Sunday, June 18, 2006

Can Hypnosis Increase Your Luck?

Hypnosis is quite popular as a tool to lose weight and quit smoking. But, did you know hypnosis can be good for helping you become luckier?

According to the book, “Lucky You - Proven Strategies for Finding Good fortune” (written by Randall Fitzgerald) there have been many studies of the different behaviors of lucky people. And these behaviors can be learned by less lucky people to become luckier. Four of these traits possessed by lucky people are: Belief that your lucky; Noticing the lucky things that happen to you, no matter how small they may be; Listening and acting on your hunches; and the ability to quiet their minds in order to get in tune with their hunches.

That’s right. Lucky people believe deep down in their subconscious that they have the power to attract luck in their lives. And, they notice all the lucky things that happen to them. We attract the things we notice. And, if we notice and appreciate that we are lucky, our luck will increase. And, lucky people listen and act on their hunches.

Now, these traits are behaviors that can be learned. Because, the truth is, luck is all in your head! Take the case of a friend of mine who, along with all the members of his family, is very lucky at slots. Whenever he goes to a casino he comes out richer than when he went in. Word got around at his job that he was very lucky at the casino. Then one day a co-worker came up to him and said he heard my friend was very lucky at slots. My friend said "yes," he was. The man told him that he was going to Vegas that weekend and needed some luck. He touched my friend's shoulder and said “there, I took your luck.” And, guess what? For the longest time my friend had become unable to win. Now, did somebody really take his luck? No, but he believed somebody did, and it had the same effect as if somebody really did. That’s how powerful the mind and subconscious is.

That’s where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis is one tool that can actually go in there and change the beliefs of the subconscious. How exactly does it do that? Hypnosis actually is able to bypass that critical part of our minds and go directly to the subconscious and give it new, positive messages. But, how can it do that? How can it bypass our critical minds to go in and do its work? The answer is: Brain Waves. We all have them. Right now we’re in our waking state, which is Beta consciousness. But, by altering our conscious state through hypnosis or meditation, we take ourselves to Alpha consciousness, and our brain waves actually slow down. Basically we lose the critical chatter and inhibitory process that characterizes our Beta consciousness. Therefore, suggestions such as “I am a winner” and “I attract good opportunities in my life” are slipped in without the critical mind even noticing because it’s slowed down.

And that is how hypnosis can give you the characteristics to attract luck in your life.

Monday, June 05, 2006

When to Listen to Hypnosis CDs

When should you listen to hypnosis CDs? That's really up to the individual, though I would caution against listening to them right before you fall asleep at night. Why? Because you run the risk of conditioning yourself to fall asleep whenever you go into trance. Should you wish to listen to your hypnosis CD at other times of the day, or ever choose to visit a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, you wouldn't want to fall asleep after entering the state of hypnosis. The deeper you are in sleep the less effective suggestions are to your subconscious. You really want to be awake for hypnosis to be a success.

What about a hypnosis CD for insomnia? If the tape or CD is meant to be listened to right before sleeping, obviously that's what you would do. However, I would purchase an insomnia hypnosis CD which is meant to be listened to during the day, with suggestions about falling asleep when it's bedtime. I would never get in the habit of listening to a hypnosis CD while I was falling asleep.

As for the right time of day to listen to your hypnosis CD, choose a time for you that will be quiet and uninterrupted. And, remember to unplug the phone.

Should you be seated or lying down during hypnosis? Avoid completely lying down as that might promote sleep. Some choose to use a recliner which leans back, but where you're not completely lying down. I always sit upright in a chair and find that works well for me.