Am I in hypnosis or not? 6 tips to effectively listen to hypnosis recordings


Any good hypnotist will make recordings for clients to listen to in between sessions. The purpose of these recordings is to reinforce the positive changes made during the session.

The law of repetitive effect states that the more often your mind is exposed to an idea, the more likely that idea is to be accepted.

A common concern for clients is whether or not they are in hypnosis when listening to hypnosis recordings.

Read on to find out if you are really in hypnosis when you listen to your recording, and whether or not it really matters.

Tip #1 – Don’t worry about it

The more you worry about whether or not you’re in hypnosis, the more likely it is that you’re NOT in hypnosis. Professional hypnotists use a variety of tests to determine if the client is in hypnosis. During your sessions, your hypnotist will use “convincer tests” to demonstrate that you are, in fact, in hypnosis. When you realize that you are actually in hypnosis, your state naturally deepens.

If your hypnotist is satisfied that you are entering hypnosis during your sessions, it is highly likely that you will also do so when listening to your recording.

All you need to do is follow the instructions to the best of your ability. As long as you are doing everything to the best of your ability and not trying too hard, you are doing just fine.

Tip #2 – Listen actively

In order to enjoy the benefits of your reinforcement recording, active listening is needed. Active listening is when you put your full attention on the recording. It also means following the instructions in your mind.

Because actively following the instructions in your mind is key to achieving hypnosis with your hypnotist, the same applies to your recording. If you just casually listen without following the instructions, you won’t enjoy the benefits of the experience.

Tip #3 – Depth of hypnosis doesn’t matter

It doesn’t matter if you go really deep into hypnosis or not. Depth of trance has nothing to do with the effectiveness of hypnosis. You can do great mental work with only a very light trance.

Tip #4 – Notice how relaxed you are

Your mind is most responsive when you are relaxed. So if you feel even just a little relaxed when listening to your recording, you are doing just fine. Most of my clients report that they don’t go as deep as they do when they are in my office. That’s just fine though. Remember, depth of trance doesn’t matter.

Tip #5 – Let it be OK to lose focus

Don’t worry if you lose focus. The fact is, you will lose focus from time to time as you practice hypnosis and/or meditate. It’s just how the human mind works. When you lose focus, just tell yourself “Oh, well,” and return your attention to the recording.

Another tip for maintaining focus is to repeat the instructions in your mind, in first person. For example, if the recordings says “you’re going deeper relaxed,” say to yourself, “I’m going deeper relaxed.” This is a powerful way to keep your mind focused on listening.

Tip #6 – Just do it

When it comes to listening to your reinforcement recording, the Nike slogan couldn’t be more appropriate. Simply listen to the recording, and follow the instructions to the best of your ability. Do this, and you will see great results. -SM


by Sean Maness, CHP
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