Hypnosis vs Subliminals

Subliminal stimulation involves bypassing our critical minds of any and all external messages and going straight to our subconscious minds to effect changes in outlook and/or behavior. Our conscious, critical minds have a built in filter that filters out the external messages that may be inimical to us. This is actually good news. Otherwise, we will be completely vulnerable to the millions of suggestions bombarding us from all sides. Our lives will be at the mercy of these outside influences that may harm us.

 

 

 

 

The problem however, is that our already programmed, inner conditioning may have limited us. Our inner programming, courtesy of our subconscious, may have been influencing us in the wrong way. Thus, our tendency towards self-sabotaging behaviors and negative outlook get the better of us. We need a way to go to our subconscious minds and “re-program” these sabotaging beliefs and similar unwanted programs. To do that, we need to bypass our critical guard and proceed straight to our subconscious. Change can thereby be possible once the old program is replaced with a new and more helpful one. Subliminals are one such avenue wherein change can be possible.

Subliminals accomplish this by embedding audio or visual suggestions within a masking sound or picture (like the sound or video of waves crashing upon the shore, or of fire crackling on a burning log etc.) The sound or picture is benign enough for us to listen to it. In fact, we can even choose not to CONSCIOUSLY listen to it or see it. All the while, hundreds or even thousands of positive statements are being said or flashed on the screen. These messages are shown very rapidly and imperceptibly so as to bypass our critical minds from processing them. The result is that, after repeated bombardments of these subtle but acute messages, the listener or viewer would have his or her subconscious reprogrammed and would behave differently.

There was this story about a subliminal suggestion being flashed on the screen for a millisecond, while the audience were watching a movie on the same screen. This happened in the days of drive-in movies. The suggestion was to “buy popcorn!” The result was a significant increase in the purchase of popcorn by the moviegoers, who were given this suggestion.

Another story (see link below) was this supermarket where subliminal messages were played below human hearing thresholds. The messages were primarily on practicing honesty and refraining from theft. Messages such as “I am honest.” “I do not steal.” were played repeatedly in the supermarket, where shoppers were busy choosing products along the aisles. The result was a significant drop in theft.

It is therefore an important observation, that subliminals do have a tangible influence over peoples’ behavior. In time, a lot of individuals started making subliminal tapes to market to the public. It was hoped that these tapes would affect the change that people have been craving all their lives. These marketing individuals usually peddle “bathtub subliminals” in order to make a killing. Many of these bathtub varieties involved speaking through a tape recorder while water from a bathtub is used to mask the messages. The results from these were marginal at best.

The limits of subliminals

Subliminals have been around for many decades, with its peak, happening in the late 1970s. It still enjoys many followers to this day and many still swear by its effectiveness.

However, there were cases where subliminals were ineffective and some results even counter-productive.

  1. Some subliminals need to be “listened to” for several hours for the effects to be seen. Some subliminals take several loops for the client to listen to, which would take hours and days on end. These subliminals can be listened to during sleep. However, even if such a practice is amenable, the client needs to listen to these same messages in the waking state to be very effective.
  2. Earbuds or headphones are required. Using speakers may affect others. Subliminals are a personal tool for change. Therefore, the client needs to listen to them using headphones or earbuds. They are also effective using speakers, especially the ISOCHRONIC ones. But these may affect other people in the same room, and may have adverse effects on them. Imagine listening to an Alpha Male subliminal program in your bedroom that you share with your wife?
  3. The messages in the subliminals MAY conflict with your inner belief system.There were results where people suddenly felt uncomfortable (others actually threw up!) after a few sessions with subliminals. This may have something to do with the messages that may have conflicted with the clients’ inner belief system. If the person listening to a weight loss subliminal in order to lose weight, has some inner child issues of abuse and other emotional trauma, then these issues MUST be addressed first. These weight loss goals must be in consonance with one’s inner belief system for such goals to be realized effectively. Working to develop one’s self-esteem and clearing one’s trauma first must precede all other changes. Using subliminals could be akin to putting icing on a spoiled cake.
  4. The client must be predisposed to the subliminal messages for them to be effective. The popcorn study shows that although subliminals do have a certain pull on people, it was these people ALREADY predisposed to buying popcorn that were the most influenced. The subliminal message gave that extra “push” to make them actually go out and buy. The client who is looking for change must be predisposed to such changes. Again, it is a matter of addressing inner issues beforehand before using subliminals.

