Isochronic Tones, Binaural Beats and Self-Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a well-known phenomenon, whereby a person enters a highly focused state of suggestibility after a hypnotic induction process. Although traditionally carried out by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, self-hypnosis is very popular these days, and can be an extremely effective way of accessing the subconscious mind to change limiting beliefs, retrieve buried memories, and make positive changes in your mental and even physical state (hypnosis has been proven to be successful for breast enlargement, for example).
How To Hypnotize Yourself
The induction phase is extremely important, as this is when you slow your mind and access the mental state that enables you to communicate with your subconscious. There are various ways of approaching self-hypnotic induction. These generally involve various relaxation procedures, such as tensing and relaxing all the muscles in the body. You might also visualize accessing a ‘deeper’ state by counting backwards, or imagining being in a descending elevator, watching the floors roll past.
After induction, you then expose yourself to whatever hypnotic suggestions you want to work with. Using a recording is perhaps the most effective way of doing this, and self-hypnosis recordings are extremely popular, and used for purposes as diverse as losing weight, overcoming addictions and phobias, improving memory and healing various illnesses.
The Problem With Self-Hypnosis
Despite the proven effectiveness of self-hypnosis however, many people don’t gain the results they’re looking for. There are two prime reasons for this: their hypnotic induction isn’t effective, so they don’t enter the necessary state of focused relaxation, or they fail to maintain that suggestible state following the induction. It isn’t really surprising that so may people have these issues.
As a society, we’re never taught how to control our thoughts or quiet our minds. Only the minority of people who learn meditation and other mind control techniques really have the necessary skills to achieve and maintain a successful self-hypnotic state every time. For most of us it can be more hit and miss, and understandably many people give up in frustration, or believe that self-hypnosis just doesn’t work for them.
Self-Hypnosis and Brainwave Entrainment
Fortunately help is available in the form of brainwave entrainment technology, which makes the whole hypnosis process much easier and more consistent, even for those who normally have trouble relaxing deeply and focusing on the suggestions. During a successful hypnotic trance, the brain produces brainwaves in the alpha frequency band (8 – 12 Hz). You need to remain in this state in order for your session to be effective.
Brainwave synchronization works because of the brain’s natural tendency to align with (or entrain to) rhythms of certain frequencies, such as pulsing sounds or flashing lights. By listening to a sound recording that incorporates frequencies in the alpha range, your brain will start to produce waves of similar frequencies, and you can remain in this state of consciousness much more easily than you could without the help of the recording. This is a great boon for those who don’t know how to meditate effectively, or who have trouble focusing or quieting the mind – with (e.g.) binaural beats, hypnosis becomes a lot more accessible and effective.
Why Choose Isochronic Tones For Hypnosis?
There are three types of brainwave entrainment audio tools commonly available – binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones, all of which give great results. Binaurals are the most well known, and work by introducing sounds of two frequencies via headphones – one to each ear. After processing the sounds, the brain produces a pulse (or beat) with a frequency that is equal to the difference between the pitches of the two sounds it is hearing.
Monaural beats are similar, except the two tones are combined before reaching the brain, and the resulting pulses are stronger and more clearly defined. Isochronics, on the other hand, only feature a single sound, the frequency of which depends on the state of consciousness you’re aiming for. Neither require the use of headphones, although isochronic tones are the best choice for most people, since they’ve been found to work more effectively. They can be difficult to locate though, as they’re not as widely used as binaural beats yet.
So if you want to empower yourself and experience all the advantages that self-hypnosis can provide, it’s worth giving brainwave entrainment a try. It’s important however to only use top quality recordings from a reputable source – unfortunately there’s much on the web, which is pretty useless, at best. I recommend visiting The Meditation Club, which offers a selection of hypnosis binaurals, isochronics and monaurals, all of which are designed to efficiently take your brain into the necessary state. They’re fully guaranteed, and you can also download samples to try for free.