Hypnosis is a trance state where your mind is under control due to focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness and extreme relaxation. Similarly, self-hypnosis is a form, a process, or the result of a self-induced hypnotic state. It is used as a vehicle to reduce stress, opening the mind to new ideas and focusing your mind to achieve goals.
In other words, self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy is basically training your mind to think in a particular direction or behave in a particular way. It can be achieved using multiple ways. There are many self-hypnosis resources including CDs, tapes, MP3s and other recordings available in the market. One thing you need to ensure is that you should practice such activities with an open mind while being in a completely isolated and relaxed state of mind.
How Hypnotherapy Works?
The process of being in a state of self-hypnosis includes reprogramming our brain and playing with it. Scientifically, the human mind can be split into three distinct areas of consciousness namely the conscious, subconscious and unconscious.
- The conscious mind is the topmost and shallowest part of the brain as it is responsible for the day to day working of the things. It is also responsible for making sense of things we are directly aware of.
- The subconscious mind is at a deeper level and is not very easily available. It is responsible for directing us on how to react in certain situations based on past experiences or learnings. Also, it controls the essential body functions like breathing.
- The third and the deepest part of the human mind is the unconscious. This is the most difficult part to reach as it contains some suppressed or unwanted memories of traumatic events. It generally does not come into play.
Hypnosis allows us to reach at a relaxed state and sink deep into the mind to reach the subconscious part. During hypnotherapy, we try to rewrite or reprogram our subconscious thoughts. As we achieve mental and physical relaxation through self-hypnosis, we can cross the conscious mind to reach the subconscious state. However, one should take proper precautions and consult a specialist before trying the process of self-hypnosis.