Note: The process of self-hypnosis explained here comes from an oral tradition. I learned this technique from a Hindu Guru. You can also find similar methods explained in books by Hindu and Buddhist psychics. It is strictly advised that you practice under the expert’s guidance.
Hypnotism and hypnosis has a long history. Hindu and Buddhist psychics have practiced hypnotism and hypnosis to gain occult powers since the time immemorial. Even in the West, fortune tellers practice self-hypnosis to predict future. Franz Mesmer and Sigmund Freud practiced hypnosis/hypnotism and found that it can cure certain mental conditions in people. Hypnotism is practiced on a subject to take him/her into the trance, and analyze his/her mind. In self-hypnosis the person ushers himself/herself into the trance, and experience bliss or unlock psychic powers.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a psychological state in which subject goes into a trance with higher degree of awareness and responsiveness. When a subject is hypnotized, he/she follows instructions of the hypnotist and responds to his command. In hypnotized state, the subject's awareness of self can be substantially altered.
History of hypnosis
Hypnosis, or hypnotism for that matter, is very ancient practice. Hypnotism is also called Mesmerism which comes from Franz Mesmer, a German physician, who carried a scientific research for the first time in the 18th century. He researched in "spirit healing" and called this phenomena magnetic healing. In the middle of 19th century, English physician James Braid studied the phenomena and gave the name hypnotism and hypnosis.
The words hypnotism and hypnosis come from Hypnos, Greek god of sleep. Actually, the state of hypnotism resembles sleep, but with more awareness and responsiveness. In the late 19th century, there was widespread scientific interest in hypnosis. Even Sigmund Freud had practiced hypnotism to cure his patients.
The process of hypnotism
In the process of hypnotism, there is a subject and the hypnotist. The first requirement of hypnotism is willingness of the subject, and his/her faith on the hypnotist. The subject is asked to concentrate on certain things and follow the hypnotist’s instructions. With the aid of music, shining objects such as crystal ball, or moving instruments such as pendulum, the subject is taken into the trance. Through hypnotism, unconscious mind of the subject can be unraveled. Hypnotism is generally practiced by psychiatrists for psychoanalysis, and to cure mental patients.
Self-hypnosis through candle flame
Light a candle in a dark room (dawn or dusk are the ideal times). Sit cross-legged on the floor and place the candle three feet away. The candle flame and your eyes must be parallel. You may use a chair to give the desired height to the candle. Use cushion so that your legs do not hurt. Make sure the windows and door are closed and the flame is still, and no external sound disturbs you.
Look into the flame consistently. Do not wink your eyes. In the beginning, your eyes will hurt, tears will fall, and even your nose will run. When it becomes impossible to look at the flame, close your eyes and rub gently with your palm. And then continue to look into the flame again. As you look into the flame, don’t let your mind wander. You have to concentrate on the flame and empty your mind from wandering thoughts. Just witness what’s happening inside the flame.
Start with ten-minutes-practice and then gradually increase your exercise. At first you won’t be able to stare the flame for too long, but with your persistent practice you can look into the flame for 20-30 minutes without closing your eyes. After your session ends, wash your eyes with water and then rub gently with your palm.
As your ability to look into the flame increases, you will witness different things. At first, you will see colors inducing through the flame. Then one day you will see a dark hole appearing in the middle of the flame. Take your mind into that hole, and travel through it. After few days you will see white light appearing. Travel through the light. As you continue practicing, you will witness many other extrasensory experiences.
Now you can move into the second level. In the level two, you don’t use any medium. Close your eyes and concentrate on the spot just between the eyebrows. This spot is called Third Eye in the Hindu term. As you continue concentrating on the Third Eye, you will see light blue light appear between the eyebrows in few days. Witness what happens with this light. Extrasensory experiences may differ person to person.
Advantages of self-hypnosis
Your experience will not be of substantial kind until you can look into the candle flame for at least 20 minutes without winking your eyes. When you reach that level, you go into a trance state and experience self-hypnosis. Then move into level two. This will take many months, even years. You must have will power, strong concentration, and practice daily to achieve this. If you want the result fast, you can practice two times a day.
Self-hypnosis is useful in mental relaxation. It helps to overcome stress and anxiety.
When you can hypnotize yourself, you will be in the state of tranquility. You will experience bliss and become happy.
You can gain spiritual uplift. If you are sincere, you will even feel the doors of psychic powers opening.
Self-hypnosis will help you gain positivity. If you are suffering from psychological disorders, it will sweep away your mental conditioning.
If you experience nervous breakdown, self-hypnosis will help you gain self-esteem and confidence by eradicating your negative thoughts.
Through self-hypnosis, you can witness extrasensory experiences.
