Hypnotism Practical Guide
Note: The process of self-hypnosis explained here comes from an oral tradition. I learned this technique from a Hindu Guru. You can also find similar methods explained in books by Hindu and Buddhist psychics. It is strictly advised that you practice under the expert’s guidance.
Hypnotism and hypnosis has a long history. Hindu and Buddhist psychics have practiced hypnotism and hypnosis to gain occult powers since the time immemorial. Even in the West, fortune tellers practice self-hypnosis to predict future. Franz Mesmer and Sigmund Freud practiced hypnosis/hypnotism and found that it can cure certain mental conditions in people. Hypnotism is practiced on a subject to take him/her into the trance, and analyze his/her mind. In self-hypnosis the person ushers himself/herself into the trance, and experience bliss or unlock psychic powers.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a psychological state in which subject goes into a trance with higher degree of awareness and responsiveness. When a subject is hypnotized, he/she follows instructions of the hypnotist and responds to his command. In hypnotized state, the subject's awareness of self can be substantially altered.
History of hypnosis
Hypnosis, or hypnotism for that matter, is very ancient practice. Hypnotism is also called Mesmerism which comes from Franz Mesmer, a German physician, who carried a scientific research for the first time in the 18th century. He researched in "spirit healing" and called this phenomena magnetic healing. In the middle of 19th century, English physician James Braid studied the phenomena and gave the name hypnotism and hypnosis.
The words hypnotism and hypnosis come from Hypnos, Greek god of sleep. Actually, the state of hypnotism resembles sleep, but with more awareness and responsiveness. In the late 19th century, there was widespread scientific interest in hypnosis. Even Sigmund Freud had practiced hypnotism to cure his patients.
The process of hypnotism
In the process of hypnotism, there is a subject and the hypnotist. The first requirement of hypnotism is willingness of the subject, and his/her faith on the hypnotist. The subject is asked to concentrate on certain things and follow the hypnotist’s instructions. With the aid of music, shining objects such as crystal ball, or moving instruments such as pendulum, the subject is taken into the trance. Through hypnotism, unconscious mind of the subject can be unraveled. Hypnotism is generally practiced by psychiatrists for psychoanalysis, and to cure mental patients.
Self-hypnosis through candle flame
Light a candle in a dark room (dawn or dusk are the ideal times). Sit cross-legged on the floor and place the candle three feet away. The candle flame and your eyes must be parallel. You may use a chair to give the desired height to the candle. Use cushion so that your legs do not hurt. Make sure the windows and door are closed and the flame is still, and no external sound disturbs you.
Look into the flame consistently. Do not wink your eyes. In the beginning, your eyes will hurt, tears will fall, and even your nose will run. When it becomes impossible to look at the flame, close your eyes and rub gently with your palm. And then continue to look into the flame again. As you look into the flame, don’t let your mind wander. You have to concentrate on the flame and empty your mind from wandering thoughts. Just witness what’s happening inside the flame.
Start with ten-minutes-practice and then gradually increase your exercise. At first you won’t be able to stare the flame for too long, but with your persistent practice you can look into the flame for 20-30 minutes without closing your eyes. After your session ends, wash your eyes with water and then rub gently with your palm.
As your ability to look into the flame increases, you will witness different things. At first, you will see colors inducing through the flame. Then one day you will see a dark hole appearing in the middle of the flame. Take your mind into that hole, and travel through it. After few days you will see white light appearing. Travel through the light. As you continue practicing, you will witness many other extrasensory experiences.
Now you can move into the second level. In the level two, you don’t use any medium. Close your eyes and concentrate on the spot just between the eyebrows. This spot is called Third Eye in the Hindu term. As you continue concentrating on the Third Eye, you will see light blue light appear between the eyebrows in few days. Witness what happens with this light. Extrasensory experiences may differ person to person.
Advantages of self-hypnosis
Your experience will not be of substantial kind until you can look into the candle flame for at least 20 minutes without winking your eyes. When you reach that level, you go into a trance state and experience self-hypnosis. Then move into level two. This will take many months, even years. You must have will power, strong concentration, and practice daily to achieve this. If you want the result fast, you can practice two times a day.
Self-hypnosis is useful in mental relaxation. It helps to overcome stress and anxiety.
When you can hypnotize yourself, you will be in the state of tranquility. You will experience bliss and become happy.
You can gain spiritual uplift. If you are sincere, you will even feel the doors of psychic powers opening.
Self-hypnosis will help you gain positivity. If you are suffering from psychological disorders, it will sweep away your mental conditioning.
If you experience nervous breakdown, self-hypnosis will help you gain self-esteem and confidence by eradicating your negative thoughts.
Through self-hypnosis, you can witness extrasensory experiences.
If you want to develop mind power, will power and eye power, self-hypnosis is the ideal practice for you.
Self-hypnosis will help you when you are suffering from emotional breakdown.
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