Why Hypnosis Might Not Be Working for You

No, it's not because you can't be hypnotized. Don't be silly. We're all walking around hypnotized, and we're the ones who are doing it to ourselves. Thoughts are running through our minds endlessly. And then we have thoughts about our thoughts. And don't forget about the feelings we have about our thoughts---some intense, some subtle. This combination of recurring thoughts (at the conscious and subconscious levels) and feelings is how we hypnotize ourselves. We've been feeding ourselves suggestions since birth. And this is how we develop habits and create our belief systems. This is how we use self-hypnosis to determine how we view the world, how we act in it, and how we experience it. The problem is we're not very good at hypnotizing ourselves in a conscious way, the way in which we could be more effective at creating what we want. Certainly, we've all had success in different areas in life, but almost all of us have areas in which we'd like to make changes. But before we can learn how to hypnotize ourselves effectively (and make those changes), it's a good idea to understand why we haven't yet succeeded at creating the life we want for ourselves.

The first thing to understand is that you are the only one who can create change for yourself. You're responsible for every success you have. No hypnotist or therapist or friend can ever create change within you. They may give you guidance or support or offer a vehicle through which you can succeed or make changes, but ultimately you are the one who will determine your success. Okay, having gotten that out of the way, it's time to take a look at the reasons why hypnosis, or self-hypnosis, might not be working for you.

1. Maybe You're Just Not Really into Making a Change--Maybe your desire isn't all that strong. Could that be it? Desire is the driving force behind creation, and the fact is, nothing gets created or changed without desire being front and center. If you want to quit smoking because your spouse or your kids want you to quit, your chances of quitting aren't going to be that great. Now, if you're the one who really wants to quit, your chances of being successful have just risen dramatically. Because having a powerful desire is the first step toward successful self-hypnosis and creating the changes you want to make for yourself.

2. Maybe You're Not Really Clear on What You Want--Not having a clear intention on what you want to change or create for yourself can sidetrack anyone. Along the same thread, you might have conflicting ideas that can also sidetrack you (this is an area in which I have some expertise). Or you might want to change too many things at once. To effectively create change, it's absolutely critical to get a clear vision on exactly what it is you want to change or create. And then focus on that one area for change. When you combine clear intention with a powerful desire, you're well on your way to being successful in whatever it is you want to create.

3. Where's Your Faith?--Everyone has faith. The big question is---Where have you placed your faith? Do you have faith that you can successfully create whatever it is you desire to create? Or is your faith focused on your inability to create what you want? Faith is based on your beliefs (both at the conscious and subconscious levels of mind) and your energy in relationship to those beliefs. If you believe (consciously and unconsciously) that you can do something and you have positive energy in relationship to that belief, then you have faith. If you don't have faith, the good news is, you can learn to build faith by using hypnosis (to change your beliefs at the subconscious level) and energy alignment techniques (to align your energy with your beliefs).

4. Are You Fully Committed?--If you're not fully invested in making a change, then you're not likely to make that change. That's pretty self-evident, and I'm sure we've all had experience with not being fully committed to something. Commitment is the unwavering resolve to reach your goals. Yet, while you are resolved to reach your goals, you do so in a lighthearted way---as opposed to being too serious. Why? Because the subconscious mind does not respond well to being forced to do something; however, it responds remarkably well to relaxation. Here's an example. You're trying to remember the name of an actor, but no matter how hard you try to remember, the name simply won't come up for you. The next day you're taking a nice relaxing bath, and suddenly the name pops into your mind. When you try to force something with the subconscious mind, it's like putting a road block up. When you relax, everything flows freely. So be committed in a relaxed and confident way.

5. The Formula! The Formula!---It's vitally important to understand the formula for creating or making changes. So here goes:

Positive Conscious Thoughts + Positive Subconscious Thoughts + Properly Aligned Energy = Creation/Change

A simpler version of the formula might be: Faith = Creation/Change. As was mentioned earlier, faith is a combination of our beliefs at both levels of mind and our energy in relationship to our beliefs. But what is often missing in many strategies or formulas for creating change is the energetic component. For many years I wondered why hypnosis at times seemed to work miracles, but other times didn't seem to get the job done. As I've evolved as a hypnotherapist, I've come to understand that with some areas of change (those having a strong emotional component), getting someone's energy aligned with the change they want to make is absolutely crucial to their success.

So, to be more successful where hypnosis or self-hypnosis is concerned, keep the following keys in mind: make sure your desire for change is strong; be clear on what it is you want to change; have faith that you can make the change; be committed in a lighthearted way; and remember the formula and follow through on each aspect of the formula.

For some areas of change, hypnosis or self-hypnosis should do the trick. But for any area of change that has a strong emotional component to it, make sure to use some type of energy alignment in addition to the self-hypnosis. Abundance issues and weight loss are two examples of areas where there are often emotional issues involved. Perhaps the most popular form of energy alignment is EFT (emotional freedom technique). You can do anything you put your mind (and your energy) to doing.

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