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Natural Self Hypnosis

Re-Creating Your Self by Christopher Stone

Last time, we focused on how hypnosis has been maligned and misunderstood, due largely to the untruths about this therapy promoted by motion pictures; television shows and stage acts that misrepresent the entire subject area.

Now it’s time to look at self-hypnosis as an important tool for change in the Re-Creating Your Self process.

In self hypnosis you simultaneously function as hypnotist and subject.

When I suggest that a student use this potent tool for change, I often hear responses similar to these: “I don’t think I can be hypnotized,” or, “I doubt that I could ever learn how to hypnotize myself.” In both cases, I answer confidently, “You can if you want.” That’s because virtually anyone, excepting the insane, can be taught to relax and focus, and, basically, that’s all there is to self-hypnosis.

Like meditation, self-hypnosis is something you already do naturally and spontaneously. For example, you have literally hypnotized your self into accepting your current beliefs about your self, others and the world in general. You focused your attention upon the current ideas you have accepted as true and filtered out contradictory stimuli. Then you accepted suggestions regarding those beliefs and acted upon them.

Whenever you focus upon a specific area of thought, with your attention basically unaffected by stimuli unrelated to that area of thought, you’re hypnotizing your self. You are frequently in a self-induced hypnotic state while reading a book, praying, watching a concert, movie or television show, or making love.

In truth, you give your self self hypnotic suggestions almost constantly. Prove this for your self by examining your own thoughts and inner commentaries. They reflect powerful auto-suggestions, based upon your attitudes about life, a personal focus that largely ignores stimuli unrelated to your personal belief system.

HOW TO DO IT

By following these simple guidelines you can start using natural self-hypnosis today to introduce and encourage the new beliefs you want to accept.

1. Select your topic for self-hypnosis.

2. Create one specific suggestion for your session. A hypnotic suggestion is a positive statement that is related to the topic of your session. An example: If your topic is the new belief, “I am a good person, worthy of the best of everything,” then your suggestion for that session could be, “With each passing day, I will become more and more aware of my personal goodness and value.”

Like an affirmation, a hypnotic suggestion should be brief and worded in the most positive manner. Your hypnotic suggestion should be phrased in a way that suggests a process of becoming, rather than as a change already achieved. This allows time for the suggestion to be accepted and carried out. For example, if you feel ill, then please don’t suggest, “I am healthy, right now.” Instead, suggest, “I am becoming healthier with every breath I take.”

3. Commit your hypnotic suggestion to memory.

4. Select a quiet, peaceful location for your session.

5. Assume a comfortable position, whatever that means to you.

6. Close your eyes and relax. In my next column, I will describe an easy relaxation technique that is especially effective for self-hypnosis.

7. Make your self even more deeply relaxed. Aloud, or mentally, tell your self, “With each passing moment, I am becoming more deeply relaxed. Repeat this slowly, four or five times.

8. Now that you are deeply relaxed, focus your attention upon the topic of your session. Contemplate the satisfaction you’ll feel when you achieve your goal.

9. Slowly repeat your suggestion over and over, either mentally or aloud, whichever you prefer. Don’t do this mechanically but concentrate on every word that you think or utter. Feel the meaning behind each word, as well as the significance of the entire suggestion. A few minutes of this repetition is sufficient.

10. When you’re ready to end the session, just think or say, “I am now ready to end my self-hypnosis.” Suggest to your self, “When I open my eyes, I will feel completely refreshed, wonderful and filled with relaxed energy.” Then count slowly from one to five.

11. Open your eyes. Give your self a moment to adjust to your normal focus, and then go happily back into your day.

Assisted by the guidelines in this column, and the previous two, you can successfully put meditation and self-hypnosis to work for you. Re-Creating Your Self students have asked me, “What’s the most basic difference between the two techniques?” As I see things, it is this: In meditation you focus attention upon a single subject, and then you examine your subject as creatively and completely as possible. In self-hypnosis, you focus attention upon a specific area of thought, and then you introduce positive suggestions relevant to that area of thought. After trying both methods, many people find they have a decided preference for one or the other. If this proves to be true for you, then please use the method you find most effective.

You will use either method more effectively by: 1) practicing daily, if possible, at the same time and place, 2) being patient with your self and non-judgmental about your progress, 3) working to improve your concentration in all areas of your life, and 4) developing a greater respect for the value of self-analysis.

A Re-Creating Your Self Thought: Each time you suggest that you possess something of value in self-hypnosis; you are closer to becoming the possessor of that value in fact.

Happy New Year Column: Relaxing Your Self and a Relaxing Adventure.

Have a Re-Creating Your Self comment, observation, or a question? Please send them to me at recreatingyourself@mail2teacher.com

Copyright 2009 by Christopher Stone.

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Starcodes horoscopes for January 16 – 22, 2009

by  Heather Roan Robbins

Change is coming, and not just in the impending unique presidential inauguration, though that’s a wonderful symbol for this week’s potential. Be prepared for a series of exciting adjustments with frustrating delays as the very changes we hope to make, from our New Year’s resolutions to how we run our country, get tested. But the obstacles and delays may be just what we need to refine the changes, and make sure that when momentum rolls, it will in the right direction.

Let’s be glad that we’re not the one giving one of the most watched speeches in history, nor on the inaugural committee trying to makes sure everything goes off smoothly under this delay-provoking, snafu-producing and sometimes tongue-tying Mercury retrograde. To adapt, adjust, and improvise with what we’ve got is the key to this week’s transits.

