Audio hypnosis or self hypnosis, as the term implies, is hypnosis through a recording. Audio hypnosis recordings essentially fall into three categories:
1. Commercial audio hypnosis recordings.
2. Professionally prepared by a hypnotherapist for a specific patient.
3. Recordings prepared by an individual for their own personal use.
I have not included subliminal recordings in this article as subliminals do not incorporate hypnotic induction techniques.
Audio hypnosis recordings are available in many different formats and can be played on virtually any modern sound device. Commercial records can be purchased in stores, book stores, etc., but the most common delivery system is downloading MP3 or similar files from the Internet sites offering audio hypnosis recordings either for free or for a fee or from Internet hypnosis stores.
The range of commercial audio hypnosis recordings cover a very wide range of topics and the cost for each recording can also vary significantly.
The main benefit of a recording is that it can be replayed over and over again to further reinforce the suggestions given to the subconscious mind, just like a booster shot, as needed in the future and therefore help reinforce a lifetime resolution to the issue or condition . All of the categories have the potential to make varying changes to your lifestyle by promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety, changing habits and negative believing systems, losing weight and stopping smoking, enhancing self confidence and better sleep habits, etc. The drawback to using hypnotic recordings is that you can not use them while driving, operating equipment, work or exercising. Recordings can also be destroyed or lost and if not backed up, could be lost forever.
Recordings custom prepared for a patient by a hypnotherapist coupled with the cost of the related sessions can be very expensive, but they are very powerful as they are direct and to the point regarding the issue the patient came to the hypnotherapist for in the first place. This type of self hypnosis audio recording helps supplement traditional hypnotherapy. It is normally recommended that while you are in hypnotherapy that you either listen to the therapist provided audio self hypnosis recordings or perform self hypnosis between sessions at home. They reinforce the treatment the patient received, providing greater assurance that the issue, whatever it may be – even after treatment has ended, will be resolved.
Recordings prepared by an individual for their own personal use function in a similar manner and can have the same result as the custom recordings prepared for a patient by a hypnotherapist. In order to prepare such a recording the individual does, however, require some training in the art of hypnosis and self hypnosis. In these records, the individual has the ability to truly personalize it to their own needs, wishes and desires more so than a hypnotherapist can. The recording can also be edited, changed or even redone to be even more acceptable to the individual and as a result to even more substantial and effective. This manner, audio hypnosis can be considered a form of using self hypnosis .
Now the question arises as to which method is the best. The answer is that all three types are equally beneficial when properly used. That being said, I must refer back to my own personal experience.
My first exposure to self hypnosis was from a two part self hypnosis recording. The recording taught a method of self hypnosis. Part one was an introduction to self hypnosis and part two was a complete induction, post hypnotic suggestions for self hypnosis and awakening session. I listened to the recording over and over until I was able to induce self hypnosis easily by myself and practice it effectively.
A few years later, I saw a hypnotherapist for specialized self hypnosis training. I had two sessions that further reinforced my own self hypnotic skills and also introduced a very effective trigger mechanism to induce instant hypnosis that I still use today. The hypnotherapist also offered a hypnotist training course which I attended and became a registered hypnotist.
During the training, I recorded my own induction and hypnotic suggestion session to stop smoking. I listened to my custom smoking cessation recording three times and have not smoked since.
Since then I have purchased commercial records and made many on my own. One advantage of recordings is that you can let them play and then fall sleep naturally at the end. Many of the purchased recordings have worked out well, but some have not. The problem I have had with recordings done by others is that the induction and manner in which the deepening and suggestions are made may not be in line with my practices and expectations and as a result are either less effective, less enjoyable or simply rejected. For instance, I prefer a relaxation method that starts in my forehead a gradually travels down to the tips of my toes, not in the opposite direction. Recordings that use imagination may be awkward for some people to readily accept and participate in. What works for one person may not work for another. Lastly, once a recording is purchased, you generally own it without recourse, such as returning it for a refund. So “caveat emptor” or buyer beware is a key factor.
Self hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where you are in a relaxed state of focused attention. In self hypnosis, beneficial hypnotic suggestions can bypass your conscious mind and directly access the subconscious mind, giving you the power to make behavioral changes at a degree level and with more success than if you were to attempt to make the changes at the conscious level.
The requirements for getting the most out of any audio hypnosis recording is to find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the length of the recording. Turn off your telephone or cell phone or any other device that may disturb you. You should be in a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down without crossing your arms or legs. Relax, start the recording and continue to relax while listening and concentrating on the recording, give your full attention to the recording and allow your subconscious mind to accept the hypnotic suggestions. If you happen to fall sleep, keep in mind that this is perfectly natural and you will wake up later in the normal manner.