How hypnosis is different

Using hypnosis entails that the client CHOOSES to be subjected to a reprogramming of his or her subconscious mind. The hypnotist is usually a trained psychotherapist who knows the clients’ general needs before proceeding to record a hypnotherapy session.

The hypnosis mp3’s usually guide the client into a right state of mind, which is to be relaxed and receptive. This is completely volitional and voluntary on the part of the client. Subliminals simply chug away at bombarding messages without thought or consideration to the client’s initial state of mind.

Moreover, a hypnosis session truly places the individual in a setting where there is seriousness of purpose, where there is a ritual aimed at effecting change. This ls like going to church for the sole purpose of communing with a Higher Power. The church has all the accouterments to make that possible. True, you can see the same on TV, but the detached experience the TV gives you, somehow detracts the effectiveness of the event. The same goes for subliminals. Therefore, hypnosis sessions empowers the client with this feeling.

Messages in hypnosis mp3s can be changed and modified to fit in with the client’s needs. The messages in subliminals may need time to be modified. Perhaps not at all. Messages in subliminals are generic and are aimed for the majority of people. Hypnosis mp3s accommodate individual differences and needs. One needs to simply contact the hypnotist regarding this, for such modifications to be made.

Finally, changes made from hypnosis are lasting and in many cases permanent. This is due to the cooperative factor between the client and the effectiveness of the session. The fusion of both CONSCIOUS (the client’s volition) and SUBCONSCIOUS (the hypnosis program) create an experience where change is initiated at ALL fronts. In addition, all hypnotic sessions end with the client feeling relaxed, refreshed and positive.

Indeed, a hypnotic session feels like being in a spa!

Conclusion

Subliminals do work for a large swath of people. Personally, I have tried subliminals myself many times. However, the changes I have experienced were minimal, and I found myself listening to them again and again to affect the same changes. There were some subliminal messages where I DEEPLY rejected. These came to in the form of my involuntary muscle twitching and headaches. Luckily I had read the transcript of these messages. True enough there were many messages I could not deeply accept at this time.

Hypnosis on the other hand, were relaxing and more positive in terms of the changes I have experienced. I arose from each session feeling refreshed and the changes were almost immediate were still present even after several weeks. I was in full control of what messages were being delivered.

Therefore, I would choose hypnosis over subliminals for issues that were debilitating for me, as well as for changes that I know I needed to embody. It is a win-win for me. I look forward to a hypnosis session that allows me to unwind, while at the same time, allows deep changes to arise spontaneously within me.

I know such an experience would work for you too.

References:

https://study.com/academy/lesson/james-vicary-experiment-lesson-quiz.html

https://hdmindmovies.wordpress.com/subliminal-messages-experiments/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-06-06/business/8502050652_1_subliminal-honest-supermarket

Self Hypnosis for Depression: Nothing beats a Natural High

The pharmaceutical industry has and is making a killing Every day, selling medication to millions of unwary customers, in the field of mental and psychological challenges.

Drugs like Prozac and other similar anti-depressants have been touted as a magic wand in suddenly lifting the cloudy gray skies of depression. Despite the popularity of these drugs in stemming the onset or the onslaught of depression, there were side effects that were reported, such as a crash back into depression, or painful withdrawal symptoms after not taking the drug for a while.

It is the human condition in these current times of our existence where stress, loneliness, apathy, desperation, exasperation, and futility have been our constant unfriendly companions. However, reaching for the nearest pill to alleviate these symptoms, may not be the sole answer to these problems. Self Hypnosis for curing depression, may be a natural, and in the long run, a healthy alternative to the usual anti-depression pill.

It is true, that some forms of depression can be traced to a biochemical glitch in the human body system. Some forms of depression may have had its roots in the DNA of some individuals.

Schizophrenia and other psychological problems have had genetic (hence, hereditary) predispositions. Therefore, why not depression? The biochemical/biological/genetic viewpoint has been the staple for many scientists who try to look at every psychological malady as a manifestation that has a physical component. We cannot argue that many physical ailments have their basis from a malfunction or detour from the normal homeostatic function of the body. Moreover, we cannot argue that certain drugs and medicines do have a measurable effect on anyone who wants a quick cure.

But problems that are psychological or cognitive in nature should never be seen through the lens of the physical body-machine alone. Chemical imbalance in the human brain do render an individual “off-balance” in terms of his usual functioning. I have experienced being totally screwed-up after 3 rounds of Tequila. Such a chemical do have its psychological and cognitive influence. But what I am driving at is that, long term, intense, and deeply rooted psychological issues such as certain serious forms of depression cannot be addressed simply by popping Prozac.

It is like giving a lollipop to a crying baby, in the effort to appease him or her.

Sadness was never the issue with depression. And many people simply dismiss depression as a blue mood that waxes and wanes like the moon. Or worse, depression is simply an episode where one is simply down in the dumps.

Many societies outside the Western world still look at depression as an effect, rather than a standalone condition. An event, as many vainly understand, if sad enough, could trigger an episode. We all feel sadness. It is a fact of life. We do feel sad at moments where our heart gets broken, where we didn’t win the prize, where we get bankrupt etc.

But the problem is not the sadness that depression is mistakenly interpreted. It is the gnawing feeling of futility, helplessness, the “what’s the use” outlook, that persists for weeks on end, that make depression a far serious matter. There is this underlying inner black hole that swallows one up, where escape is an exercise in futility.

The disjointed subjective interpretation from what is real and what is unreal, from what is arbitrary and absolute. It leaves one with a frightening proposition of the tangibility of damnation. It is hell, in every sense of the word. Depression is not just a physical malady. It cannot even be categorized as solely psychological.

It is an existential, spiritual slide into oblivion.

Good luck finding a pill for that!

To address this inner hell requires an inner effort.

One must go inward into one’s psyche. One must dive into the very being of oneself.

The problem with this are many:

Is there enough time for such?

What if the individual is already racked with severe psychological pain? Here, an anti-depressant may alleviate or soothe the pain, but only temporarily. It must be coupled with potent psychological intervention to make the shift lasting. In addition, the adjunct to pharmacological intervention must work just as quickly and effectively for healing to be realized. Self Hypnosis can do that!

Can I afford the time and effort?

It is such a painful irony, …even a joke, to presuppose that the cure for not willing to exert effort is to exert effort. Unfortunately many psychotherapists endorse programs where the depressed would “bulldoze” his or her way to “snap out” of this quagmire. True, one has to start to utilize one’s strength to extricate one’s entrapment with depression. But the degree of severity may vary from patient to patient. Others are so embedded in this quicksand of depression that further effort could lead to disappointment, and hence, further depression. What is needed is a near effortless way to address these inner demons, and allow change to happen naturally and easily. Self Hypnosis can do that.

Can I afford it?

It would take a lot of money to pay for psychotherapy. The old joke of rich celebrities going nuts and getting away with it, due to their ability to pay for shrinks, is sadly true. What is needed is an effective mode of psychotherapy that is just as effective as the most expensive modality, and at the same time, highly affordable to as to accommodate the average John or Jane Doe in getting the best of help. Self Hypnosis can do that!

In conclusion, depression must be addressed as a psychological problem that no pill could ever eradicate completely, permanently and safely. We need a better method of addressing the roots of depression and short circuit its damaging effects, in ways that are quick, effortless, effective and most of all affordable. Self Hypnosis has been known to address these problems and successfully empowered many to get rid of their debilitating depression and lead happy lives.

One however, should choose the BEST of these Self Hypnosis programs, and not go for fly-by-night knock-offs. In succeeding articles, the best of these programs will be presented.

 

 

Self Hypnosis for Depression: Nothing beats a Natural High

The pharmaceutical industry has and is making a killing Every day, selling medication to millions of unwary customers, in the field of mental and psychological challenges. Drugs like Prozac and other similar anti-depressants have been touted as a magic wand in suddenly lifting the cloudy gray skies of depression. Despite the popularity of these drugs in stemming the onset or the onslaught of depression, there were side effects that were reported, such as a crash back into depression, or painful withdrawal symptoms after not taking the drug for a while.

It is the human condition in these current times of our existence where stress, loneliness, apathy, desperation, exasperation, and futility have been our constant unfriendly companions. However, reaching for the nearest pill to alleviate these symptoms, may not be the sole answer to these problems. Self Hypnosis for curing depression, may be a natural, and in the long run, a healthy alternative to the usual anti-depression pill.

It is true, that some forms of depression can be traced to a biochemical glitch in the human body system. Some forms of depression may have had its roots in the DNA of some individuals. Schizophrenia and other psychological problems have had genetic (hence, hereditary) predispositions. Therefore, why not depression? The biochemical/biological/genetic viewpoint has been the staple for many scientists who try to look at every psychological malady as a manifestation that has a physical component. We cannot argue that many physical ailments have their basis from a malfunction or detour from the normal homeostatic function of the body. Moreover, we cannot argue that certain drugs and medicines do have a measurable effect on anyone who wants a quick cure.

But problems that are psychological or cognitive in nature should never be seen through the lens of the physical body-machine alone. Chemical imbalance in the human brain do render an individual “off-balance” in terms of his usual functioning. I have experienced being totally screwed-up after 3 rounds of Tequila. Such a chemical do have its psychological and cognitive influence. But what I am driving at is that, long term, intense, and deeply rooted psychological issues such as certain serious forms of depression cannot be addressed simply by popping Prozac.

It is like giving a lollipop to a crying baby, in the effort to appease him or her.

Sadness was never the issue with depression. And many people simply dismiss depression as a blue mood that waxes and wanes like the moon. Or worse, depression is simply an episode where one is simply down in the dumps.

Many societies outside the Western world still look at depression as an effect, rather than a standalone condition. An event, as many vainly understand, if sad enough, could trigger an episode. We all feel sadness. It is a fact of life. We do feel sad at moments where our heart gets broken, where we didn’t win the prize, where we get bankrupt etc.

But the problem is not the sadness that depression is mistakenly interpreted. It is the gnawing feeling of futility, helplessness, the “what’s the use” outlook, that persists for weeks on end, that make depression a far serious matter. There is this underlying inner black hole that swallows one up, where escape is an exercise in futility. The disjointed subjective interpretation from what is real and what is unreal, from what is arbitrary and absolute. It leaves one with a frightening proposition of the tangibility of damnation. It is hell, in every sense of the word. Depression is not just a physical malady. It cannot even be categorized as solely psychological. It is an existential, spiritual slide into oblivion.

Good luck finding a pill for that!

To address this inner hell requires an inner effort.

One must go inward into one’s psyche. One must dive into the very being of oneself.

The problem with this are many:

Is there enough time for such?

What if the individual is already racked with severe psychological pain? Here, an anti-depressant may alleviate or soothe the pain, but only temporarily. It must be coupled with potent psychological intervention to make the shift lasting. In addition, the adjunct to pharmacological intervention must work just as quickly and effectively for healing to be realized. Self Hypnosis can do that!

Can I afford the time and effort?

It is such a painful irony, …even a joke, to presuppose that the cure for not willing to exert effort is to exert effort. Unfortunately many psychotherapists endorse programs where the depressed would “bulldoze” his or her way to “snap out” of this quagmire. True, one has to start to utilize one’s strength to extricate one’s entrapment with depression. But the degree of severity may vary from patient to patient. Others are so embedded in this quicksand of depression that further effort could lead to disappointment, and hence, further depression. What is needed is a near effortless way to address these inner demons, and allow change to happen naturally and easily. Self Hypnosis can do that.

Can I afford it?

It would take a lot of money to pay for psychotherapy. The old joke of rich celebrities going nuts and getting away with it, due to their ability to pay for shrinks, is sadly true. What is needed is an effective mode of psychotherapy that is just as effective as the most expensive modality, and at the same time, highly affordable to as to accommodate the average John or Jane Doe in getting the best of help. Self Hypnosis can do that!

In conclusion, depression must be addressed as a psychological problem that no pill could ever eradicate completely, permanently and safely. We need a better method of addressing the roots of depression and short circuit its damaging effects, in ways that are quick, effortless, effective and most of all affordable. Self Hypnosis has been known to address these problems and successfully empowered many to get rid of their debilitating depression and lead happy lives.

One however, should choose the BEST of these Self Hypnosis programs, and not go for fly-by-night knock-offs. In succeeding articles, the best of these programs will be presented.

Self Hypnosis for anxiety: Does it work?

People are a bit touchy nowadays. That included me!
Just today, I was driving my car and suddenly a red mustang swerved out of nowhere to cut me off. I almost bumped into him. So, to give him a piece of my mind, I honked my horn. I saw his side window roll down and out came his left arm to give me the finger. Immediately, I imagined a couple of ICBM missiles propped up from behind my car and pressed the button to fire at that unlucky individual.

However, like any incident that carries a kernel of insight into life (if one only pays attention), I reflected on how many people live frenetic lives. The cause of stress are far too many to count, but the statistic of stress related diseases and maladies are more scary.

I haven’t tried using self hypnosis for anxiety. I am a fairly calm person. I am Mr. Imperturbable.Usually, I would use self-hypnosis for performance related issues like, giving a speech, a presentation, getting ready for a date etc. But for anxiety? No way.

However, after that morning incident on the road, i could not help but ponder. Could self-hypnosis work on making me PREVENT anxiety attacks? Could self-hypnosis somehow prep me up for any challenges that would rear its ugly head, and making me competent enough tp cope with it? The answers were not too long coming.

Hypnosis for anxiety attacks

Grab a pair of headphones, lie down or recline on your sofa, relax each part of your body, and click PLAY. Now, what you listen can either relax you or raise your pulse. In self hypnosis, the aim is to set aside all concerns and worries. Thus, most self hypnosis CD’s and mp3’s are geared toward the calmer, subdued form of sound.

Therefore, addressing anxiety attacks using hypnosis is probably one of the best therapy around. The soft and subdues sound of the hypnotist’s voice or the serene background music, are the only rationale for it. Verily, if one is having an uptight day and he or she needed to unwind, nothing but a 10 to 20 minute self hypnosis bath could do wonders.

But what about an upcoming event, that one has to prepare for? Again, self hypnosis provides the brain with some preparatory work in reminding the subconscious mind to offset the triggers that normally set off an anxiety attack. It is akin to a mnemonic that says, “…when so and so happens… do such and such!”

The beauty of self hypnosis, is that it gently, I repeat…Gently… coaxes your mind to witness cues that normally trigger anxieties and immediately short circuits the automatic response to such triggers. The result is that the subject is less burdened by the outburst of uneeded energy. The subject may NOT be centered, as a result, but that the self hypnosis prevents him from reacting negatively and destructively.

The problem with “soft, relaxing jazz music”

I am a BIG fan of jazz music. Just hearing a saxophone tune immediately transports me to a land where I can just be in a state of bliss, hopefully permanently. We all had the experience of kicking off our shoes and let the music of Dave Brubeck or Tadao Hayashi calm our frayed nerves. However, all these can happen AFTER the tense event or day has already transpired. What about DURING the stressful situation? Can playing soft music in the car stereo help de-stress you? The answer is BOTH a YES and a NO.

