Purchasing one of my hypnosis recordings is only the first step in the process—you’ve got to actually use the program in order to obtain any measurable benefits from it. The following tips and suggestions will help you get the most out of your hypnosis audio sessions.
1) First guideline: never listen to a hypnosis program while driving or operating any heavy machinery. Remember, hypnosis audio programs are created specifically to guide you into deep relaxation. Your eyes will close, your body will become loose and limp and you will be significantly distracted from your current surroundings. Don’t listen to your new audio session while driving! Instead, give the program your undivided attention and give yourself every opportunity to respond as fully as possible.
2) It’s critical to your success that you have a realistic understanding of what hypnosis really is and what it will feel like. If you are expecting your mind to be magically transported to an alternate dimension—in mere seconds and on the first try, no less—then you are going to be disappointed. If I were to list the top reasons why people have less than satisfying experiences with hypnosis, near the front of the list would be “the failure to recognize the trance state when they are in it”. If you don’t know what to expect—or are expecting something else entirely—how will you recognize trance when you enter it? The signs can be subtle, especially when you first begin to practice. Be sure you know enough truthful information about hypnosis to have a realistic understanding of the experience.
What should you expect? Expect to feel physically very relaxed, expect to be able to hear the hypnotist’s voice throughout the entire program (especially when you first begin learning hypnosis), expect your mind to remain alert and focused, and expect the time to go by very quickly while you’re in trance. Hypnosis is much like meditation: it is a natural state of deep, physical relaxation, during which the mind remains clear, alert and focused.
3) Prepare, prepare, prepare! Your hypnosis sessions will only be as good as you let them be. Make arrangements for a quiet, relaxing session and that’s what you’re most likely to have. Hypnosis can be like yoga—on any given day, your response will vary. Yesterday, you experienced the deepest trance ever and today you can’t sit still. It happens—no matter how long you’ve been conditioning yourself. There’s so many different factors that can affect your response to hypnosis that it’s impossible for every one of them to fall into place every single day. However, you can do a lot to make your sessions as consistently relaxing as possible.
Set aside time regularly to practice hypnosis and guard this time well. Make it a priority. Turn off your phone, your cell phone and your pager. If need be, listen with headphones to block outside noises. Lock your door. Tell the kids not to bother you. Put the dog outside. If you’re serious about experiencing hypnosis, then make the effort to create a “comfort zone” for yourself that is quiet and relaxing.
Limit your caffeine if you tend to be wound up, and/or try some camomile tea a half hour or so beforehand. Relaxing in a warm bath before your sessions will also help you wind down.
Try doing your sessions at different times of day and in different positions (sitting or lying down, in a recliner or on the bed, etc.) and compare your results with each. Stick with the time/s and position/s that work best for you.
If possible, set aside a special room or area that you will use to do your hypnosis. Make sure you will be comfortable and undisturbed in this space. Use the same place regularly in order to develop an association with it of relaxation and comfort. If you’d like, light a candle or burn some incense to make the space more inviting. Your mind will begin to associate the ritual of lighting the candle and/or the scent of the incense with “trance time”.
Loosen any snug or restricting clothing before you begin and take off your shoes. A light fluttering of the eyelids during trance is a good sign—however, if this distracts you, wear a sleep mask or blindfold during your sessions. If you wear eyeglasses (or contacts) and they have a tendency to slip or distract you, set them aside while you’re doing hypnosis.
Experiment and develop your own “relaxation ritual” that will signal your mind that it is time to relax and unwind. Once you have become adept at achieving trance easily, you will discover that you are no longer as sensitive to your environment. Your mind will become conditioned to the trance state. Outside sounds will no longer distract you. Until then, however, why not use every tool at your disposal to make the process easier and more profound, starting right now?
