Hypnosis for Modern Stress

Hypnosis is widely known for its therapeutic benefits, although it is not as widely known by the general public for its relaxation qualities.

In hypnosis the conscious rational mind is allowed to quieten and take a back seat, resulting in the subconscious mind coming more to the fore. This quietening of the racing conscious mind is in itself a very pleasant experience, a little like sleeping, but you are wake and in full control.

After a hypnosis session one of the most common reactions I hear is that my clients have not felt as relaxed in a very long time. In some cases people say their muscles feel very loose, like all the tensions are gone, other times they report a peace of mind like they have been on holiday for a while.

You see in a hypnosis session you will be asked to follow directions without thinking about them, automatically if you will. The reason for this is the subconscious mind is the automatic mind and by following the directions automatically you allow the conscious mind to quieten and the subconscious mind to become more active. You are still in complete control, but just allowing yourself to enjoy not working so hard for a while.

I have had reports of back and neck pain disappearing in quit smoking sessions due to the release of tension, even though they were not grateful for it.

Most people report a better nights sleep the night after a session, and I would advise anyone to listen to the self hypnosis CD given to them, even if it's not necessary for their issue as most people report benefits from it.

In today's modern age, hypnosis is like a mental massage you can use to recharge your batteries and forget about the stresses of everyday life. We have so many distractions in our modern world, mobile phone, tweets, Facebook, radio, TV, etc. It's no wonder anxiety and depression is on the increase. And an over-active mind (and over-active negative imagination are the primary cause of both). Hypnosis can be used to combat this.

They say prevention is better than cure, and when it comes to mental health, this is certainly true. Hypnosis gives you a feeling of inward control, which is one of the bases of stable mental health.

But if you wish to enjoy hypnosis for simple relaxation, to gain more control over your life, or understand yourself more, it is a skill that you certainly will not regret learning.

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Self Hypnosis Can Help to Relieve Stress

Self-hypnosis can help you change yourself at a variety of levels.

Since relaxation is an integral part of self-hypnosis, it only makes sense to use it as a tool of stress reduction as well.

Stress.org references several interesting studies with statistics on stress. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need such help
  • 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful
  • 25% of workers view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives;
  • 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didnt
  • Over half said they often spend 12-hour days on work related duties and an equal number frequently skip lunch because of the stress of job demands.

Obviously, this is not good.

If we do not learn to relate stress, we risk our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Simply put, stress can cost us our health and happiness. Fortunately, self-hypnosis offers us a variety of easy to learn tools that can quickly reduce stress, and if they are practiced over time, stress can be eliminated indefinitely.

There are two primary hypnotic methods we are going to use to reduce and eventually eliminate your stress.

The first is relaxation.

Relaxation is a very easy thing to do that virtuously no one does. Using deep slow breaths is a very effective technique to deepen your relaxation. Once you get a feel for relaxation, it will become easier and easier for you to just notice your current level of relaxation, and deepen it.

The second step is auto-suggestion.

Auto-suggestion is just a fancy term for giving yourself an approbably gentle command. This tend to work best in the context of deep relaxation, but you can actually give yourself suggestions all the time. Some examples are: “Every time I read this, I understand it more and more deeply, and it becomes my habit more and more.” “As I focus on this activity, my focus gets deeper and deeper, and I get better and better.”

If any contradiction thought or attitude comes up during or after the suggestion, you can simply say “Yes … and …” then repeat the suggestion. Or you can say “That's fine … and …” then repeat the suggestion. Let go of resistance. Then redirect.

“If you can not yet have a new response, at least you can have a new response to the old response!” -Vince Kelvin (Famous Hollywood Hypnotist ).

This is where being gentle will take you miles and miles. It is easy to get angry at yourself when you are not getting the results you want as quickly as you want them. When you feel conflicted, relax, and then get re-focused (redirect). Whatever mental or emotional challenge arises, do your best to relax, and gently send yourself in the direction you choose to go.

So here is your daily process:

  1. Pay attention to your own internal state
  2. Take a few moments to relax early in the day
  3. Do your best to maintain this throughout the day … if you notice you're losing your relaxation, take a moment to regain it, and deepen (every time you do this, say in a relaxing voice, “every time I practice relaxation it gets easier and easier, and I relax even deeper “)

Where do you go from here?

Start practicing relaxation and paying attention to your state right now. Then give yourself suggestions to direct your mind as you see fit. Practice this as much as you can with as many situations as you like.

Gently directing your own mind is highly useful in any endeavor in life.

Godspeed on your journey!

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Using the Power of Hypnosis for Health and Fitness

Hypnosis is a natural occurrence that happens all the time. While some may believe it is some supernatural happening, it's not. If you've seen stage shows where the participants appear to fall sleep by a command or even the snap of a finger, they do not. We experience hypnosis all the time. For example, have you ever driven on the freeway and missed an exit or did not know how you got from point A to point B? That's a form of environmental hypnosis.

The thing about hypnosis is that the person should have some level of awareness to follow the suggestions of the hypnotist or hypnotherapist. When you're asleep, you can not be hypnotized. You're simply sleep and below the level of awareness needed to have suggestions go in.

