Betty Ericksons Technique For Self Hypnosis

There are many ways to bring yourself into a trance, but most hypnotists claim that a hypnotic trance is about focusing your attention inwards. With Betty Erickson’s technique for self-hypnosis, you can effectively experience hypnosis very quickly. I prefer this technique when I’m using self-hypnosis. Whether you have a specific goal to work on, or if you want to relax and enjoy the trance, you can calmly use this technique!

As the title says, this technique is made up by Betty Erickson, who was the wife of Milton H. Erickson. For those who don’t know it, Milton H. Erickson is a renowned hypnotist who used a particularly permissive way of doing hypnosis; this style of doing hypnosis is named “Ericksonian hypnosis/hypnotherapy.” This technique for self-hypnosis is also very permissive. As you progress through the method, the trance will come by itself.

Before you read any further, I will clarify some terms used later:
When you think, you do several things. One of the things you do is use your senses inward. You can watch pictures (Visual), you can hear sounds (Auditive), and you can feel feelings (Kinesthetic).

When you visualize, you can do two things. You can either create an image of something you have never seen before, or you can combine things you have seen before in ways that you have never seen them. This is what many architects do, along with others who put things together in new ways. The second option is to see images that you have seen before.

The same thing goes on in the auditive dimension. You can hear sounds you have listened to before and therefore remember or construct new sounds.

Feelings can also be some you remember from earlier situations in your life, but you can probably also imagine how something would feel that you have never felt before. Have you ever watched a movie where one of the good guys gets punched in the face, and you can almost feel the amount of pain he must go through? Put differently: Although you cannot handle the actual feelings of another person, you can imagine how something would feel without having experienced it yourself.

Most people have developed more one of these dimensions than the others. We all use all the dimensions to create our experiences. Still, the important thing is that a person who mainly uses the visual size will have an altered experience when using the auditive dimension. So when we speak of an altered experience, we are speaking of changing the wayhowcess information.

Let’s go through the technique in sequential steps so you know exactly what to do.

1. Start by finding a comfortable position in your body to relax. It should be a position in which you will be satisfied throughout the whole process. It doesn’t matter if you choose to sit or lay down doing this. Some hypnotists would warn you about choosing to lay down because you might fall asleep instead of experiencing hypnosis. I had never fallen asleep when I didn’t want to, despite using this technique when I have been exhausted.

2. Find out how much time you want to spend in the hypnotic trance. Usually, I spend 20 minutes in hypnosis, except when I use this technique before sleeping. Say something like this to yourself: “I will be in thein a trance0 minutes…” You will find out that your internal clock functions really well. I use this technique the day before an important event before I go to sleep. I say to myself that I wish to wake up at a particular time and then imagine both an analog and a digital clock showing the time I want to wake up. The last time I used the technique for this purpose, I woke up at 6:59 when telling myself I should wake up at 7:00. Your subconscious mind works almost as well as a quartz crystal!

3. Now, you need to tell your subconscious mind what the purpose of the hypnosis is, insert this purpose after the statement about time “… to allow my subconscious mind to make the adjustments that are necessary for …”. Remember that it should be something you are motivated to do, not something are encouraged not to do.

4. Posthypnotic suggestions. This is where you decide how you would like to feel when the time is up. This could be something like: “When the 20 minutes are up, I feel …” maybe something like this “… wide awake and comfortable in every way”. If you are doing this right before bedtime, you could say “… fully relaxed and ready to sleep”. You are very welcome to include the following: “… every time I go into hypnosis; I go ten times deeper than I’ve ever been before” multiplication is an unconscious process. You might as well use that to your advantage.

5. The actual process of self-hypnosis starts now. I will begin by showing the process visually; that way, it will be clearer how you should proceed.

External focusV
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Internal focusV
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The first time you see this model, you might think it’s a little confusing, but I think you will find it very simple right after my explanation. You read the model line by line from left to right. The first thing you read will be V, V, V. So, let’s go through the meaning of V, A, and K first in the external and then in the internal part of the model.

Every time you read a V, you look at something external. I start by looking at the spotlights in the ceiling (I do this laying down). Some people like to name the things they are looking at to make it easier to keep the focus. If you want to do that but don’t know what the item you are looking at is called, you can say, “I’m, looking at that thing over there.”. The purpose is not to know names but to engage in the activity of looking at something. Just spend an amount of time that you feel is appropriate to look at this thing and then continue to the following letter in the mouse listen to whatever external sound you may hear whenever you read an A

You listen to whatever external sound you may hear whenever you read an A and listen to it for a little while. This is a unique opportunity to include otherwise disturbing sound into the process of self hypnosis. You might hear a dog barking or whining; just use this sound to listen to. You are also welcome to mention this to yourself: “I hear a dog barking.” I close my eyes during the A’s and the K’s in the outer part, even though I know that other people like to keep their eyes open through the exterior part and then close their eyes for all the internal components. This is a matter of taste; do whatever you prefer.

Whenever you read a K, you notice some actual feeling you have. It should be something you are feeling right now. It could be the feeling of your feet against the floor, the sense of your head on a pillow, the texture of the surface your hand is touching, the temperature of your right hand, and so on. There are infinite feelings available every second; find one and feel it for a little while, for every K in the outer part of the model.

That’s it for the extouterrt; now we move on to the internal part. Here you will turn your attention inwards, so go on and close your eyes if they are not completed already from the last K. Eyes should be closed through the whole internal part of the self-hypnosis.

Whenever you read a V in the internal part, you visualize something. Just imagine anything that comes into your mind. It doesn’t matter if what you see is a light dot or a painting you know. Some people say that they cannot visualize, but that’s not right; even blind people can make internal images; some are just more aware of them than others. For instance, I’m not aware of my pictures, but I can easily imagine how a blue ball would look and where the air goes to pump it up. It would help if you did not struggle to do this; imagine something. If it makes it easier, you can also name the things you visualize here.

You imagine some sound whenever you read an A in the internal part. Some people like to continue using external sounds to incorporate them into self-hypnosis. I will use sounds that I currently don’t hear, such as walking in the snow, the sound of applause, or whatever comes to my mind.

Whenever you read a K in the internal part, you imagine some feeling that you do not feel. This could be the feeling of the sun on the skin, being tugged under a blanket, the sense of a cold shower, or being in a hot tub. It doesn’t matter what you imagine you are feeling, as long as it’s something you imagine. Again, feel free to name the feelings if it helps maintain focus.

To sum up, the external process goes like this: V, V, V, A, A, A, K, K, K, V, V, A, A, K, K, V, A, K and the internal like this: V, A, K, V, V, A, A, K, K, V, V, V, A, A, A, K, K, K.

6. Several things can happen when you are going through self-hypnosis. I sometimes lose consciousness as late as the last K of the internal part. After I lose consciousness, it feels as if I’m dreaming and not aware of anything but what’s going on inside me, but when the time is up, I think it’s time to wake up from this state of mind.

Other people hurry through the process and, therefore, do it without losing consciousness and feeling that it’s time to wake up. If this happens to you, keep on going with 4V, 4A, 4K, after that 5 of each, and continue to do so until you feel it’s time to stop. While your consciousness is busy with this process or is lulled to sleep, your subconsciousness works on the purpose you stated before starting the self-hypnosis session.

Remember that practice makes perfect! The more you practice, the better you get!

P.S. Feel free to try it out right now and share your experiences with this technique to comment on this article. I’m sure that future readers will appreciate it, and I will answer any questions you have.