Self-Hypnosis Techniques - Eye Fixation
The intention behind the eye fixation technique is to get a subject's mind more highly focused and to simulate going to sleep. This can be a very effective technique.
During a session, ask the subject to raise their eyes upward and fix their attention on a spot on the ceiling and keep their attention focused on that spot. The fixation suggestion is followed by a suggestion that the muscles in their eyelids are growing tired and their eyelids are feeling heavier and heavier with each passing moment. Another follow up suggestion is given that their eyelids are so heavy now that all they want to do is let their eyelids close. These suggestions simulate going to sleep. By rolling their eyes upward and then closing their eyelids, a signal is sent to the subconscious mind that it's time to go to sleep. This is a common hypnosis technique.
There are a number of variations to the eye fixation technique. Here's one I use; I ask a subject to raise their eyes (their eyes are closed at this point) and fix their gaze at the spot on their forehead directly between their eyebrows. After a few seconds, I suggest to them that the muscles in their eyelids may be trembling slightly. After 10 to 15 seconds, I ask them to lower their eyes and let themselves relax completely. Two or three repetitions can be quite effective in getting someone to focus their mind and relax.
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