It's the same with self-hypnosis. In fact, you have two things to do when doing self-hypnosis. You have put yourself into a deep and relaxed state of awareness and make the suggestions. Being able to get into a state of relaxed awareness can be done in a number of ways. The easiest way is to simply close your eyes and do a progressive relaxation from your head to your toes.

Before you even start the process of self-hypnosis, you should think about what you want to accomplish and then create a plan to get it. From that, develop suggestions that work for you. When doing this, make sure that you have suggestions that are positive in nature. That means of what you want, not what you do not want. You see, our minds will develop images based on your suggestions.

If I were to say to you, “Do not think of a pink elephant”, what image comes into your mind? It's probably a pink elephant, right? It is also the same with areas of your life that you do not want. So, make sure you have the right suggestions that you want to move towards. You may want to bring in examples of what your suggestions would be like. One would be a particular day of your life if you had what you want.

In health and fitness, that would be seeing what your life would be like when you are healthy and fit. What would you be doing if you were? You may want to add how you would be thinking about food and nutrition as well as physical activity.

A professional hypnotherapist or psychologist (trained in hypnosis) can help guide you through the hypnotic process and give suggestions. This way you can let them take care of giving you suggestions that will help you get fit as well as healthy. With an effective hypnotherapist, you'll come out with a different attitude towards health.

Once you have a suggestion in place, take immediate action on it. That means to get out and start exercising and have a healthy diet. Part of a good plan in using hypnosis is to have a plan. Along with the hypnosis, consistent action helps to establish a habit of health and fitness. Just like the Nike slogan, “Just Do It!”

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How to Use Self Hypnosis to Overcome Your Greatest Fears

This, in my humble opinion, is the greatest application of self-hypnosis.

All too frequently, self-hypnosis is only used as a simple tool for robotic personal development. Fixing 'bad habits' can definitely be beneficial, but it does not really change you at a deep level.

Starting the process of facing and overcoming your deepest fears, though, is a transformation that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

One of the best know psychiatrists of the 20th century, Carl Jung, frequently spoke of the value of facing and accepting the shadow.

One of my first teachers, Glenn Morris (author of Path Notes of an American Ninja Master , a book on meditation), spoke of the personality as a series of masks. Beneath the masks are attitudes and emotions that we are afraid of. But beneath those lies the hidden brilliance of the True Self.

One of the best known Neuro Linguistic Programming ( NLP ) trainers out of the UK, Jamie Smart, likes to describe humans as diamonds covered in crap, then covered in fingernail polish. If you chip away the surface personality, you will get to see all the crap. But if you chip away all the crap, the radiance of the diamond begins to shine.

All of these points toward the same thing. We all have emotions we do not like to accept are a part of us. Anger, greed, laziness, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony are not just a list of sins … they are also integral parts of the human personality. Most people can easily see this in some of their friends, or in people they do not like. The real question is, can you see it in yourself?

Assuming you are honest enough to answer 'yes' to that question, the next question tends to be:

“What can I do about it?”

The answer is learn to properly apply self-hypnosis, to face and accept the lesser you (or the hidden you) that is essentially a vice machine. The really neat thing about this, is when you begin to accept these hidden aspects of yourself, they start to melt away from your personality. It's as if they only act up when they are being denied.

“That which you resist, persists!” -Carl Jung

Before I cover the process of self-hypnosis, I will spell out what tends to be the greatest of human fears.

Most people secretly fear that they are exactly what they most hate in other people!

And they are. We all are. It is part of the human condition. All the filthiest traits of humanity are a part of you and me at a very primal level. The only real way to manage and reduce this is to recognize and accept it. It is only after you do this that the beauty beneath the vice begins to be expressed.

Even more simply, this is likely just another variation on the fear of death. To accept that you have the same qualities as those which you villainize is equivalent to death for your ego.

Now for our exercise. Before you start, you will want to establish the fear or negative emotion you want to deal with, and what you might consider its opposite … the condition or state you would experience if the negative emotion were eliminated … for example, fear & love, sadness & joy, anger & peace, etc. If the process is too challenging or overwhelming at any point, it is alright to stop and continue at a later time. It is also advisable to ask for help from whatever higher power is appropriate for you (The Universe, The Tao, Buddha-Nature, God, Higher Intelligence, etc.) at any point in the process where you feel you need it.

Disclaimer: Do not attempt this exercise if you are seeing a medical or psychological professional about your fear (or other negative emotions) without consulting with them first!

How to face and overcome your deepest fears with Self-Hypnosis:

  1. Find a closed upright position, or a comfortably reclined position.
  2. Begin to breathe comfortably, deeply, and slowly, until you become deeply relaxed.
  3. Focus internally, and let go of any resistance within. Imagine you are relaxing your mind, emotions, and spirit.
  4. Bring up the negative emotion, and do your best to maintain the relaxation.
  5. Imagine the emotion as a wayward child returning home. Even as painful as it may be, do your best to accept it, and redirect it. Remember that negative emotions evolved in an attempt to be helpful.
  6. Notice that the more you accept it, the more you can see and experience the positive counterpart that lies underneath. As the negative emotion transforms, you see and feel the Beauty hidden within.
  7. As the positive emotion shines through, you can return it back to the world (you've taken in fear, faced it, and returned love.

