I teach self-hypnosis to all my clients (if I had my way, hypnosis would be taught in kindergarten to all our children). One of the questions that I am frequently asked is about how to use suggestions in hypnotherapy. So, since so many of you are asking, here are my thoughts:

  • Hypnosis suggestions are like planting seeds. While in hypnosis you place the seed into the unconscious mind and let it grow.
  • Hypnosis suggestions are always positive – stay focused on what it is you want rather than what you don’t want. If I say, “Don’t think of a blue cow”, you think of a blue cow. If you don’t want to be so stressed, give yourself the hypnotic suggestion “I am calm and relaxed.”
  • Hypnosis suggestions are present tense – no “will”,  “want”, “should”. Rather than “I will exercise” write “I exercise.”
  • Make your hypnosis suggestions interesting. “I exercise” isn’t real exciting. “I enjoy exercise and love how I feel afterwards” is much more exhilarating.
  • Personalize your hypnosis suggestions with “I” statements: “I love drinking water”

And the great news is: don’t try to believe your hypnosis suggestion or convince yourself of its truth. Most people who try suggestions/affirmations fail because they try to force the suggestion, resulting in greater resistance by the conscious mind. Simply and gently ignore the resistance and just keep repeating the suggestion. The garden of the subconscious mind has not attachment to truth or reality. It will accept whatever you plant in it once you get past the gatekeeper, the conscious mind.

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