4) Recognize that entering trance is a learned skill for most people and doing it proficiently may require some practice on your part. There’s a reason I suggest starting with a conditioning program (“Deep Hypnotic Conditioning”) and listening daily for at least two weeks. Too many people try out a hypnosis program for the first time (often an advanced recording and/or one without a lengthy induction) and, after listening once or twice and not getting the results they expected, give up on the program, the hypnotist, or the entire process. It is really true that you will improve at going into trance with practice. That’s how the human mind works—it improves with practice.
Remember: this is not something the hypnotist does to you. The hypnotist is a guide. The process only works if you allow it to do so. This is true no matter how skilled or talented the hypnotist is—going into trance is about your responsiveness and mental agility—not about the hypnotist’s mystical abilities. Sure, amongst hypnotists, skill levels, voices, styles and methods will vary, but given an at least adequately skilled hypnotist, your response is primarily up to you.
Once again, responding to hypnosis requires conditioning. Condition your mind by listening to the program daily. Hypnosis isn’t a magic wand. You must actually listen to the session in order for it to work. Hypnosis is most effective when used regularly. This means daily, not weekly, monthly, or whenever you get around to it!
If possible, schedule your sessions for the same time every day. Make it a routine and your mind will come to expect the experience. It will become conditioned. This will make your sessions gradually become deeper and more profound.
Hypnosis is a learned skill and practicing it makes it easier and deeper over time. If you cannot always have your hypnotic session at the same time every day, at least try to make it as regular as possible. Remember, repetition does work and your goal is to create a new, beneficial habit.
5) Focus on what is working for you. If you can enter hypnosis once, you can do so again. If you can enter hypnosis once with an audio program, you can do so again. If your eyes felt heavy and “locked” shut, then you can have that kind of response again. However, focusing on the one time when your response was not what you’d hoped for is not going to help you with future sessions. It’s going to distract you and make you worry. The greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response. In other words, worrying and over-analyzing and working at it will get in your way. So let that go and stop worrying. Be content and appreciative of your current level and experience. This is not a competition. It’s a fascinating journey—enjoy the scenery along the way.
6) Don’t use your bed for your hypnosis sessions. A frequent complaint from users of hypnotic audio programs is that they are often either fighting sleep or falling asleep while listening. You can usually avoid this by picking a different time to do your sessions—either start later or earlier in the day—and by using a different place and posture. Your mind is trained to sleep in your bed. If you lie down on your bed and get comfy when doing your hypnotic sessions, you are much more likely to fall asleep! Unless you want to drift off to sleep while listening to a hypnotic program—which is certainly acceptable and possible—do your sessions somewhere else. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor—be comfortable—just be somewhere other than your bed.
7) Don’t confuse a deep trance with falling asleep. While we’re on the subject of falling asleep during trance, let’s be sure that that’s what is actually happening. It is very common for people to begin a hypnotic program, get quiet and deeply relaxed and then suddenly awaken at the end of the program without remembering the session in between. If this is what you have been experiencing, and you are awakening automatically at the end of the program, when the hypnotist counts you awake, you are most likely in a deep state of trance and not actually asleep.
For any number of reasons, some trance sessions are just deeper than others—your mind may feel the need for a break or you may be physically very tired that day or you may even be a natural at going into hypnosis. This is nothing to be concerned about. Your subconscious mind is still hearing and registering the suggestions. You know this because you responded to the awakening count at the end of the program.
On the other hand, if the program ended and you were still snoring away and/or eventually someone else came and woke you up or hours later the phone rang and that’s what awakened you, you probably were, in fact, asleep. In that case, follow my suggestions for changing your trance sessions to a different time of day and/or a different location and physical posture. Sit up, away from your bed and avoid trying to do a session when you are overly tired or already fighting sleep.
8) Don’t get hung up on “trance depth” (this is more over-analyzing). A deep level of trance is not a requirement for an effective session. Focus more on your response. If you felt relaxed, enjoyed the session and responded to the suggestions, then your trance level was plenty deep enough. If you’re not responding to the suggestions, then maybe there is another reason why—like you’re not comfortable with the suggestions or with the hypnotist (or you’re going so deep that you don’t consciously respond to an arm levitation, for instance).