Once you have finished the process, give yourself some time to relax, reflect, and feel good about the fact you have done something that around 95% of the population will never do.

With some of the deeply impressed emotions, you might have to practice a few time to really get it to come up. You will know when you have really fully faced the negative emotion. It will always seem different afterwards. You may still experience the negative emotion from time to time … but you will always maintain a certain awareness about the Beauty behind it, so it will never again affect you as it did before.

Godspeed on your journey!

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Stop Eating With Self Hypnosis

When walking through a bookstore, look at the self-help section. The largest selection by far is the diet section. Why there are so many to choose from, is because diets do not work. Although we want to look as we did when we were 25 years old, we keep eating the way we did when teenagers. We keep eating comfort food that makes us feel better, but expands the “spare tires”. No wonder self-hypnosis has become the most productive use for weight loss.

Self-hypnosis develops a condition of intensity and flexibility that allows us to act upon the habits and supply us with after hypnotic actions. Using self-hypnosis one can call upon your psyche that to feel better does not mean having to eat. A resolution can be made to lose weight, then see it happen. For self-hypnosis to work in weight loss, the first course of action is to state clearly, and in a positive manner exactly what is going to happen, then conclude what to do. The first sessions of self-hypnosis should concern a determination of the questions revolving around your weight. Do not change your belief that weight loss will occur.

Investigating why one should lose weight can be helpful. If your reason is because a professional said it would be better for your health, or wanting to look better in pictures, the cause is secondary. How will others envy your loss? Now understand the reasons for consuming more than is necessary, choose the unhealthy options, or pick at your food. What emotions are happening when these things happen? What are these comfort foods replacing?

The goal here is to be aware that self-hypnosis will not lose weight for anyone, changing your lifestyle will. Once starting the suggestions with self-hypnosis, your weight loss will be shocking. Using Self-Hypnosis, your body will start to use more calories. The change in your lifestyle, with self-hypnosis, will revolve around food, and the way to consume it. Recognizing what that extra brownie will cost. Be in command of your innermost thought which fiercely wants determine your habits.

Starting self-hypnosis for weight loss one will see healthier selections made. Repeat that working out is necessary, the time is there, it belongs in your daily activity. Think about the number of pounds to lose and then reaching those amounts.

Self-hypnosis gives the grounds to do this with weight loss and why it has so favorable results. Placing yourself on a diet becomes warfare. With self-hypnosis changing your lifestyle, the way one approaches food and why, becomes easier, endless battles are in the past.

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Self-Hypnosis: The Simplest Way To Change Your Life

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

The personal development industry typically makes changing your life much more complicated than it needs to be.

There are a variety of methods of change work out there … not only changing habits, but also changing attitudes, beliefs, and even your own identity or self-image … who you perceive yourself to be.

One of my favorite methods of change is hypnosis. There are many methods of hypnosis, and there are many hypnotic effects that can be used for change (and any method you can get to work for you is a good method). The most obvious, most common, and most natural method, however, is repetition. Many people are on a quest for a book, meditation, video, or the therapist that will give them the amazing one-shot fix of their dreams. Unfortunately, this is a very haphazard method. Again, the much more reliable method is repetition.

Another proponent of repetition for change, and sometimes the best known personal development genius of the 20th Century was Napoleon Hill … the best selling author of Think and Grow Rich . He was also a fan of hypnosis. In his book, the fourth chapter is all about auto-suggestion, which is just another way of describing self-hypnosis. He also has a famous quote regarding repetition:

“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” -Napoleon Hill

Before I say what I'm about to say, I want to let you know that there are great hypnotists out there, and there are other powerful practitioners of other methods of change-work. Many of them can get you results quickly. A few can even get you results in a single session. The vast majority, however, are not able to do this.

Once again, the only guaranteed method of hypnotic change is repetition.

One of the great things about it, though, is you do not need anyone else to do it. You can set up your own experiment for repetition with self-hypnosis just by following the simple steps in this article.

The best way to do this is to use a process that I call the 21 day protocol.

What the heck is the 21 day protocol?

It is the method that you can completely transform a certain aspect of your life in the next 21 days or less.

What you have to do right now:

  1. Take a few deep breaths to relax deeply.
  2. Decide on 1 thing you would like to change about yourself or your results in the world in the next 21 days (do your best to stay relaxed and focus in on what would really be satisfying to you).
  3. When you are certain you have a goal you are ready to commit to, write it down.
  4. Put it in a place where you will see it every day (preferably multiple times). You can make it your desktop background, your screensaver, you can tape it up above your bed, you can tape it up somewhere in your car, etc.
  5. Schedule it out on your calendar (whether it's a physical calendar, outlook calendar, Google calendar, etc.) for the 21 days with today as Day One.
  6. Do your practice for Day One … which is relaxed visualization of what you will see, hear, and feel now that you have achieved your goal. Take at least 5 minutes (preferably 20 to 30 minutes) to really get acquainted with all the changes you like about your life now that you have achieved your goal. Continue to relax and visualize all your favorite things about your new life for the reminder of your time.
  7. Now mark it off on your calendar (or in some other way journal or note that you completed your practice for the day). Congratulations, you have completed your practice for Day One!
  8. Now continue to follow through by repeating steps 6 and 7 for Day Two through Day Twenty-One

That's it! If you followed along with the steps, you've already done the hard part of getting started. If you did not follow along, go ahead and take a few minutes to get started right now.

As you go about your day-to-day life, you will also want to:

  • Be alert for new opportunities (or opportunities that you may not have noticed before).
  • Do your best to follow what looks like the most likely path to your goal until a better, faster, or more effective path presents itself.
  • Gently coach and encourage yourself the whole way through. If you make a mistake or miss a day, tell yourself this or something similar: “That's ok. This happens.

Most people seem to do better when the practice at the same time each day, or close to same time.

It might not be easy to stick with this for 21 days … but you can definitely do it. It will not be easy finding a simpler solution than this. I encourage you to recognize that the next 21 days are going to pass one way or the other. The way I see it, you might as well let them be a part of your transformation.

Who will you be at the end of the next 21 days?

Will you be the person you want to be?

Will you be a person well on their way to becoming the person you want to be?

Or will you be a person who feels very disappointed that they did not follow the simple effective (and free) process for personal development on the planet.

“If you want to do the many things that most people can not do, simply do the few things that most people will not do!” -Frank Kern

I do not think you can make it any simpler than that.

Godspeed on your journey!

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Free Self Hypnosis – 100% Effective Technique

You use Free Self Hypnosis Techniques Every Day!

We humans, if asked, would probably say we believe that when we woke each day we are free to start a brand new day. However, that is far from the truth. By the time you open your eyes in a morning your day has already been pre-determined. The day you are about to experience is based on whatever you were thinking about as you dropped off to sleep the previous night.

The period prior to sleep at night is the most important time of your day as the thoughts you think immediately before sleep can either make or break you. Whatever you are thinking about in this period of time is taken into sleep with you and then worked upon all night long by your subconscious mind while you sleep.

Up until this point you may not have noticed that your morning thoughts and those that flood into your mind when you awaken during the night are a continuation of the thoughts you took into sleep. Then the thoughts you entertain in that sleepy morning state are pre-determining your day.

The sleepy state that everyone enters at night prior to sleep is a natural hypnotic state as is the morning period of sleepiness before your eyes are opened. The evening state is called the hypnogogic state and the morning state the hypnopompic state. These are two naturally hypnotic states that all humans enter at least once every day prior to sleep and on awakening. In these periods of time the human mind is highly susceptible to suggestion. Some say that in this hypnotic state the mind is over one thousand times more inclined to accept as true any suggestions it is given than in a normal waking state.

In both of these periods your body is relaxed, your eyes are closed; your brain waves have slowed down from your normal waking beta brainwave state. You are experiencing an alpha level of consciousness akin to a specifically induced hypnotic trance state.

While awaken your subconscious mind is listening and responding to everything you say, hear and experience. Everything is being made sense of, cataloged, put into memory banks and acted upon all day long. When you drop off to sleep your conscious mind becomes unconscious and your constant mind chatter stops but this does not mean the subconscious sleeps.

It holds alert and carries on with the regeneration of your body. It carries on breathing for you, renewing skin cells, burning fat and digesting food. It also carries on working on the thoughts you took into sleep with you. Those last thoughts have absolutely no competition and they are worked on all night long. On awakening in the night and in the morning your thoughts are always a continuation of last night's thoughts and whatever you are thinking about in the sleepy hypnotic morning state is coloring and shaping your day.

Some people go to bed at night and as they lay down to sleep they go back through their day and think about all the things that went wrong. They think about the things that they failed to get done; the messy house, the pile of work on their desk, the pile of ironing, the dirty car or the fact they did not get to the gym. They think of all the things they did wrong; the overeating they indulged in, the chocolate they ate, the harsh words or the arguments. They go over their regrets and the things they feel guilty about and then they drop off to sleep.

When they awaken in the night the same thoughts immediately flood into their mind, sometimes keeping them awake for hours and when they awaken in the morning the same thing happens; it all floods back in. The day then proceeds in a very predictable way; it's a copy of the previous day; the house gets messier, the pile of work gets bigger and the worse it gets, the worse it gets. You've found yourself in the film, 'Groundhog Day' and it sometimes seems like there's no way out.

But take heart, there is a way out and the easiest way to change your life is to change what you think about before you go to sleep at night and to take into sleep the things you want to achieve. When you do this your deeper mind is working all night long on your dreams and aspirations and working on and finding a way for you to achieve whatever you've focused upon. You are your own hypnotist and a very good one at that. You hypnotize yourself every day so make sure you're hypnotizing yourself positively and you're heading in the right direction.

