy habit.

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Is Hypnosis a Viable Tool Against Addiction Cravings?

The dread of addiction affects both young and old people. It is a disease that affects the body, the brain and the psyche in destructive ways, which can ruin a person's life. A lot of methods and strategies for coping have been developed over time. One of them is hypnosis.

Most of the negative effects of addiction manifest themselves in the form of cravings. An addict experiencing cravings typically goes through great physical discomfort as well as intense psychological struggle. It is the cravings that cause some addicts to relapse and go back to their addictive behavior or substance – gambling, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes. People who practice hypnosis believe that there is a high chance to treating addictions with it.

Hypnotherapy helps a person enter a deep relaxed state and shift their consciousness. While in that state, they are highly susceptible to suggestions, which is nothing more but a term for easily influenced. A therapist can plant ideas in the patient's mind, to which they will respond better than usual. That is not to say the process is similar to mind control or anything like that – the patient actually learns how to control their mind and that take more effective actions when it comes to self-control and resisting cravings.

So how does hypnosis help with cravings? In essence, when an addict enters a state of hypnosis, they become relaxed and their heart rate and blood pressure drop. Additionally, their brain waves change. With the conscious part of their mind fading back, the subconscious becomes completely aware and wake. That is when they can change their beliefs on addictions. For instance, they can be made aware that alcohol is bad and then change their behavior once this trance-like state is over. That will help them overcome expectations when they experience and kick the habit altogether in the future.

So far it has been proven that hypnotherapy strongly helps with cravings and kicking the addiction altogether. That form of treatment is largely available and should be used to combat cravings and addiction to great success. The good news is that in addition to cravings, hypnotherapy can help people lose weight, increase trauma and other issues.

It is important to look for a therapist with some years of experience in dealing with addicts. This is to ensure that the therapy will be most effective and that the person will receive adequate help. It is an expert hypnotherapist that can provide the most support and means to help someone deal with desires and over addiction.

When dealing with addiction, it is important to consider hypnotherapy. It is definitely something that can help with overcoming the negative side effects of substance abuse and the desires it causes.

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REM Sleep and Hypnosis

Feeling irritable? Trouble concentrating? Feeling stuck? Unable to remember your dreams? If so, you might not be getting enough REM sleep.

Each night we cycle through five different stages of sleep. A five stage cycle usually last 90 minutes, but each stage of sleep can vary in time, depending upon the individual. We dream during the fifth stage, called rapid eye movement (REM).

That dream of flying, or being chased, or realizing you forgot your locker combination, or to wear pants may be your brain's way of discharging unprocessed feelings related to recent events in your life.

New neurological studies suggest that dreaming in REM sleep may be necessary for mood regulation and memory recall, meaning that over time a lack of dreaming could affect your overall performance.

Interestingly, the drugs used to treat Alzheimer's Disease reportedly produce more REM sleep, suggesting a link between dreaming and memory function.

People who do not dream at all or not enough can be irritable and have difficulty concentrating, effecting their job and relationships.

Another study found that people with depression and anxiety tend to have more REM sleep than average and not enough deep sleep, which may be why they wake up exhausted each morning.

While deep sleep helps boost the immune system and restore energy levels, REM sleep may help us have better focus and more even temperament.

So getting the right amount of all the sleep stages appears to be necessary to maintain physical and mental health.

Not unexpectedly, modern life causes disturbances in both the quality of sleep and the amount of sleep we get.

Alcohol, stimulants, cannabis, stress, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, computer screens, certain types of antidepressants, and poor sleeping habits all contribute to inhibiting REM sleep and dreaming.

Many people report a spike in dreaming or full-blown nightmares when coming off drugs, sleeping pills, medications, or alcohol, as the brain readjusts to normal sleep cycles.

Hypnotherapy is one method to intentionally induce the REM sleep cycle in a controlled manner and setting, like in a lucid dream, enabling you to process through and discharge under feelings that may be sabotaging you.

A good hypnotherapist acts only as a guide. Sometimes the guided, interactive imagery is even based upon characters in your dreams.

However, unlike dreams or drugs, in Hypnotherapy you can stop the process at any point.

Ever have one of those nightmares in which you try to wake up, move, or call out, and can not? Since you are generally self-aware in a Hypnotherapy session you still possess the ability to open your eyes anytime.

So if you have difficulty concentrating, feel stuck, or you feel like something's bothering you but you can not out your finger on it, maybe learning what you can do to have more dreams in REM sleep might be the answer.

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Empowering Yourself With Hypnosis

To understand how self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy can empower you, I recommend addressing powerlessness as caused by rifts between the conscious and subconscious parts of the Self … instead of the mind.

When the separate parts of the Self are in conflict, a person can become stuck in unhealthy coping behaviors, “balkanized”, and self-sabotaging. Mood can be affected, relationships suffer, REM sleep can be disturbed, and overall health is affected.

How does it happen?

As our self-awareness develops and matures, we are generally taught in school to spend less time in our subjective, child-like, “fantasy” world and focus more on learning a set of prescribed societal rules and complex problem-solving and communication skills in order to navigate in the consensual reality of the adult, “real” world.

Instead of describing ourselves by who we fantasize ourselves to be, we learn to describe ourselves by our gender, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation, nationality, age, school, club, job, sport, or sexual preference, etc. Jung referred to this as the “persona” part of our character.

At the same time, in the English language at least, we also identify ourselves by a wide range of sensual and emotional experiences in the moment, ie “I am cold, hungry, sleepy”, or by our feeling state, “I am happy , sad, stressed “.

Our modern world forces us to live within social compartments that are sometimes hard to straddle, like when co-workers meet friends. As our persona develops we learn to lie to ourselves and others in the service this persona to fit into a particular social scheme. In some circumstances we may feel one way, but have to disconnect from that feeling and claim to feel the opposite in order to avoid conflict, unwanted attention, or to seek attention. That denial of the Self produces a schism, and ever, how we appear to others is far from who we feel we really are.

Conflicts can inevitably arise between the part of the self defined by the reliably stable persona, and the other parts of the Self that are defined by qualities like feeling / sensing states that may not seem so stable, but feel more authentic than the persona, or if the sense of Self is skewed towards the persona and that persona is somehow compromised like from job loss or divorce. Either way a person may feel ungrounded, splintered, weakened, vulnerable to the moods and opinions of others, and mired in unhealthy coping mechanisms that provide pseudo-control over their chaotic inner world.

In a hypnotic state the persona is lifted, a conscious REM sleep is induced, awareness is extended beyond the realm of thoughts, feelings are brought to the surface, and the sense of Self begins to include more of the unseen parts symbolized as inner imagery and archetypes.

Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis are methods to help “rescue” buried, split off parts of the Self, process unmet needs, and integrate split off strengths for a dynamic, healing, and empowering experience of inner harmony and cohesion.

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