Before we can enter a state of self-hypnosis, it is imperative to know what self-hypnosis is and to understand the four states of mind.
The Four States of Mind
Beta- When you are in beta state, you are fully awake and alert. Your mind is focused and all your neurons are buzzing around at top speed and sending information to the different parts of your body. All your senses are working perfectly. In this state, your brain waves are above 13 HZ or cycles per second. We spend most of our waking lives in this state.
Alpha- This is a relaxed state where our brains waves are at 8-13 HZ. In this state, we are more aware of our surroundings, of the sounds we hear and the objects we see. Many find it easier to use their imagination in this state. This is the perfect state to tap into your inner creative genius. Many of us unconsciously delve into this state every so often when fully awake. In most cases, we would need an external stimulus such as beautiful music. We pass through this state while going to and out of sleep. If you have ever woken up but still felt semi-unconscious, or had experienced light sleep, that’s the alpha state for you.
Theta- This is the dream state. In this state, our brains are functioning at 4-8 HZ. We very rarely enter this state. Usually, the only times we do are when we go to sleep. This is the state in which dreams fill our minds. Those who remain conscious while in theta state have entered a very deep level of meditation.
Delta- This is the deep sleep state where our brainwaves are below 4 HZ. When we are in this state, we are unconscious though there are claims that it’s possible to remain conscious in this state.
The first trick to self-hypnosis would be to enter the alpha state of mind. From there, you can advance to theta and perhaps, try to consciously enter delta. There are many ways for one to enter the alpha state of mind but all share a few common concepts such as focusing on a single thought. So now let’s begin.
Entering the Alpha State
First thing’s first: make yourself comfortable. Lie down on a couch or bed. Remove all distracting noise. Soft, gentle background music can help but it’s not necessary. Lock the doors so no one can come in and disturb you. Once you are comfortable, close your eyes and take in several deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. With each breath, let go of any tension left in you. Tell yourself that you don’t have a care in the world. Just relax yourself more with each breath.
Once you are relaxed, begin counting from 1 to 100. Time your counting with each breath. Every count should equal one inhale and one exhale. With each count, picture the number in your mind. Do not think of anything else except the numbers. If any other thought enters your mind, get rid of it quickly and continue counting. If any tension comes, release it. Do not stop until you reach 100. If you fail in this exercise, don’t fret. Many don’t make it on their first few tries; it really is hard to focus on nothing but the numbers. Just keep trying again and again until you’ll get it. Eventually you’ll reach the alpha state.
How to Tell if You’re in Alpha
There is no way to tell if you’ve reached alpha unless you’re hooked up to some fancy machine that can measure your brain waves. The alpha state is characterized by relaxation so the only way you can tell if you’ve reached it is if you feel completely relaxed physically and mentally.
As you continue practicing, reaching alpha state will become easier. While once you had to count to 100, you may be able to reach alpha state by just counting to 50. With more practice, you can lower the number of counts it takes to 20 or 10 or even 5. Once you master reaching the alpha state, you could reach theta with continued practice. There is no sure-fire technique to reaching the theta state; just keep telling yourself that you will go deeper and deeper before you start your self-hypnosis session. Eventually, you will reach theta.