Self-Hypnosis for Self-Improvement
Jun 30, 2016 05:45AM
● By RANDY HAMPTON
Hypnotists are frequently approached by regular people looking to deal with regular problems or deal with addictive behaviors—stop smoking, lose weight, be less anxious, conquer a fear or improve self-esteem. The mind is a powerful thing when a person can get it to move from being resistant to being supportive.
The challenge of helping a person make a big life change is that the expert doing the helping may watch that same client go right back into the same environment where the bad habits were created. In these situations, professionals, such as hypnotists, may be asked for advice on how someone can avoid falling back into the same trouble.
“Becoming emotionally strong is very much like becoming physically strong,” explains Beverly Craddock, a master hypnotist at Hawaii Hypnosis Center, in Honolulu. “If you got physically strong through being active, you’ve got to maintain that activity level to keep the strength. Emotional health must also be maintained once it is achieved.”
Beverly recently completed an intensive program to teach an emerging system of self-hypnosis, which is billed as the first “antivirus program” for the human mind.
“Self-hypnosis can give anyone the ability to make sure that the day-to-day operational manner of the mind is healthy,” she explains. “What better way than self-hypnosis to get the subconscious part of the mind to operate in harmony with the rest of the person?”
Hypnosis (sometimes called “hypnotherapy”) is used to help a person make a big change. Self-hypnosis is focused on daily maintenance of the subconscious to prevent erroneous things from getting back into the mind and creating new problems.
“Scientific study after study have shown that having a daily meditation practice or a daily yoga practice can vastly improve emotional well-being,” Beverly says. “But many people lack the discipline to hold to those methods. Self-hypnosis can be easily learned and lead to even more powerful results because it is only focused on the desired subconscious change, not physical or mental elements of the body.”
Beverly explains that while a meditation or yoga practice may require a participant to adhere to or acquire a new religious or philosophical perspective, self-hypnosis integrates directly with the beliefs of the participant.
“Self-hypnosis done right doesn’t require that you clear your mind. In fact, the most powerful version of self-hypnosis I’ve encountered actually works best for the people who have really active minds,” Beverly says. “One person I worked with had amazing success in just a couple of weeks with being less scattered and anxious in thought.”
Beverly says the man’s wife was amazed by the change with just a simple daily time for self-hypnosis. “I guess you really believe it can calm the mind when you watch someone become able to carry on a long conversation without looking at their smartphone every two minutes.”
Self-hypnosis is not a philosophy but rather a daily practice to make positive personal change. More importantly, it is designed to reprogram the inner voice that often derails motivation and weakens inner resolve.
“When your mind is quicker to tell you why you’ll fail than succeed, then you probably need to consider either full-scale hypnotherapy or learn self-hypnosis techniques,” Beverly explains.
She encourages people to research self-hypnosis methods, such as 7th Path Self-Hypnosis, and to work with a reputable hypnosis center to receive proper training.
“Just like getting a personal trainer at the gym or going to a yoga class taught by a certified teacher, working with a hypnotist for self-hypnosis training can be much more powerful,” Beverly says. “Self-hypnosis should be easy to learn, fun and affordable.”
Randy Hampton is a writer, social scientist, hypnotist and blogger living in Honolulu.