Self-hypnosis programs our brain to override desires, feelings, pain to make our brain do what we want it to do. Hypnosis is a technique for putting someone (or in case of self-hypnosis, yourself) into a state of relaxed concentration where we are more suggestible and open to subconscious programming. If we become psychologically attached to something, with help of hypnosis, we can psychologically detach!
Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnosis are in total control of themselves and would never do anything they don’t want to do.
The most frequent clinical uses of hypnosis include: breaking bad habits, overcoming insomnia, recalling forgotten experiences and managing pain.
Successful hypnosis requires three elements: complete relaxation, focused attention and a suggestion from the trusted therapist or our own suggestion. For me, the perfect time to program my brain is right after a good yoga workout, when I am in the final relaxation pose that is when I say to myself: “The ice-cream is disgusting. It even smells gross.” The right suggestion, at the right time… boom! The love for ice cream is gone for…. well, few weeks. Then we will repeat the suggestion until the love for ice cream is gone forever.
Placebo effect – healing takes place because our brain convinced our body a fake treatment is the real thing. Placebos won’t lower cholesterol or shrink tumor, but they can make us feel better, help to manage pain, stress-related insomnia, help to reduce fatigue and nausea.
Our mind can be a powerful healing tool when given a chance.