Yes, soft music does wonders for your peace of mind. But please take note. We are primarily visual creatures. We also are masters of multi-tasking. Yes, we DO HEAR the music, but our brains register what we see and witness FIRST. We also process and interpret what our eyes see first. Therefore, if we are predisposed to stress anyway, the result is STILL an exercise of weaving in and out of traffic with gritted teeth, WHILE Earl Klugh’s Doc is playing in the background.

No. Playing soft music doesn’t ALWAYS do a good job in de-stressing us while in the thick of it, due to the reasons pointed out earlier. In fact, listening to relaxing music may be dangerous while driving or operating heavy machinery.

But what about playing it BEFORE a stressful situation, like before a competition? The famous barefoot long distance runner from South Africa, Zola Budd claims to listen to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik before a race.

It calms her, she says. The medals and the records she has established throughout her racing career may attest to this.

However, again, one must be predisposed to calmness and equanimity for soft and relaxing music to be fully beneficial. The soft music, in this case, acts as a trigger to induce a calm and collected disposition once the stressful event takes place. Effective? For predisposed inviduals used to being calm…. Yes! But for those who are predisposed to stress, the effect of playing soft, relaxing music before a challenging event, gets quickly dissipated.

Conclusion

Soft music alone cannot do the trick in anticipated moments of stress. The mind pf the individual needs to be “prepped” into becoming calm and collected. This may take a few days for such a tendency to take root. However, the time required is ALREADY a huge blessing and benefit, since many protocols and measures in assuring a calm disposition can only be successful piecemeal. The quiet disposition WE ALL WANT is one that is STRONG, STEADY AND LASTING.

We all are not Buddhist monks who can sit undisturbed even when a bus crashed into one of the rooms. We have been wired to stress due to the condition of our present state of things. Worse, we do not have the luxury of time to attain the strength of steady tranquility. What we need is a technology to somehow aid us in attaining a sense of control, focus, and calm amid life’s vicissitudes. Self hypnosis may hold the promise of the inner nirvana we all seek.

 

 

 

 

 

Hypnosis for change: To what extent can change be possible?

How can a problem be solved? THAT is the question.  How many problems can YOU list? Does this list look familiar?

How can I lose weight effortlessly? How can I attract love? How to easily attract love. How to lose weight without effort.

If such issues were to be resolved, then we would feel better right? Well, THAT thought has been around as early as the first child came into this world. It does seem sensible at first blush.

Solve your problem = feel better.
Actually the opposite is true!
 

What is TRUE FREEDOM?

Ezra Pound, the famous writer once said, “A slave is someone who waits for someone else to come and free him!” Sometimes, we do need a paradigm shift in seeing how we can all break free from the shackles that bind us. These shackles ranging from discontent from work, family, relationships, to more pronounced ones  like pressing health issues, pressing financial issues, require a shift in our perspective.

Such change could begin in taking a huge stock into how automatic our reactions are to the events in our lives. It is not the thing outside of us that causes such inner turmoil. We all complain that we go through life feeling like we’re being cut into ribbons. Well, we could be cut into ribbons MUCH more slowly. Our mindset has already caused such turmoil in us already.

Perhaps if we try to look inward into the nature of our inner mayhem, maybe our outside circumstances would be much more tolerable. In fact, those outside issues may be not as scary as they seemed to be.

No. I am not proposing that we attain a state of Zen while in the middle of a crossfire in Iraq. (Matter of fact, the peacekeeping forces do have programs on how to attain an inner focus despite the threat of death around them!) What I propose is an attainment of inner equanimity despite the myriad of headaches that plague us.

The bottom line then is: Will it be worth it?

Is it worth being more calm and circumspect despite the cancer, bankruptcy, depression, or… (you supply the missing word!)I am having?

Is it worth having a more positive perspective on things despite the unpleasantness of it? Is CHANGE in this manner, absolutely worth it?

Look at it this way…

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy!” – Milton Erickson

 

The supreme task of our consciousness is not to shirk from the mundane trivialities and inconveniences that life would throw at us. I personally refuse to just retire in a monastery, meditating and chanting while the life force within me is yearning for expression, yearning to LIVE in this “vale of tears”.