If you want to develop mind power, will power and eye power, self-hypnosis is the ideal practice for you.
Self-hypnosis will help you when you are suffering from emotional breakdown.
Krishna Ghimire on November 30, 2014:
Useful article. It is good to see how the concept hypnosis therapy is growing in Nepal. There are very few centers and the general concept of the mass about hypnosis is some sort of 'tantra-mantra'. Nevertheless, there is a clinic Nepal Hypnosis (http://www.nepalhypnosis.com) from where I got therapeutic service and would like to recommend.
Hypnotism itself has got numerous dimensions. Clinical psychologists use its strength in addressing psychosocial issues. Self hypnosis is very powerful. It changed my life as well.
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yogendra on June 25, 2013:
I m very glad to know DAT in Nepal also there is a good n trained hyponotism teacher in Nepal. I would like to request u dat u could then plz u wan to learn the hypnotism course from since ten years before i was searching a perfect teacher of it so plz if could then i wan to meet u n wan to learn this course from u
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on April 25, 2013:
Mary, thanks for coming back. The first photo is used by many hypnotist. If you look at the dot without blinking your eyes, you will see the gray area vanishing. I don't know why this is not happening to you.
Thanks for sharing.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 24, 2013:
Just came back to reread your Hub. I stared (again) at the first photo, but nothing happened....when I look at the circle it does move, though.
Will share again.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on February 03, 2013:
I'm glad that I was able to teach you something new.
Thanks for stopping by.
livingsta from United Kingdom on February 02, 2013:
Interesting article. I have heard of hypnotism, but not read about it. You have explained it here in a simple way. Thank you for sharing!
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on December 21, 2012:
Hypnosis is a not only a wonderful technique for relaxation, but also to unlock psychic power.
Thanks for your comment.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2012:
Very interesting read on a subject which has always fascinated me Vinaya! The benefits of self hypnosis are very compelling reasons to go for it. Hynotherapy is a very useful therapy mode.
Voted up and useful.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on October 31, 2012:
thanks for reading and commenting.
Eiddwen from Wales on October 20, 2012:
So interesting plus useful Vinaya and have a wonderful weekend.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on October 02, 2012:
Julie, I hope you will be able to self hypnotize as I have done to my self using this technique.
Thanks for your comment.
Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 02, 2012:
Vinaya, I have always thought I could never be hypnotised but I found this hub fascinating so I am going to try the 'third eye' technique you described just to see what it feels like. Very interesting hub Vinaya, shared etc.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on October 02, 2012:
Mary, if you stare at the first picture (the one with dot), in few seconds the grey area with vanish. This is eye exercise to help you concentrate. The second picture (the one with black circle) is a medium for self hypnosis. If you look at the center of the circle without flickering your eyes, you can see it moving.
Thanks for sharing.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 01, 2012:
great article! I did stare at the opening black circle; nothing happened. Was I supposed to get hypnotized? I do practice self hypnosis when I go to the dentist: it does work!
I voted UP, will share and Pin, and Tweet
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on September 28, 2012:
thanks for reading and commenting.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 26, 2012:
Thanks for the insightful Hub on Hypnosis sounds an idea
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on August 16, 2012:
Hi Audrey, thanks for reading.
Audrey Howitt from California on August 15, 2012:
So very interesting!!
Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 30, 2012:
Really informative and interesting hub!
If all I would need is a candle
It's something I could handle
Self-hypnosis is something I should try
Even if it makes me cry
Jasmin on July 29, 2012:
Dear Vinaya, maybe you can be my guru.
Ruchira from United States on July 29, 2012:
I agree Vinaya.
Self-hypnosis is dependent on one's self. The will power to be able to overcome the situation and to help program one's mind to be able to channel the stress out of their life.
One can also think of the problem in the back of their minds, while focusing. This helps one find the problem minuscule at the end of the session.
I have also written a similar article addressing this issue since, it has helped me overcome a lot of hurdles.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 29, 2012:
@Sueswan, the basis of staring at the flame is developing concentration. When we are concentrate on the flame, our mind will stop wandering. When the mind stops wandering, we will be at peace. Thanks for reading.
@Katrine, self-hypnosis is similar to meditation in some aspects, maybe you could try this for self concentration. Thanks for your comment.
@Debby, it is true that our mind is the problem.Once the mind is tackled,everything can be disciplined.Thanks for reading and commenting.
@Vocalcoach, self-hypnosis is not only great in the times of anxiety and stress,but also helps you experience extrasensory experiences.Thanks for stopping by.
@Ron, when you practice self-hypnosis, you are able to use your brain more efficiently, this is mind power. You can read people minds and make them do something just by giving order with your mind, this is will power. You can lull someone into trance like state by looking at them, this is eye power.
