Self-hypnosis works best when you explore your unconscious. Meditation can be quiet, emptying and passive – especially early on. Right from the start, though, self-hypnosis is quite involved.
Some people get bored meditating. It’s hard to be bored by your own unconscious, though. With all your habits, beliefs, identity, resources, motivation, imagination, sensations and memories swirling around, something interesting always pops up.
This is how you make big changes easily – by going to the root of the belief or behaviour, and engaging with it there.
You might wonder, though – does diving into your own source code ever have any side effects?
Anything weird or unexpected?
I couldn’t write a full list, even if I wanted to. So here’s a small sample of unexpected things that happened to me:
Clasp your hands together and interlace your fingers. Which thumb is on top? For most people, this will never change throughout their lives. Trying to interlace your hands with the other thumb on top would feel weird. Sometime recently, my finger lacing pattern changed. It happened immediately and spontaneously. I can do it the old way if I consciously think about it, but that’s less natural to me now.
My taste in clothing and food have changed, mostly for the better. New hobbies have popped into my mind, too.
My smile is different. Not sure if that’s a side effect or a flow on from being happier.
When I dream, it’s richer and more emotionally engaging – even when I don’t remember them.
I haven’t properly tested it but I’m sure my coordination is better, despite never focusing on that.
Oh, and I spontaneously drop into trances more often. That’s less disruptive or noticeable than you’d think.
Now, these are all unintended and unexpected. If any of them bothered me, I could clean them up using self-hypnosis. But I won’t – they’re a nice reminder of how much change is possible.
I wonder what side effects you can enjoy?
One way to find out: