Though hypnosis is a natural skill which is inherent in everyone, some people are naturally more accomplished than others and need little guidance or instruction. The more intelligent and imaginative a person the easier it is to master the skill. A weak- willed person, accustomed to the domination of others, must first be awakened to seek truth and strength in himself.
Hypnosis is basically a technique for focusing awareness and at the same time broadening perception to appreciate the full spectrum of events and see beyond the merely superficial. Practice results in focusing and fine- tuning the mind so that all mental, bodily and spiritual levels functions in harmony.
Most of the beneficial effects of hypnosis are attainable at a light level of relaxation or trance equivalent to the mental state experience novel to film.
All hypnosis is essentially self- hypnosis. A hypnotist or hypnotic. A hypnotist or hypnotic recording can guide you to introduce the hypnotic state. If you decide to be receptive to the suggestions and only then a state of relaxation can be induced to facilitate the shift of your awareness from outer to inner consciousness from cortical to sub- cortical levels of mind. You can choose at any time to override the relaxation suggestions and you will not respond to hypnosis.
Subliminal recording are today available in which carefully selected beneficial phrases and affirmations are directed to the sub-cortical levels by passing the critical or analytical screen of the conscious mind. The technique does not involve hypnosis. Later a simple routine will be explained which eliminates the possibility of being influenced by any form of subliminal suggestions to which you may be unwittingly exposed. A natural safeguard exist to the extent that frequent repetition of subliminal messages is necessary to achieve lasting effects. The advantage in using subliminal recordings, particularly in language training and similar applications, is that, unlike self- hypnosis tapes they can be used while driving or engaged in any routine activity.