You don't have to tell your mind that you will gain these things, but when you practice sincerely, you will have these abilities. You don't have to go to the hypnotist's place or call him/her in your place. You have to practice alone in your room. However, you have to consult an expert, who will observe you and tell you about the method that suits you best. The method explained here is one of the hundreds of methods of self-hypnosis. Once you begin self-hypnosis, sometimes doubts may arise in your mind, sometimes you are not able to handle the extrasensory experiences. In the situations like this you need an expert to give you explanations and motivate you on the right direction. Thanks for your inquiry.
@Shuva,thank you very much.
Shuva on July 28, 2012:
Dear Vinaya your knowledge about the subject matter is really wonderful.
Ron Hawkster from United States of America on July 28, 2012:
I have enjoyed reading and learning from this article. I'm also intrigued and become curious. Aside from the all-important mechanics of how to do the self-hypnosis, there are other parts that were either too general for me or simply went over my head. I'd appreciate if you could elaborate on them. For instance, I have no idea what this means: "If you want to develop mind power, will power and eye power, self-hypnosis is the ideal practice for you." What is mind power? That just sounds too general. Will I all of a sudden become something that I have always dreamed about, to be smart? What is eye power? I am sure it's not about glasses but beyond that I don't know what it means. I know what will power is, but how will just doing self-hypnosis help me increase my will power? Are you supposed to keep "suggesting" to yourself that your will power will go up when in that trace? Is it that simple? Doesn't will power come with actually working on it instead of trying to turn up some kind of an internal control knob?
I also don't understand the part about doing this under someone's guidance. How? Am I supposed to hire someone to come into my house or me to go into their studio to guide me? What happens if you don't do it under supervision? Are there dangers of people going into a trance and not coming out? If it's something you're doing to yourself inside your head how is the guidance get in the picture?
Forgive me if I sound naïve or skeptical. I'm just trying to understand and since you seem to know about this fascinating topic I'd appreciate your educating me and others like me.
Thank you. Voted up and interesting.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 28, 2012:
I have been curious about self-hypnosis. I like your approach. You have outlined the process well with a clear introduction. The mind is the most powerful tool we have. Thank you.
Debby Bruck on July 28, 2012:
Vinaya ~ Wonderful. I share numerous images such as these with friends. Our powerful minds can play tricks on us, can assist us through challenging times, can deceive us and can be our best friend. Blessings, Debby
KatrineDM on July 28, 2012:
I have never tried self-hypnosis, but I can understand the benefits it can have on many areas of one's life. Thank you for this wonderfully written hub, I share.
Sueswan on July 28, 2012:
I can see it would take great discipline to stare at a flame for 20 - 30 minutes without blinking. By being so focused, it certainly would take one's mind away from any worries they may have.
Voted up and away
Take Care :)
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 26, 2012:
b Malin, if you are willing, it is easy to get hypnotized by another person than self hypnotize yourself. It is said that you have to practice self-hypnosis under a guidance of an expert,because it can be dangerous. Thanks for reading and commenting.
b. Malin on July 26, 2012:
Wonderful Hub, as usual Vinaya. You've done an Excellent job of Explaining with the Pictures...I'd be tempted to try theses methods and different Forms of Self Hypnosis. But I think I'd want another person present for safety sake. I also plan to Bookmark this Hub for future reference. Thanks for sharing.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 25, 2012:
@tillsontitan, I'm glad to hear you have used hypnotism therapy . In self hypnotism you go to a trance, and this is a wonderful feeling. I hope you will benefit from this method.
@Congerson, the second photo is called shakti-chakra in Hinduism,which literally means power maze. Looking at this picture is an easiest method to self-hypnosis.
@Ausseye, the basic concept behind self-hypnosis or meditation for that matter is to take control of mind. It is true that mind takes where we want to go, but what we have to do is empty our mind with thoughts. Thanks for reading and leaving a wonderful comment.
Ausseye on July 25, 2012:
Hi Vin: Good read and well explained. Been doing it to myself for years and enjoy the absolute calm and concentration that come about. Not sure about negative thoughts, still believe psychopaths and sociopaths are people to avoid, their brains are far to cold. My experience is that the mind takes you where you want to go, only there is more of you taking control over your own feelings and life. It leaves with a feeling of great peace and tranquillity and a sense of more power over your own existence.
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on July 24, 2012:
An interesting hub....the second photo seemed to have the most impact on me......I like reading about subjects like this.....and you presented the information in a very easy to understand format....awesome job....voted up and very interesting and useful.
Mary Craig from New York on July 24, 2012:
In my efforts to quit smoking I've been hypnotized several times. It is, as you say, very relaxing. The ability to do it myself would be beneficial, maybe not to quit smoking but to feel that relaxation and refreshed feeling when you awake.
