Achieving deeper levels of hypnosis is useful in increasing confidence in your capabilities and in quieting the restive mind.
This is a variation in visualizing the numbers from eight to one in the countdown procedure. Having centered, use your imagination to see yourself descending in a lift or elevator and passing each floor from eight to ground floor zero. See the descending numbers illuminated in turn as the lift descends without interruption flash brightly.
A further alternative is to visualize the numerals flashing momentarily on a white screen, as thought you were witnessing the end-of-reel coding on a film. You may find that you can make them appear alternatively as red and black and you can bring them close to your face or make them recede into the distance.
If the numbers are, at best, vague and indistinct, relax, count down without visualizing and affirm: “with each breath that I take I will go deeper ...Into relaxation and I will visualize the numbers eight to one. Zero. Now: counting down…” and relax as you count. The subconscious mind dose not responds to pressure.
Unusual stress, excitement distractions or the mind-dull-ing effects of even small quantities of drugs or alcohol will make it necessary to repeat the countdown techniques several times to reach a satisfactory level of relaxation. The extent to which you can visualize the colors of the rainbow... red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet...Separately or in association with well-known things or places, is another useful test of the degree to which your subconscious is awakening to the new stimulus.