Those who achieve the most in life are those who write lists of what they want to achieve for the following day, the week, the month or the year. When you write down what you want to achieve you are instructing your mind to take you there. Of course you could just as easily say or think what you are going to do but the memory is not as reliable as the written word. There is something about writing goals down that makes them more concrete and more achievable. You can talk about building your own home for years but it does not become a concrete thing until the architect (you) draws up the plans.

Taking the time to write down what you intend to achieve in the next day, the next week or any time in the future is the best thing you can do each evening. That way you are taking into sleep what you want to achieve and when you make the effort to do this on a daily basis your days will change beyond all recognition. At the very least you could make a decision to think positive things each evening as you lay down to sleep. Even a few minutes thinking uplifting thoughts and focussing on the things you want can and will work wonders.

This is the time to take yourself to the end of anything you want to achieve; to imagine it done and to imagine what you are saying to you now you've achieved it. Add in as many feelings as you can, imagine the joy, the jubilation or the relief, which is appropriate. Feel the smile on your face, the feelings of satisfaction and feel your chest swelling with pride if pride is fitting. Take those images and feelings into sleep with you and your deeper, subconscious mind will take you there.

If there's something puzzling you, something you would like to answer to or even something you would like more clarity on, the time prior to sleep is a good time to ask a solution based on question about it. Let the question drop into your mind prior to sleep and tell yourself that when you woke the answer will be there. This is a great free self hypnosis technique and one that really works.

I'm guessing that the majority of you automatically shower, wash your hair, clean your teeth and, if female, take make-up off at night before re-applying it every morning. The majority of us would not dream of going to bed dirty or leaving the house without cleaning our bodies no matter how much time it takes. Just as you have developed habits of physical cleanliness you can develop an evening habit that cleanses your mind.

Your new evening routine will fill your mind full of positive clean energy and you'll wake up refreshed, full of good feelings and ready to start your day. You'll be clean inside and out and instead of just sparkling on the outside your light will shine from within too.

To Your Success & happiness

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Life Is Not Like a Novel

Life is not like a novel. There is never real closure. Yet closure is frequently what we seek. We like to have things come to a logical conclusion, to get things tucked into bed. Life is more cyclical than it is linear. As one door closes, another opens.

So where a novel will usually have a clear beginning and an end there is in fact no real conclusion or end in life. Life goes on in so very many ways. A conclusion in life is only arrived at when one decides that they have reached their closure. It is ones own interpretation of events that allows closure and each person can have a very different perspective.

In one moment we can be in the present and yet our thoughts can also be in the past and in the future. We can in our minds be in many different times and places all at the one time. Our emotions also travel through time and space and we can experience great emotional impact through recall, imagination and visualization.

If you are looking for closure you will only find it from within your own mind. Events and life around you are constantly moving and changing, and if you wish to keep up then you too have to move from one moment to the next. Closure comes from developing the ability to let things go, to leave selected past events and their emotional impact in the past, instead of bringing them forward into the present.

But our minds are designed to retain information automatically, and the more emotionally charged anything is, the better it is retained within ones subconscious mind. So the more something upsets you the better you remember and recall it.

This is a very useful trait when the upset caused references to dangers that might occur again. If you have encountered a rattle snake in rough ground near your home then it's pretty useful to retain the memory that rattle snakes have made that area their habitat and respect that fact.

But if you constantly retain a memory of being hurt in a relationship and apply a fear of getting hurt to every possible potential partner, then this trait is not always very helpful. In this type of case one benefits from letting go of the past and moving on with less negative emotional expectations.

I could provide many examples here of situations where ones ability to recall upset or fear gets in the way of present happiness and success. This can happen in both small and big ways. It even happens on the golf course, where you recall hitting out of bounds on a particular hole and you stand there next time round unintentionally feeling that fear.

When your instinctive memories and recall are getting in the way of your present you can decide to take control of them and attain closure in your own mind and emotions. Hypnosis is very helpful in this task as it allows you to access your subconscious mind.

This is the part of your mind where these types of memories and associated emotional reactions are stored. In hypnosis you can easily desensitize your emotional response and learn to focus clearly upon the present moment, without dragging unnecessary breakdown and fears into the present.

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Covert Hypnosis – How Does It Work?

Covert hypnosis is the subtle influencing of a subject's mind through normal conversation without his becoming aware of being hypnotized. This particular technique communicates with a person's unconscious mind and uses the subject's imagination to open him up for suggestion. The defining features of covert Hypnosis are the subject of participation in the hypnosis without his knowledge, and using the techniques of rapport and imagination to bring about a change in the participant's behavior or actions so subtly that he believes the result was of his own volition.

The key differentiator between covert hypnosis and traditional hypnosis is that the subject is unaware of hypnosis being practiced on him and reaches the state of hypnosis through no conscious effort. The hypnotist applies a range of covert techniques to influence the person and the entire phenomenon is so subtle that hypnosis is accomplished and the end result achieved without the knowledge of the subject.