Going into a “deeper” trance won’t necessarily change your responsiveness to a suggestion, especially if it’s one you are unwilling to respond to. Again, this is not a competition. If you’re not responding as well as you’d like to the hypnotic suggestions, don’t automatically assume that your lack of “trance depth” is what’s standing in your way. It may be another issue entirely (such as fear of the unknown or a lack of understanding about the hypnosis process).
On the other hand, if you’re worried that you’re going “too deep” into trance, trust that your mind knows when you need some deep relaxation. As long as the program is playing and your ears are still working, your subconscious mind is still hearing the suggestions and they are making an impression—whether or not you consciously remember every detail of every session after you awaken.
9) Absorb the suggestions at other times and in other ways. It is never a good idea to listen to a hypnosis audio-program while driving a car or operating any heavy machinery. Never. That having been said, I would like to suggest that you experiment with exposing your subconscious mind to beneficial suggestions in a variety of ways, in addition to actual trance sessions. Try playing your hypnosis program while you fall asleep at night and let the suggestions soak in as you drift off. Even better, set your audio system to auto-repeat and let the program replay over and over while you sleep. Run the suggestions portion of audio programs in the background while you work around the house or do menial tasks at the office. Make yourself a written list of suggestions and read it just before falling asleep at night and when you rise in the morning. Turn the suggestions into affirmations and post them around your home, your office and in your car. Concentrate on ways to “tip the scale” in your mind and pour in as many positive, beneficial suggestions as you can, every day, in every way you can think of.
10) This last tip is one of the most important: Trust yourself, trust the process and follow the instructions. The most common thing that keeps people from responding the way they’d like to hypnosis is thoughts and attitudes that prevent them from following the directions. When you are directed to close your eyes, be silent, relax and follow the suggestions, you need to do exactly that or you will not achieve the optimum results. There’s an old saying, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” The same is true for hypnosis. No matter how good the audio program is, no matter how skilled the stage hypnotist is, no matter how persistent the hypnotherapist is, if you hold yourself back and/or do not follow the directions, no one else can put you into trance. You have to do it for yourself.
The best way to do this is to trust yourself and trust the process. Don’t overanalyze. Don’t worry if it’s “working” or if you’re “doing it right.” If you have fears or questions about hypnosis, then explore it. Learn about it. Get the answers. Hypnosis is not dangerous but, if you’re afraid of it, then you will keep yourself from experiencing it fully. Do what you need to do to get past that. If you are convinced that hypnosis is only for people with weak minds or no will of their own, then, likewise, you will need to educate yourself or you won’t allow yourself to respond completely. You will always stand in your own way.
Listen, if you’re the type to challenge hypnotists and claim that you could never be hypnotized, then maybe you should ask yourself why you are even bothering to order hypnosis programs or to read this site! The truth is, that, most of the time, such an attitude is a front. People who are afraid to go into trance or afraid to lose control—for whatever reason—often puff themselves up and attempt to convince everyone (especially themselves) that they are really too smart or too “strong-minded” (whatever that means) to be hypnotized. In actuality, the exact opposite is true. It takes a tremendous amount of mental agility and control to be able to relax and respond at will. Not everyone can do it the first time they try. Most of us need to practice in order to develop the skill. Think of it this way: if you cannot relax your control when you want to, how much control do you really have…?
Most people don’t know this but, the more imaginative and creative you are, the more suggestible you tend to be. Suggestibility is actually a good thing, especially if you understand it and know how to use it. There is nothing wrong with having the ability to easily and quickly enter a deep state of relaxation. In fact, such a skill is a talent and a gift that should be cultivated and developed.
Trust yourself. Trust the process. And you will probably surprise yourself with how well you respond to hypnosis. Now, it’s time to begin reprogramming your amazing subconscious mind to attain the success you desire. Don’t wait, don’t put it off! Begin using your new hypnosis audio program today!
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