 

We CAN be productive in our work in an enhanced mode of consciousness.

We CAN go through this so called, living, in a mindset that brings us more inner composure.

Only when we arrive at life with such renewed sense of poise and grace, then the pain that Milton Erickson, the famed hypnotist, could be dismissed as an adjunct to life’s many triflings.

 

Change is conceivably the only sublime purpose of self hypnosis.

Long gone are the old and absurd ways where hypnosis has been depicted. Long gone are those pocket watches in chains where it is swayed from side to side, while the hypnotist suggests that you quack like a duck.

Long gone are those notions that hypnosis only is for stage charlatans who sucker every willing person in the audience to embarrass themselves in front of other.

 

Hypnosis has now been accepted as a viable tool in the field of Psychotherapy. The demand for deep and lasting personal change has people (and Science) search for alternative methods and protocols.

As new technologies emerge that allow the subconscious to be accessed and reprogrammed in new and exciting ways, deep personal change is now seen as a distinct possibility.

 

The bandwagon to self help technologies has already begun.

Unfortunately, many marketers, who are not even psychotherapist nor do they care, try to jump into this $12 Billion a year industry, to cash in. Many marketers and sales persons now look at hypnosis and other self help methods, as a new “snake oil” to peddle to unsuspecting customers.

 

The internet, being the new fertile ground for such an explosion of opportunism, has real therapy reeling. Hypnosis has not been spared from such an onslaught in this new Wild West. We see hypnosis websites after hypnosis websites that come up with new and novel expertise on how to effect change.

But the bottom line is to buy, buy, and buy some more!

 

However, you and I know better.

 

It is NOT the change that affects OUTER circumstances that we are after. Notwithstanding the “Law of Attraction” applications that hypnosis purports to do, change is more of an inner transformation than anything else.

Hypnosis, or self-hypnosis, then should aim at the change at our core level, regardless of our outer circumstances. True, we want our individual situations to change, but hypnosis is no genie in a bottle.

 

The true genie that we have to unleash is the best in ourselves!

Then and only then can our fondest dreams be realized, with our renewed selves having the capacity and deservedness to dwell in the mansions of our dreams.

 

 

Hypnosis mp3s: Does it really make one change?

The essential thing for most people is to change any aspect of themselves or their lives that are either:

  • detrimental to their own best interest or
  • to spur them to greater heights

The urge for change, and not for its own sake, therefore, is the catalyst for an individual’s search for control and meaning in their lives. Control is power. Meaning is power. And true power lies NOT in the power over others, but over ourselves, ultimately.

The search for catalysts for such control is as fundamental as breathing.

The question therefore is this: What changes need to be sought and how to best seek it? There are many modalities on where personal development, ergo, change can be made. Removed from the usual psychiatrist couch, people have been trying other ways on how to best improve themselves and their lives. Self Hypnosis has been one of the vanguards of such self-improvement tools. In this blog, we will do our utmost best to illuminate into its efficacy.

The winter (and summer, spring, and fall) of our discontent

Man has been a constant seeker of its own fulfillment. Since time immemorial, he has been burdened with the idea of how to best improve his lot in life. Despite the many advances in technology and know-how, as man progresses throughout several millennia, The gnawing realization of “something more from ME” continue to haunt him or her even in the present day.

We have come a long way (…or have we??) from the notion of getting something for ourselves through brute force or by the force of will, alone. We have come a long way of trying to improve ourselves through the sheer will of willpower, alone. Whether the goal is to get a better paying job, that beautiful girl, that shiny new car, that spanking white house, we have somehow evolved from just “Just Do It” to creating psychological and metaphysical conditions in acquiring it.

We, as a species have devoured the “Power of Positive Thinking” by Peale, “Think and Grow Rich” by Hill, as well as watched “The Secret” and silently performed their strategies. All these efforts, whether they have worked or not, only show how much we have evolved in acknowledging the power of the metaphysical approach in achieving our goals.