While we traditionally associate hypnosis with the image of the subject lying down with his eyes closed and in a trance, covert hypnosis induces a different kind of a trance, where the subject's eyes are open. In covert hypnosis, the subject's mind is primed for receiving direction by suppression of the critical or analytical mind. The subject of imagination is activated and engaged through the use of certain trigger words like “Imagine” or “What if”, subtly followed by behavior altering commands and suggestions, all of which occurs while the subject's eyes are open and while he is standing up or sitting down. The trance is induced so subtly that the subject is completely unaware of what is occurring.

An essential technique used in covert hypnosis is the building of a rapport which wins the hypnotizer the attention and trust of the subject. Hypnotists create a link or connection to the subconscious of the subject through several methods, the most popular of which is mirroring. The hypnotist subtly and naturally mimics the actions and gestures of the subject, creating a subconscious tie and gaining the subject's confidence and cooperation which are then influence during the further stages of the hypnosis.

While this kind of hypnosis does not have the closed eyes and relaxed subject of traditional hypnosis, you can look out for other signals to identify when your subject is in the hypnotic state. Common signs include an absence of critical thought, active listening and sympathetic behavior. When you see the subject displaying behavior suggested by you or believing he has thought up an idea which was influenced by you, you will know you have successfully achieved covert hypnosis.

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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy As a Way to Cure Stress From Work

In today's fast-paced lifestyle, a lot of people are starting to experience the pressures bought by modern living. Many people feel that life has become too much oriented with their work and carers that they have already lost the personal meaning of life in their conscious minds. Life may have been simple and easy to handle in the past, but with today's complicated lifestyle, many people are beginning to feel stressed out with the repetitive patterns of waking up, facing a 9 to 5 job and going home only to wake up again in the morning to do the same stuff.

If you are one of the millions of people experiencing career burnout and stress from repetitive work, a vacation experience might do you good. A breath of fresh air every once in a while is always a welcome sight especially if you are beginning to feel that you are losing your life's worth over work. However, the problem with going out on a vacation holiday is that you will not be able to attend your daily job if you try to go for one. A vacation leave is not available at all times so this is not a practical cure for too much stress from work.

To alleviate the stress and career burnout that you might be experiencing, one good alternative that you can try is hypnosis. Having won the support of many medical practitioners due to calculated and measured studies done in the past, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are now considered as valid approaches for curing stress and burnout caused by work. Hypnosis alleviates stress by soothing and relaxing the mind through suggested and repeated instructions. By working through the inner workings of the mind and talking to the consciousness of an individual, a hypnotist can improve the mental health of a person which in turn reduces the stress caused by repetitive work.

With today's modern technology, the availability of hypnosis scripts and hypnotherapy materials have never been more accessible to people. Hypnosis downloads are easily available over the world wide web through a lot of merchant websites so purchasing one is not difficult. Moreover, hypnosis sessions are also readily available in many different formats. Hypnosis videos, hypnosis audio and hypnosis mp3 formats make it easier for individuals to choose whatever format they prefer so if you are looking for an alternative method to cure your stress from work, practicing hypnosis is definitely something that you should consider.

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Can Hypnosis for Weight Loss Really Help Individuals Lose Weight?

For many people, losing weight is a task that is not that easy to accomplish. Some people who have very slow metabolism feel that it is extremely difficult to lose weight, so they are defeated in their goals before they even start trying to achieve it. Other individuals, on the other hand, are not that dedicated enough to reach their goals of losing weight. They are too lazy to do consistent exercises and too hardheaded to even control what they eat, making the goal of losing weight nearly impossible. Needless to say, the individuals who possess a psychological problem prohibit themselves from attaining their targeted goals. And for the people who have successfully integrated self-hypnosis in their lives, this is the part where hypnosis for losing weight can really spell the difference.

Unknown to many, weight loss hypnosis has already been practiced by a lot of individuals and most of the results have shown promising potentials in the field of healthy weight control. Online hypnosis websites that offer self-hypnosis services possess a lot of success stories regarding weight loss hypnosis, making it one of the most popular supplements available to physical exercise.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (Volume 18, Number 1), hypnosis for weight loss is an accepted method to supplement an individual's physical exercises and fitness regimen. Weight loss hypnosis works by providing an individual the will to develop positive expectations in order to reach his or her goals. By providing continuous positive encouragement and mental suggestions, an individual who practices self-hypnosis for weight reduction will have the right mindset to persevere in actually losing weight. This is the secret to the effectiveness of weight loss that has been practiced with success by a lot of people.

If an individual who strides to reach something is motivated, he will be much more enthusiastic to follow and realize the goals that he has set for himself. Because the body can only realize what the mind is thinking, conditioning the mind will really provide a great boost for those who are looking to lose weight. Aside from that, an individual who is positively motivated controls his actions, making it easier to achieve whatever it is that he is chasing for. Hypnosis for weight reduction provides all the needed motivation and encouragement for an individual to achieve his goals of losing weight and this is the advantage that hypnosis results to the table for people who are looking to reduce weight in a healthy manner.

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Stay Well During The Winter Months

Some people seem to catch every last bug that is doing the rounds yet others appear to benefit from greater immunity. Sometimes it is obvious that the difference is not robustness of health but rather due to absence from mingling in the varied environments where sniffs and snivels are being passed around.

