Self-hypnosis: Could you help yourself with autosuggestion?
Could you help take control of your life with self-hypnosis and autosuggestion? Autosuggestion can be a real, practical way to change behaviour and influence your life in huge ways.
Since it's conception, autosuggestion has been used as a form of self-hypnosis, self-development, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
Developed in the early 20th, there are two separate forms of autosuggestion identified:
- Intentional - "reflective autosuggestion", made by deliberate and conscious effort
- Unintentional - "spontaneous auto-suggestion", which is a 'natural phenomenon of our mental life, which takes place without conscious effort.'
The fundamental we can derive from the power of autosuggestion is that any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality. Your dominant thoughts translate themselves into their physical reality as you progress through life. If used practically, we can ensure that the vision we hold and the future we bring to fruition is a life that we truly desire.
Here are four practical ways you can use autosuggestion to help shape your subconscious mind, change your habits and completely restructure your life.
Defining your ideal self
Are you constantly saying to yourself that you have more potential? Do you hold an image in your mind of the happier, more reliant, more successful you? The person who has the life you dream about.
You need to define who it is you want to become. This will drive your action for change by impressing into your mind a fixed image of who you want to become, providing clarity and vision for your future goals.
Pay attention to your mental diet
What are you feeding yourself mentally? What are you telling yourself every day? This is what we call our self-talk.
Watch your self-talk. Think about the voices that are present in your mind. We all talk to ourselves, it doesn't take a psychiatric patient to "talk to themselves." The difference between those with a mental health problem and those without? It's what they tell themselves!
Use a positive affirmation, speak in present tense
Do you really want to believe yourself? Just use the present tense when you're talking about your desires and ambitions.
- I don't want to work for other people - I will register my own business.
- I am not making enough money - I aim to make £2000 this month.
Can you see how those are different? We have a strange tendency to attract what we think about into our lives. Make sure you're thinking in positive affirmations, not in negative ones.
Hold faith, it doesn't happen overnight!
Just with anything, using autosuggestion to ensure that you remain positive and are focused on your goals can take time. The brain is a muscle, the more we use it the stronger it becomes.
When you hold faith, have a true belief in your abilities and can say with certainty that you are working towards your dreams, when you can truly say that you're staying focused and working to become the person you need to be? Only then will your dreams come true.
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About Stuart Downing
Stuart Downing, DMH DHyp, DNLP, EMDR Dip, MNACP, working from clinics in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Harley Street, London.
Extensive client experience of successfully treating addictions - drug, alcohol, gambling and the associated anxiety and stress which is often present.