Self-hypnosis: meet yourself!

Sophie Schaeffer, micro-nutritionist, has read for you “Explore your brain’s capacities with self-hypnosis” by Kevin Finel.

Today I offer you an immersion in the fascinating world of hypnosis and self-hypnosis with Kevin Finel. He is president of ARCHE, the Academy of Research and Knowledge in Ericksonian Hypnosis, a training and research institute in modern hypnosis. Kevin offers us a real journey into states of consciousness.

But to start, how to define hypnosis and self-hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very old discipline that has suffered from many misunderstandings throughout history. We all remember Messmer’s “spectacle” hypnosis in particular, which maintains this myth around which we could force people to do things, take away their consent or their free will!
It’s actually the exact opposite. In a hypnotic state, the person will rather have a more precise understanding of what they are experiencing, and therefore a greater ability to act on themselves. You don’t lose control, you simply learn to guide your imagination. This discipline is the subject of thousands of scientific publications, but also its beginnings in hospitals (for pain), in psychotherapy (to work in particular on traumas) and even in companies (to learn how to better manage stress).
Nor is it a question of doing your own therapy, of going towards traumas. It’s just about understanding how your brain works, and how to improve its capabilities.

What about self-hypnosis?

It is indeed self-hypnosis that is experiencing strong development, thanks to its playful side. More accessible than meditation (because it is closer to our culture) and very effective in dealing with everyday concerns such as stress, sleep disorders, chronic pain, phobias or even eating disorders…
Self-hypnosis is simply the act of hypnotizing yourself. Its purpose is to modify certain patterns imprinted in our unconscious, and which cannot be modified by consciousness. It should be known that the conscious and the unconscious do not communicate. Self-hypnosis is therefore a bit like diving into our unconscious, to find new resources, find solutions to our problems, and transform our reactions.

In practice…

Communicating with your unconscious requires “letting go”, and it doesn’t happen in 5 minutes! Our unconscious can act as a barrier, it protects us! We have all at some point felt this “second state” where we let go of our consciousness. For example, when we are lulled by music or the noise of the train or the car. Suddenly, we let go of our conscious, we have the impression of thinking of many things and at the same time of nothing. It’s as if the current were slowing down, but the fuses weren’t failing! The next step is suggestion, the idea being to suggest new information to our brain in order to modify our unconscious.

An application: stress and self-hypnosis.

Let’s focus on stress, an emotion that more or less everyone has already experienced. Thanks to hypnosis, we can amplify or decrease its level, as if we had a slider. An effective exercise which consists of remembering a moment when you experienced it and describing how this tension manifests itself: stomach aches, lumpy throat, tremors. To then imagine it visually: its shape, its color, its temperature, its movement. Unconscious language is very symbolic and feeds on images. To reduce this stress, it will be necessary to vary the parameters of this image. For example, if my stress takes the form of a red, hot, spinning and pulsating ball, what if I visualize it lighter, green and less hot. In short, it’s like entering the code of the unconscious to no longer suffer what happens to us.

To go further: Psychonaute, an application launched in 2018 by Kevin Finel and Bruno Surace.

If you find hypnosis and the functioning of the unconscious fascinating (it’s a bit like the tip of the iceberg, it’s full of so many resources and information, you still have to be able to access it), this application is made for you! Thanks to a very fun platform, you will learn how to go from your ordinary state of consciousness (zone 1, your “normal” state) to a modified state of consciousness (zone 2). As one could do with meditation, or with more or less “lawful” substances.
What I liked in Psychonaut? Many things ! Basics of self-hypnosis very clearly explained, but also on emotions, beliefs, optimization of sleep. There is something for every taste ! I appreciated the guided hypnosis exercises and the “capsules”, kinds of short experiences designed to quickly meet a specific need. Finally, above all, with Kevin Finel, I immediately felt confident! In short, as Kevin says, here I am ready to meet “the greatest magician in the world”: my brain!
And for the most curious, you can test the Dream Machine technology, for an inner exploration beyond the usual limits. It will allow you “to easily accompany your mind towards altered states of varied consciousness. From a simple state of relaxation or deep meditation to psychedelic experiences worthy of shamanic rituals. “Easy, intuitive and indescribable” assures us Kevin Finel!

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