Have you ever wished that you could flip a switch within yourself and instantly achieve a state of relaxation, reduce excess stress or eliminate a bad habit? What if you change your focus from negative thoughts into positive beliefs and healthy ideas? Believe it or not, you can with the use of self-hypnosis.
Self-hypnosis is a skill that anyone can learn and with some practice become very proficient at. For only 10 minutes each day, you can train yourself to feel better and program your mind for relaxation, success and health.
Emilé Coué is believed to be the father of self-hypnosis. Coué, a French psychologist and pharmacist from the late 1800s, referred to his technique as “conscious auto suggestion,” because the client was in fact conscious and not asleep, and the client is not under the hypnotist’s control or power, but instead responds primarily because he or she voluntarily accepts suggestions that are given.
Coué’s method for achieving self-hypnosis was quite simple. Hypnotist Norbert Bakas spells the process out in his book “Self Hypnosis: Your Golden Key to Self-Improvement and Self-Healing”: “All that is necessary is to place oneself in a condition of mental passiveness, silence the voice of conscious, silence the voice of conscious analysis, and then deposit into the ever-awake subconscious that idea or suggestion which one desires to be realized.” Every night, after you have been comfortably settled into bed and are on the point of dropping off to sleep, murmur in a low but clear voice, just loud enough to be heard by yourself, his little formula: Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Recite this phrase like a litany, 20 times or more.
In the years that followed, Coué’s work was adopted by such people as Robert H. Schuler, W. Clement Stone and Norman Vincent Peale, who achieved notoriety for his book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
Next month will mark the 90th anniversary of Coué’s death and the technique he developed more than 100 years ago is still taught today.
With that in mind, here is a simple self-hypnosis exercise you can practice to program yourself to success. It sounds too good to be true, but you can create a feeling of peaceful relaxation and calm around you on demand by practicing this exercise on a regular basis.
•Sit in a comfortable chair with your back supported.
•Focus your attention effortlessly on a spot opposite you slightly above eye level.
•Slowly, take three deep breaths.
•As you inhale your third breath, hold it for three seconds, and count backwards: 3, 2, 1
•Close your eyes, exhale, RELAX, and allow yourself to go into a deep, sound, hypnotic rest.
•Slowly count to yourself from 10 to 1.
After you have finished counting, give yourself some of the positive suggestions below. Use as many as you wish. Mix them up throughout the week or focus on one and repeat it several times to yourself. Or maybe you have a favorite affirmation that you already repeat to yourself each day. You can incorporate that into this routine.
•“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
•“Every day, in every way, I am healthier and healthier.”
•“I am relaxed.”
•“I am calm.”
•“I am confident and resourceful.”
•“I bring to me the people, places and situations needed to achieve my goals.”
•“I am safe and secure.”
•“I live my life with joy and creativity.”
•“I am patient and tolerant of myself and others.”
•“Change is natural.”
•“As I change, my life improves in every way.”
When you’re through giving yourself the suggestions, slowly count forward from 1 to 5 — you’ll emerge feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to continue on with your day in an energetic way.
Michael Salerno is a Certified Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. He has a practice at the WellTree in Red Hook. Contact him at 845-516-4232; email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit midhudsonvalleyhypnosis.com