We have changed from seeing the world as an outside entity. It was a separate field from were we enact our energies to achieve what we want. We have seen the importance of “going within” in precisely achieving the same goals. This new paradigm shift has therefore, empowered us to move beyond our personal winters of discontent, into a self generating spring of hope. We now have realized that we only needed our inner selves to achieve our outer desires.

Hypnosis for change – An Old Idea Revisited

We’ve all seen this. The Stage Hypnotist asks any willing volunteer if he or she is willing to submit to any suggestions. The suggestions range from the mundane (your arm is feeling hot!) to the absurd (you are now a chicken doing a strip tease!) What we do not acknowledge however, is that it is the volunteer himself that acquires these suggestions, depending on his subconscious level of acceptance. There were instances where no suggestions were accepted by volunteers, and the hypnotist has to be stronger or subtler in giving suggestions.

Herein lies the key: It is the level of acceptance that one has to predisposed, in order for hypnosis to happen.

Change, however temporary, could only be possible if the brain of the subject is at a certain wavelength or frequency to accept hypnotic suggestions. The challenge therefore is to manipulate the brain of the subject to accept suggestions more readily. If that can happen, then change is possible.

The change we are seeking, however, is that of the useful (and lasting) kind.

We do not want to strut around like Idris Elba for only a day, after being a wimp for practically all our lives. We want changes in us that would stick. We want change where we EMBODY such changes. We want change that would serve us in good stead. We want change that would enable us to take stock of our dreams and be enlivened to see its fruition, THROUGH OUR OWN NATURAL EFFORTS.

Self hypnosis can and has achieved these things and more.

Bypassing resistance and letting in change

Hypnosis is effective in softening the critical part of our minds (the Beta wavelength of the brain) and manipulating it into a more accepting frequency (the Alpha or Theta wavelength). This is done through the soft and reverie like voice of the hypnotist, or through subtle language patterns that induce a more accepting mode of the brain. In any case, the suggestions have bypassed all resistance and is readily taken in by the subject.

Self hypnosis mp3s are therefore effective in making changes possible in a more convenient manner.

One needs only a pair of headphones or earbuds to listen to the soothing voice of the hypnotist and allow the subconscious mind to accept whatever suggestions one is listening. In time the changes one has desired would occur. The beauty of such changes done by hypnosis, is that it is subtle and almost imperceptible. Such changes feel natural and not too forced.

Unlike other modalities for change, hypnosis feels so effortless, even fun. (Discussion of these other modalities are made in other posts in this website!)

Worth a shot

True, many other modalities our there purport to engender change. Some of these are touted to be the magic bullet to effect changes one so desperately seeks. Subliminals, QE, EFT, Energy healing, are among the most popular.

Indeed, these techniques work, and they have their own champions with testimonials to back them up.

But, one thing I think separated self-hypnosis from the pack: RELAXING

One need not PAY ATTENTION to the hypnosis suggestion. You can sleep on it literally and it will still work. It does take some time for change to happen, but these take ON AVERAGE, 2 weeks. The change is subtle and natural. It is as if, you just woke up WITHOUT the problem, or your personality or preferences somehow changed.

MOST OF ALL, the change is much more lasting.

Conclusion

Hypnosis, as we have seen, is a truly excellent tool for change. It may have been around for over a century now. But it still is being considered, over many of the present modalities for change, already in the market.

There are many self hypnosis products our there.

Self hypnosis for weight loss. Self hypnosis for anxiety. Self hypnosis for anger management, ….for abundance, …for impotence, …for attracting the opposite sex. The list goes on and on.

The bone of contention is that these products need to truly bypass the critical mind, be accepted subconsciously by ANY and ALL subjects, spawn change however subtle in effective ways and leaves one feeling relaxed. It is not too impossible for anyone to even craft a self hypnosis mp3 on his or her own! However, there are excellent hypnosis products our there that are engineered to bring the desired effect in ways described above.

It is through these special recordings that we need to look into in greater detail. Such would require a new post and discussion. Stay in touch!

 

 

 

 

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