Imagine being able to guide others to a treasure you cannot yourself possess.
These aren’t only Red Skull’s words in Avengers: Infinity War, but a situation many skilled hypnotists face. Many of our students complain they’ve been getting excellent results with our training when hypnotizing other people, but they seem unable to go into a hypnotic trance themselves.
This is extremely common. If anything, it means you’ve been developing strong hypnosis skills that you’ll soon be able to use on yourself. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to unlock your self-hypnosis potential.
Adjusting Your Expectations
Even great hypnotists may have unrealistic expectations when it comes to experiencing hypnosis.
A lot of great hypnotists have produced all kinds of amazing hypnotic phenomena in others. This is true for the therapy room or up on stage for pure entertainment.
In reality, the hypnotist does not live inside another person’s mind. Something that seems miraculous and amazing on the outside might feel quite different to the hypnotized subject. They could look like they’ve taken a general anesthetic but they might be having an internal conversation with themself.
With a good pre-talk, hypnotists eliminate their subjects’ fears and anxieties regarding hypnosis. A relaxed and comfortable subject is a better hypnotic subject. It’s useful to explain, “You’ll be fully aware of everything going on around you.”
Just because you’ve had subjects who zone out and feel like they’re in another dimension when you’re the hypnotic subject it doesn’t mean your experience will be the same.
In our Ultimate Guide to Hypnotic Suggestibility Tests, we explain that not everyone exhibits the same hypnotic phenomena. But that won’t stop anyone from having an awesome experience.
If you’re a hypnotist who has trouble going into hypnosis, it may simply be that your expectations are too high. You may produce none of the classical phenomena and still get a powerful hypnotic effect. Stop comparing yourself with other people and focus on making hypnosis work for you. Hypnosis is subjective. Get better at experiencing hypnosis by doing more hypnosis, without any external comparisons.
When you hypnotize someone else you get external visual cues. We often call these external trance indicators. They’re useful for calibration. In self-hypnosis, you’re not looking at yourself from the outside, so you have no visual cues. You can only calibrate how you feel.
In many ways, it’s similar to how people post happy photos on social media. If you compare your internal world to the tiny pieces of someone else’s life as shared on Facebook, you’re comparing apples to oranges. Back to hypnosis: If you think you’re missing out because what you see in other clients is not what you feel for yourself, you’re comparing apples to oranges.
This is why some hypnotists believe they have trouble going into hypnosis.
So if you beat yourself up because you think you can’t go into hypnosis, remind yourself of these two things:
- Hypnosis isn’t something you’re actually in, but something you are doing. As long as you intend to go into hypnosis, for all intents and purposes, you’ll be in hypnosis.
- The way to get better at self-hypnosis is to do it more often. Be patient and persistent. The results will follow.
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