As always, Vinaya, well done with good information! You always provide us with the unusual!
Voted up, useful and interesting.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 22, 2012:
Hi Peggy, self hypnosis develops your concentration and helps you sweep away negative thoughts.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2012:
Fascinating subject Vinaya. I can definitely understand that it would promote relaxation and stress relief if one could spend some time perfecting this art. Voted up and interesting. Thanks!
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 21, 2012:
@moonlake, I have not been hypnotized any other people but practiced self-hypnosis. Thanks for sharing your experience.
@acaetnna, thanks for your compliments.
@mckbirdbks, we all are here to learn, there is so much to learn from you. Thanks for your comment.
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 21, 2012:
Hello Vinaya. Fascinating article. You are exploring many interesting fields of experience and sharing that knowledge with us.
acaetnna from Guildford on July 21, 2012:
I found this completely fascinating and totally entertaining. Thank you so much.
moonlake from America on July 20, 2012:
My brothers once tried to hypnotized me. I think they did they had to shake me to get me out of it. Maybe I hypnotize easily. I don't know. Good article. Voted Up.
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on July 20, 2012:
@Angel, hypnotism is an esoteric practice, but if tried everyone can reap its benefits. Thanks for your wonderful comment.
@Ericdierker, hypnotism and meditation both give emphasis on concentration. People generally consider that hypnotism is associated with magic, that's why there are negative thoughts regarding hypnotism.
@Frank,thanks for your compliments.
@one2getno, if you practice under guidance there is nothing to be afraid of.
@radha, in general term,all the things that hooks us can be a form of hypnotism.Thanks for your comment.
@dinkan, I'm glad that this hub quenched your thirst for info on hypnotism. Thanks for your comment.
@Lily, true indeed,hypnotism has therapeutic values. Thanks for appreciating my work.
@always exploring, hypnotism is quite similar to meditation. Thanks for always reading and commenting on my hubs.
@TToombso, when practiced without a guide hypnotism can be a danger. Thanks for your comment.
@Nell, there are many methods to self hypnotize. I'm glad that you have tried self-hypnosis. Thanks for your comment.
@alocsin,maybe you were not willing to be hypnotized or possibly the hypnotist was not skilled. Thanks for reading.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 20, 2012:
I've actually tried to be hypnotized by a practitioner and he wasn't able to do it. I'm wondering if I can thus hypnotize myself. Voting this Up and Useful.
Nell Rose from England on July 20, 2012:
Hi vinaya, this is a really interesting hub, I love self hypnosis, I have been doing it for years, using a cd or tape to listen to music or someone talking in a soothing voice. I love the idea of using a candle, I am definitely going to try it, wonderful, nell
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 20, 2012:
Very interesting stuff, Vinaya! I'm afraid through self hypnosis, my mind would make me think I was a barking chicken. :) VUM.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 19, 2012:
Very interesting article Vinaya, I'm sure that I would enjoy doing this. I do meditate and it's a great stress reliever. Comprehensive, details outlined well. Thank you.
Lorri Woodmansee from Mesa, Arizona on July 19, 2012:
Excellent article! I am a hypnotherapist and I can say that no tool has been more effective that utilizing hypnosis.
Very well explained in a way that most can understand and appreciate.
dinkan53 from India on July 19, 2012:
I just wanted to comment and say that I really enjoyed reading your article here. I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you. Rated up and interesting. Shared.
radhapriestess on July 19, 2012:
Thanks for excellent article on the topic. TV is also a form of hypnosis. Advertisers know this, so better not watch the commericals. If you need to deal with a phobia, stop smoking or a health concern, I would recommend a professional, though. What you have is good for relaxation purposes.
Philip Cooper from Olney on July 19, 2012:
Great hub......but I'm a little afraid of trying this out.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 19, 2012:
a very good article VG Im going to say Interesting.. yeah.. because it is
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 19, 2012:
Wonderful article. Seems as though all good meditation teachers, use this methodology. It is not always called hypnosis, perhaps because the word conjures up negative thoughts.
Very helpful tools you laid out, I will incorporate them.
Angelme566 on July 19, 2012:
My privilege to be the first to give comments. I know many are waiting for this post.
I have heard about hypnotism but not like what i have read now.. This is new.. amazing , thrilling like i wanted to demonstrate and per form it right away but i am just so afraid , i might not be able to comeback to my self..i mean my spirit might separate from me..silly thoughts but this is really what i have in my mind..
You always write so amazing , one of a kind thing.. Your imagination is so wide..i envy !
Great , great hub ..worthy read !
Voted and shared.. Good Evening writer !