But we all know of someone who does mix in all of those bug-infected environments and yet sees to be blessed with immunity from these less but still uncomfortable and irritating maladies. On the flip side of the coin we will all be aware of another person who apparently catches anything that is going around even if they just breathe one breath of bug infected air.

What makes the difference? Sometimes it is genetic disposition. You may well simply have very good health genes (or unhealthy ones). You may also have built a strong level of immunity while growing up. There are also some common sense elements that come into play. Ensuring that you are dressed appropriately for the environment you are in and eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet also serve to protect your body against disease.

Stress is an additional element that should be taken into account, although it is often overlooked in its capacity to exacerbate ones ability to succumb to disease. It has to be remembered that all stress hormones are immuno-suppressive.

The hormones that are triggered in the fight and flight response to stress are all immediate ones. They are activated immediately and take precedence over other hormones that are involved in the immune system and long-term survival instincts.

Stress comes in many shapes and forms and affects each person in their own unique and individual way. What is stressful to one person may be a source of excitement to another. A roller coaster ride is probably a good example here. Some people love them whilst others hate them.

If you are lacking in confidence or suffer from anxiety even a supposedly mundane and every-day situation can become extremely stressful. These are the sources of stress that are more difficult to avoid and can excite a person's fight or flight hormones into incessant activity to the inevitable mitigation of their immune system.

If you suffer from stress in relation to any situation it is vitally important to your health to take a step back and examine what is really going on. Stress is only triggered as a result of the way in which you view the relevant circumstances. Stress is related to your perspective.

Hypnosis is an invaluable tool in assisting a person to relax, relieve stress, and to see things from a different angle. Hypnosis is natural and it is easy to use. It can help a person to build confidence and to overcome anxiety. Not only that, medical research has also shown how hypnosis can offer major assistance in promoting speedier recovery from both illness and surgery. Thus hypnosis can be used both to prevent disease and to assist in recovery from disease.

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in health hypnosis mp3 downloads.

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Control Your Holiday Eating Self Hypnosis Script

The tendency to overindulge in food and drink is never stronger than during the holiday season. It's been estimated that the average adult American gains several pounds during the holiday season. We all know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With a little preventative help from self hypnosis, you can fully enjoy the holidays and your favorite foods without overdoing it.

Self hypnosis is a simple, yet powerful means for programming your mind and body to behaving differently. It gets past the resistant and critical self, and lets us speak directly to the subconscious mind, the part of us responsible for our habits and our appetites.

When self hypnosis is applied, it turns positive self talk into self empowerment. The same suggestions and affirmations employed while self hypnotized have many times the impact of those same suggestions would otherwise have.

Best of all, self hypnosis is fast and relaxing. You do not lose your awareness at any time and you can rouse and respond quickly if there's an emergency in your environment. While there are many ways to self hypnotize, and practice is required for mastery, here's an four step recipe.

  1. Find a place where you will not be interrupted for about 20 minutes.
  2. Close your eyes and relax your body, one part at a time, starting with your head and working your way down to your toes.
  3. Silent count your breaths backward from one hundred, repeating the phrase “twice as relaxed” between each breath. Direct your mind to slow down with every number and breath.
  4. When you really feel a comprehensive sense of relaxation and mental stagnancy, you may then silently apply suggestions to change the way you eat and drink during the holidays.

Here's a mini script you may use to get you started:

“I easily control what I eat and drink during the holiday season so that I can maintain my health and weight. I discover I actually want less. Whenever I am offered food and drink at a holiday occasion, I become very aware of the choices in front of me. eat and drink only small amounts, I feel a surge of self empowerment arise from within me. This great self control makes me feel more productive during the holidays than any amount of food or drink ever could, because I will enter the New Year cheerfully, feeling good about my body. By mindfully managing how much I eat and drink during the holidays, I have a lot to celebrate. Freedom, confidence and self control are the best gifts I could ever give myself this season. So I will definitely choose to confidently. control what and how mu ch I eat and drink during the holidays. ”

When you've delivered the suggestions to yourself, emerge from self hypnosis by counting up from one to five and telling yourself that when you reach the number five, your eyes will open and you'll emerge from hypnosis refreshed and alert.

Yes, it's that easy.

The hypnotic procedure and suggestions may be memorized, recorded or used with the “hypnosis as you read” method. It's recommended you perform the self hypnosis session once a day for three to seven consecutive days as the holiday season approaches. Then, reapply the day of any holiday occasion, such as a party.

By using self hypnosis to maintain control, you can easily overcome the temptation to indulge of the season. You will walk proudly into the coming year healthy, happy, and without extra pounds. Truly, that's something to celebrate!

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Using Your Mind to Help Your Body

As we age it is undeniable that our bodies do not function as smoothly nor as efficiently as they used to when we were younger. As my doctor once said to me “a woman's body is like a car. Once it begins to break down it keeps on breaking down”. I'm sure that if his patient had been a man he would have adapted what he said to apply in a similar manner.

Age and wear and tear clearly impact upon our bodies. What is less clear to many of us, yet at the same time is obvious to some, is that our minds have a major impact upon our bodies through our lives.

