Many years ago, I taught one of my patients how to allow his subconscious to write “automatically.” The set-up for this is disarmingly simple. I suggested that he enter a state of hypnosis by imagining himself to be in a calm place. He picked the beach. I explained that he can allow his eyes to open while he was in hypnosis.
He opened his eyes and appeared to be looking somewhere to my left.
I gave him a pen and told him to hold it in his right hand, and then to place his hand on a paper in front of him. “Now,” I explained. “When your subconscious wants to write something, it will do so by moving your hand. Your job is to leave your hand on the paper, and not do anything intentional with it.”
After half a minute or so, he looked at the paper. His hand then started moving slowly and deliberately, and carefully wrote its message: “Believe in Me.” My patient then dropped his pen.
“That was really freaky,” he said. He explained that he was surprised by the unusual feeling of his hand writing by itself.
“What do you think your subconscious meant by what it wrote?” I asked. “Are you supposed to believe in yourself? Or in your subconscious?”
“I’m not sure,” he said.
Fortunately, since he did not want his subconscious to write again, there are other ways to receive answers from a subconscious. One of them involves having the subconscious raise one finger to indicate yes, and another finger to indicate no. With that method we found out that his subconscious meant that he should believe in his own subconscious.
I thought that was very wise advice. The subconscious can be a source of great wisdom and knowledge. When people realize that they can access such a source within their minds they usually feel quite empowered and more self-confident.
Belief in oneself is one of the keys to success in life. Without such a belief, efforts for improvement are often unsuccessful because people tend to quit before they reach their goals. For example, if you are an athlete who believes you can win, you will keep pushing yourself until you achieve victory. On the other hand, if you do not believe in yourself, when competitions become intense you might be more prone to giving up.
When people believe in themselves, they tend to treat themselves with more kindness and respect. They tend to be more motivated as they feel they are likely to succeed. When they face obstacles, people who believe in themselves are more likely to view these as challenges to be overcome. Finally, other people are much more likely to follow, support and believe in people who believe in themselves.
Interactions with the subconscious can help people make significant life decisions confidently, find meaning in life, and define steps they might take to reach their goals. Each of these accomplishments helps improve their belief in themselves.
Beyond promoting interactions with a resourceful subconscious, hypnosis can be used to further improve self-belief when people learn that through hypnotic imagery, they can take charge of how they feel, think, or act. For example, through use of frequent positive self-suggestions and imagining how they would like their body to appear people can change their appearance.
Belief in oneself can be enhanced when people learn to use hypnosis to change their lives through self-suggestions, imagery, and to interact with their subconscious to increase their wisdom and knowledge
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