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.