"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and feed him for life," is how the old saying goes. It is certainly true about hypnosis.
I will always check to find out if the client is interested in learning self-hypnosis. We offer two different kinds of self-hypnosis at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. We offer a classical approach to self-hypnosis, where clients learn to put themselves into hypnosis and give themselves suggestions. They will learn how to write their own hypnotic suggestions for anything they wish to work on in the future. And they also learn how to use autosuggestion (using hypnotic suggestions in the normal waking state of mind).
More and more often, we are teaching another kind of self-hypnosis. It is based on the 5-PATH system. It was observed, over literally thousands of sessions, that a productive series of hypnosis sessions consistently involved both rejecting erroneous programming from the past, as well as providing beneficial hypnotic suggestion for success now and in the future. I took this and added another component.
The self-hypnosis process that I now teach most of the time is called the 7th Path the System of Self-Hypnosis. It consists of first introducing a series of suggestions that removes old erroneous programming that has gotten in the way of the client's success, and then introducing positive suggestions for change. To make the process even more effective, it utilizes a holistic approach developed around a Mind-Body-Spirit perspective. If the client is not one who feels comfortable working with concepts such as "a Higher Power," or "Spirit" or "God," the program is easily altered using terms such as "Nature" or "Love."
Using this holistic Mind-Body-Spirit approach to self-hypnosis tends to provide the client with a very healthy dimension to the process, leading the client to additional healthier choices on her own. For example, a client may come to me for weight loss, learn the 7th Path process of self-hypnosis, and spontaneously find herself able to quit smoking without addressing it directly.
If you would like to learn more about the 7th Path approach to self-hypnosis, contact our office or visit our web site at www.hypnosiscenter.com.
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.