Self-Hypnosis feels like taking a step down into a pool of slow motion. First, your mind moves away from the present moment. You feel your body gently sliding into that slower thicker feeling of the hypnotic state.
As you relax, even more, everything drifts away from the sense of time and space. You’re freed from clocks and appointments and meetings etc… You’re on your own time in an almost timeless feeling.
Also, you can remain in the trance state as long as you like. And even leave your body in a sense.
Physically speaking, it is not necessary to take any action to enter into the trance state. You are already in one right now.
It’s called the Beta brainwave state, and believe it or not, it is a trance. This so-called normal state of consciousness for you is a deep waking trance.
In all likelihood, you’re unaware of it even as you read these words but, you are in the trance state right now.
Because of your habitual thinking thought patterns, along with the other physical and emotional reactions to experiences.
But a trance is a trance is a trance. What you want to know is how it feels to initiate a self-hypnotic trance on your own.
Let’s try a self-hypnosis experiment
If you want to get a sense of what it feels like to be hypnotized, try this little exercise.
All you need to do is close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow your mind to imagine the most peaceful place that you can. Let your mind run far away.
It’s OK if you go to a distant place, but it is better if it’s a place that has emotional significance to you.
The more concretely you can imagine the experience, the more vivid and powerful it will be.
When you feel your emotions peaking, Bring your thumb and index finger together as if you were going to make a point with them. Think to yourself;
“I will remember this feeling.”
Now open your eyes and return to everyday reality. You just created an anchor; it’s not the most intense anchor you will ever make. It is very temporary because you have to hold your thumb and index finger together to activate it.
Nevertheless, if you practice this exercise just a few more times, you can experience the feeling of a hypnotic state.
It all starts with deep relaxation, which is why I asked you to imagine the most peaceful place you could.
Because as soon as you were in that place, you automatically relaxed. Add on to that you were dissociated from the here and now during the exercise, and boom!
You just experience hypnosis for yourself, how did it feel?
I’m willing to bet you felt slowed down, even if ever so slightly. If you’re not sure how you felt, try it again.
You can do it because you anchored the feel. So quick…quick do it again and see how you feel.
If you tried it again, I’m almost positive you felt the difference. But how were you able to do that from a blog article? Because you used a tool called anchoring.
Anchoring is the ability to consciously make a mental association with a particular physical feeling.
The result is that at any time later, we can “trigger” the memory of these feelings by producing the physical sensation in our body.
Anchoring can occur at any time to anyone, even without their conscious knowledge. Part of self-hypnosis is the ability to anchor a sensation or feeling whenever you want to, like you just did right now.
And we are not restricted to just physical sensations. We are actually able to anchor feelings, emotions, and even more ethereal states of consciousness.
And in my experience, the deepening stage of hypnosis is the most potent part of this process. This is when your conscious mind is profoundly relaxed, and your unconscious mind is activated.
One of the preferred ways to go deeper into trance is by repeating your hypnotic anchor
This increases the unconscious mind’s response to them and helps you achieve a deeper level of hypnosis. Imagine a heavy stone being driven into the moist dirt over and over again.
That’s what’s happening to your mind; when you repeat in your mind a hypnotic anchor, you go deeper into yourself.
Here are some more things that happen as you go deeper into a hypnotic trance.
- All senses are amplified, so any change to your surroundings will be noticed and felt
- You will become hyper-aware of your body and what is happening to it. This includes physical sensations such as tingling and buzzing. It can also include tactile sensations caused by your environment.
- You may feel like you are in a different place or time.
- Your conscious mind will feel far away and possibly even not very aware of what is happening.
- Your imagination will start to become more vivid, and you may begin to imagine smells, tastes, and sounds that aren’t there.
- You may feel like your emotions are out of control. This is because everything around you will have a high emotional impact.
- You are likely to feel a sense of euphoria, relaxation, and bliss throughout the process.
- You will start to lose track of time.
- You will become aware of your breathing and the sounds you are making.
- You may feel as if either your body or surroundings are shrinking or growing.
All of this is fascinating, but these manifestations happening in and around you are the outward appearance of your inner workings coming to life.
What people feel when they go into a hypnotic trance is their inner self
It doesn’t matter if you’re trancing out to music, video, a hypnotist, or you are doing it yourself; the same inner muscles are being used.
This is why I said at the beginning of this article it feels like slow motion, at least initially. Some never get beyond that stage. This is quite alright because there’s no race in eternity. We just go on and on.
But all of these sensations and experiences you will have during self-hypnosis sessions are natural. Because you go in and out of hypnotic trance states all day, every day.
Have you ever driven home but can’t remember the drive? Classic driving hypnosis.
Or when someone gets off an elevator on the wrong floor because they’re responding to the “Ding” from the elevator. If that’s not an anchor, I don’t know what is.
Trance can happen anywhere, even talking on the phone.
Have you ever held a conversation but find you’re not quite sure what was just said to you or that you’re finishing someone else’s sentences?
That’s right, it was hypnosis.
Hypnosis, whether it is trance or self-hypnosis, allows us to interact with our inner selves
This could be the start of a beautiful relationship, or it could be a cold transactional process.
That part is up to you.
You have to want to get to know your own mind and body as you’ve never known them before.
Then pursue your own inner self as deep into yourself as you can go. The hypnotic state is designed to let you do just that.
But you have to want it and work at even if everyone else is sleeping on the job.
I used to see this in group work all the time. Five or six of us would be doing group sessions together and having some fantastic life-altering experiences.
Then we would all go home like that was nice without much thought about the more profound implications of what we were doing.
Or even worse, people are told it means nothing.
You just got done talking to your authentic higher-self and got the recording to prove it, and at the end, your hypnotist/guide says.
“Now, let’s make sure we don’t get too carried away with all this.”
Excuse me, but you can kick rocks with that noise.
I’m not saying we need to entertain someone who uses hypnosis to inspire world domination. We’ve seen that movie before starting Adolf Hitler.
Any tool that puts the possibility of great power within anyone’s reach will be abused.
Any tool that puts the possibility of great power within anyone’s reach will be abused. This is true of hypnosis too. However, this is not the fault of the tool but of the user.
Personally, I believe that hypnosis can be used to increase your inner personal power.
Then that power can be used for the good. This same good can also be a part of your best life.
Whether it is through making important life decisions, overcoming bad habits, or learning new ways to relax and let go of stress.
The possibilities are truly limited only by your imagination.
I hope I’ve given you a sense of what a hypnotic trance feels like, but there’s nothing like the actual experience. For that, I recommend you start practicing your self-hypnosis.
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