Yes, you should consult with yourself before learning to practice self-hypnosis.
This need not be an elaborate procedure, but it is an important one. You should take some paper and a pen and write down the answers to these questions:
1. Why do I want to learn self-hypnosis?
2. What needs can I fill?
3. What benefits can I gain?
4. How can I help others also?
5. What are my goals for self-hypnosis use?
6. Am I dedicated enough to devote 15 minutes a day for the rest of my life to practice this valuable skill?
If you find it very difficult or impossible to answer these questions, it probably means you are not ready for self-hypnosis yet. In this case, just let it rest for a while. You can continue anytime when you become ready.
Usually, what happens if you try to pursue self-hypnosis before you are mentally and spiritually ready is that it doesn't work well for you. Thus, you become discouraged and abandon the idea. Much better, you should wait a while and pursue self-hypnosis when you are ready so you can ensure success.
Most likely you are ready, willing, and able to proceed right now.
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