Do I practice self-hypnosis? Yes. Every day.
I know that many hypnotists probably do not practice self-hypnosis and that probably very few hypnotists practice it every day, so I’m going to explain why self-hypnosis is a major part of my daily life and routine. First, I’d like to share a little about my experience of becoming a qualified hypnotist.
My class, to become certified under the National Guild of Hypnotists, USA, was small. There were only three of us, which meant a lot of practice putting each other into a hypnotic state and a lot of open discussion.
For me, personally, it felt like the most important aspects of my life had converged into a single practice.
As an author and editor, I had come to understand the power of language, the nuances of words, and how to structure language for maximum accuracy.
I had worked in marketing and communications and understood how language was used to motivate (or, problematically, to demotivate) people.
I had practiced meditation for three decades and so was very experienced in breathing techniques, mental focus techniques, and techniques to enter an “altered state of consciousness” (such as hypnosis).
I had also practiced traditional Chinese martial arts for well over a decade, becoming an instructor in a school in New York City. In that school, we would use a lot of mental techniques to focus the mind, relax the body, and overcome and block out pain.
One of the more extreme uses of mental focus was to block out pain while lying on a nail bed (literally a large rectangular wooden board with large nails sticking through it).
The first time I tried it, I felt like a thousand daggers were being stuck into my back. But, through the use of the mental techniques I had learned, I was able to let go of the pain. In the end, I found it highly relaxing (as you can see in the photo of me below).
The more I learned about hypnotism, the more I could see that all of this came together in the practice.
- As a hypnotist, you have to be aware of the nuances of language—both in regard to what your client is saying and what you are saying (the hypnotic suggestions) to your client.
- You have to understand motivation.
- You have to be able to be relaxed and to help other people relax.
- And you have to have experience of the mind in hypnosis.
Only in hypnotism are all of those elements brought together to create a powerful practice for self-transformation.
My Daily Self-Hypnosis Practice
As mentioned at the beginning, many hypnotists probably don’t practice self-hypnotism. I suspect very few practice it on a daily basis, 365 days of the year. I practice every morning and night, at least.
As I also said, I have practiced meditation for over three decades. And, yes, there is a strong similarity between the two. In fact, you’ll often find them spoken of as if they are interchangeable in studies on “mindfulness.”
For me, however, there is a difference and it’s simply this: in self-hypnosis, I can use linguistics to go deeper into a state of hypnosis than I can in meditation.
Besides practicing straightforward self-hypnosis, I now supplement all of my meditation practices with hypnotism. As a result, I am able to enter an extremely deep state of relaxation and will often enter a state of hypnagogia (a state of consciousness in which we experience short dreams—in my case, often of landscapes, sometimes accompanied by a sense of floating).
Of course, that’s different to working with a client (with some exceptions in regard to clients who want to work on their dream experiences or get rid of nightmares). But, as a personal, self-hypnosis practice, it’s invaluable.
Self-hypnosis has enabled me to both cultivate a sense of tranquility (despite the time we live in being very fast-paced and demanding) and an ability to focus (especially on my work).
I believe my self-hypnosis practice has helped keep me healthy, physically (since many physical ailments are caused by stress and an inability to destress), and keeps my mind mentally agile (I often get my most creative ideas when I’m going in or out of hypnosis).
Overall, it has been essential (and remains essential) to my own personal growth. So, I’m a big believer in hypnosis.
If we do a hypnosis session together, I hope you will find your experience as rewarding and as positively life-changing as I have found my personal self-hypnosis practice to be.
Certified Hypnotist, NGH (USA).
I’m a hypnotist, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, USA. I have over two decades of experience in various mindfulness practices and am the author of two books on personal growth. I work with clients on a range of issues to help them improve their personal and professional lives.
“I truly believe I will look back to my session with Angel Millar as the moment my life changed for the better.”—J. Ferguson, USA.
“Working with Angel was great. I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first experience with hypnosis, but was immediately at ease and comfortable. Angel is a great listener and a calming presence.”—Stephanie Chuang.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but he walks you through it and makes you feel super comfortable, asking what’s going on in your life, and gets some background information before he really plunges into the hypnosis itself. Overall, it’s just a really positive experience. It just feels really good. It feels really enlightening. It feels like you have a kick-start into the new chapter of your life. And I think that’s kinda what I was looking for.”—Amanda Maiorano.
Disclaimer: Hypnotism is not a form of health care, mental health therapy or counseling, or psychotherapy. Nor is it a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner and I do not, and cannot, diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness (including sexual issues).
As such, I will withhold hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance, or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional. Consult a qualified medical or mental health specialist if you suspect that you may have a physical or mental health issue and whenever otherwise appropriate.
Results of any hypnosis session may vary from person to person.