Affirmations: you either love them or hate them. At least, those are the most common sentiments I encounter.
Why is that?
The main reason seems to be that people either have fantastic results or no results at all.
If you aren’t experiencing stellar results, it may be because you are reading, repeating, or listening to them while in a fully conscious state. When you choose to do it this way, you must understand that there is a tremendous amount of repetition needed for them to be most beneficial.
Why is this? Because real change happens on the inside – in the subconscious part of your mind. Your subconscious mind is the emotional part of your brain that is responsible for your memories, habits, and core beliefs. Real change occurs when you make shifts in your subconscious mind.
So how do you work directly with your subconscious mind?
In a word: hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a normal, natural brain-state that you experience on a daily basis. You experience just before falling asleep, and right after you wake up.
It also frequently occurs while you are lost in a good book, watching television, zoned out in a class or meeting, or when you find yourself driving on auto-pilot on a familiar road.
Not so strange, is it? The only odd thing about hypnosis is the name. Hypnotize comes from the Greek word Hypnotikos which refers to sleep. Hypnosis is not a sleep state. Hypnosis is a state when conscious alertness is relaxed, but the subconscious mind becomes acutely alert, and therefore accessible to being influenced.
TV commercials are so effective because they are advertising directly to your subconscious mind without any filter. And now that you know that, you can be sure to sit up or change the channel when a commercial comes on! You’re welcome.
But all of that aside, let’s talk about the therapeutic side of hypnosis. In particular, the act of pairing hypnosis with affirmations, and how this makes for a stellar combination.
According to the late Gerald Kein, a hypnosis master that helped thousands of people in his lifetime, a suggestion given 15 times while in hypnosis is like hearing it 10,000 times while in an alert, conscious state.
Now I am not here to argue numbers, or prove the exact validity of his claim, but I will agree that he is conceptually right on. When you repeat specific desirable suggestions in a state of hypnosis, the effects are infinitely more powerful and more quickly adapted to your core beliefs.
While there are several ways that you can pair affirmations with hypnosis, today I am going to give you a straightforward method, that you can quickly implement today – right after you read this article!
Combining affirmations with hypnosis
Download your Free Relax and Let Go hypnosis MP3 here.
This recording is your key to easily and intentionally getting yourself into a state of hypnosis. You will also be promoted to come back to full conscious alertness at the end of the 14-minute recording.
Decide on ONE affirmation that you would like to adopt. This affirmation can be a statement you create yourself or something you have borrowed from another source. In another post, I will talk about how to create your Perfect Affirmation, but for today I suggest merely picking a statement that resonates with you right now.
Write this affirmation on a notecard.
Find a quiet, cozy place to relax. I suggest sitting or lying down in a safe and comfortable place with arms and legs uncrossed as if you are planning on taking a nap.
Please do this at a time when you are free from distractions, and never do this in the car or while operating heavy machinery.
When you are ready to relax, pull out your notecard and read the affirmation out loud, with the sincere intention of taking in the message. Say it five times, then press play to begin your Relax and Let Go recording.
At this point just follow the verbal instructions on the recording, and let everything else go. If your mind starts to wander, don’t worry about it.
If you notice your mind wandering, just remind yourself to keep listening to the recording. Overthinking is a typical part of the process for beginners, just relax and let it happen for you without judging the experience.
Now that you have had your first run-through, you can make some minor adjustments the next time you do it.
For example, you can turn on the recording first, and while the intro music is playing, you can read or repeat your affirmations at that time.
You might also decide that headphones work best for you. Or perhaps you didn’t like the headphones – then feel free to ditch them!
You might choose a different position, more pillows, or to have a blanket. It may also take some time to figure out the best time of day for you. Feel free to experiment.
If there was anything that bothered you in the first session, then feel free to make little adjustments and alterations. There is no right or wrong way.
The one thing I do suggest is to stick with it. The Relax and Let Go recording is designed for beginners – and you can listen to it over and over, and know that your experience will get better and better each time!
When you are lying in your bed at night, just about to drift off to sleep, take a moment to repeat your affirmation five times. Do the same thing as soon as you wake up in the morning, before getting out of bed.
As mentioned earlier in this post, these two times are regular moments where your mind passes through a hypnotic state. Taking advantage of these moments on a regular basis can be very powerful.
When you fall asleep with your affirmation in mind, your subconscious mind processes that statement as you sleep. When you repeat it first thing in the morning, you get your day off to a very positive and intentional start.
This step is more of a suggestion. Repetition is your friend. I recommend picking one affirmation and sticking with it for at least a full week. If it is critical to where you are now, then you can keep going with it as long as you’d like. But you may also decide to pick a new affirmation every Sunday, as a matter of routine.
I suggest keeping a running list of your affirmations, in your journal or a note on your phone or computer, in case you want to go back and remind yourself of your progress.
So now you have it – the most effective way of using affirmations and seven steps to make it work for you. I encourage you to take action now. The process is simple, but it does require you to take action.
What do you have to lose?
I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Please come back and share your experiences or questions regarding the use of this method.