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In the field of hypnosis there are virtually scores of verbal and non-verbal techniques to induce the desired state of deep relaxation.
Many hypnotists use lights, pencils, candles, crystal balls, swinging watches, pendulums and other objects. In learning self-hypnosis none of these artificial means will be used.
Becoming aware of your own thought processes for self-directed hypnosis is the starting point of autosuggestion to becoming deeply relaxed. This means to be relaxed in mind and body, to induce the receptive state so effectively created by your own suggestion.
Hypnosis has been likened to the experience of sleep. This, however, is incorrect, for you do not go to sleep oblivious to your surroundings.
In hypnosis, a better word would be "altered state." For at all times in self-hypnosis you will be entirely aware of your surroundings, will hear outside noises, and will not be asleep. This does not mean, if you are particularly tired when inducing self-hypnosis, that you will NOT slip into natural sleep. For a beginner, this is always possible. With training and practice, however, you will find that you will remain simply relaxed until your practice period of fifteen to twenty minutes is concluded.
Select an easy chair in your home, one you usually sit in, and one in which you are at ease. Remove or loosen any tight clothing (neckties, belts). Turn off all radios, television, and take your telephone off the hook. It is necessary that you not be disturbed. Have both feet on the floor or on the foot rest or hassock of your easy chair. DO NOT cross your legs: this cuts off circulation.
Look at the clock. Note what time it is, and then IMAGINE it fifteen minutes LATER. For example, if you have chosen to practice at 6:00 p.m., then imagine the time is 6:15 p.m. Use your imagination, for you will be doing a lot of this as the course progresses. With repeated practice you will find that in time you will be opening your eyes at the conclusion of your practice period and it will be exactly fifteen minutes later. Weave all done this many times without, perhaps, realizing how the subconscious responds to the image we give it. Many times we will set the alarm clock the night before for an early rising, only to waken before the alarm goes off.
Essentially, this is evidence of image psychology and how we can direct our minds, even in sleep, to respond precisely.
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