You can Imagine and Visualize, right ? Most all of us can -
For Hypnotherapy and or Hypnosis to be affective, there must be some Imagery and or Visualization taking place in your mind. Visualization is the seeing of an activity in the mind but Imagery is experiencing the activity in the mind with all, most or some of the senses involved – actually doing it, as if being part of it.
Imagery is a right brain activity which means it is a creative process verses the left brain which is the analytical side. Imagery is a flexible approach that strengthens the Nero Pathways, the brain responders, so by using Guided Imagery one can practice in the mind seeing and doing what one wants to be, change or accomplished.
Here is an example of a Guided Imagery used during Hypnotherapy:
First, sit in a comfortable position and start to get relaxed by taking three deep long breaths and then three more, keep focusing on your breathing, until you feel more relaxed. Continue breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, each breath brings peace and calm as you breathe out old used energy that you no longer need.
Now, with your eyes closed, start to visualize and or imagine in your mind that you have arrived at your favorite place in the world. This could be any place that is safe, calm, relaxing and beautiful – you decide where it is – or create it now.
It could be a place you have been before or a place that you want to visit or where you are right now – you decide.
Now, be there as you begin to feel the breeze, the air, as you smell the smells and hear all of the sounds around you.
What colors do you see, who is there with you, what animals or beings do you see or are you alone? – you decide.
What does the ground feel like, the air the water the trees, are there any trees, mountains, valleys or are you inside?
Now, what do you feel – the positive feelings inside your body? Calm, relaxed, happy, free, joyous, peaceful, creative, focused, powerful, out of your body…
Keep feeling the positive aspects while staying in this place – enjoy this brief time of solitude as your continue to be good to yourself.
Be aware of your breathing as you continue to take deep long breaths into you belly and exhale slowly as your mind continues to drift.
Enjoy this time as long as you possibly can with each deliberate, slow wonderful and powerful breath to the next one (take time here to just sit and become even more relaxed as you let your mind wonder from one wonderful thought to the next).
Continue to be in this place of peace and harmony as you begin to see and know that you can make anything happen that you wish, you are in control here and you can work on anything that you would like to change for the better, right now.
See what it is that you have been wanting to change, what is it that you desire to make better in your life, right now ? See yourself doing it and having the things that you know you deserve and allow yourself to have these wonderful things that you have been wanting and wishing for. See yourself doing these things and having these things and enjoying the benefits of these positive changes that you desire.
Feel the change and allow the changes to continue to happen as you thank yourself for giving this opportunity a chance to happen so quickly – a chance to have those things that you know are yours to enjoy. They have been there inside you just waiting to be release and now, you are allowing them to happen and be real.
Alright, as you see how wonderful you are, you also know how powerful and how in control you have the ability to be – Now, as you continue to deep breath, start to bring your awareness back to this place where you are in your body at this time and bring yourself here and now back to the present.
Begin to open your eyes and feel your body where you are and count up from 0 to 5 – 0,1,2,3,4, and 5 eyes open wide awake. 1,2,3,4,5 eyes open wide awake. Now, continue to enjoy this peace and calm as you go through your day and remember that you are the one that allows things to happen in your life the way that you wish them to be. So, wish for great wonderful things to happen, always -
Written by Lori Thomas, The Hypnovator @ 2010