The first step is to set your goals for self hypnosis. Make sure your goals are stated in the positive, for example, “I will be 30 pounds thinner”, rather than, “I won’t be so fat anymore”.
When it comes to something like weight loss, recording a hypnosis script can be very effective. A professionally written script, and there are many that you can use for free on the Internet, has several advantages. A professional hypnotherapist will use suggestions that have proven effective with many clients. And, with a goal like weight loss, there are a number of habits, and emotional associations that need to be addressed. For example, weight loss script typically incorporate suggestions for changing eating habits, motivation to exercise, and emotional attachments to certain kinds of foods. There is more to it than simply commanding yourself to eat less and exercise more.
Once you have selected a script for self hypnosis, think about using your voice effectively. Hypnosis does not make someone more suggestible. It will, however, make them more sensitive to nonverbal communications. That means how you say something is almost as important as the words that you use.
Have you ever noticed someone shaking his or her head “no” even as he or she said “yes”. He or she was expressing two conflicting messages simultaneously. The person was of two minds. She or he was nonverbally and unconsciously demonstrating the internal conflict. For example, Jane may be so tired that she wants to stay home. On the other hand, she has been looking forward to Howard’s party for a while. She would like to go, but she so tired that she would prefer to stay home.
What has this got to do with recording and effective self hypnosis script?
A suggestion spoken with uncertainty will be ineffective. There are two messages in the same sentence: the words indicate “yes” but the voice communicates, “no”. In that case the unconscious mind will reject the suggestion. The unconscious mind is much more likely to act on a suggestion made with a wholehearted tone of voice.
Something else to keep in mind is that nobody likes to be bossed around.
Imagine for a moment that someone asks you for a favor in a harsh, demanding tone of voice. Is your first response, “I’ll be happy to do that”? My first response is the opposite. I’m much more likely to do something for someone who asks in a pleasant and polite way.
You and your unconscious mind are not separate. Give yourself suggestions in a harsh, demanding tone of voice is likely to produce more resentment than compliance. This is one reason why harshly critical self talk is ineffective for making us the people that we want to be.
Because he hypnotized person responds to nonverbal messages so strongly, suggesting something such as, “You feel good when you leave food on your plate” will tend to be ineffective if spoken harshly.
Along the same lines, suggestions given in a confident, pleasant tone of voice are much more likely to be accepted and acted upon.
Some people believe that hypnotic suggestions are most effectively delivered in a monotone. But, speaking in a confident tone of voice is much more effective. Here’s another tip, make the words sound like what they mean. For example, try saying the word “excitement” aloud in a monotone. Do you find yourself experiencing excitement? Now say “excitement” again in an excited tone of voice, and notice your response. Which way communicates excitement most effectively?
Experienced hypnotherapist use a different tone of voice during their hypnosis sessions. You may notice, they will slow down a little. Their voice becomes more soothing, and deeper. They speak with confidence, and many will make their voice squeeze a bit more power from each of their words by making the words sound like their meaning. Doesn’t it make sense that someone saying the word “relax” would get a more profound response by saying it in a soothing, relaxed way?
Using a professionally written hypnosis script can make yourself hypnosis more effective. And with a little bit of practice you can use your voice like a professional when recording your self hypnosis sessions.
Your recordings will get the best results if you listen pretty much every day. Make sure that you choose a time and place during which you will not be interrupted. Please do not listen to hypnosis recordings while driving or operating power machinery. It’s safer that way.