Mercury retrograde is tricky in the new administration’s birth chart. It speaks of challenging communications and less-than optimal cooperation right at the beginning. The aspects at the inauguration paint the picture of an emotional high-tide, but also suggest that the new President will first need to deal with old problems before he can get down to new business. He’ll need to clean up the mess first and then initiate change.

We, too, may need to go back to deal with an old, familiar problem; first we clean up and then we create the change. But it will take an innovative approach to clean up the mess or correct our course; we can’t do what we’ve always done before.

Saturn opposes Uranus from last Election Day, Nov 4, through July of 2010; this monumental turning of the wheel of change has just begun. We have been softened for these turns of the cultural evolutionary wheel as the recent economic and environmental upheavals informed us that we cannot continue business as usual. If we do not back down, but really forge ahead to a new form of Saturn, a new structure that can really work, we’ll look back on this productive time with pride. If we try to go back to the way things were we set ourselves up for real upheaval 2012 as Uranus squares Pluto. It’s going to be a wild ride.

On a more hopeful note, under this week’s retrospective aspects we may find an old friend we’ve been searching for or pick up the reins on a conversation, project, or ambition we once dropped. But do practice basic Mercury retrograde skills, when the symbolic god of communications and transportations looks backwards, look both ways before crossing, follow through on messages and packages, proofread carefully, confirm appointments and take seriously any flashing lights on the dashboard or signs that say “bridge out”. When the day doesn’t go as planned, look around for the touch of serendipity hidden in the changes.

The weekend begins friendly enough, but be careful when driving, speaking, or using power tools as Mercury semi-squares erratic Uranus. Strange technical glitches seem to put poltergeist in the system. Nervous tensions and excitement vibrate into a crazy edge, and people can really act out. Enjoy the buzz, but let any mental static flow.

Sunday and Monday, a broody Scorpio Moon can stir up worries or an existential discontent that too easily sets off an argument; take the mood outside.  Hopefulness increases as the week gets underway and Sun enters Aquarius while the Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius. We’re pulled out of our caves and into the streets by the aspects and the inaugural events; it will pulse in the communal psyche.

Mercury retrogrades into Capricorn on Tuesday night and encourages the new administration to hit the ground running the next morning. Many plans that were initiated mid-December but suspended over the holidays are now ready to be fine-tuned and put into motion. Brand new plans had best wait until after Ground-hog day, when Mercury turns direct.

Towards the end of the week our hopeful impatience craves change immediately; may it help our political adjustments and leave our family life intact as Mars sextiles and Venus conjuncts restless Uranus. Let’s get underway, but not rush until we have all the information we need.

Friday, Jan 16 get agreements lined up early while the friendly Libra Moon trines Mercury. People will tend to be moody, but generally agreeable. Afternoon is less organized, harder to punctuate; prioritize camaraderie versus efficiency.  Mechanical gremlins need to be taken seriously. Edginess grows later as the Moon squares Mars and Mercury semi-squares Uranus; confrontations can sprout unexpectedly and things be said which are not really meant. Don’t corner a disagreeable soul.

Saturday, Jan 17 morning is restless but unfocused, good for wandering or puttering, cleaning up small projects. Spacey midday as the Moon trines Neptune; imaginative approaches help, but we tend to hear what we want to hear. Around dinnertime, if cooperation thins and debate picks up, keep it recreational. Evening broods and smokes as the Scorpio Moon brings out our suspicious side; our imagination is probably worse than our bite.

Sunday, Jan 18 brings a thoughtful, emotionally-unsettled morning; quiet acceptance may be the most helpful approach. Midday is logistically tough as the Moon makes difficult aspects; keep the agenda light and pad the schedule for quirks. Evening is much more optimistic and investigative as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter; we can find ingenious solutions to earlier difficulties. But watch a tendency to say too much under stress.

Monday, Jan 19 swirling emotions, hopes and fears run high this morning under as Scorpio Moon and as Mercury semi-squares Venus. Surface social chatter activates to give us privacy for deeper feelings; don’t poke the depths. Let us move at our own pace, we’re pressured from within to perform, so pressure from the outside only makes us drag our feet. Afternoon lightens as if the clouds crack open as the Moon trines Uranus and the Sun enters Aquarius; we’re almost ready to hold hands.

Tuesday, Jan 20, the Moon enters cheerful, mobile Sagittarius early on to lift our spirits and sharpen our wit, though it totally dilutes our ability to concentrate. The energy is chaotic as we all resonate to the communal psyche of both family and country, whichever way we flow; we might as well put all paperwork away. As Mercury conjuncts the Sun, words follow intent; we can show up and do what we said we’d do. Afternoon is high energy; the evening grows more serious, formal, if easily tired as Mercury enters Capricorn.

Wednesday, Jan 21 is all about the interaction; it brings a desire to party or conspire. Feelings are dramatized and overshadow routines, so details can fall though the cracks unless shepherded carefully as Venus semi-squares Jupiter. The energy bubbles, but the work may not get done, let it be a day between; settle in and listen to the changing winds.

Thursday, Jan 22 the work becomes more obvious. Our restlessness and impatience grows; we want action wherever we’ve been unhappy as Mars sextiles and Venus conjunct Uranus, whether at work, in politics or in the heart. Will strengthens, activity accelerates, problem solving creativity abounds, but we may not have all the facts. Turn in the new direction and take one step at a time.

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