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Self-hypnosis is easy to learn, but it will work best if you take the time to follow the steps. You are probably eager to get started changing your mind for the better, but patience will pay off in the long run. Besides, you will be developing the ability to relax and focus as you go along.
First, just practice the standard induction. Do this once a day, at a time that is convenient for you.
When you're able to put yourself into a light trance, you can add relaxation and then deepening. Make sure you end with a gentle trance termination.
Different people reach a different state and depth of trance. You are not asleep. You are aware of what is going on around you, but you are able to ignore it and focus on becoming relaxed and breathing easily.
Don't try to force it. A light trance is fine, and you can go on to the next step. It will get easier to go deeper as you become more experienced. It may be that you only experience light trance. You will still get results.
You will not clear your mind of all other thoughts. Thoughts keep intruding. Just don't pay attention to them. Let them go and continue with your practice.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|