Lizzidoll wrote:It's funny, the longer I've been around hypnosis, (and those pesky hypnotists!) I've found knwoledge to be more of a burden than a blessing. I've come to understand the process behind hypnosis, and in doing so have had to create more inventive ways of 'tricking myself' into trance.
Why look at it as "tricking yourself?" Framing it that way seems counterproductive, as you are mentally reinforcing a notion that going into trance is something that's not desirable, fun and enjoyable, and it is.
Lizzidoll wrote:For example, I know the point when conversational speil becomes geared for trance; when the eye contact gets a little more pressing, and the 'what you'll find is's start to happen...
Sounds like you may have been taken advantage of by other hypnotists and it's created a trust issue for you. I'm just guessing here, though.
Lizzidoll wrote:It's annoying really, in that self-hypnosis tapes have never really had the effect I've desired. I guess, that's down to determinism, that 'self fulfilling prophecy' mentioned earlier in the Paul McKenna posts. I don't think it's going to work, I spend the entire tape picking it apart and analysing it, and then wondering why I don't go into trance.
This definitely sounds like you are either too analytical, doubtful that the process really works or harboring some fear about hypnosis (or all three). Maybe you can find a hypnotist you trust to hypnotize you and give you some suggestions to make the process of going into trance via self-hypnosis easier.
Lizzidoll wrote:I did begin something myself though, utilising my knowledge of hypnotising others, and of course, how my own mind works. I began to write myself a script for hypnosis, and thn just stopped. It's still now, sitting in my email drafts folder.
Definitely a good idea. I get much more from my custom recordings than I do from mass-market canned recordings. No one knows you better than yourself, of course, so it's an ideal approach.
Since you seem resistant to (or just too analytical about) the process, why not take some baby steps in approaching it. Write a simple script that helps you relax and feel good in the trance state. Nothing more--just that. Make it an enjoyable, desirable process. Listen to it for a few weeks with no other goal but just to relax utterly and enjoy the altered state of awareness. Later on, add suggestions to make going into trance easier and easier every time you do it. And even later, you can begin to add suggestions to improve your life.
Lizzidoll wrote:Though it did pose certain questions to me. What voice was I going to use in writing it? I began by writing from myself to ... well, myself. I then switched the voice in my mind to is my boyfriend were saying it, and it reflected in my writing. I think I ended up settling for a comfortable mix of the two, that balance between confidence and smugness Lex and I have gotten right for my mind.
Whatever you are most comfortable with. You can also use the Chevreul pendulum to poll your subconscious and find out which is better (you vs. I, permissive vs. authoritation suggestions, direct or indirect, etc.)
Lizzidoll wrote:Also, another issue was exactly where this script was going to take me. Obviously into trance, I had no doubts about that. But then what? Giving myself a trance trigger? Some would say I've had more practice at sleeping than an insomniac. What would I establish for myself? A greater desire to do chores and study? Even I couldn't bear to betray myself like that...
What do you really want out of life? What are the problem areas you'd genuinely like to improve? As noted, since you seem to be having trouble with the process of self-hypnosis, your early scripts should be about making the process easier, desirable and (gasp) even fun. Add stuff in later as needed.
Although I agree that no one like to do chores (I certainly don't and have not ever addressed the issue with self-hypnosis), I'm uncertain how motivating yourself to study is somehow "betraying yourself."