The thoughts and feelings we have are reflected and mirrored by our physical body. Messages are sent from brain to nerves and muscles and back again time and again through the day and night. Messages of pain may be sent from body to brain to alert us to the fact that something is wrong. In reverse, the thoughts we have are converted into neuro-transmitters and sent around the physical body. This exchange of information is a two way process.

You will no doubt be aware of this in small ways. When you feel down, or your thoughts are despent, you will find that your shoulders stoop and your body slumps. When you are falling in love you will feel an endless flow of energy and find yourself bounding around with a spring in your step.

A persons predominant thoughts and emotions become etched in the lines upon their face, permanently displayed in laughter lines or a scowl, an upturned mouth or one which is turnedurned, and so on. All can easily see these reflections of mind upon body. Not as easy to spot are physical signs and symptoms which do not rest up the surface.

Physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart disease or IBS are less easily seen as reflections of mental thoughts. But your mind will undeniably have an impact upon any form of disease within your body; it may not be the root cause of the disease, but it will have some effect. Much research has been carried out which deserves this point.

Your mind is absolutely your best complementary health aid, should you choose to use it. You can take advantage of the fact that messages are sent backwards and forwards between brain, nerves, muscles and cells. You can send messages to your body that have specific intention; The intention to assist your body to heal successfully and to remain healthy.

Hypnosis may be use to add extra impact to such messages and to speed up the healing process. Hypnosis has in fact been proven to be of great assistance in many areas of complementary health. It's easy to use, quick to have an impact and has no nasty side effects.

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in health hypnosis mp3 downloads.

PS Discover how you can focus your mind with hypnosis. Grab a free hypnosis mp3 from my website now.

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Does Hypnotherapy Work For All People?

You might wonder, does hypnotherapy work? Could it be that easy to solve some of your long standing problems? The answer is yes. First you need to understand what hypnotherapy is. It is a totally natural state of mind. When doing hypnotherapy with a trained hypnotherapist you will feel very relaxed and peaceful. You might even wish that the session could last forever, it is so enjoyable!

Hypnotherapy has been widely misunderstood because of stage hypnosis. It is a form of entertainment and has nothing to do with hypnotherapy. There is a misconception that you may loose control, when in fact you are actually more in control and more focused! Hypnotherapy is a professional partnership between the hypnotherapist and the client. A person can not be hypnotized unless he or she agreements and co-operates.
Hypnotherapy is a valuable therapeutic tool for enhancing a client's self-awareness and helps them to assume responsibility for treating themselves as well as giving them the tools and skills that they need to do so.

I find once clients understand hypnosis and are in this deeply relaxed state, they love being there because it is so enjoyable to bypass the conscious mind and go into that place of “inner creative absorption” that is so visual and interesting. Once you quiet the conscious mind and learn to visit your inner world you will find that you can access that part of you that is beyond your conscious awareness. It is like going in to the files of your computer where everything is stored and being able to access your dreams, your past memories, and even heal a wounded. Your subconscious knows how to relax you deeply and helps you accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. It just needs direction! You need to tell it what you want so it can go about helping you. If you get in a car and just start driving but do not know where you want to go you most likely will not end up where you want to be.

Hypnosis is one of the quickest ways to get where you want to go and the most enjoyable that I know of, because all the while you are in a deeply relaxed state, the work is being done! You and your therapist go on an inner journey together and when things come up your therapist can guide you through it in a way that can help heal past traumas, wounds, addictions, whatever it is that you are struggling with. It is done in a gentle but very effective way. Usually in 4 to 5 sessions Most of my clients find the relief they were looking for or resolve the problem that they came in with. That is not to say that more work does not need to be done on their own; and scheduling a tune up once in awhile but that has been my experience.

Everything you have learned is stored in your subconscious. Take driving for example; you have already learned to drive so your driving skill is stored in your subconscious.

Once you back out of your driveway and maneuverover out on to the highway your conscious mind is then free and begins to drift off because the knowledge for driving exists in your subconscious. You conscious mind daydreams or goes off into deep thought, allowing your subconscious to become more active. When your attention is needed to stop or change lanes then your conscious mind comes into play again. Driving is only one activity; you go in and out of trance many times a day. Whenever you do anything automatic, your conscious mind is diverted from your subconscious and you are more likely to go into a hypnotic state, such as the one described. Other examples of automatic states are when you are taking a shower, jogging or perhaps eating alone.

With simple hypnotic, relaxation techniques that your hypnotherapist guides you through; you can begin to visualize yourself becoming healthier, happier, more confident, lose weight, stop smoking or whatever it is that you want to do! When in that relaxed, trance state you are more receptive to suggestion.

Hypnotherapy works for most people but it is not just a snapping of the fingers. The client has to do some of the work too. It depends a lot on how motivated you are to change. The Hypnotherapist will help you to do the change work in your mind and reframe old belief systems. You will also learn many new ways to deal with your issue, as well as have post hypnotic suggestions for when your old behavior surfaces. You may also have some homework and hypnosis recordings to take home and listen to on a nightly basis. It is a very enjoyable way to work with your issues!

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