I often remind my clients that hypnosis is really based on brain science: as you read this your brainwave state is most likely in 'beta' mode. As I type this my brain is in 'beta' mode.
If you begin to read a novel, watch a program, go to a movie or draw, paint or do anything creative, your brainwave state would likely be 'alpha'. ( This includes driving and going, automatically, into a 'road-trance' or 'alpha brainwave state'. For example: you arrive at your destination and think how quickly the time passed or how you don't exactly remember the drive. And yet, during the drive, you could avoid accidents and drive safely. This is a 'road-trance' state of alpha brainwaves.)
If you practice meditation you might, even very briefly, have experienced the 'theta' brainwave state. Slower rhythms produced by watching a movie, listening to an audio recording, taking a light nap, day-dreaming are all 'theta' brainwave states. This is the home of the subconscious, dipping onto the unconscious. Or the collective unconscious.
And finally 'delta' or deep sleep.
The alpha and theta states are where the suggestions you create for your change take 'root': this is like re-programming a computer to a new operating system!
So what do brainwave states have to do with self-hypnosis? Everything. Hypnosis works by reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into our minds and rewrite or reprogram our subconscious. So the body/mind needs to be in a relaxed state to accept positive change suggestions: I am now easily moving away from that cigarette and choosing something more pleasing; I see myself walking with energy and vitality every day, feeling better and better in my mind, body and mood. It might be to reduce anxiety, to improve performance, or to be more confident in certain settings, or in general.
So back to self-hypnosis: here are some basic steps from Psychology Today: www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understand-other-people/201406/how-help-yourself-through-hypnosis:
Practice this daily as the more you implant ( ie: reprogram your computer ) this new vision of you in your subconscious/unconscious the easier the change will be!
And if you need more help, make an appointment with me: in just one appointment I can help you with the skills/tools or information you need to make self-hypnosis a success for you!
Zoe: 360-432-1236. Call.