This article is part of Noelene Dwyer’s Pregnancy A to Z Essentials Series
S : Self Hypnosis
Self hypnosis is normal. It’s a natural state of mind that we are in many times each day. There’s nothing mysterious, hippy or woo-woo about it, just deep relaxation and a heightened state of awareness.
Self hypnosis is a state of focused concentration, where your body relaxes causing your memory to be super sharp. You are always in control. The subconscious mind is always aware and never asleep.
Think of the subconscious mind like an iceberg in the vast ocean. The part of the iceberg that’s visible above the water is like the conscious mind, and the larger part of the iceberg that is not visible beneath the water is like the subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is your objective or thinking mind. It has no memory, and it can only hold one thought at a time.
The subconscious mind is a data-bank for everything, which is not in your conscious mind. It stores your beliefs, your previous experiences, your memories and your life skills. Everything that you have seen, done or thought is also there. It’s also your guidance system.
The subconscious mind can solve problems and carry out research projects as directed in a guided self hypnosis meditation, or when it’s in that deeply relaxed state.
A state or condition in which a person becomes highly responsive to sensible suggestions.
A super concentration on a single idea with the exclusion of all other thoughts.
Hypnosis is simply the bypassing of the critical thinking conscious mind, the part of the mind that compares new information with old information which are your beliefs. It’s clicking into an automatic state.
Let’s Meet Your Brainwaves
Beta: Ready and alert, about to get going. Concentration and cognition. Neurons fire in rapid succession to help you to achieve peak performance.
Alpha: Planning and preparation. Gentle waves, relaxation, visualisation, creativity.
Theta: Brain is relaxed. Elusive and mysterious, intuition, memory.
Delta: The slowest of all four brain wave frequencies and crucial for good sleep. The brainwave signal of the subconscious, the seat from which intuition arises. Increased Delta waves leads to a decreased awareness of the physical world.
In hypnosis, your brain waves slow down and you are consciously still aware, but you bypass the filtering mechanism to update beliefs and the behaviours you want to change.
A healthy brain moves through all four different brainwaves at different times throughout the day and night.
This slowdown of brainwaves will also increase your production of endorphins which are your body’s own natural analgesia. Think of your endorphins like a happy capsule.
So even though you won’t feel very different and you’ll just very relaxed when you are in self hypnosis, your subconscious mind will receive the new information through suggestion.
A Mental Fitness Program for Birth
So think of self hypnosis as a mental fitness program for birth. If you don’t experience what you think you should be experiencing during relaxation and guided meditation practice, just relax and go with the flow and listen to the words and as you listen more often, you will start to recognise the relaxed state you are in, as being in hypnosis. Remember it’s just deep relaxation. Enjoy the practice as you’re already on your way to feeling more calm, confident and in control.
The self hypnosis experience leads by suggestion, into a relaxed and inspired state by guiding your focused attention into deep relaxation.
Self hypnosis is being used to positively guide you on your birthing journey for your higher good.
“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
~ Harriette Hartigan
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Here’s a few examples of when you’re in self hypnosis:
- Watching a movie and feeling the emotion of the scenes, even though you know that it’s just acting. Your imagination allows you to feel the emotion of the scenes.
- Driving and losing track of the time or distance. Arriving at your destination and not even knowing how you drove your car there.
- Just before you go to sleep and just as you are waking from sleep.
- Reading a book.
- Watching the dancing flames of an open fire.
Can you think of any other examples I haven’t already covered?