I hope to, one day, hypnotise people as much as I hypnotise myself. If I did, it would add so much value to the world.
For example, I woke up this morning from a leg cramp. This happens every now and then. It hurts, every time. Is it the worst pain in the world? No, I’ve felt worse. But it’s worse than any pain I feel in a typical month.
It’s a rough way to wake up.
The first wave of pain jolted me awake. A muscle inside my calf locked, sending a sharp, burning ache throughout my entire system. In the past, I’ve had to spend a few minutes coaxing the muscle to relax. This would dial the pain right down to a throbbing pulse, leaving my leg tender for the next day or so.
Bah. Compared to that, it’s like I have superpowers.
After less than a second of pain and surprise frying my brain, I acted. I disconnected myself from the pain. It was instinctive.
I still felt the pain, only it wasn’t unpleasant. It was neutral – like a strange tingling. My body relaxed and the muscle released.
How long was I awake before I hypnotised myself?
About half a second.
I hypnotised myself again after getting up (I like to start the day with a clear, uplifted mind). And again, to arrive at work with enthusiasm. And again, to banish some untimely nerves.
(You don’t think I write while in a natural state of mind, do you? Why leave it to chance like that?)
Here’s the thing: if you have experienced something – whether it’s a mood or a state of mind – you can re-experience it. If you can imagine a state, you can embody it. Your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between memories, daydreaming and reality. If it exists in one, it can exist in the other.
Your inner mind can make you feel confident. It can block pain. All of your memories, skills and ideas lie within its grasp.
So why aren’t you always an indestructible, charismatic genius?
Because your unconscious mind doesn’t know what you want.
Think about it – too much confidence can get you in trouble, for example. So it dials back on your confidence… unless you tell it otherwise.
This is why the mental arts are so powerful. Ever wonder why most top performers use meditation? It’s because it brings more of your unconscious mind – and all of its powers – under conscious control.
Self-hypnosis does the same thing, only faster and better. You might struggle with meditation but you’ll find self-hypnosis to be fun, simple and easy.
An important step is to set your intentions. Make it crystal clear in your mind. If you do this and nothing else, your unconscious mind will get the message. When you sleep or while you’re distracted, it will work on the problem you gave it.
With the right intentions, you can change your world.