One of the classic newbie questions is, how does self-hypnosis work? Does it even work? How could it?
Okay, that was more than one question…
Most of these folks have the wrong idea of what hypnosis is. They think the subject blacks out, becomes a puppet for 30 minutes, then wakes up with no memory of what happened.
Sure, that would be hard to do to yourself.
But if that’s how hypnosis worked, I wouldn’t recommend it. That sounds inconvenient… and a few worse things besides.
Others think hypnosis stops working if you know how it works, as if you had to trick people into trance.
The opposite is true. The more you understand and experience trance, the easier it is to enter it.
Which brings me to an oft-quoted and oft-argued against saying among hypnotists:
“All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.”
Like I say, many folks say that isn’t true. Some rally against it because of their deep understanding of hypnosis. Others argue from their ego, since it diminishes the role of the hypnotist in their minds.
I don’t think it’s completely and literally the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…
But, sure, in a way, hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
What that means is the hypnotist teaches you how to hypnotise yourself in the moment.
This is a very different model to the old school mesmerism model, where the hypnotist projects some sort of force onto the subject.
Or how Hollywood shows it, where brains are like computers and hypnotists are like hackers.
You hypnotise yourself – all the hypnotist does is show you how.
Like I say, many hypnotists would argue against this.
And they’re right.
After all, I consider myself a genius at self-hypnosis. I can enter a deep trance with the snap of my fingers, literally. We can be having a conversation and I can go deep inside without you even noticing.
If “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”, then I never need another hypnotist.
But that’s not true. Just like how the best coaches in the world need coaching and the best educators need training, I still need a hypnotist to guide me sometimes.
Because entering a trance is easy.
Using it to create the changes you need is harder.
Self-hypnosis is great, because you know yourself better than anybody does. You know what your struggles are and what you’ll respond well to.
And conventional hypnosis is great, because sometimes you need an outside perspective.
I recommend starting with having someone hypnotise you. Let them show you what it’s like to enter a trance. Then you can work to recreate that sensation inside you.
But if that sounds too vague and flimsy for you, I recommend the next best thing: the most thorough, useful and comprehensive self-hypnosis training I’ve ever come across.
You’ll learn dozens of techniques… plus the principles, so you can learn to construct your own.
Yes, I mean that. Designing your own self-hypnotic inductions is easier than you think, when you use a guide like this: