Hey, you guys! Chuck here!
2016 was the best year of my life! I had many successes! 2017 will be even better! I’ll have even more successes! And a huge part of my success, not to mention my energy, is thanks to the practice of self-hypnosis!
I’m referring to this blog post as a “testimonial” because, for me, the experience of discovering self-hypnosis had a lot of the same qualities as a religious conversion. I experienced a euphoric sense of enlightenment similar to what I experienced when I was 22 and I converted to Roman Catholicism! I experienced a euphoric sense of enlightenment similar to what I experienced when I began to practice zen meditation at the age of 29!
In a previous post I discussed what I refer to as the worst week of my life, which began with a severe toothache and ended with an encounter with a bat. I realized in that week that I needed to get my wisdom teeth pulled and I needed to do something about my extreme bat phobia. The wisdom teeth problem had a pretty clear path to success; go see a dentist, get referred to an oral surgeon, and wait for my surgery date. But, what was I to do about this extreme bat phobia? As I searched the internet, one particular suggestion stood out from the rest: hypnotherapy.
Around this time I had also read Scott Adams’ amazing book God’s Debris. I found it to be the most enlightening book I had ever read! I would soon later discover that the book contained hidden hypnosis techniques designed to make the reader feel a euphoric sense of enlightenment! I was so excited by the fact that I had been effectively hypnotized by a book! As I did more research into hypnosis, I discovered that people who are very imaginative and prone to day-dreaming are often the easiest to hypnotize! “Hey!” I thought to myself, “That’s me!”. Now, I suppose that some people would be concerned to find out that they were easily hypnotized, since perhaps it could make one more prone to manipulation! And as I look on my past, I can see how I was often easily manipulated! But, I was very excited at the possibility of using hypnosis to correct unwanted thought patterns and behaviors!
I did a little bit of research into hypnotherapists in West Michigan, but I was a little hesitant about paying someone a lot of money for something that I still wasn’t sure was going to work. That’s when I began to explore self-hypnosis. I searched “self-hypnosis” on youtube and the first video it suggested was a sleep hypnosis video by a man named Michael Sealey*.
With my intention to quit drinking, one of the biggest obstacles I figured that I would have to face was sleep! For my entire adult life, I had been relying on alcohol to help me sleep! I had just figured that there was no way I would ever learn how to sleep without alcohol! But, self-hypnosis presented a new hope! I figured that if self-hypnosis could fix the sleeping difficulties which had haunted me my entire adult life, then I would already be on the high-energy path to success! I kid you not when I tell you that the very first day I ever listened to one of Michael Sealey’s guided self-hypnosis recordings was the very first day of my alcohol-free, high-energy journey! I had had an erratic and unsatisfying sleep pattern ever since I started college, but now a sixteen year struggle was suddenly gone in one day! With my sleep difficulties gone, my biggest obstacle to being alcohol-free was removed!
I was completely sold on the practice of self-hypnosis! I started searching youtube for other hypnosis videos engineered to help with other various challenges! I found hypnosis videos to help with overeating, motivation, social confidence, even jaw-clenching! There are literally thousands of hypnosis videos on youtube which you can use to aide you in your efforts to be alcohol-free and high-energy! Every night before I go to bed, I set aside a half hour to listen to a hypnosis video on my iPod. This helps me to relax and fall asleep, all while giving me positive suggestions to help me be more high-energy. I often choose what videos I will listen to depending on what areas of my life I feel could use some improvement. For instance, at the moment, I have my work cut out for me in the areas of writing and music. So, I’ve been listening to hypnosis recordings designed to help one be more productive and motivated to work!
*If you’re interested in exploring the world of self-hypnosis, Michael Sealey’s youtube channel is a really great place to start! And if you have any questions or you have something you’d like to see me discuss on this blog, email me at my high-energy email address firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter! I love hearing from you guys!