Self Hypnosis is a process of autosuggestion, by which an individual trains the subconscious mind to believe something, or systematically organizes the person’s own mental associations to achieve a given purpose. This is accomplished by presenting the mind with repetitive, constant, self-affirmative thoughts until those thoughts become internalized.
The acceptance of autosuggestion may be quickened through mental visualizations, verbal affirmations, thinking using one’s internal voice of that which the individual would like to believe.
The purpose of deliberate autosuggestion are intended to change the way one believes, perceives or thinks, to change one’s acts or to change the way one is composed physically or physiologically. A good example is if you are reading every night aloud a written statement describing how you would like to be and then repeating the statement in your mind until you fall asleep. Have that written statement worked out ahead of time, properly prepared and worded and memorized. It is not too difficult to remember them as they are rather short and it is you who composed them. If you have them ready and remembered, you can simply think your way through them at this point.
People have reported changes to such a nightly routine or such other methods of autosuggestion, for example, increased confidence, the conquering of life-long fears and improved mental faculties.
When you are doing monologue i.e. conversing with your self, you just talk to yourself about what it is you want to do, be or become. Don’t say ‘you.’ You are talking to yourself, so use the first person personal pronoun ‘I.’ Some suggestions can be more clearly stated in a somewhat more formal sort of way, like, ‘I am eating less and becoming more slender every day’
Relaxation is the first step before beginning autosuggestion. With a tensed mind and an aggressed body autosuggestion wouldn’t work effectively. Once you have relaxed then comes the deepening the relaxed state without falling asleep. One simple method is the count-down technique where you simply start counting downward from, say, 20 or 100 or what suits you best. Imagine that you are drifting deeper into deep relaxed state with each count. Other images and thoughts will probably force themselves as you count, which is natural. But gently brush them aside, continuing with your counting.
Never end the session abruptly but rather think to yourself that you are going to be fully awake and alert after you count up to say, three.