Do you have low self-esteem? With self-hypnosis through meditation you can get rid of or reduce mental discomforts significantly. In this article, I will shed a light on what meditation is and how to do it yourself so you can boost your confidence through self-hypnosis in 4 easy steps.
What is meditation and what is self-hypnosis?
Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.
Meditation and self-hypnosis are most commonly associated with monks, mystics, and other spiritual disciplines. However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits. And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it. You could even try it in your own living room!
Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same. The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of debris and prepares it for a higher quality of the activity.
The negative thoughts you have of noisy neighbors, bossy officemates, that parking ticket you got, and unwanted spam are said to contribute to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and shutting them out is allows for the ‘cleansing’ of the mind so that it may focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.
How to do self-hypnosis through meditation
Some self-hypnosis practitioners even shut out all sensory input no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch and try to detach themselves from the commotion around them. You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is your goal. It may seem deafening at first since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.
If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep.
Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense.
The place you perform meditation and self-hypnosis should have a soothing atmosphere. It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in. You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions. You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses.
Step 1 – Absorbing attention
It is often said that the focus of attention is the gateway to trance, this is true. Think of something to focus on while you’re sitting down in a relaxed position. Staring at a spot on the wall or an object in front of you helps your mind to focus.
Focusing on a particular person, subject, emotion, or task is immediately a handy truism that you can use for relaxation and self-hypnosis. Fix your eyes on a point. And while you are fixating on that point, at some point you notice that your eyes are standing still with complete fixation and attention on that point, and while you have this complete concentration on that point, I want you to feel certain tiredness in your eyes and feel the total relaxation that closing your eyes brings you, because while you are relaxing, you can slowly start to go into a trance.
The more you feel that relaxation, the more you can go into a trance, and the more you go into a trance, the better you feel, and the deeper and deeper you go into self-hypnosis.
Step 2 – Bypassing the Critical Factor
Now we’re going to interrupt that pattern of focus. Because of this, the conscious attention goes to that pattern interruption. While you are into a trance, you realize that you can do exactly what you did when you first went to school and learned the numbers and letters of the alphabet.
Before leading to a desired state of mind, make sure that you ‘occupy’ the critical factor(your consciousness,) with something else, so that the subconscious is wide open to your suggestions.
Recall an experience in which you have already demonstrated that you possess the state of the trance of step 1. In this way, you are actually doing steps 2 and 3 at the same time.
Then you immediately go to step 3 to plant the seed with your healing (desired state of mind) or to activate a subconscious response. Emotions and states of mind are a subconscious response. In most cases, relaxation is a nice general state of mind to start with.
Step 3 – Activating the subconscious response
Now that the critical factor is occupied or confused with the pattern interruption, the gate to the subconscious is wide open. So now you can proceed to the actual administration of the hypnotic suggestion.
You can now do this freely because the critical factor has been bypassed. You are learning. Learning about something you don’t know yet. And even though you don’t realize it yet, your breathing has already changed.
The most important technique for self-hypnosis and to induce states of mind in a conscious way is: talk about an experience in which it has already occurred before. Have you ever had that experience before? For example, if you talk about a painful experience at the dentist, you can touch your cheek: ‘And then you feel it right here. There are many other ways you can do this. In the following ways you can create a new state of mind.
Repetition Self-hypnosis Step 3
Now we are going to repeat steps 1 – 3, reviving the desired state of mind with unconscious effort for an unconscious way to awaken the desired state of mind.
This will make you sink into a deeper trance so that you can administer the desired state of mind with hypnotic suggestions.
We start by repeating steps 1-3 for relaxation.
Remember the first steps?
Step 1: Absorb attention.
Step 2: Bypassing the critical factor
Step 3: Activating the subconscious response
In total, you take this step three times, of which this is the last. 1st time: desired state consciousness. 2nd time: relaxation unconsciously through trance. 3rd time: the desired state unconsciously via trance. That third and last time we are going to do now.
Step 4 – Integrate with the desired outcome in future context
That hypnotic suggestion can also be about the future. A posthypnotic suggestion. For example; you become more (wanted state of mind) and more (other desired state of mind) when you need it.
Now that you have let the desired state of mind float above you by means of a hypnotic suggestion, once in a state of self-hypnosis, you can start to strengthen the state of mind once more.
Strengthening a state of mind
After you have evoked a state of mind in the conscious version of step 3 (usually by visiting a memory with that state of mind and saying: ‘See what you see, hear what you hear and feel what you feel’), it is often the intention to strengthen it. Here are some tools to do this.
- Make the feeling bigger.
- Make the feeling even bigger.
- Step right into it.
- Connect yourself even more with it, feel more and more attracted to it.
- See these feelings flow through your body like a source of energy. Give these feelings an energy color. It doesn’t matter what the color is. Now try to double the intensity and brightness.
- Feel that powerful emotion surrounding you as it flows throughout your body. Breathe in the feeling.
- Feel it in your soul, feel it in your blood. Feel it shoot through your veins.
- Feel it filling your body, from your toes to your fingertips.
- It warms you, it fills your whole body and makes you sparkle from head to toe and makes you feel powerful.
- Let the feeling flow all the way through you.
- Enjoy the feeling while realizing how strong it is in you.
- Return to it intensely, see what you saw then, hear what you heard and feel what you felt.
Other useful tips for a good effective meditation/self-hypnosis session
For meditation and self-hypnosis silence helps most people, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn’t such a bad idea either.
The monks you see on television or the internet making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value.
You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming, which helps you enter a higher state of consciousness. The principle here is focus.
In all, self-hypnosis is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort. You can do it from the comfort of your own home and/or garden. Start self hypnotizing through meditation today!